Sports Coaching,
Edition 1 Professionalisation and Practice
Edited by John Lyle, BA(Hons), MSc, MEd, EdD, PgDipMan, PgCertEd and Chris Cushion, BSc, PhD

Publication Date: 29 Jun 2010

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.

Key Features

Multicontributed chapters follow uniform structure to increase clarity and accessiblity of text 'Snapshots' of critical ideas and issues presented as models or diagrams to facilitate students' understanding Case examples and scenarios illustrate key concepts in each chapter Latest research and current literature summarised for each thematic topic.

About the author
Edited by John Lyle, BA(Hons), MSc, MEd, EdD, PgDipMan, PgCertEd, Professor of Sports Coaching, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK and Chris Cushion, BSc, PhD, Reader, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
Table of Contents





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

Book Reviews

''The editors state the purpose of this book as being “to make a ‘position statement’ about the nature of coaching, and our understanding of it ‘in practice’¿ (p. xi). In many ways the book can be seen as a sequel to John Lyle’s seminal and widely cited book “Sports Coaching Concepts. The book is also highly recommended to serious coaches, who will find practical value from chapters such as those on athlete development, planning, ethics, coaching philosophy; as well the chapters on pedagogy.¿Simon Jenkins

Book details
ISBN: 9780702030543
Page Count: 288
Retail Price : £34.99
0-443-06873-9, 978-0-443-06873-7, Read: Concise Guide to Sports Injuries, 2e, Aug-20080-443-06734-1, 978-0-443-06734-1, Collins, Abbott & Richards: Performance Psychology, A Guide for Sport and Dance Practitioners, 0-7506-4131-2, 978-0-7506-4131-9, Cross & Lyle: Coaching Process, Principles and Practice for Sport, Sep-1999
Undergraduate and foundation degree students taking courses in sports coaching. Sports science students taking modules in sports coaching.Market size: annual student intake for sports coaching degree courses = approx 1500 (21 HEI; 40/60 to 100 student on each course); unknown number take modules in sports coaching as part of sports science degree - approx 100 HEI run sports science courses (total annual intake approx 9000).Student:practitioner ratio = 90:10Conferences: BASES annual student conference (in Spring); BASES annual conference (in Sept)Cluster with: Collins: Psychology for Physical Performance and Read & Wade: Sports Injuries