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Managing High Performance Sport

1st Edition

Edited by Popi Sotiriadou, Veerle De Bosscher


322 pages

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  • How can managers design and implement effective high performance programmes in sport?
  • What are the key challenges in managing elite athletes, sports people and teams?

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive introduction to management practice, process and policy in elite and high performance sport (HPS). Drawing on real-world case-studies of elite sport around the world, the book shows a conceptual framework for studying and analysing high performance sport and introduces the skills and techniques that managers and administrators will need to develop effective HPS programmes.

The book examines the macro level factors that determine a nation’s sporting success, including political, social and cultural elements, and then moves on to unpack the specifics of elite athlete and team management at a micro level. Adopting an integrated, holistic approach throughout, the book highlights best practice in every key area of an HPS programme, including:

  • defining performance and success
  • organizational structure and leadership
  • finance, funding and marketing
  • coaching and coach development
  • talent identification and development
  • competition and events
  • training and facilities
  • scientific research and sport science support.

The book features contributions from world-leading sport management academics as well as practitioners with experience of managing HPS programmes at world and Olympic level. Each chapter includes a full range of useful features, such as summaries, case-studies, review questions and guides to further reading. This is essential reading for all serious students and professionals working in sport management or high performance sport.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The roles of high performance directors within national sporting organizations Part A: High performance management of elite sport Chapter 2. Commercial, political, social and cultural factors impacting on the management of high performance sport Chapter 3. Measuring performance and success in elite sport Chapter 4. Managing high performance sport at the national policy level Chapter 5. Comparative high performance sports models Chapter 6. Quality and performance management of national sport organizations: Measuring and steering the performance of the distribution network Chapter 7. The governance of high performance sport Part B: Managing high performance athletes Chapter 8. Sport development in high performance sport: The process of attracting, retaining and nurturing athletes Chapter 9. A developmental and holistic perspective on athletic career development Chapter 10. Support services in athletic development: Good practices from the field Chapter 11. Coaching high performance athletes and the high performance team Chapter 12. Managing athletes post-career Part C: Issues in the management of high performance sport Chapter 13. The influence of commercialization and globalization on high performance sport Chapter 14. Facilities, media and management at major events Chapter 15. The management of performance enhancing drugs in high performance sport Conclusion Afterword on managing high performance sport

About the Editors

Popi Sotiriadou is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport Management, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia.

Veerle De Bosscher is a Professor in the Department of Sports Policy and Management, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

About the Series

Foundations of Sport Management

Foundations of Sport Management is a discipline-defining series of texts on core and cutting-edge topics in sport management. Featuring some of the best known and most influential sport management scholars from around the world, each volume represents an authoritative, engaging and self-contained introduction to a key functional area or issue within contemporary sport management. Packed with useful features to aid teaching and learning, the series aims to bridge the gap between management theory and practice and to encourage critical thinking and reflection among students, academics and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

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