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Where NZIHF Staff learn stuff: Suggested Readings

It can be difficult to know which textbooks to spend your money on. They all look pretty much the same and it's usually not until you buy one that you realise it wasn't as helpful as you had hoped. This article mentions a few texts that we like


Students are often asking us what we recommend when they are looking for Anatomy and Physiology texts. The NZIHF team has come up with four texts we recommend. You can click on the links below to find out more about each one. I am constantly referring back to my texts books and firmly recommend investing in a good A&P text. Have a look and feel free to comment on what you thought of them


The Anatomy Colouring Book

Authors: Wyann Kapit/Lawrence M. Elson


 Anatomy Colouring Book Cover

Recommended by Lee Marshall (tutor in Auckland). “I would recommend the colouring book as a good learning tool if a student is having trouble with anatomy”. Students have also recommended this book although they have said it is very technical. 


Trail Guide to the Body: How to Locate Muscles, Bones and More (3rd Edition)

Author: Andrew R. Biel


Trail Guide to the body cover


Highly recommended by Nadia Buxeda (tutor in Auckland). “Love this book because it is really easy to look at muscles individually. It is also good for looking at muscles working as groups to create movements. It is simple with clear diagrams and is not too technical.”


Also recommended by Lee Marshall (tutor in Auckland). “I would recommend the trail guide as a must have.”






Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning-3rd Edition

By NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association

Now in its third edition, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the most comprehensive reference available for strength and conditioning professionals. In this text, 30 expert contributors explore the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning as well as their applications to athletic performance.


 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning Cover


Highly recommended by Neil Davis (tutor in Christchurch). “With the NSCA being to strength and conditioning what ASCM is to sports medicine this book was one of our bibles at university. It covers everything: physiology, biomechanics, exercise testing, prescription and techniques. This book definitely has it all and it a great place to start whether you’re training general or athletic populations.”


Lee Marshall  (tutor in Auckland). “I would recommend the Essentials of strength and conditioning as a great resource if you can afford it”

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, Control Systems of the Human Body


Gerard J. Tortora, Sandra R. Grabowski


Tortora A and P Cover


 Henry Odd (tutor in Christchurch), recommends this book. “I like it because it gives a good depth of info on Anatomy and Physiology and also comes with a DVD collection to help.”


Let us know what you think. Also please recommend any other texts you have found useful.