Practical Sports Coaching
Edited by Christine Nash
Routledge – 2015 – 330 pages
Practical Sports Coaching is a thorough and engaging guide for all sports coaching students and practitioners. Drawing on real-life case studies and examples, the book is designed to develop practical coaching skills and provides readers with the methods and tools they need to become an expert coach. Structured around all facets of the coaching process, the text comprehensively covers topics such as:
The book’s practical approach allows the reader to consider common challenges faced by coaches, suggesting solutions to performance concerns and preparing students for the realities of professional sports coaching. A companion website containing presentation slides and useful weblinks makes the book a complete resource for students and lecturers alike.
Practical Sports Coaching helps to bridge the gap between theory and practical coaching skills, and is an essential text for coaching students looking to deepen their understanding of sports coaching and experienced coaches developing their own practical skills.
Section 1 Chapter 1. The Role of the Coach Chapter 2. Planning your Coaching: A Focus on Youth Participant Development Chapter 3. The Importance of a Coaching Philosophy Section 2 Chapter 4. The Competition Environment Chapter 5. The Practice Session: Creating a Learning Environment Chapter 6. The Practice Session: Creating a Motivational Climate Chapter 7. The Practice Session: Talent Development Chapter 8. Coaching Tactics Section 3 Chapter 9. How Coaches Learn and Develop Chapter 10. Emotional Intelligence Chapter 11. Mentoring as a Coach Development Tool 12. Reflective Practice Chapter 13. Learning through Communities of Practice in Sport Coaching Section 4 Chapter 14. Technology in Sports Coaching Chatper 15. Using Geotechnology Tools in Sports Coaching Section 5 Chapter 16. Putting it all together
Christine Nash is currently Deputy Head of the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK, and also Programme Director for the new online MSc in Sport Coaching and Performance. She was a national swimming coach in the UK and has coached in the USA. She is currently involved in supporting coach education with a variety of sports. She is a member of the Coaching Standards Group, the committee that endorses coach education courses in the UK. She also sits on the research committee of the International Council for Coaching Excellence.