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Sports Coaching

Professionalisation and Practice

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 coaches’ 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.

Paperback, 288 Pages

Published: June 2010

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3054-3


  • Foreword




    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 Coaches’ decision making: a Naturalistic Decision Making analysis

    John Lyle

    Chapter 4 Coach behaviour

    Chris Cushion

    Chapter 5 Athlete development and coaching

    Jean C^ote´, 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 ‘practice theories’ and ‘theories of practice’

    Tania Cassidy

    Chapter 13 Coaching workforce development

    Alan Lynn and John Lyle

    Chapter 14 Coaching practice and practice ethics

    Hamish Telfer

    Chapter 15 Coaches’ 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


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