Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, Foundations of Sports Coaching is a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the practical, vocational and scientific principles that underpin the sports coaching process. It provides the reader with all the skills, knowledge and scientific background they will need to prepare athletes and sports people technically, tactically, physically and mentally. With practical coaching tips, techniques and tactics highlighted throughout, the book covers all the key components of a foundation course in sports coaching, including:

  • the development of sports coaching as a profession
  • coaching styles and technique
  • planning and management
  • basic principles of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and psychology
  • fundamentals of training and fitness
  • performance analysis
  • reflective practice in coaching.

This second edition features more case studies from real top-level sport, including football, basketball and athletics, helping the student to understand how to apply their knowledge in practice and providing useful material for classroom discussion. The book also includes a greater range of international examples; more references to contemporary research and a stronger evidence base, and new questions in each chapter to encourage the student to reflect upon their own coaching practice.

Foundations of Sports Coaching bridges the gap between theory and applied practice and is essential reading for all introductory coaching courses and for any sports coach looking to develop their professional expertise.

chapter |4 pages


part I|28 pages

Career development in coaching

chapter 1|9 pages

The development of coaching

chapter 3|9 pages

Coaching and performance

part II|38 pages

Effective sports coaching

chapter 4|11 pages

The coach

chapter 5|17 pages

Analysing coaching concepts

chapter 6|8 pages

Structuring practice

part III|26 pages

Planning, management and the role of the coach

chapter 7|7 pages

Planning a coaching session

chapter 8|9 pages

Season planning

chapter 9|8 pages

Management and the coach

part IV|30 pages

Anatomy and physiology, training principles and the coach

chapter 10|13 pages

Anatomy and physiology

chapter 11|9 pages

Fundamentals of training and fitness

chapter 12|6 pages

Injury prevention

part V|36 pages

Sport and exercise psychology, human movement principles and the role of the coach

part VI|54 pages

Further considerations

chapter 16|7 pages

Coach education and mentoring

chapter 17|12 pages

Coaching special populations

chapter 18|6 pages

Lifestyle management

chapter 19|7 pages

Talent identification and talent transfer

chapter 20|20 pages

Case studies