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Understanding Sports Coaching
The Social, Cultural and Pedagogical Foundations of Coaching Practice
By Robyn Jones, Tania Cassidy

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208 pages
Pub 2004
This innovative introduction to the theory and practice of sports coaching emphasises the social context of training, developing and managing athletes. The book argues that although coaches commonly employ techniques such as feedback, reflection and a variety in instructional models and learning styles, most do so implicitly and without fully understanding the complex interplay between coach, player, content and social context. By defining 'learning' as a social practice rather than a simple transmission of facts, the book aims to deepen the coach's understanding of the coaching process, to help coaches systematically develop their programmes and to get the best out of their athletes. Understanding Sports Coaching is relevant for working with athletes of all abilities. It explores every aspect of coaching practice and includes practical exercises to encourage reflective practice and to highlight the issues faced by the successful sports coach.
Table of Contents

Introduction Section One 1. Reflection 2. Coaching Methods 3. Providing Feedback to Athletes 4. Quality in Coaching 5. Developing a Coaching Philosophy Section Two 6. Understanding the learning process 7. 'Developing' Athletes 8. Understanding Athletes' motivation 9. Understanding Athletes' Identities Section Three 10. Examining Coaches' Content Knowledge 11. Assessing Athletes' Understanding 12. Coaching Athletes with a Disability: Exploring issues of Content Section Four 13. The discourses of sports coaching 14. Coaching Ethics 15. Coaching Holistically: Why do it and How we Can Frame it? 16. Coaching Holistically: A Way Forward for Coach Education

ISBN: 0415307406
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