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Routledge Handbook of Elite Sport Performance

Edited By Dave Collins, Andrew Cruickshank, Geir Jordet Copyright 2019
    420 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    420 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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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.

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    List of contributors




    Introduction – defining, delineating, and driving elite performance

    Dave Collins, Andrew Cruickshank, and Geir Jordet


    PART I

    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


    PART V

    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



    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.

    "This lengthy volume of 37 essays may be the first to examine support issues in elite sports …The handbook is designed for researchers and advanced students in applied sports science, as well as sports coaches and administrators seeking guidance to maximize efficiency and success. All contributors seem to agree unanimously that elite sports teams, and individual athletes, require the following types of support: development of a team-based culture; focus on ethics in applying science to their needs; stress on good communication skills; and effort toward building trust. Various chapters address ways of enhancing cooperation between researchers and practically minded coaches … Summing Up: Recommended." - S. A. Riess, Northeastern Illinois University, Choice