1st Edition

The Applied Sport and Exercise Practitioner

    226 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Applied Sport and Exercise Practitioner is designed to help all developing sport and exercise practitioners navigate the world of applied work. This book explores conceptual issues surrounding applied practice such as the identity and role of the applied practitioner, professional ethics and how to be part of a multi-disciplinary team. Using a cross disciplinary approach, it brings together the challenges and experiences of sport and exercise practitioners. This book links theoretical ideas with actual practice and compares issues across disciplines and domains. Each chapter includes case studies of contemporary issues from practitioners working in different environments and with diverse populations. Important topics such as insurance, data protection, ethic and soft skills are also discussed.

    The Applied Sport and Exercise Practitioner is key reading for graduate students and practitioners interested in improving their practice and careers.


    1. Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise

    Paula Watson, Andy Borrie, Charlotte Chandler, Andy Hooton, and Andy Miles

    Part 1: Context and Environment

    2. The Development and Purpose of Standards in Sport and Exercise

    Nathan Reeves and Andy Miles

    3. Working Contexts; The Reality of Being in the Field

    Laura Carey

    4. Professional Ethics; Navigating the Challenging Moments

    Emily Ryall, Andy Borrie and Paula Watson

    Part 2: Being a Professional Practitioner

    5. Getting to Know You; Understanding Identity and Role

    Charlotte Chandler, Andy Hooton and Martin Turner

    6. Getting to Know Your Team; Interdisciplinary Working with Others

    Emma Cowley, Jennifer James and Jonty Norris

    7. Getting to Know Your Client; The Importance of "Really Listening"

    Paula Watson, Rebecca Levett and Chris Marshall

    8. Organisational Culture in Sports; Perspectives, Traps and Entry Points for Cultural Practitioners

    Niels Feddersen, Michael McDougall and John Downey

    9. Reflective Practice; The Core of Professional and Personal Learning

    Emma Huntley, Laura Johnson and Sam Napier

    Part 3: Tales from the Field

    10. ‘Relentless, Emotional and Amazing’; Working in High Performance Sport

    Andy Borrie and Laura Borrie

    11. 'A Challenging but Rewarding Path'; Working with Disability Populations

    Louise Ferrandino, Simon Briley and Tom O’Brien

    12. ‘We’re All Scousers Now’; Integrating Ethnically Diverse Communities through Physical Activity (The Toxteth Firefit Hub)

    Martin Cooper, Sharif Yusef, Anthony Williams and Dave Scott,

    13. ‘Balancing the Psychosocial and the Physiological’; The Day-to-Day Realities of Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Anthony Crozier and John Buckley

    14. ‘It Isn’t All Child’s Play’; Working with Children and Young People

    Zoe Knowles, Hannah Goss, Cara Shearer and Freddie Turner

    Part 4: Reflections

    15. Effectiveness in Practice; Principles of Evaluation

    Charlotte Chandler and Tim Donovan

    16. Looking Across the Lines; Common Views and Shared Challenges

    Andy Hooton, Paula Watson, Andy Miles, Charlotte Chandler and Andy Borrie


    Andy Borrie is currently Senior Lecturer in Coaching and Professional Practice at the University of Derby, UK and has more than 30 years of experience in high performance sport and applied sport science.

    Charlotte Chandler is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Derby, UK and acts as Postgraduate Coordinator for sport and exercise programmes.

    Andy Hooton is Head of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Derby, UK and an HCPC-Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

    Andy Miles is a Principal Lecturer at Cardiff Met, UK and was the School of Sport’s Director of Enterprise for 10 years.

    Paula Watson is an HCPC-Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist in independent practice (Made Up To Move Ltd). She has extensive experience in the field of health behaviour change, both within and outside higher education.