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Coaching Science

Coaching Science

  • Dan Gordon - Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge)

April 2009 | 264 pages | Learning Matters

Coaching is an increasingly important area of sports science courses, and this text provides accessible and up-to-date coverage of this key topic. Modern coaches need to be applied scientists who keep abreast of research and are able to apply a multidisciplinary understanding to their practice. The book therefore examines coaching in terms of biomechanics, physiology and psychology, as well as perennial issues such as athlete motivation, nutrition, design of training programmes, talent identification, monitoring and ethics. Written by an author who combines academic expertise with high-level practical experience, the book successfully links theory with case studies.

Part 1: Understanding the coach
The coaching process
Leadership and the coach/athlete relationship
Skill acquisition and learning
Part 2: Psychological of sports performance
Goals and goal-setting
Anxiety stress and performance
Part 3: Training the athlete
Variables and components of training
Theories and models of training
Training planning and structuring
Endurance training
Strength and power training
Flexibility training
Speed, agility and quickness
Part 4: Athlete monitoring and evaluation
Long-term athlete development
Talent identification

Fantastic content and lay out for Leadership modules for Btec Level 3 sport and AQA A Level PE

Miss Hanna Storey
Sport and Public Services, NEW College Pontefract
September 23, 2014

The text provides an excellent source to further knowledge and understanding of coaching topics and theories. They allow learners to gain a breadth of understanding around several topics and provide detailed accounts of theories and subjects that can be positively transferred to other units such as Goal Setting, Motivation, Stress, Anxiety and performance.

Mr John Harrison
Care, Sport and Leisure, Tyne Metropolitan College
June 11, 2014

A nice straight forward text, suitable for our intermediate coaching courses. Not as advanced as for example Lyle, and more practical than for example Jones (even if both of those are quality texts we use elsewhere). What made us pick this text for the course was how it manages to get the point across without being too technical. Volunteer coaches want information they can grasp and tools they can use, without having to first study for a degree. This book provides this.

Jacob Guldbaeck
Sports HQ, Irish Squash
June 4, 2013

This book is a fantastic introduction to students for sports coaching. All aspects of coaching considered with coaching process through to monitoring performance of athletes. Would recommend this book for any level of coaching.

Mr Nathan Price
Sport, Stourbridge College
March 3, 2013

This is a great book to introduce students to sports coaching and the science behind this. All areas are covered from firstly looking into the coaching process through to monitoring and evaluating your athletes. It sits well for my level 4 learners perfectly as all of the aspects covered within the book are assessed in their coaching module. Would highly recommend this book for any level of coaching.

Mrs Jaime Guinan
School of Sport & Exercise Science, Worcester University
February 21, 2013

A well rounded approach to understanding the coaching process and understanding your athletes. This book takes a systamatic appporach to getting the fundamentals of coaching right. Particularly usefull are the clearly written methods of training and understanding individuals in sport.

Miss Gemma Hallett
AACTS, Ystrad Mynach College
October 23, 2012

A very helpful text which presents important applied issues.

Dr Andrew Balsdon
Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure, Canterbury Christ Church University
September 6, 2012

A solid introduction to the basics of the subject, particularly useful for Level Four and Foundation students.

Mr Jamie Sims
Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Chichester University
January 17, 2012