In celebration of National Student-Athlete Day, we’ve complied a list of books that every student-athlete should read. Let’s get those D1 heads in the game!
Growing up, my sister and I couldn’t have been more different from each other. I was super into books (hence why I work for Bookstr!) and she was someone I looked up to (my favorite student-athlete). She now works her dream job as a coach for middle-schoolers.
She puts a lot of time and effort into perfecting her craft and training herself to be the best that she could, both on the court and in the classroom. Now that’s not to say that she didn’t struggle because she did, but she always had the support of her family (me!) to lift her back up.
Being a student athlete is not for the weak — it is crucial that you have time management and self motivation. So, to all the student-athletes (or families of student-athletes) out there, check out these books below to read and help keep yourselves motivated!
Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends – David Stabler, Illustrated by Doogie Horner
“Kid Athletes” by David Stabler, illustrated by Doogie Horner, combines autobiographies from some of the biggest sports legends in the game with incredible drawings. Really this book is showing kids that anyone can become a world-renowed athlete, no matter what their background is.
Women In Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win – Rachel Ignotofsky
“Women in Sports” by Rachel Ignotofsky is a fully illustrated book of exactly what the title says! Ignotofsky highlights fifty women athletes spanning forty different sports and, going all the way back to the 1800s! It also includes educational infographics about muscle anatomy, pay, and media statistics for women athletes and even a timeline of women’s participation in sports, as well as so much more.
Mental Toughness for Young Athletes: Eight Proven 5-Minute Mindset Exercises for Kids and Teens Who Play Competitive Sports – Moses and Troy Horne
“Mental Toughness for Young Athletes” by Moses and Troy Horne is all about helping your child or student-athlete gain the confidence they need to succeed as an athlete. There are actually two versions of this books, the one above is written by Mose Horne, a fifteen-year-old elite athlete in his own right; the second version is written by his father, Troy Horne. They wrote together after concluding that most books they read were “not a good fit for young athletes” entirely because they were written for adults or student-athletes in non-competitive sports.
The Race of the Century: The Battle to Break the Four-Minute Mile – Neal Bascomb
“The Race of the Century” by Neal Bascomb is a young adult autobiography about the Helinski Olympics in 1952. Three world-class runners competed to break the world record for the fastest mile. Adapted from Bascomb’s original, “The Perfect Mile,” “The Race of the Century” continues to deliver this iconic story to another generation.
Student Athletes: A Guide for Their Future – Kevin “Moon” Mullin
“Student Athletes” by Kevin “Moon” Mullin is for anyone involved in the life of a student-athlete. It’s chock-full of ideas and insights for those who are interested in pursuing sports as a career in any capacity! For parents and coaches, it will serve as a catalyst for conversation with your student-athletes.
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable – Tim S. Grover and Shari Lesser Wenk
“Relentless” by Tim S. Grover and Shari Lesser Wenk takes Grover’s years of experience as a legendary trainer to the public sphere. This is the first in Grover’s Winning trilogy in which he outlines the “Relentless 13,” a culmination of thirteen essential traits that intense competitors and achievers share in sports, business, and all walks of life.
I asked my sister if she had any advice for student-athletes and she had this to say. “School ultimately comes first, so make sure your grades stay up to par. Focus on that first, then you can worry about your sport. Write goals before your season starts to work towards, and set your mind to achieve them before the season ends. Work hard, and everything will pay off — even if it feels like you’ll never see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Be sure to celebrate National Student Athlete day with your favorite student-athlete!
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