This is the first book to offer a comprehensive review of current research in the psychology of sports coaching. It provides detailed, critical appraisals of the key psychological concepts behind the practice of sports coaching and engages with contemporary debates in this field. Organised around three main themes, it discusses factors affecting the coaching environment; methods for enhancing coach performance; and how to put theory into practice through coaching work.

Written by an international team of researchers and practitioners at the cutting edge of psychology and coaching, each chapter introduces a key concept, defines key terms, provides a comprehensive literature review, and considers implications for future research and applied practice. Encompassing the latest developments in the field, it addresses topics such as:

  • the theory behind effective coaching
  • creating performance environments
  • promoting psychological well-being
  • developing resilience through coaching
  • transformational leadership and the role of the coach.

The Psychology of Sports Coaching: Research and Practice is an indispensable resource for sport psychologists and sports coaches, and is essential reading for all students and academics researching sport psychology.

chapter |4 pages


ByRichard Thelwell, Chris Harwood, Iain Greenlees

part I|94 pages

Factors that affect the coaching environment

chapter 1|14 pages

Coaching athletes through career transitions

ByPaul Wylleman, Nathalie Rosier, Koen De Brandt, Paul De Knop

chapter 2|17 pages

Creating effective development environments for the adolescent athlete

ByAndrew Mills, Matthew Pain

chapter 3|16 pages

The theory (SDT) behind effective coaching

ByMegan Gilchrist, Clifford J. Mallett

chapter 4|14 pages

Understanding and enhancing coach–athlete relationships through the 3 + 1Cs model

BySophie X. Yang, Sophia Jowett

chapter 5|16 pages

Coaching through organizational change

The influence of leadership succession events
ByChristopher R. D. Wagstaff

chapter 6|15 pages

The coach–parent interaction

Support or distraction?
ByCamilla J. Knight, Daniel G. Gould

part II|86 pages

Enhancing coach performance

chapter 7|13 pages

Helping coaches meet their psychological needs

ByPaul McCarthy, Burt Giges

chapter 8|14 pages

High performance coaching

Demands and development
BySteven B. Rynne, Clifford J. Mallett, Martin W. O. Rabjohns

chapter 9|14 pages

Coach stress and associated impacts

ByPeter Olusoga, Richard Thelwell

chapter 10|14 pages

Athlete expectancies of coaches and their consequences

ByAndrew Manley, Iain Greenlees, Richard Thelwell

chapter 11|14 pages

Understanding effective coaching

Antecedents and consequences
ByM. Ryan Flett, Sarah Carson Sackett, Martin Camiré

chapter 12|15 pages

Definitions and correlates of coach psychological well- and ill-being

ByJuliette Stebbings, Ian M. Taylor

part III|96 pages

Working through coaches

chapter 13|16 pages

Transformational leadership and the role of the coach

ByCalum A. Arthur, Alan Lynn

chapter 15|17 pages

Antecedents and impacts of effective and inspirational coach communication

ByMatthew J. Smith, Sean G. Figgins, Christopher N. Sellars

chapter 16|14 pages

Developing resilience through coaching

ByMustafa Sarkar, David Fletcher

chapter 17|16 pages

Integrating decision-making into training

ByMatt Dicks, Mark Upton

chapter 18|16 pages

Pulling the group together

The role of the social identity approach
ByAndrew L. Evans, Matt. J. Slater, Pete Coffee, Jamie B. Barker