The psychology of sports coaching : research and practice


The psychology of sports coaching : research and practice

edited by Richard Thelwell, Chris Harwood and Iain Greenlees

(Routledge research in sports coaching)

Routledge, 2017

  • : hbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index



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.


1. Coaching Athletes through Career Transitions [Paul Wylleman, Nathalie Rosier, Koen De Brandt and Paul De Knop] 2. Creating Effective Development Environments for the Adolescent Athlete [Andrew Mills and Matthew Pain] 3. The Theory (SDT) behind Effective Coaching [Megan Gilchrist and Clifford J. Mallett] 4. Understanding and Enhancing Coach-Athlete Relationships through the 3 +1C's Model [S. X. Yang and S. Jowett] 5. Coaching through Organizational Change: The Influence of Leadership Succession Events [Christopher R. D. Wagstaff] 6. The Coach-Parent Interaction: Support or Distraction? [Camilla J. Knight and Daniel G. Gould] 7. Helping Coaches Meet Their Psychological Needs [Paul McCarthy and Burt Giges] 8. High Performance Coaching: Demands and Development [Steve B. Rynne, Clifford J. Mallett and Martin W. O. Rabjohns] 9. Coach Stress and Associated Impacts [Peter Olusoga and Richard Thelwell] 10. Athlete Expectancies of Coaches and Their Consequences [Andrew J. Manley, Iain Greenlees and Richard Thelwell] 11. Understanding Effective Coaching: Antecedents and Consequences [M. Ryan Flett, Sarah Carson Sackett and Martin Camire] 12. Definitions and Correlates of Coach Psychological Well- and Ill-Being [Juliette Stebbings and Ian M. Taylor] 13. Transformational Leadership and the Role of the Coach [Calum A. Arthur and Alan Lynn] 14. Enhancing Coaching Efficacy in the Psychosocial Development of Athletes [Chris Harwood] 15. Antecedents and Impacts of Effective and Inspirational Coach Communication [Matthew J. Smith, Sean G. Figgins and Christopher N. Sellars] 16. Developing Resilience through Coaching [Mustafa Sarkar and David Fletcher] 17. Integrating Decision-Making into Training [Matt Dicks and Mr Mark Upton] 18. Pulling the Group Together: The Role of the Social Identity Approach [Andrew. L. Evans, Matt J. Slater, Pete Coffee and Jamie B. Barker]

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