Sports Coaching

Professionalisation and Practice

Edited by

  • John Lyle, BA(Hons), MSc, MEd, EdD, PgDipMan, PgCertEd, Professor of Sports Coaching, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
  • Chris Cushion, BSc, PhD, Reader, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Sports Coaching: Professionalisation and Practice is a comprehensive evidence-based textbook of sports coaching theory and practice. The book is edited by leading academics in sports coaching studies and authored by a world-renowned team of experts in sports coaching research. It deals with all aspects of coaching behaviour and practice, including coachesā€™ decision making, coaching pedagogy, and the development of expertise. Each of the chapters provides an up-to-date position statement on coaching themes, and makes explicit reference to the professionalisation of coaching. Written in an accessible style, and identifying critical ideas and issues, the book will complement and challenge both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, and will be an invaluable source of ideas for researchers and academics.
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Book information

  • Published: June 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3054-3

Table of Contents





Chapter summaries

Contributor biographies

Chapter 1 Conceptual development in sports coaching

Chris Cushion and John Lyle

Chapter 2 Complex practice in coaching: studying the chaotic nature of

coach-athlete interactions

Robyn L. Jones, Imornefe Bowes and Kieran Kingston

Chapter 3 Coachesā€™ decision making: a Naturalistic Decision Making analysis

John Lyle

Chapter 4 Coach behaviour

Chris Cushion

Chapter 5 Athlete development and coaching

Jean C^oteĀ“, Mark Bruner, Karl Erickson, Leisha Strachan and

Jessica Fraser-Thomas

Chapter 6 Planning for team sports

John Lyle

Chapter 7 The professionalisation of sports coaching: definitions, challenges and


Bill Taylor and Dean Garratt

Chapter 8 Becoming a high-performance coach: pathways and communities

Clifford J. Mallett

Chapter 9 Coach education effectiveness

Pierre Trudel, Wade Gilbert and Penny Werthner

Chapter 10 The learning coach. . .the learning approach: professional development

for sports coach professionals

Kathleen M. Armour

Chapter 11 Towards a socio-

Chapter 12 Understanding athlete learning and coaching practice:

utilising ā€˜practice theoriesā€™ and ā€˜theories of practiceā€™

Tania Cassidy

Chapter 13 Coaching workforce development

Alan Lynn and John Lyle

Chapter 14 Coaching practice and practice ethics

Hamish Telfer

Chapter 15 Coachesā€™ expertise

Paul G. Schempp and Bryan McCullick

Chapter 16 Coaching philosophy

Simon Jenkins

Chapter 17 Narrowing the field: some key questions about sports coaching

John Lyle and Chris Cushion