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Routledge Handbook of Elite Sport Performance

1st Edition

Edited by Dave Collins, Andrew Cruickshank, Geir Jordet


402 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Elite Sport Performance is the first book to examine a broad span of performance and support issues in contemporary elite sport; including coaching, sports science and medicine, leadership and management, operating in different societies, living in the system as a performer, and future developments in the domain.

The book is written by authors with elite-level experience, expertise, success, and status across individual and team sports, including football, NFL, track and field athletics, rowing, and rugby, in professional, Olympic, and other elite domains. The book also considers the integration of systems at micro to macro levels, from working with individual athletes to developing national organisations and policy, and features in-depth case studies from real sport throughout.

This is an essential reference for any researcher or advanced student with an interest in elite sport or applied sport science, from sport injury and sport psychology to sports coaching and sport policy. It is also an invaluable resource for coaches, managers, administrators, and policy-makers working in elite sport, offering them a "breadth first" guide to how and why specialists may work together for maximum effect.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

List of contributors


Introduction – defining, delineating, and driving elite performance

Dave Collins, Andrew Cruickshank, and Geir Jordet


Coaching elites – art and science

1 The principles of elite coaching – blending knowledge, experience, and novelty

Dave Collins

2 Being the personal coach

Toni Minichiello

3 Being the national coach in an Olympic sport

Mike Hay

4 Coaching a national team in professional football

Egil ‘Drillo’ Olsen with Geir Jordet

5 Doing it week in, week out

Dean Smith with Andrew Cruickshank

6 Coaching in action/adventure sports – a novel challenge

Tom Willmott

7 Specialist coaching – coaching quarterbacks in NFL, college, and high school

Steve Fairchild with Geir Jordet

8 Developing the players of tomorrow

Ruben Jongkind


The appliance of science – uni-disciplinary perspectives

9 Physiology – working in endurance

Andy Jones

10 Strength and conditioning in the elite team sport environment

Clive Brewer

11 Performance analysis – working in football

Christopher Carling

12 Working with psychology in professional football

Geir Jordet

13 Keeping them on the pitch

Andy Barr with Geir Jordet

14 Medical practice with elite athletes

Bruce Hamilton


The appliance of science – interdisciplinary perspectives

15 Effective performance support – an integrated view

Graeme Maw

16 Interdisciplinary performance development in elite sport – applied sport science

Fergus Connolly

17 Using data in football

Ian Graham

18 Research and innovation – seeking and securing competitive advantage

Peter Vint


Managing elite performance systems

19 Culture, leadership, and management with elites

Andrew Cruickshank

20 Developing elites – academy systems

Neil McCarthy

21 Supporting performance – a national institute perspective

Phil Moore

22 The performance director’s role

Tim Jones with Andrew Cruickshank

23 Leading a national system

Alex Baumann with Andrew Cruickshank

24 Managing a professional football club

Frédéric Paquet with Geir Jordet

25 Managing impressions and relationships when speaking to the sports media

Kieran A. File


Fitting systems to societies

26 Fitting within the social milieu

Mads Davidsen

27 Vive la difference – perspectives on the challenges of being a woman in high-level sport

Tynke Toering

28 Developing coaches and players around the globe

Anne Pankhurst with Rosie Collins

29 The coach nomad

Guus Hiddink with Geir Jordet

30 The transition to elite performance – societal contrasts in the same sport

B. J. Mather and Dave Rotheram


Living in the system – the performer perspective

31 The new kids on the block

‘Team Porteous’ with Dave Collins

32 Staying at the top in Olympic rowing for 25 years

Olaf Tufte with Geir Jordet

33 Playing home and away – and away and away

Tore Andre Flo with Andrew Cruickshank

34 Life AND sport – making it happen AND progressing while you play

Sinéad Jennings with Áine MacNamara


Integration – making it all work

35 Driving the performance system – DOES research help?

Dave Collins and Andrew Cruickshank

36 Working in the jungle – how should elite sport practitioners operate and be developed?

Helen Alfano, Dave Collins, and Geir Jordet

37 Creating long-term high performing teams

Stuart Lancaster with Veronica Burke


About the Editors

Dave Collins is Director of Grey Matters Performance Ltd and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. As a practitioner, he has supported over 70 world or Olympic medalists, and worked at the highest levels of professional sport and other performance domains. His current support roles include Chelsea FC, Gloucester RFC, and Snowsports New Zealand.

Andrew Cruickshank is Lead Psychologist for British Judo, Sport Psychologist for England Golf, and consultant for other elite sport organisations and governing bodies through Grey Matters Performance Ltd. Andrew is also Researcher/Lecturer within the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.

Geir Jordet is Professor in Sport Psychology at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway, and regular consultant for several European football associations and professional football clubs. He is co-owner of cognitive training software company BeYourBest.

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Subject Categories

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