As the Holiday Season approaches, the Sport’Aide team has prepared a list of books to feed the dreams of your inner athlete…

Le manuel de l’entraîneur sportif

Linda Morency & al.

[…] Whether you are starting out as a coach or not, or you revolve around the sports field, in Le manuel de l’entraîneur sportif you will find answers to a large number of questions on the development of the coach and the athlete, such as: “How do I improve my efficiency as a coach? What foods are recommended before a competition? How to manage relationships with the parents of athletes? What specific challenges does a coach face?”

NB: In French only
Agressé sexuellement : de victime à résilient

Alain Fortier

[…] The author reveals the aggression that he suffered. He shows us his introspection process and explains the scars that these aggressions have left on his daily life. He also sheds light on how he ceased being a victim to take control of his life. […]

NB: In French only
Open

Andre Agassi

[…] Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.

Child Sexual Abuse – Media Representations and Government Reactions

Julia C. Davidson

Child Sexual Abuse critically evaluates the development of policy and legislative measures to control sex offenders. The last fifteen years has seen increasing concern on the part of the government, criminal justice agencies, the media and the public, regarding child sexual abuse. This concern has been prompted by a series of events including cases inviting media attention and involving the abduction, sexual abuse and murder of young children. […]

Open Mind, Open Heart

Clara Hughes

[…] One of Canada’s great Olympians, the only athlete in history to have won a total of six medals in both the Winter and Summer Games, Clara Hughes shares her exceptional journey for the first time. […]

La Performance… à quel prix? : encourager son enfant à se dépasser sainement

Christiane Despatie & al.

[…] Thanks to the expertise of three complementary authors – a coach, the mother of an Olympic athlete and a psychologist –, this work aims to equip parents with a range of tools to guide their child seeking to outperform themselves, regardless of the field or the final goal. It provides means that favour the child’s development in a healthy and balanced environment. The authors succeed in demonstrating that it is in pleasure that the child learns best to outperform.

NB: In French only
Mémoires d’un dur à cuir

Mathias Brunet

To reach the NHL, Dave Morissette undermined his health. Like many other athletes, the obsession to be big and strong pushed him to use steroids, stimulants and all sorts of junk. The secondary effects? The consequences? He didn’t care. The only thing that mattered was to play in the big league. Today, Dave Morissette admits that the price to pay was too high: concussions, ruined knees, stitches without anaesthetic, nose broken repeatedly, blackouts, heartburn. At least he’s still alive… […]

NB: In French only
Playing it forward : 50 years of women and sport in Canada

Guylaine Demers, Lorraine Greaves, Sandra Kirby & Marion Lay

[…] The struggle to achieve equality in sport has been integral to the feminist mission of the past 50 years. This book contains an inspiring collection of stories from those on the front lines: athletes, coaches, educators, and activists who stuck their necks out to bring about change. To read these stories is to swell with pride over the victories, to empathize with those whose efforts were toppled by discrimination, and to become re-energized to confront collectively the many hurdles left to clear.

Why I Didn’t Say Anything

Sheldon Kennedy

[…] As one of the most promising hockey talents to emerge from the Canadian minor leagues in the last two decades, Kennedy was destined for hockey greatness. But after he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1988, he attracted more attention for his off-ice antics than for his contributions to the score sheet. Plagued by rumours of drug and alcohol abuse and a string of injuries, Kennedy drifted from team to team. The happy ending promised by the headlines never materialized. Still haunted by the demons of sexual abuse, Kennedy’s life spiralled out of control. Now he has finally come forward to tell his story, and the story of coach Graham James, who is out of prison and currently coaching hockey in Europe.

Unsinkable

Silken Laumann

Just ten weeks before the 1992 Olympic Games, Silken Laumann, the reigning world champion in single sculls rowing, suffered a brutal accident that left her right leg shattered and useless. Doctors doubted that she would ever row competitively again. But twenty-seven days, five operations and countless hours of gruelling rehabilitation later, Silken was back in her racing shell, ready to pursue her dream. When the starter’s pistol rang out on August 2, she made the greatest comeback in Canadian sports history, rowing to a bronze-medal finish while the world watched, captivated by her remarkable story. […]

Star athletes and addiction : the derailed careers of athletes

Dana Rasmussen

[…] This book takes a look at what it means to be a professional athlete, the mechanics of substance abuse, and provides information on stellar athletes whose careers were derailed due to their problems with addiction. Project Webster represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. […]

Flow in sports

Susan Jackson et Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Some call it a natural “high.” Others refer to it as being “in a zone.” Whatever it’s called, flow is an elusive and very sought-after psychological state that athletes, coaches, and sport psychologists have tried to understand, harness, and employ to their benefit since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi first coined the term back in the early 1970s.

À chacun son podium
Sylvie Fréchette
[…] Who are you? What motivates you? What prevents you from realizing your ambitions? By asking yourself these essential questions and with the help of examples drawn from her personal and professional life, the Olympic double medallist will convince you that reaching the top stop of the podium is within everyone’s reach.

NB: In French only
Champion in Your Head

François Ducasse & Makis Chamalidis

[…] Presented as a journey of initiation, Champion in Your Head is not just focussed on performance, but also reminds us of the values that sport should transmit, including generosity, loyalty, a sense of adventure, elegance. You will also discover the Mental Map, which strikingly illustrates the obstacles and traps along the way, as well as the qualities needed to overcome them and take you to that very special state where creation, accomplishment and success can flourish.

Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence

Gary Mack & David Casstevens

[…] In Mind Gym, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes–many of whom he has worked with–you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental “muscle.” Mind Gym will give you the “head edge” over the competition.

Désavantage numérique

Guillaume Lefrançois & Chantal Machabée

On September 1, 1989, when the Réseau des sports saw the light of day, it was the first voice that Quebec sports fans heard. Almost 30 years later, the media landscape is unrecognizable, but Chantal Machabée has gone through fashions and eras, accumulating fascinating meetings and prestigious postings. But her most extraordinary accomplishment is that she succeeded in standing out in a is that heavily dominated by men. […]

NB: In French only 

The entire Sport’Aide team wishes you a wonderful Holiday Season and best wishes for a 2019 filled with happiness and great surprises.