Psychology in Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice (Paperback)Adam R. Nicholls (author)
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Some of the most effective coaches understand the fundamentals of sport psychology, which include interacting effectively with athletes, creating the optimal environment, assessing the psychological needs of their athletes, and even providing them with the mental training required to maximise performance.
Fully revised and updated, the second edition of Psychology in Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice clearly and accessibly introduces the principles and practice of sport psychology in the context of the coaching process. Drawing on the very latest research and theory, the book introduces the psychological tools and techniques that coaches can use to get the best performances out of their athletes.
Including six new chapters on applying self-determination principles in coaching, creating the optimal motivational climate, increasing motivation, developing anti-doping attitudes, promoting challenge states, and mindfulness-based stress reduction training, the book also offers step-by-step guidance on key topics such as:
Assessing the needs of athletes
Facilitating awareness through goal-setting and performance profiling
Working with special populations, including children and injured athletes
Building team cohesion
Maximising relationships and socially supporting athletes
Teaching mental skills such as imagery and coping
Building mental toughness and confidence.
Every chapter contains useful features to aid learning and understanding, including in-depth case studies, critical thinking questions, clear and concise summaries, and practice exam questions. Psychology in Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice is essential reading for any student of sports coaching or any practising coach looking to extend and develop their skills, and useful applied reading for students of sport psychology.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition
"The domain of sports psychology is often underplayed in terms of coach education and development, however many of the topics highlighted in this book represent key knowledge areas that can help us as coaches to address the genuine needs of athletes. By understanding more in the field of psychology, we can help to create both relationships and environments that allow us to support individuals to achieve their potential in the sports that they play."
Andy Rock, Academy Director, Bath Rugby, UK
"Dr Nicholl's text showcases an excellent array of applied psychological perspectives in the specialist domain of sport coaching. The updated chapters are truly reflective of the emerging conceptualisation of sport coaching and offers coaches, students, administrators and academics alike a realistic glimpse into the potential for enhancing our understanding of the uses of psychology in making a difference to coaching processes and practice."
Professor David Morley, Professor of Youth Sport & Physical Activity and Head of the Academy of Sport & Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
"This second edition of Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice provides practical insight and guidance for coaches and athletes in a sporting environment. The applied nature of this book is why it is such an important read and resource for coaches and athletes alike."
Dr Colin Sanctuary, Head of Physical Development, Newcastle Knights RL, Australia
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