Sports Coaching : The Basics
185 p. 21 cm.
Offers an accessible introduction to the discipline of sports coaching, providing an overview of the fundamental ideas at the core of the subject.
Sports Coaching: The Basics is an engaging and provocative introduction to sports coaching which combines coaches' views and experiences of their work with discussions and topical issues that feature in this fast-growing field. In doing so, coaches are placed at the centre of the discussions relating to philosophical, historical, sociological, psychological and pedagogical interpretations of contemporary practice. Consequently, the book prompts questions such as: What is coaching? What does it mean to be a coach? How do coaches influence athletes/players? How do coaches learn? What is it like to be a coach? In considering these questions, readers are encouraged to reflect upon their experiences of coaching and to start conversations with others about coaches' work. Therefore, the book is of use for coaches, those interested in studying sports coaching, and coach educators or facilitators of coach learning initiatives.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. What is sports coaching? 2. The philosophical coach 3. A history and a herstory of sports coaching 4. Coaching as social: considering the `taken for granted' in coaches' work 5. Causes and consequences: coaches as motivated and as constructors of motivational climates 6. Athlete/player learning and coaches' methods 7. Learning the labour: considering coaches' learning initiatives 8. Crossing lines: considering problematic coaching behaviour(s) 9. Twelve hour days, six days a week, fifty weeks a year: considering the careers of performance coaches References