Every successful sports coach knows that good teaching and social practices are just as important as expertise in sport skills and tactics. Now in a fully revised and updated third edition, Understanding Sports Coaching is still the only introduction to theory and practice in sports coaching to fully explore the social, cultural and pedagogical concepts underpinning good coaching practice.
The book examines the complex interplay between coach, athlete, coaching programme and social context, and encourages coaches to develop an open and reflective approach to their own coaching practice. It covers every key aspect of coaching theory and practice, including important and emerging topics, such as:
Understanding Sports Coaching also includes a full range of practical exercises and extended case studies designed to encourage coaches to reflect critically upon their own coaching strategies, their interpersonal skills and upon important issues in contemporary sports coaching. This is an essential textbook for any degree-level course in sports coaching, and for any professional coach looking to develop their coaching expertise.
"The field of sports coaching is in need of more texts akin to Understanding Standing Sports Coaching, especially if it is to develop the critical, imaginative, caring and thoughtful practitioners that this 'profession' so desperately requires. For me, this book should be a core reading on any undergraduate programme that is seeking to develop graduates with these qualities." - Lee Nelson, Sports Coaching Review
1. Introduction 2. Reflection Section 1: The Context of Coaching 3. Coaching Ethics 4. Coaching as a (Micro)political Activity 5. Professionalization of Sports Coaching Section 2: The Coach 6. Coaches’ Selves 7. The Coach as a Pedagogical Performer Section 3: The Athletes 8. Athlete Learning 9. 'Developing’ Athletes 10. Talent Identification and Development 11. Understanding Athletes’ Identities Section 4: Knowledge 12. Content Knowledge 13. Discourse and the (Re)production of Coaching Knowledge 14. Assessing Knowledge and Ability