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Sports Coaching

A Theoretical and Practical Guide, 1st Edition

Edited by Ed Cope, Mark Partington


200 pages

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The application of the theoretical underpinnings of coaching to practice are a central concern in sport. How should academic research seek to inform applied practice, and how should practicing 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 practicing, elite-level 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 complete guide to the theory and practice of sports coaching.

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

2. A Guide to Analysing Coaching Behaviours

Mark Partington with 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 with Aiden McNulty, Mark Laycock and James Ponton

4. Athlete-Centred Coaching: An Applied Example From Junior International Field Hockey

Don Vinson with 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 and Ryan Groom with 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 with 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 Problematize ‘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 and Christopher Cushion with Derek Morgan

13. Coaching Children: A Guide to Maximising their Enjoyment

Ed Cope with Neil Plimmer

About the Editors

Ed Cope is a Lecturer in Sports Coaching at the University of Hull, UK and a part-time Talent Reporter for the English Football Association. Ed teaches on modules related to the performance analysis of sport and coaching pedagogy. He has expertise in qualitative research, particularly the use of visual research methodologies with young people and children, and regularly publishes his research in the leading journals in the sport, health and exercise sciences. Ed completed his PhD at the University of Bedfordshire in 2014. His thesis investigated the pedagogical practices of children’s sport coaches.

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 also works part-time as an academy football coach. Mark has expertise in qualitative research, particularly the use of ethnographic methodologies among professional coaches and the quantitative method of systematic observation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / General