As the profile of disability sport has risen, so has the emphasis grown beyond participation to include the development of a high performance environment. This book is the first to take an in-depth look at the role of coaches and coaching in facilitating the professionalisation of disability sport, in raising performance standards, and as an important vector for the implementation of significant political, socio-cultural and technological change.

Using in-depth case studies of elite disability sport coaches from around the world, the book offers a framework for critical reflection on coaching practice as well as the reader’s own experiences of disability sport. The book also evaluates the vital role of the coach in raising the bar of performance in a variety of elite level disability sports, including athletics, basketball, boccia, equestrian sport, rowing, soccer, skiing, swimming and volleyball.

Providing a valuable evidence-based learning resource to support coaches and students in developing their own practice, High Performance Disability Sport Coaching is essential reading for all those interested in disability sport, coaching practice, elite sport development and the Paralympic Games.

chapter |6 pages

Introduction to high performance disability sport coaching

ByDerek M. Peters and Geoff ery Z. Kohe

chapter 3|15 pages

Coaching across the species barrier: para-equestrian dressage

ByGeorgina Holmes

chapter 4|17 pages

‘Just doing it’: a strength-based approach to coaching athletes

ByTania Cassidy, Lisette Burrows, Raylene Bates, Joan Merrilees

chapter 5|21 pages

On the way to Rio 2016: coaching Paralympic volleyball in Brazil

ByCarla Filomena Silva

chapter 6|15 pages

Coaching wheelchair basketball players: from the beginning to the top

ByHana Válková, Jakub Válek, Šteˇpán Válek

chapter 7|14 pages

Coaching in the fl agship Paralympic sport: a tale from trackside

ByP. David Howe

chapter 8|18 pages

Ozzie Sawicki – coaching Alpine skiing: the curiosity to be the best

ByDavid F. H. Legg, Bradley M. J. McClure

chapter 10|23 pages

From Melksham to Rio: a coach’s 20-year journey in para-swimming

ByAnthony J. Bush

chapter 11|22 pages

Beyond high performance disability sport coaching?

ByGeoff ery Z. Kohe and Derek M. Peters