1st Edition

The Psychology of Sports Coaching Research and Practice

Edited By Richard Thelwell, Chris Harwood, Iain Greenlees Copyright 2017
    304 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is the first book to offer a comprehensive review of current research in the psychology of sports coaching. It provides detailed, critical appraisals of the key psychological concepts behind the practice of sports coaching and engages with contemporary debates in this field. Organised around three main themes, it discusses factors affecting the coaching environment; methods for enhancing coach performance; and how to put theory into practice through coaching work.

    Written by an international team of researchers and practitioners at the cutting edge of psychology and coaching, each chapter introduces a key concept, defines key terms, provides a comprehensive literature review, and considers implications for future research and applied practice. Encompassing the latest developments in the field, it addresses topics such as:

    • the theory behind effective coaching
    • creating performance environments
    • promoting psychological well-being
    • developing resilience through coaching
    • transformational leadership and the role of the coach.

    The Psychology of Sports Coaching: Research and Practice is an indispensable resource for sport psychologists and sports coaches, and is essential reading for all students and academics researching sport psychology.

    1. Coaching Athletes through Career Transitions

    [Paul Wylleman, Nathalie Rosier, Koen De Brandt and Paul De Knop]

    2. Creating Effective Development Environments for the Adolescent Athlete

    [Andrew Mills and Matthew Pain]

    3. The Theory (SDT) behind Effective Coaching

    [Megan Gilchrist and Clifford J. Mallett]

    4. Understanding and Enhancing Coach-Athlete Relationships through the 3 +1C’s Model

    [S. X. Yang and S. Jowett]

    5. Coaching through Organizational Change: The Influence of Leadership Succession Events

    [Christopher R. D. Wagstaff]

    6. The Coach-Parent Interaction: Support or Distraction?

    [Camilla J. Knight and Daniel G. Gould]

    7. Helping Coaches Meet Their Psychological Needs

    [Paul McCarthy and Burt Giges]

    8. High Performance Coaching: Demands and Development

    [Steve B. Rynne, Clifford J. Mallett and Martin W. O. Rabjohns]

    9. Coach Stress and Associated Impacts

    [Peter Olusoga and Richard Thelwell]

    10. Athlete Expectancies of Coaches and Their Consequences

    [Andrew J. Manley, Iain Greenlees and Richard Thelwell]

    11. Understanding Effective Coaching: Antecedents and Consequences

    [M. Ryan Flett, Sarah Carson Sackett and Martin Camiré]

    12. Definitions and Correlates of Coach Psychological Well- and Ill-Being

    [Juliette Stebbings and Ian M. Taylor]

    13. Transformational Leadership and the Role of the Coach

    [Calum A. Arthur and Alan Lynn]

    14. Enhancing Coaching Efficacy in the Psychosocial Development of Athletes

    [Chris Harwood]

    15. Antecedents and Impacts of Effective and Inspirational Coach Communication

    [Matthew J. Smith, Sean G. Figgins and Christopher N. Sellars]

    16. Developing Resilience through Coaching

    [Mustafa Sarkar and David Fletcher]

    17. Integrating Decision-Making into Training

    [Matt Dicks and Mr Mark Upton]

    18. Pulling the Group Together: The Role of the Social Identity Approach

    [Andrew. L. Evans, Matt J. Slater, Pete Coffee and Jamie B. Barker]


    Richard Thelwell is Head of Department for Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Richard has amassed a portfolio of over 70 peer-reviewed publications including edited book chapters, international journal publications and international conference papers. His current research interests lie within the area of coach psychology and in particular the themes of stress, emotion, coping and performance, psychological skills and behaviour change, and expectation effects. Richard also has a vested research interest in professional practice factors in applied sport psychology and is a Registered Psychologist of the Health and Care Professions Council. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the International Journal of Sport Psychology, and is Associate Editor for Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Chris Harwood is a Reader in Applied Sport Psychology and Sport Psychology Research Group Leader at Loughborough University, UK. He is a Registered Psychologist of the Health and Care Professions Council, a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and High Performance Sport Accredited (Psychology) Practitioner with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). His research and teaching interests lie mainly in the psychological aspects of youth sport and athlete development with a particular focus on the psychology of parenting and coaching. He is also interested in professional practice factors in applied sport psychology

    Iain Greenlees is a Reader in Sport Psychology at the University of Chichester, UK. He is a Registered Psychologist of the Health and Care Professions Council and a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. His research and teaching interests lie mainly in the psychological factors underpinning performance in sport and coaching settings. He is also interested in the efficacy of interventions in applied sport psychology. Iain is a former Associate Editor for The Sport and Exercise Psychology Review and he also now serves as an Editorial Board Member for The International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology