Coaching adventure sports is part of the core work of many adventure educators but has been largely neglected in the adventure studies literature. This is the first book to link contemporary sports coaching science with adventure sports practice. It examines the unique set of challenges faced by adventure sports coaches, such as the dynamic natural environment and the requirement to train athletes to levels of high performance outside of traditional structures of competition, and explores both key theory and best practice.
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Each chapter contains applied examples from a range of adventure sports, including mountaineering, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, and winter sport, as well as practical coaching techniques and a guide to further reading. Written by a team of authors with wide experience of coaching, teaching, researching and high performance participation in adventure sports, this book is invaluable reading for any student or practitioner with an interest in adventure, outdoor education, sports coaching or lifestyle sport.
Introduction (Matt Berry, Jane Lomax and Chris Hodgson) 1. Conceptualising the Adventure Sports Coach (Loel Collins and Dave Collins) 2. Understanding the Role of Pedagogy in Adventure Sports Coaching (Matt Berry) 3. Observing and Analysing Performance in Adventure Sports (Craig Pulling, Pete Bunyan and Sid Sinfield) 4. Theories of Motor Learning and their Implications for the Adventure Sports Coach (Ed Christian and Phil Kearney) 5. Setting the Scene: A Framework for Coaching Practice in Adventure Sports (Phil Kearney and Ed Christian) 6. Coaching Tools for Adventure Sports (Ed Christian and Phil Kearney) 7. Coaching the Advanced Performer (Phil Kearney and Ed Christian) 8. Planning for Progression (Jane Lomax) 9. Tactics: The Missing Link in Performance (Chris Hodgson, Paul Gray and David Pears) 10. Training Principles for Adventure Sports (John Kelly and John Metcalfe) 11. Using Mental Skills in Your Adventure Coaching (Jane Lomax and Paul Gray) 12. Risk Management (Chris Hodgson) 13. Professionalism and the Adventure Sports Coach (Bill Taylor and Islay McEwan)