Certified Personal Trainer CES CPT Fitness Human Movement Science Sports Medicine PES

Must Have Textbooks and Journals for Health and Fitness Professionals

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine

By: Brian Sutton, MS, MA, NASM-CPT, CES, PES

Below are some of my favorite resources (in addition to certification texts) that have helped shape my career as a health and fitness professional.

Rehabilitation Texts

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes; Sahrmann (Mosby)
  • Muscles: Testing and Function with Posture and Pain; Kendall (5th ed. LWW)
  • Rehabilitation of the Spine; Liebenson (2nd ed. LWW)
  • Sport Injuries: Diagnoses and Management; Norris (Butterworth Heinemann)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques: Chaitow (Churchill Livinstone)

Anatomy/Physiology Textbooks

  • Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal; Neumann (Mosby)
  • Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance; Powers (5th ed. McGraw Hill)
  • Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance; McCardle, F. Katch, V. Katch (LWW)

Nutrition Textbooks

  • Nutrition; Insel, D. Ross, K. McMahon, M. Bernstein (4th ed. Jones and Bartlett Learning)
  • Essentials of Sport Nutrition and Supplements; Antonio (Humana Press)


  • Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Journal of Athletic Training
  • Journal of the American Dietetic Association

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National Academy of Sports Medicine

National Academy of Sports Medicine

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