Entries by Craig Pickering

Craig Pickering’s top reads of 2023

2023 was exhausting! Already a dad to a toddler (who went through a stage of waking up overnight and refusing to go back to sleep), my wife and I added a second child to our brood back in October. Suffice to say, I haven’t had the time or energy to read as much this year as previous years, but I still managed to sink my teeth into some books that have had a big impact on me. Here are my best picks from this year:

Sports Science Quarterly – Q4 2023

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at the latest research on the current state of genetic testing in sport, talent detection, injuries in youth athletics, the effects of long haul travel, and more.

Sports Science Quarterly – Q3 2023

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at the latest research on future directions in sports science, lessons from Formula One, strengths-based approach, culture change in sport, and much more.

Sports Science Quarterly – Q2 2023

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at the latest research on resilience, pressure training, multidisciplinary teams, injury prevention, and much more.

Sports Science Quarterly – Q1 2023

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at the latest research on what artificial intelligence means for elite sport, optimizing practice environments, velocity based training, parkour for athletic development, and much more.

Craig Pickering’s top reads of 2022

At the end of every year, I do a quick look back on the books I read over the preceding 12 months. This year is no different and my favorite books of 2022 are listed below. However one thing has changed over time: the older I get, the less time (or less energy) I dedicate to reading, Therefore I’ve become much more likely to give up on a book that isn’t holding my attention or interest. Author Ryan Holiday has a simple rule of thumb; if a book hasn’t drawn you in by the page number of 100 minus your age (in my case, page 74), then you should stop. Great readers, he adds, learn to quit books that aren’t very good. Taking this rule to heart, this year, I read 44 books. This is less than in other years, but a couple were month-long reads that took up a lot of time.

Sports Science Quarterly – Q4 2022

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we take a special look at what is happening above the shoulders of athletes and coaches with new research on key competencies in sports psychology, transformational leadership, pressure training, and psychological safety. In addition we also take a look at a few other topics like nutrition and altitude training.

Sports Science Quarterly – Q3 2022

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at motor learning and performance under pressure, the impact of COVID-19 on training, deceleration, the relationship between injury history and performance, burnout, and much more.

Sports Science Quarterly – Q2 2022

Every quarter we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. In this edition we look at coaching coaches, hamstring injuries, 100-meter race profiling, leadership, sports psychology, and more.

Sports Science Quarterly – Q1 2022

For the last 6 years we’ve delivered you insights into the latest sports science research every month. For 2022 we’re making a little change: our sports science updates will be released on a quarterly basis. Below is our first update of the year, where we look at lessons on briefing and debriefing from the military, the coach’s eye, working with Gen Z, foam rolling, and more.