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Foundations of Sports Coaching

second edition, 2nd Edition

By Paul E. Robinson, Ashley Gill


268 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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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.


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

Craig Esherick, George Mason University, Manassas.

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

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / General