July 2022 MBR Review The Sports Shelf

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Aug 1, 2022, 2:13:37 PM8/1/22
The Sports Shelf

Pliability for Runners
Joseph McConkey, MS
Hatherleigh Press
c/o The Hatherleigh Foundation
62545 State Highway 10, Hobart, NY 13788
9781578269105, $16.95, PB, 176pp


Synopsis: With over dozens of exercises and sport-specific workout plans (all backed by modern, field-tested science), "Pliability for Runners: The Breakthrough Method to Stay Injury-Free, Get Stronger and Run Faster" by Joseph McConkey (exercise physiologist and coach at the Boston Running Center) offers the key to achieving optimum athletic performance while breaking the injury cycle.

Recreational runners, cross country and track runners, competitive road racers and professional athletes across the globe understand the critical importance of taking proper care of our body. Without proper upkeep, muscle fatigue, repetitive motion injuries and the general wear-and-tear of day-to-day living takes its toll on our body, making it less coordinated, more restricted and less responsive to the demands of athletic activity.

"Pliability for Runners" offers a complete and thorough breakdown of improving our body's pliability, runners of all skill and experience levels can take advantage of increased flexibility, stronger muscle resilience and better performance during (and after) workouts.

Pliability is the key to running injury free and outperforming the competition. Each year there are 50-60 million people in the US that run regularly, with over 50% of them suffering a running injury. Pliability (the loosening, softening and relaxing of muscles) is in the midst of a major 'movement' in the realm of professional sports, physical therapy and health/fitness to help offset these kinds of injuries.

"Pliability for Runners" comprehensively covers: Muscle strength; Range of motion; Explosive power; Chronic muscle tension; Endurance; Flexibility. Simply stated, "Pliability for Runners" is the breakthrough book that redefines running performance and injury prevention.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Pliability for Runners: The Breakthrough Method to Stay Injury-Free, Get Stronger and Run Faster" must be considered essential reading for both the novice and the experienced long distance runner. A 'must' for the reading lists of anyone aspiring to becoming a professional athlete in the sport of running, "Pliability for Runners" is an essential and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, highschool, college, and university library Sports Training, Stretching, Exercise & Fitness collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Pliability for Runners" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

After Jackie
Jeffrey S. Copeland
Paragon House
3600 Labore Road, Suite 1, St. Paul, MN 55110-4144
9781557789488, $19.95, PB, 320pp


Synopsis: Most people know the story of Jackie Robinson and his courage and struggles when breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. However, Jackie was the pioneer for only one of the sixteen teams in Major League Baseball at the time. What about the "other fifteen" pioneers?

With the publication of "After Jackie: Fifteen Pioneers Who Helped Change the Face of Baseball" by Jeffrey Copeland we are at last provided with the accounts of there struggles in breaking the race barrier of professional baseball.

While they faced many of the same hurdles and roadblocks as Jackie, each had individual twists and turns in his journey pioneering great change in race relations in baseball and American society. Mr. Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in April of 1947, but it wasn't until twelve years later that the last team added a person of color (Pumpsie Green, in 1959, for the Boston Red Sox).

Critique: An inherently fascinating and detailed story of the racial integration of professional baseball, "After Jackie: Fifteen Pioneers Who Helped Change the Face of Baseball" is a unique and groundbreaking history that will have a very special appeal to dedicated baseball fans and readers with an interest in 20th Century African American history. Exceptionally well written and presented, "After Jackie: Fifteen Pioneers Who Helped Change the Face of Baseball" is also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95) and very highly recommended for community, college, and university library Baseball History & Biography collections.

Editorial Note: Jeffrey S. Copeland, is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and former member of the ownership groups of the Waterloo Indians and Waterloo Diamonds He has also written for sports publications, including Sports Collectors Digest, and has also authored and edited over thirty books.

Kiira Korpi
Kiira Korpi, author
Jere Nurminen, author
McFarland & Company
PO Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640
9781476685083, $29.95, PB, 192pp


Synopsis: Finnish figure skater Kiira Korpi's career included triumphal championships and bitter disappointments. Trained from early childhood in a sport that demands uncompromising self-discipline and unrelenting work, her "fight until you make it" attitude brought her success and fame -- as well as an insidious performance anxiety.

Mental and physical burnout forced her retirement in 2015. With interviews and quotes from family, friends, coaches and competitors, Korpi's candid memoir describes the making and eventual undoing of a champion, reveals a darker side to the "ice princess" image of women's figure skating and advocates a more holistic, athlete-centered model of training.

Critique: An impressive and candidly informative sports biography, "Kiira Korpi: Surviving the Ruthless World of Championship Figure Skating" will have a very special appeal to fans of professional figure skating. While also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $13.49), "Kiira Korpi: Surviving the Ruthless World of Championship Figure Skating" will prove to be a welcome and enduringly appreciated addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary Sports Biographies in general, and the personal reading lists of all dedicated professional ice skating fans in particular.

Editorial Note #1: Kiira Korpi is the winner of several European Figure Skating Championship medals and Grand Prix events, a five-time Finnish Champion and two-time Olympian. Now a psychology student living in New York, she trains young skaters using positive coaching methods.

Editorial Note #2: Jere Nurminen is Director of Communications and Brand at Yle (the Finnish Broadcasting Company), where his long career as a sports journalist has focused on figure skating.


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