Understanding Sports Coaching: The Social, Cultural and Pedagogical Foundations of Coaching


Sports coaching is as dependent on utilising good teaching and social practices as it is about expertise in sport skills and tactics. Quality sports coaches commonly engage in practices usually associated with teaching such as reflection, feedback and instructional methods. However, many do so implicitly and without fully understanding the complex interplay between coach, player, content and social context. Understanding Sports Coaching provides an innovative introduction to the theory and practice of sports coaching, highlighting the social, cultural and pedagogical concepts underpinning good practice. It also includes practical exercises to highlight issues faced by sports coaches. This book aims to deepen coaches' understanding of the coaching process in order to systematically develop coaching programmes that will get the very best out of athletes. It explores many aspects of coaching practice including: * athlete motivation * viewing the athlete as a learner * instructional methods * coaches' content knowledge * reflection * coaching philosophy and ethics. This is essential reading for students of sports coaching and for professional coaches looking to develop their skills.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2004


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