The Routledge Handbook of Elite Sport Performance is the first book to examine a broad span of performance and support issues in contemporary elite sport; including coaching, sports science and medicine, leadership and management, operating in different societies, living in the system as a performer, and future developments in the domain.

The book is written by authors with elite-level experience, expertise, success, and status across individual and team sports, including football, NFL, track and field athletics, rowing, and rugby, in professional, Olympic, and other elite domains. The book also considers the integration of systems at micro to macro levels, from working with individual athletes to developing national organisations and policy, and features in-depth case studies from real sport throughout.

This is an essential reference for any researcher or advanced student with an interest in elite sport or applied sport science, from sport injury and sport psychology to sports coaching and sport policy. It is also an invaluable resource for coaches, managers, administrators, and policy-makers working in elite sport, offering them a "breadth first" guide to how and why specialists may work together for maximum effect.

part I|75 pages

Coaching elites

chapter 1|10 pages

The principles of elite coaching

Blending knowledge, experience, and novelty
ByDave Collins

chapter 2|8 pages

Being the personal coach

ByToni Minichiello

chapter 3|8 pages

Being the national coach in an Olympic sport

ByMike Hay

chapter 4|8 pages

Coaching a national team in professional football

ByEgil ‘Drillo’ Olsen, Geir Jordet

chapter 5|8 pages

Doing it week in, week out

ByDean Smith, Andrew Cruickshank

chapter 6|11 pages

Coaching in action/adventure sports

A novel challenge
ByTom Willmott

chapter 7|7 pages

Specialist coaching

Coaching quarterbacks in NFL, college, and high school
BySteve Fairchild, Geir Jordet

chapter 8|11 pages

Developing the players of tomorrow

ByRuben Jongkind

part II|81 pages

The appliance of science

chapter 9|6 pages


Working in endurance
ByAndy Jones

chapter 10|14 pages

Strength and conditioning in the elite team sport environment

ByClive Brewer

chapter 11|15 pages

Performance analysis

Working in football
ByChristopher Carling

chapter 12|19 pages

Working with psychology in professional football

ByGeir Jordet

chapter 13|10 pages

Keeping them on the pitch

ByAndy Barr, Geir Jordet

chapter 14|15 pages

Medical practice with elite athletes

ByBruce Hamilton

part III|39 pages

The appliance of science

chapter 15|8 pages

Effective performance support

An integrated view
ByGraeme Maw

chapter 16|8 pages

Interdisciplinary performance development in elite sport

Applied sport science
ByFergus Connolly

chapter 17|9 pages

Using data in football

ByIan Graham

chapter 18|12 pages

Research and innovation

Seeking and securing competitive advantage
ByPeter Vint

part IV|68 pages

Managing elite performance systems

chapter 19|11 pages

Culture, leadership, and management with elites

ByAndrew Cruickshank

chapter 20|13 pages

Developing elites – academy systems

ByNeil McCarthy

chapter 21|10 pages

Supporting performance

A national institute perspective
ByPhil Moore

chapter 22|9 pages

The performance director’s role

ByTim Jones, Andrew Cruickshank

chapter 23|9 pages

Leading a national system

ByAlex Baumann, Andrew Cruickshank

chapter 24|5 pages

Managing a professional football club

ByFrédéric Paquet, Geir Jordet

part V|55 pages

Fitting systems to societies

chapter 26|9 pages

Fitting within the social milieu

ByMads Davidsen

chapter 27|13 pages

Vive la difference

Perspectives on the challenges of being a woman in high-level sport
ByTynke Toering

chapter 28|11 pages

Developing coaches and players around the globe

ByAnne Pankhurst, Rosie Collins

chapter 29|8 pages

The coach nomad

ByGuus Hiddink, Geir Jordet

chapter 30|12 pages

The transition to elite performance

Societal contrasts in the same sport
ByB. J. Mather, Dave Rotheram

part VI|40 pages

Living in the system

chapter 31|10 pages

The new kids on the block

ByDave Collins

chapter 32|8 pages

Staying at the top in Olympic rowing for 25 years

ByOlaf Tufte, Geir Jordet

chapter 33|10 pages

Playing home and away – and away and away

ByTore Andre Flo, Andrew Cruickshank

chapter 34|10 pages

Life AND sport

Making it happen AND progressing while you play
BySinéad Jennings, Áine MacNamara

part VII|27 pages


chapter 35|9 pages

Driving the performance system

DOES research help?
ByDave Collins, Andrew Cruickshank

chapter 36|10 pages

Working in the jungle

How should elite sport practitioners operate and be developed?
ByHelen Alfano, Dave Collins, Geir Jordet

chapter 37|6 pages

Creating long-term high performing teams

ByStuart Lancaster, Veronica Burke