Understanding Strength and Conditioning as Sport Coaching: Bridging the Biophysical, Pedagogical and Sociocultural Foundations of Practice, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Understanding Strength and Conditioning as Sport Coaching

Bridging the Biophysical, Pedagogical and Sociocultural Foundations of Practice, 1st Edition

By Tania Cassidy, Phil Handcock, Brian Gearity, Lisette Burrows

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232 pages

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Description

Contemporary strength and conditioning coaching is, for the most part, informed by the exercise sciences, with little engagement being made with the socio-cultural and pedagogical perspectives which have emerged in sports coaching research over the last two decades. In Understanding Strength and Conditioning as Sport Coaching: Bridging the Biophysical, Pedagogical and Sociocultural Foundations of Practice, the authors—whose expertise span strength and conditioning, sports coaching and pedagogy—help students and coaches to integrate perspectives from these other disciplines to enhance their strength and conditioning coaching practice.

The book bridges the gap between the exercise science literature, pedagogical theory and strength and conditioning practice, and encourages readers to add moral, ethical and political considerations to the technical aspects of their coaching practice. It discusses and applies concepts to a full range of strength and conditioning settings, including elite performance, young athletes, aging athletes and returning to play following injury.

Featuring an eResource, and structured around rich, narrative pedagogical cases reflecting the issues faced by practicing strength and conditioning coaches, the book offers a thoroughly engaging introduction to pedagogical and socio-cultural concepts and literature in an strength and conditioning context. This is a vital textbook for students of strength and conditioning, and an important resource for practicing strength and conditioning coaches and sport science staff.

Reviews

We are only ever uncovering "truths for now". Understanding Strength and Conditioning as Sport Coaching challenges these truths, challenges our everyday practices and asks us to actively engage in our own critical thinking. Participating in these processes are integral to growth and mastery. Worthy ambitions"

-Jason Cowman, Head of Athletic Performance, National Team, Irish Rugby Football Union.

"Until now, the role of the coach in strength and conditioning has been overlooked. This book looks at strength and conditioning from a coaching perspective, covering the key interdisciplinary knowledge that a successful coach requires. This type of thinking will change our perspective of strength and conditioning and help develop the coach of the future."

- Ian Jeffreys NSCA board member, Professor, University of South Wales, Strength and Conditioning Coach

"Understanding Strength and Conditioning as Sport Coaching is unlike any other book in the field of strength and conditioning. The authors take their approach from pedagogy, sport coaching, and strength and conditioning coaching to provide a comprehensive look inside what it takes to improve athletes physical development and preparation."

- Scott Caulfield, Director of Strength and Conditioning, Colorado College and Former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach NSCA

Table of Contents

Section 1: Setting the Scene

1. Introduction

2. Mapping the construction of strength and conditioning knowledge

3. Concepts and frameworks – Putting strength and conditioning under the microscope

Section 2: Elite Sport Performance

4. Measurement, Assessment and Testing - What does it all mean?

5. Training volume - Fear of missing out (FOMO)

6. ‘Helicopter’ strength and conditioning - Questioning the role of monitoring.

Introduction

Section 3: Developing as a Strength and Conditioning Professional

7. Developing as a competent strength and conditioning professional

8. Women and strength and conditioning coaching

9. Finding a professional voice and collaborating.

Section 4: Conditioning Across the Lifespan

10. Healthy development of youth for sport.

11. Talent identification and development and creating an environment for success.

12. Older and wiser?

Section 5: Health, Injury and Wellbeing

13. Conditioning for protection?

14. Return to play following injury

15. Looking after yourself as a strength and conditioning coach

About the Authors

Tania Cassidy is an Associate Professor in Sport Pedagogy in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Phil Handcock is a Lecturer in the Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise, Athletic Training and Conditioning in the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Brian Gearity is Assistant Professor and Director of Online Graduate Programs in Sport, Strength and Conditioning, and Psychology of Coaching at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver, USA.

Lisette Burrows is Professor of Community Health in Te Huataki Waiora School of Health at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPO000000
SPORTS & RECREATION / General
SPO061000
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / General