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1st Edition

Managing High Performance Sport

ISBN 9780415671996
Published January 25, 2013 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

  • 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

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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.