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2nd Edition

Foundations of Sports Coaching
second edition

ISBN 9780415749251
Published November 12, 2014 by Routledge
286 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, Foundations of Sports Coaching is a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the practical, vocational and scientific principles that underpin the sports coaching process. It provides the reader with all the skills, knowledge and scientific background they will need to prepare athletes and sports people technically, tactically, physically and mentally. With practical coaching tips, techniques and tactics highlighted throughout, the book covers all the key components of a foundation course in sports coaching, including:

  • the development of sports coaching as a profession
  • coaching styles and technique
  • planning and management
  • basic principles of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and psychology
  • fundamentals of training and fitness
  • performance analysis
  • reflective practice in coaching.

This second edition features more case studies from real top-level sport, including football, basketball and athletics, helping the student to understand how to apply their knowledge in practice and providing useful material for classroom discussion. The book also includes a greater range of international examples; more references to contemporary research and a stronger evidence base, and new questions in each chapter to encourage the student to reflect upon their own coaching practice.

Foundations of Sports Coaching bridges the gap between theory and applied practice and is essential reading for all introductory coaching courses and for any sports coach looking to develop their professional expertise.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Career development in coaching  Chapter 1. The development of coaching  Chapter 2. The volunteer coach and career development  Chapter 3. Coaching and performance  Part 2: Effective sports coaching  Chapter 4. The coach  Chapter 5. Analysing coaching concepts  Chapter 6. Structuring practice  Part 3: Planning and management and the role of the coach  Chapter 7. Planning a coaching session  Chapter 8. Season planning  Chapter 9. Management and the coach  Part 4: Anatomy and physiology, training principles and the coach  Chapter 10. Anatomy and physiology  Chapter 11. Fundamentals of training and fitness  Chapter 12. Injury prevention  Part 5: Sport and exercise psychology, human movement principles and the coach  Chapter13. Sport and exercise psychology and the role of the coach  Chapter 14. Skill acquisition and the role of the coach  Chapter 15. Biomechanics, performance analysis and the coach  Part 6: Further considerations for the coach  Chapter 16. Coach education and mentoring  Chapter 17. Coaching special populations  Chapter 18. Lifestyle management  Chapter 19. Talent identification and talent transfer  Chapter 20. Case studies

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Paul E. Robinson is Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science at the University of Chichester, UK. He is an England Hockey Level 3 coach and a coach educator, tutor and assessor. His research interests lie in skill acquisition, specifically implicit and explicit learning and decision making.


"The case studies and the appendix are excellent and an important part of the book."

Craig Esherick, George Mason University, Manassas.