1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching

Edited By Paul Potrac, Wade Gilbert, Jim Denison Copyright 2013
    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    Over the last three decades sports coaching has evolved from a set of customary practices based largely on tradition and routine into a sophisticated, reflective and multi-disciplinary profession. In parallel with this, coach education and coaching studies within higher education have developed into a coherent and substantial field of scholarly enquiry with a rich and sophisticated research literature.

    The Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching is the first book to survey the full depth and breadth of contemporary coaching studies, mapping the existing disciplinary territory and opening up important new areas of research. Bringing together many of the world’s leading coaching scholars and practitioners working across the full range of psychological, social and pedagogical perspectives, the book helps to develop an understanding of sports coaching that reflects its complex, dynamic and messy reality.

    With more importance than ever before being attached to the role of the coach in developing and shaping the sporting experience for participants at all levels of sport, this book makes an important contribution to the professionalization of coaching and the development of coaching theory. It is important reading for all students, researchers and policy makers with an interest in this young and flourishing area.

    Introduction  Part 1 - Historical and Conceptual Overview of Sports Coaching  1. Historical perspectives on coaching - Dave Day  2. Coaching with Foucault: An examination of applied sports ethics - Richard Pringle, & Hamish Crocket  3. Coaching and professionalization  - Bill Taylor & Dean Garratt  4. Ready, set, action: Representations of coaching through film - Laura Hills & Eileen Kennedy  5. Issues of exclusion and discrimination in the coaching profession - Cindra Kamphoff & Diane Gill  6. Coaching efficacy beliefs - Melissa Chase & Eric Martin  7. Coaching competency and exploratory structural equation modelling - Nicholas Myers & Ying Jin  8. The application of video-based performance analysis: The coach supporting athlete learning - Ryan Groom & Lee Nelson  9. Observing coach-athlete interactions in real time: The state space grid method - Karl Erickson & Jean Côté  10. Recommendations on the methods used to investigate coaches’ decision making - John Lyle, & Ineke Vergeer  11. A critical realist approach to theorising coaching practice - Julian North  Part 2 - Perspectives on Sports Coaching In Action  12. Defining coaching effectiveness: focus on coaches’ knowledge - Wade Gilbert & Jean Côté  13. Coaches and talent identification - Mette Christensen & Kristoffer Henricksen  14. Holistic sports coaching: A critical essay - Tania Cassidy  15. Quality coaching behaviours - Andrea Becker  16. Coaching special populations - Brendan Burkett  17. Body politics: Coaching and technology - Ted M. Butryn  18. Humour and sports coaching: A laughing matter? - Lars-Tore Ronglan & Kenneth Aggerholm  19. Towards an emotional understanding of coaching: A suggested research agenda - Paul Potrac, Robyn Jones, Laura Purdy, Lee Nelson & Phil Marshall  20. Expectancy effects in sports coaching - Gloria Solomon & Richard Buscombe  21. Coaching life skills - Daniel Gould, Sarah Carson & Jed Blanton  22. Ambiguity, noticing, and orchestration: Further thoughts on managing the complex coaching context - Robyn L. Jones, Jake Bailey & Andrew Thompson  23. Athlete learning and development: Implications for coaching practice - Lee Nelson & Derek Colquhoun  24. Coach: The opens system’s manager - Marvin Washington & Ian Reade  25. Exploring trust and distrust in coaching: A suggested research agenda - Laura Purdy, Paul Potrac, & Lee Nelson  26. Empathic understanding and accuracy in the coach-athlete relationship - Ross Lorimer & Sophia Jowett  27. Dangerous liaisons: Harassment and abuse in coaching - Kari Fasting  28. Team cohesion in sport: Critical overview and implications for team building - Kari Fasting  Part 3 - Influences on Becoming a Sports Coach  29. Coach education and learning: Developing the field - Kari Fasting  30. Looking at coach development from the coach-learner’s perspective: Considerations for coach development administrators - Pierre Trudel, Penny Werthner & Diane Culver  31. Effective coaching as a modernist formation: A Foucauldian critique - Denison, Joseph Mills & Luke Jones  32. What a Foucauldian approach might do for the loss of the female coach - Jane Stangl  33. Women in coaching: The work-life interface - Jennifer E. Bruening, Marlene A. Dixon, Laura J. Burton & Rachel M. Madsen  34. Coach burnout - Thomas D. Raedeke & Göran Kenttä  35. Coaching expertise and the quantitative examination of developmental experiences - Bradley Young  36. Psychosocial training interventions to prepare youth sport coaches - Larry Lauer & Kristen Dieffenbach  37. Developing high performance coaching craft through work and study - Clifford Mallett, Steven Rynne & Sue Dickens  38. Mentoring for sport coaches - Gordon Bloom  39. Innovative approaches in coach education pedagogy - Kevin Morgan, Robyn Jones, David Gilbourne & David Llewellyn


    Paul Potrac is Professor of Sports Coaching at Edge Hill University. His research interests focus on exploring the social complexity of sports coaching, with a particular emphasis on the political and emotional nature of coaching practice.

    Wade Gilbert is a Professor and Sport Psychology Coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology at Fresno State University, USA. He is an active researcher and consultant in the areas of coach education, coaching effectiveness and athlete talent development. 

    Jim Denison is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Canada and Director of the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre. A sport sociologist and coach educator, his research examines the social construction and historical formation of coaching 'knowledges' and coaches' practices.