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Sports Coaching: The Basics


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Routledge | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1138890871 | 198 Pages | PDF | 1.39 MB

by Laura Purdy (Author)

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

About the Author
Laura Purdy is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, UK. Her interest in the academic field of sports coaching was fostered by her involvement as a coach and coxswain in rowing programmes ranging from novice to elite levels, including junior, adaptive and veteran. This curiosity continues to be fuelled via contributions to coaches' CPD (Continuing Professional Development) in a range of sports and international settings. Laura's academic work focuses on performance sporting cultures and the experiences of coaches and athletes/players who operate in these contexts.
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