1st Edition

The Ethics of Sports Coaching

Edited By Alun R Hardman, Carwyn Jones Copyright 2011
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    • Is the role of the sports coach simply to improve sporting performance?
    • What are the key ethical issues in sports coaching practice?

    Despite the increasing sophistication of our understanding of the player-sport-coach relationship, the dominant perspective of the sports coach is still an instrumental one, focused almost exclusively on performance, achievement and competitive success. In this ground-breaking new book, leading sport scholars challenge that view, arguing that the coaching process is an inherently moral one with an inescapably ethical dimension, involving intense relationships between players and coaches. The Ethics of Sports Coaching critically examines this moral aspect, develops a powerful idea of what sports coaching ought to be, and argues strongly that coaches must be aware of the ethical implications of their acts.

    The book is structured around four central themes: the nature of coaching, the character of the coach, coaching specific populations and specific coaching contexts. It explores in detail many of the key ethical issues in contemporary sports coaching, including:

    • coaching special populations
    • the ethics of talent identification
    • understanding the limits of performance enhancement
    • coaching dangerous sports
    • expatriate coaching
    • setting professional standards in sports coaching.

    Combining powerful theoretical positions with clear insights into the everyday realities of sports coaching practice, this is an agenda-setting book. It is essential reading for all students, researchers and practitioners with an interest in sports coaching or the ethics and philosophy of sport.

    Part 1: The Nature of Coaching  1. The Normative Aims of Coaching: The Good Coach as an Enlightened Generalist  2. Celebrating Trust: Virtues and Rules in the Ethical Conduct of Sports Coaches  Part 2: The Character of the Coach  3. Becoming a Good Coach: Coaching and Phronesis  4. Objectivity and Subjectivity in Coaching 5. Sports Coaching and Virtue Ethics  Part 3: Coaching Specific Populations  6. The Moral Ambiguity of Coaching Youth Sport  7. Sport-Smart Persons: A Practical Ethics for Coaching Young Athletes  8. Males Coaching Female Athletes  9. Coaching Ethics and Paralympic Sports  Part 4: Coaching in Context: Contemporary Ethical Issues  10. Coaching and the Ethics of Youth Talent Identification: Rethinking Luck and Justice  11. Coaching and the Ethics of Performance Enhancement  12. Ethical Issues in Coaching Dangerous Sports  13. A Defense of Expatriate Coaching in Sport


    Alun R. Hardman is Senior Lecturer and Discipline Director in the socio-cultural aspects of sport at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. His academic focus is on the philosophy of sport and physical education, with particular interests in the area of applied sports ethics and how change and its moral implications impact upon sporting practices and their communities.

    Carwyn Jones is Reader in Sports Ethics at the Cardiff School of Sport, UWIC. He has published widely in the area of sports ethics in both peer-reviewed journals and books. His particular expertise is fostering and developing moral virtue through sport and the role of the pedagogue therein.

    "...an illuminating collection. Summing up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."—CHOICE, D. R. Hochsteller, Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley