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Must Have Textbooks and Journals for Health and Fitness Professionals

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)

Journals

  • 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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