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:
- preparation for coaching
- the philosophy of coaching
- direct intervention
- coaching methods
- the use of modern technology.
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. A companion website containing presentation slides and useful weblinks makes the book a complete resource for students and lecturers alike.
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.
Table of Contents
Section 1 1. The Role of the Coach (Peter Horton) 2. Planning your Coaching: A Focus on Youth Participant Development (Andy Abraham, Sergio Lorenzo Jimenez Saiz, Steve Mckeown, Gareth Morgan, Bob Muir, Julian North, Kevin Till) 3. The Importance of a Coaching Philosophy (John Sproule) Section 2 4. The Competition Environment (Dave Collins and John Kiely) 5. The Practice Session: Creating a Learning Environment (Terry McMorris) 6. The Practice Session: Creating a Motivational Climate (Kevin Morgan and Mohamad Faithal Haji Hassan) 7. The Practice Session: Talent Development (Russell Martindale) 8. Coaching Tactics (Shirley Gray and Edward Hall) Section 3 9. How Coaches Learn and Develop (Christine Nash) 10. Emotional Intelligence (Áine MacNamara and John Stoszkowski) 11. Mentoring as a Coach Development Tool (Christine Nash and Sarah McQuade) 12. Reflective Practice (Amanda Martindale and Dave Collins) 13. Learning through Communities of Practice in Sport Coaching (Christine Nash and Cedric English) Section 4 14. Technology in Sports Coaching (Jill Clark and Christine Nash) 15. Using Geotechnology Tools in Sports Coaching (Jill Clark and Joseph Kerski) Section 5 16. Putting it all together (Christine Nash)
Christine Nash is currently Deputy Head of the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK, and also Programme Director for the new online MSc in Sport Coaching and Performance. She was a national swimming coach in the UK and has coached in the USA. She is currently involved in supporting coach education with a variety of sports. She is a member of the Coaching Standards Group, the committee that endorses coach education courses in the UK. She also sits on the research committee of the International Council for Coaching Excellence.