2nd Edition

Practical Sports Coaching

Edited By Christine Nash Copyright 2022
    272 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Practical Sports Coaching is a thorough and engaging guide for all sports coaching students and practitioners. Drawing on real-life case studies and examples, the book is designed to develop practical coaching skills and provides readers with the methods and tools they need to become an expert coach. Structured around all facets of the coaching process, the text comprehensively covers topics such as: Preparing to Coach, the Role and Philosophy of Coaching, Coaching Environments and the use of Modern Technology in Coaching.

    This new and fully updated edition includes several new chapters that examine new and critical research areas such as the Coaching Professional, Coach Wellness & Mental Health and Performance Analysis for Coaches.

    The book’s practical approach allows the reader to consider common challenges faced by coaches, suggesting solutions to performance concerns and preparing students for the realities of professional sports coaching. The contributors draw upon their practical coaching experience as well as an understanding of coach learning and development.

    Practical Sports Coaching helps to bridge the gap between theory and practical coaching skills, and is an essential text for coaching students looking to deepen their understanding of sports coaching and experienced coaches developing their own practical skills.

    Section 1

    1. The Role of the Coach

    Kristen Dieffenbach and Melissa Thompson

    2. Planning your Coaching: A focus on Youth Participant Development

    Andy Abraham, Sergio Lorenzo Jimenez Saiz, Steve Mckeown, Gareth Morgan, Bob Muir, Julian North, and Kevin Till

    3. The Importance of a Coaching Philosophy

    John Widdowson and John Sproule

    4. The Coaching Professional

    Christine Nash

    Section 2

    5. The Talent Development Curriculum

    Jamie Taylor and Dave Collins

    6. The Art and Science of Refinement: Modifying, Polishing and Tweaking Learnt Skills

    Howie J. Carson and Dave Collins

    7. Team Coordination and Decision Making

    Alan MacPherson and Chris Duncan

    8. The Competition Environment

    Dave Collins and John Kiely

    Section 3

    9. Coach Learning and Development

    Christine Nash

    10. Interpersonal Knowledge of Coaching

    Koon Teck Koh and Li Quan Warrick Tan

    11. Coach mental health and well-being

    Sebastian Altfeld, Michael Kellmann, and Jürgen Beckmann

    12. Moving beyond Competence

    Christine Nash

    13. Communities of Practice and Social Learning Spaces for Sport Coach Learning: What and How

    Diane M. Culver and Tiago Duarte

    Section 4

    14. Big Data in Sport

    Jill Clark and Christine Nash

    15. Performance Analysis for Coaches

    Christopher Carling & Naomi Datson

    Section 5

    16. Putting it all together: Expertise in Coaching

    Christine Nash


    Christine Nash, PhD is the Head of Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (ISPEHS) in the Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has worked within a number of Higher Education institutions worldwide, most recently as a Visiting Professor at Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany. Before entering Higher Education, Christine has worked in multiple countries as a coach, most notably a National Coach, as well as a university coach, within the sport of swimming.