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Fall 2013 /

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Sports, Character, and HK By: Brian
The recent rash of domestic abuse charges facing NFL players once again reminds us that playing sports does not build character. James Michener, in his book Sports in America, quoted the sportswriter Heywood Hale Broun: “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”   How true. It is something Human Kinetics has been teaching since 1981 when HK founder Rainer Martens developed the American Coaching Effectiveness Program, a division of HK. Character is taught and nurtured read more

HK Canada in Partnership with Canfitpro By: Jake
Founded in 1993, canfitpro is the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry, delivering high-quality education, certifications, conferences, trade shows, and services to more than 85,000 members who include some of the world’s finest fitness professionals, health club operators, industry suppliers, and fitness consumers. HK Canada’s proud partnership with canfitpro stretches back over 15 years, beginning as an exhibitor in the early years of canfitpro’s read more
Authors and Editors in the News
Don Meyer Don Meyer, a legend of college basketball and an author of Basketball Skills and Drills, Second Edition, died Sunday, May 18, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, at the age of 69. Meyer fought carcinoid cancer in the last years of his life. A purist who loved teaching and basketball but was not interested in navigating the complications attached to Division I basketball, Meyer spent his career working at small colleges: Hamline in Minnesota, Lipscomb University in Nashville, and Northern State read more

Peter Twist Peter Twist was honored at the 2013 IDEA World Fitness Convention in August as the recipient of their Inspiration Award. Pete is the president and CEO of Twist Conditioning, Inc. He is an exercise physiologist with a specialization in coaching science and is the author of Complete Conditioning for Hockey. Having coached in the NHL for 11 years, he has worked with over 700 professional athletes. Pete received the award in recognition of his battle back to health from stage 4 nasopharyngeal read more

Paul Annacone Congratulations to HK author Paul Annacone, who was recently hired on a trial basis by Sloane Stephens, the second-ranked American female tennis player. Paul, host of the Paul Annacone Tactical Tennis DVD series, had been Roger Federer’s coach, but last month he split with Federer after 3½ years. He has been working for a few hours every day with Stephens in Los Angeles, where they both live, according to, which first reported the news. Paul also previously coached Pete read more

Advanced Analysis of Motor Developement Acquisition editor Josh Stone’s son is like his dad and enjoys geeking out. Here Holden is sneaking a peek at Advanced Analysis of Motor Development by Kathleen Haywood, Mary Ann Roberton and Nancy Getchell. It’s clear that our employees practice what HK preaches. Of course, some might think we just look for cheap proofreaders who don’t demand minimum wage. read more

At the 2014 Boston Marathon By: Jason
This past April, HK’s Consumer division marketing director Bill Johnson and I had the pleasure of being in Boston for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. The majesty of the event is legendary, but this year, it was especially so. Blue and yellow and the now-familiar declaration of “Boston Strong” blanketed billboards, restaurants, and businesses. And though the attention centered on the event, the pride and passion on display were symbolic of so much more. Nowhere was read more

Attendance at Trade Shows Gets Your Work in Front of People By: Julie
(Exhibit Manager Jean Edwards coauthored this article.)   A trade show lasts only a few days, but our work for each one starts about a year in advance. As the Human Kinetics exhibits managers, our role is to manage every detail that goes into our participation in trade shows. We administer all of the arrangements and oversee planning for each event. Putting an exhibit together is truly a team effort and involves our collaboration with virtually every department at Human Kinetics— read more

Just One Click Away: Stopping Plagiarism in Its Tracks By: Chris
It is so easy to do: You have a file on your computer that includes much of what you want to include in your new chapter, so you copy and paste from it, not remembering that it was published elsewhere. Or you are researching a concept on the Internet and find a paragraph that says exactly what you want to say. Stop! Before you copy and paste, remember that you need to credit the publication—whether print or online—and you may need to seek permission, which may cost more than you read more

By: Amy
This spring, Human Kinetics was party central! We celebrated our 40th anniversary in style and in many ways. Leading up to the actual anniversary date of April 1, we shared stories and memories from long-serving staff, our early authors, and Rainer and Julie Martens. There was also a countdown of the 40 employees with the longest history here at HK. Employees enjoyed seeing the old pictures and hearing about the history of HK through the memories of those that created it. On April 1, all read more