Rainer has made helping athletes and coaches find confidence and success his life’s work. As president and founder of Human Kinetics, Inc., Rainer has spent more than 30 years publishing books, journals, videos and online courses in the sports, fitness and physical activity fields. His book, Successful Coaching, is the best-selling coaching text ever published, with more than 1 million copies sold. The American Sport Education Program, founded by Rainer, is the largest coaching education program in the United States with more than 1 million coaches having completed ASEP courses. As a former Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois and a former sports psychologist for numerous U.S. Olympic athletes, Rainer has worked at the highest levels of academics and athletics, gathering a wealth of knowledge to pass on to coaches and young athletes. Widely recognized for his research on competitive anxiety, Rainer developed the Sport Competition Anxiety Test (SCAT), the first instrument to assess sport-specific anxiety. With more than 320 Human Kinetics employees and subsidiary offices in Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand, his
reach extends around the globe. Inducted into the National Association of Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Youth Hall of Fame in 2007, Rainer is also an avid athlete himself, having earned All-America status as a member of 15 National Senior Slow-Pitch Softball Championship teams.
Rainer Martens was recognized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.