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Sports Coaching
A Theoretical and Practical Guide

ISBN 9780815392095
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

The application of the theoretical underpinnings of coaching to practice is a central concern in sport. How should academic research seek to inform applied practice, and how should practising coaches integrate research into their professional activities? Sports Coaching: A Theoretical and Practical Guide is the first book to truly integrate academic research on sports coaching with an assessment of and recommendations for applied practice.

With every chapter written by a coaching researcher and a practising coach, the book clearly and concisely introduces the academic evidence base and discusses how and why theory should be integrated into practice. Made up of sections on coaching practice, coach education and development, the use of sport science support and coaching special populations, the book constitutes a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of sports coaching.

Chapters are clearly and consistently structured, allowing students and coaches opportunity to gain a firm understanding of the core theoretical principles of sports coaching and the ways in which they can guide practice. The book is a vital resource for any sports coaching student, researcher or practitioner to develop their evidence-informed practice.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction


Ed Cope and Mark Partington

Section 2: A guide to coaching practice

1. A guide to understanding coaching philosophy: moving to a philosophy of coaching

Mark Partington and Jake Campbell

2. A guide to analysing coaching behaviours

Mark Partington and Jack Walton

3. Building a house of C.A.R.D.S.: the practice structures of coaches in a professional rugby union academy

Edward Thomas Hall, Aiden McNulty, Mark Laycock and James Ponton

4. Athlete-centred coaching: an applied example from junior international field hockey

Don Vinson and John Bell

Section 3: A guide to coach education and learning

5. Mentoring in coach education: the importance of role models, context and gender

Rebecca Sawiuk, Ryan Groom and Lois Fidler

6. Reflection and reflective practice: a theoretical and practical guide

Anna Stodter and Ian Minto

7. The think aloud program: developing reflection in coaches – from practice to theory

Amy Whitehead and Craig Richards

Section 4: A guide to sport science support

8. The analysis process: applying the theory

Benjamin Stanway and Philip Boardman

9. Physical development of the youth athlete: theoretical considerations and practical implications of growth and maturation

Greg Doncaster and Chris Towlson

10. Psychological characteristics of developing excellence in youth coaching

Áine Macnamara and Iain Simpson

Section 5: A guide to coaching different populations

11. Learning to problematise ‘the way things are’ when coaching female athletes: ‘gender effective coaching’ in sport

Luke Jones, Joseph Mills and Zoe Anver

12. Coaching in disability sport: from practice to theory

Robert Townsend, Christopher Cushion and Derek Morgan

13. Coaching children: a guide to maximising their enjoyment

Ed Cope and Neil Plimmer

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Ed Cope is a Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Loughborough University, UK. Ed teaches on modules related to the disciplinary area of coaching pedagogy, and has published widely in the areas of coach behaviour, coach education and children’s attitudes towards and experiences of sport.

Mark Partington is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Edge Hill University, UK, where he coordinates and teaches a number of modules that integrate pedagogy and practical knowledge in coaching practice. Mark has used a number of qualitative methods in his research with professional coaches and coach developers including field note observations, interviews and focus groups and the quantitative method of systematic observation. As well as being a researcher, Mark has experience as a coach in performance and development environments.