New sport & fitness picks

Now that the rugby fever is over, it’s time to look at some other activities to keep fit.

Syndetics book coverTaekwondo Taegeuk Forms : The Official Forms of Taekwondo / by Sang H. Kim, Kyu Hyung Lee ; [photos by Marc Yves Regis].
“This is a concise reference for the Taegeuk forms (poomsae) of Taekwondo. Grandmasters Sang H Kim and Kyu Hyung Lee have combined their extensive knowledge of traditional taekwondo forms to teach you the correct way to perform the 8 official taegeuk poomsae as required for all taekwondo students up to black belt level.” – (adapted from Global Books)

Syndetics book coverSports Coaching : A Reference Guide for Students, Coaches and Competitors / edited by Anita Navin.
“Written by acknowledged experts, (this book) presents a detailed analysis of performance and good coaching practice , and provides a concise overview of the coaching process from a scientitic and pedagogical perspective.” – (adapted from Global Books)

Syndetics book coverSport Psychology : A Practical Guide / Arnold LeUnes.
“This new, updated, fourth edition of Arnold LeUnes’s textbook has comprehensive coverage of sport psychology with a healthy balance between theory and application. The strong applied approach is emphasized throughout but is essentially apparent in the second half of the book. The book features a strong pedagogical program including interesting applied vignettes, chapter outlines, emboldened key terms with glossary, very thorough chapter summaries, student-oriented suggested readings, and numerous tables and figures to visually summarize the key concepts.” – (adapted from Global Books)

Syndetics book coverRoger Federer : The Greatest / Chris Bowers.
“For several years, tennis aficionados wondered whether they could really call Roger Federer the greatest ever tennis player. In 2009, Federer ended that debate by completing his collection of career Grand Slams and overtaking Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 14 major titles. With his olympic gold medal from 2008, Federer is now recognised as the greatest tennis player and has achieved legendary status in the wider sporting world…. In characteristic style, Federer silenced his critics by winning the French Open title for the first time, reclaiming his Wimbledon crown and ending 2009 at the number one position for the fifth time.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverThe Ledge : An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier / Jim Davidson, Kevin Vaughan.
“Davidson relates the story of the mountaineering accident that claimed his best friend, and his own 80-foot climb out of the crevasse into which the two had plunged after “summiting” Mt. Rainier…. Davidson and journalist Vaughn have crafted a modern Aristotelian tragedy.” – (adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe Football Men : Up Close with the Giants of the Modern Game / Simon Kuper.
“The great footballers and coaches are rarely glimpsed from up close. They shield themselves from the tabloids, hide their personalities behind professionalism, and in the words of the cliché, ‘do their talking on the pitch’. The Football Men describes the upbringings of these men, the football cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage that they bring to their relationships at work.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSoccernomics : Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey– and even Iraq– are destined to become the kings of the world’s most popular sport / Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski.
“Just in time for the world’s most anticipated and watched sporting event–the World Cup–two award-winning journalists reveal the secrets, mysteries, and oddities of the beautiful game.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)