Over the last three decades sports coaching has evolved from a set of customary practices based largely on tradition and routine into a sophisticated, reflective and multi-disciplinary profession. In parallel with this, coach education and coaching studies within higher education have developed into a coherent and substantial field of scholarly enquiry with a rich and sophisticated research literature.

The Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching is the first book to survey the full depth and breadth of contemporary coaching studies, mapping the existing disciplinary territory and opening up important new areas of research. Bringing together many of the world’s leading coaching scholars and practitioners working across the full range of psychological, social and pedagogical perspectives, the book helps to develop an understanding of sports coaching that reflects its complex, dynamic and messy reality.

With more importance than ever before being attached to the role of the coach in developing and shaping the sporting experience for participants at all levels of sport, this book makes an important contribution to the professionalization of coaching and the development of coaching theory. It is important reading for all students, researchers and policy makers with an interest in this young and flourishing area.

chapter |2 pages


ByPaul Potrac, Jim Denison, Wade Gilbert

part |142 pages

Historical and conceptual overview of sports coaching

part |63 pages

Foundations of sports coaching

chapter |11 pages

Historical perspectives on coaching

ByDave Day

chapter |11 pages

Coaching with Foucault

ByRichard Pringle, Hamish Crocket

chapter |13 pages

Coaching and Professionalisation

ByWilliam G. Taylor, Dean Garratt

chapter |12 pages

Ready, Set, Action

Representations of coaching through film
ByLaura Hills, Eileen Kennedy

chapter |15 pages

Issues of Exclusion and Discrimination in the Coaching Profession

ByCindra S. Kamphoff, Diane L. Gill

part |78 pages

Analysing sports coaching

chapter |13 pages

Coaching Efficacy Beliefs

ByMelissa A. Chase, Eric Martin

chapter |15 pages

Coaching Competency and Exploratory Structural Equation Modelling

ByNicholas D. Myers, Ying Jin

chapter |12 pages

The Application of Video-Based Performance Analysis in the Coaching Process 1

The coach supporting athlete learning
ByRyan Groom, Lee Nelson

chapter |13 pages

Observing the Dynamics of Coach-Athlete Interactions in Real Time

ByKarl Erickson, Jean Côté

part |212 pages

Perspectives on sports coaching in action

part |75 pages

Perspectives on Quality Coaching

chapter |13 pages

Defining Coaching Effectiveness

A focus on coaches' knowledge
ByWade Gilbert, Jean Côté

chapter |12 pages

Coaches and Talent Identification

ByMette Krogh Christensen, Kristoffer Henriksen

chapter |12 pages

Holistic Sports Coaching

A Critical essay
ByTania Cassidy

chapter |12 pages

Quality Coaching Behaviours

ByAndrea J. Becker

chapter |14 pages

Coaching Athletes with a Disability

ByBrendan Burkett

chapter |11 pages

Body Politics

Coaching and technology
ByTed M. Butryn

part |75 pages

Coaching, pedagogy, and communication in sports coaching

chapter |13 pages

Humour and Sports Coaching

A laughing matter?
ByLars Tore Ronglan, Kenneth Aggerholm

chapter |12 pages

Towards an Emotional Understanding of Coaching Practice

A suggested research agenda
ByPaul Potrac, Robyn L. Jones, Laura Purdy, Lee Nelson, Phil Marshall

chapter |12 pages

Expectancy Effects in Sports Coaching

ByGloria B. Solomon, Richard M. Buscombe

chapter |12 pages

Coaching Life Skills

ByDaniel Gould, Sarah Carson, Jed Blanton

chapter |13 pages

Ambiguity, Noticing and Orchestration

Further thoughts on managing the complex coaching context
ByRobyn L. Jones, Jake Bailey, Andrew Thompson

chapter |12 pages

Athlete (Non)Learning

Is it time for an interdisciplinary understanding?
ByLee Nelson, Derek Colquhoun

part |61 pages

Exploring social relationships in coaching

chapter |12 pages


The Open System's Manager
ByMarvin Washington, Ian Reade

chapter |12 pages

Exploring Trust and Distrust in Coaching

A suggested research agenda
ByLaura Purdy, Paul Potrac, Lee Nelson

chapter |12 pages

Empathic Understanding and Accuracy in the Coach–Athlete Relationship

ByRoss Lorimer, Sophia Jowett

chapter |12 pages

Dangerous Liaisons

Harassment and abuse in coaching
ByKari Fasting

chapter |12 pages

Team Cohesion in Sport

Critical overview and implications for team building
ByTodd M. Loughead, Gordon A. Bloom

part |140 pages

Influences on becoming a sports coach

part |78 pages

Critical perspectives on becoming a sports coach

chapter |16 pages

Coach Education and Learning

Developing the field
ByChristopher Cushion, Lee Nelson

chapter |13 pages

Looking at Coach Development from the Coach-Learner's Perspective

Considerations for coach development administrators
ByPierre Trudel, Diane Culver, Penny Werthner

chapter |12 pages

Effective Coaching as a Modernist Formation

A Foucauldian critique
ByJim Denison, Joseph Mills, Luke Jones

chapter |13 pages

Women in coaching

The work–life interface
ByJennifer Bruening, Marlene Dixon, Laura Burton, Rachel Madsen

chapter |12 pages

Coach Burnout

ByThomas D. Raedeke, Göran Kenttä

part |61 pages

Developing competency in sports coaching

chapter |12 pages

Psychosocial Training Interventions to Prepare Youth Sport Coaches

ByLarry Lauer, Kristen Dieffenbach

chapter |13 pages

Developing High Performance Coaching Craft Through Work and Study

ByClifford J. Mallett, Steven B. Rynne, Sue Dickens

chapter |10 pages

Mentoring for Sport Coaches

ByGordon A. Bloom

chapter |11 pages

Innovative Approaches in Coach Education Pedagogy

ByKevin Morgan, Robyn L. Jones, David Gilbourne, David Llewellyn