Coaching is a vital factor for success in sport at all levels. Sport Coaching Concepts offers a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical issues that underpin sport coaching practice. Now in a fully revised and updated new edition, it explains why a conceptual approach to sport coaching is more important than ever before, using practice-orientated analysis to help students develop a full understanding of coaching theory and technique.
Drawing on more than a decade’s worth of research, the book reflects upon the profound changes that have transformed coach education and development. It covers all the key topics of the sport coaching curriculum and includes six new chapters on the evolution of coaching theory, coaching expertise, decision making, social perspectives on the coach–athlete relationship, social inclusion and principles of coach development. Each chapter contains a full range of pedagogical features to aid learning, including discussion questions, practical projects, guides to further reading, case studies and insights from practising coaches.
Sport Coaching Concepts is essential reading for all students of sport coaching and any serious coaches looking to develop their own coaching practice.
"Drawing on more than a decade's worth of research reflecting the profound changes that have transformed coach education and development. For me, it certainly captures the significant theoretical issues that underpin contemporary sport-coaching practice … An essential read for students of sports coaching and any serious coaches looking to develop their own coaching practice", Laura Gale, Sports Coaching Review
1. Developments in the field
2. Developing a conceptual framework
3. The coaching process
4. Coaching domains and the role of the coach
5. Expertise in sport coaching
6. Modelling the coaching process
7. A proposed model for coaching
8. Operationalising the model: or, what coaches really do!
9. Approaches to coaching: linking theory and practice
10. Sport coaching in social context
11. Coaching philosophy
12. Pedagogy in practice
13. The professionalisation of sport coaching
14. Coach education and coaching practice
15. Setting a research agenda