In 4 (FOUR!) sentences or less, name your favorite resource for strengthening, conditioning, health, OR rehabilitation information. This can include books, journals, seminars, websites (NOT GOOGLE), or anything else you can think of. You can only include ONE resource my friends, so make sure it is your favorite.
Carson Boddicker – “The single greatest resource for strength, condition, health, and rehabilitation information is a university library. Now, I know what you are thinking, my library doesn’t have X, Y, or Z Resource. What many people fail to realize about the library, particularly those of research universities, is that they not only full-text access to hundreds of journals via internet database, but they also have excellent interlibrary loan programs. If you want a textbook, article, or DVD and it’s not in your library, they can and will find it.”
Selena Horner, PT – Often times names don’t necessarily meet preconceived expectations, but for this site, the name is absolutely bang on: MyPhysicalTherapySpace (The One Thing you need for PT Practice). http://myphysicaltherapyspace.leveragesoftware.com/ This site is a full package deal – blog, continuing education courses by leaders in the physical therapy world, defined “groups” and discussions within groups, quick response times, sharing of literature, private conversations or public conversations… The beauty of this site over many others is the diversity of topics combined with the high likelihood of interaction with others.
Disclosure: I am a frequent author of the blog.
Patrick Ward, MS, CSCS, LMT – We can only select ONE resource, this is going to be tough! I guess I will have to go with Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques by Leon Chaitwo and Judith DeLany. Vol 1 (upper extremity) and Vol2 (lower extremity) are chock full of great info on posture, movement, soft tissue techniques and application, as well as covering all kinds of info on Janda and Lewitt’s methods of rehabilitation.
Mike Young, PhD – Favorites resource: www.elitetrack.com
I might be a little biased (since it’s my own site) but the site has been around for 7 years now and some of the most prominent coaches in strength and conditioning, track and field and athletic development are long time contributors. The site has a blog that’s updated about 10 times a week, a very active forum, and over 225 free articles ranging from peer-reviewed research to more coach-friendly entries on various aspects of sport performance.
Owner- Human Performance Consulting; Director of Sports Performance – Athletic Lab
Training Center: http://athleticlab.com
Training blog: http://www.elitetrack.com/blogs/author/mike-young/
Personal Blog: http://medirected.com
John DeLucchi SPT, CSCS – I know you said no GOOGLE but this is my best source of information. It allows me to stay up-to-date on my 110 favorite resources from New York Times health section to JOSPT.
My hands down favorite resource is GOOGLE Reader. Reader allows me to access and constantly be updated to my 110 subscriptions ranging from areas of Health and Medicine to Leadership and Fitness. Every time a new peer-reviewed journal article, News topic or blog comes out, that I am subscribed to, it lets me know much like an e-mail inbox would. It has a lot of great features that allow me to save, search and manage everything that comes out. Check it out.
Mark Young – Mike, I can’t believe you limited us to only one resource! But if I had to pick only one my tip of the hat would go to Tmuscle.com. I owe so much of my early training education to this site and I still visit it often. Over the years this site has also led me to people I am now fortunate enough to converse with like Mike Robertson, Nick Tuminello, Mike Boyle, Bret Contreras, and David Barr. The varied array of content and contributors always keeps me coming back.
Chris Melton – My favorite resource is: http://www.mikereinold.com/
Mike is a highly respected medical / sports professional. He presents his message in a way that laymen (like myself) can understand. He emphasizes the need for “evidence based”, proven methods of rehabilitation. His website links to many other valuable resources like:
..and as a bonus, after corresponding with him several times over the past year and a half, I was finally able to meet him at the ASMI annual meeting earlier this month.
Dave Sandel – As much as I hate to say it, I’d have to say that T-Nation is my favorite source of information, but it does come with some caveats. They have great writers and usually site their sources, but sometimes you have to be able to read between the lines and pick and choose what you listen to, depending on who’s writing it and if there are ulterior motives (supplement sales). Nonetheless, the articles cover a broad spectrum and range from powerlifting, sports performance, bodybuilding, and prehab/rehab. If nothing else, they give you new ideas, and point you in the right direction to do your own research to form your own conclusions.
Brooks Tiller, DPT – “The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook” by Joe Kenn. Carlo Alvarez highly recommended this book to me as I took on my first training session with a full team. Coming from the world of Physical Therapy to be the strength coach for a college baseball team, this book has really helped to guide me in developing a good team approach to training. Coach Kenn is known for getting his athletes strong and his book lays out a blueprint for success in a simple easy to apply fashion.
Kevin Neeld BSc, MS, CSCS – StrengthAndConditioningWebinars.com is the greatest resource I’ve ever come across. It merges innovative information from some of the world’s most experienced coaches with the exceptional convenience needed by today’s busy professional. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone in the industry.
Ken Zelez – ” I primarily work with student athletes in high school. As an Athletic Director and Sports Medicine instructor, I find that I use many resources. My favorite book is Michael Boyle’s Functional Training for Sports.”
Zealous Vitality Inc.
Matthew Johnson, M.S, CPT, PES, USA W SPC & Club Coach (Level 1) – Without a doubt, my favorite resource is reading. In the past I loved attending conferences and seminars but it became very expensive. The cost of one conference or seminar typically ranges from $200 – $400, that equates to at least 10 books at $20 cost. Here are a few of my favorite reads: Anatomy Trains by Myers, Essentials of Strength and Conditioning 3rd Ed. by NSCA, exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and Its Applications by Brooks, Muscle Testing and Function by
Kendall, Advances in Functional Training by Boyle, Functional Training For Sports by Boyle, Athletic Body in Balance by Cook, Jumping into Plyometrics by Chu and Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition by Fink. These books should be in every strength coaches library!
Jeff Cubos, MSc DC, FSSCC(C), CSCS – I’m going to have to say that my favorite “resource” for continuing education is via the use of RSS. It is quite simple and very similar to how you would rather have your pizza delivered to your doorstep than driving to the restaurant to pick it up. This web feed format brings the journal articles (JOSPT, JSCR, JBJS, AJSM) and educational blogs to my desk without doing any work. See for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU&feature=player_embedded
Katrina Hodgson BS, NASM CPT, AFAA, AAAI – TONEITUP.COM! lol 🙂
Mike T. Nelson MS, PhD(c), CSCS, RKC – http://www.ExtremeHumanPerformance.com and pubmed.org. Shameless, I know. If you are looking for MP3 and podcasts, www.ironradio.org is great as is www.superhumanradio.com.
Jay Hargrove, PT – My favorite journal for information/research is JOSPT. It has many great articles, and always seems to have at least one that relates to one of my current patients.
A new resource that I have found a lot of useful information on, would be……Twitter! Daily there are links to interesting articles and anecdotal evidence that pertain to healthcare. With Twitter, or other social media platforms, you have to be careful and consider the source and take the information for what it is worth.
Jesse Dimick LATC, PTA – The greatest place that I now use to find information is twitter. Great links to blogs/research/ and information from individuals.
Joe Bonyai M.Ed, CSCS – StrengthCoach.com. Here you’ll find all the latest information, perspectives, and techniques, as well as a list of the foundational resources new strength coaches must read. There’s no other resource that allows you to catch to and actually stay ahead of the field at the same time.
Director, Empower Athletic Development
Mike Scott, DPT – I have to agree most with Jay Hargrove and Jesse Dimick on this one. Twitter has allowed me to connect with hundreds of people and allows me to check out (in depth) what they find interesting including blog posts, journal articles, and even more recommended resources.
So, what have we learned? Pretty much that all of us have our own resources, but we all have one thing in common. We all continue to feel the need to advance our knowledge. To be the best professionals we can, regardless of our focus, we need to continue to learn.