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Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate Collection

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Sports Coaching books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In (2017)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn the world of strength and conditioning, learning how to move others—not just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally—is paramount to getting the most out of them. People are the ultimate performance variable, and understanding how to effectively blend knowledge of proper training with the nuances of human behavior is integral to helping athletes achieve their ultimate goals. Unfortunately, while much attention has been given to the science of physical training, little attention has been given to the science of communication. Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In bridges this gap. Readers learn the…
Author(s): Brett Bartholomew

2. Successful Coaching (2012)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionAs America’s best-selling coaching text, Successful Coaching has helped over a million coaches develop their coaching philosophies; improve their communication, teaching, and management skills; and understand their responsibilities as a coach. The updated fourth edition of Successful Coaching offers students as well as new and veteran coaches a comprehensive guide to every aspect of coaching. Written by Rainer Martens, a respected and renowned sport pyschologist, longtime coach, and lifelong competitive athlete, Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition, details the principles, knowledge,…
Author(s): Rainer Martens

3. Sport Psychology for Youth Coaches: Developing Champions in Sports and Life (2012)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionTwo seasoned sport psychologists help coaches understand the psychology of young athletes and provide guidelines for winning strategies that benefit athletes in sports and life. They cover issues like motivation, leadership behavior, values, life skills development and other topics, enabling coaches to have a lasting positive influence on youth. #371,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2895 in Medical General Psychology #60 in Children’s Sports Coaching #399 in Sports Psychology (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Ronald E. Smith

4. Teaching Cues for Basic Sport Skills for Elementary and Middle School Students (2001)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis book provides prospective and in-service physical education teachers with important tools for teaching young people various sport activities using valuable cues that promote student success and enjoyment. Teaching Cues for Elementary and Middle School Fundamental Sport Skills provides in-service and prospective elementary and middle school teachers with a popular technique for helping students develop skills for all types of sports and activities popular among young people today. Teaching cues are used to simplify and enhance students’ learning, and ultimately turn them on to…
Author(s): Fronske Ed.D., Hilda A., Rolayne Wilson

5. Practical Sports Coaching (2014)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionPractical Sports Coaching is a thorough and engaging guide for all sports coaching students and practitioners. Drawing on real-life case studies and examples, the book is designed to develop practical coaching skills and provides readers with the methods and tools they need to become an expert coach. Structured around all facets of the coaching process, the text comprehensively covers topics such as: The book’s practical approach allows the reader to consider common challenges faced by coaches, suggesting solutions to performance concerns and…
Author(s): Christine Nash

6. Teaching Cues for Sport Skills for Secondary School Students (2011)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionTeaching Cues for Sport Skills for Secondary School Students, Fifth Edition, helps you learn how to correctly and effectively demonstrate sports skills so that students will remember the skills. This unique and exciting user-friendly text provides students with memorable teaching cues–short, catchy phrases that call the learner’s attention to key components of a skill–for nearly 30 sports and fitness activities. The book’s “;back to basics approach”; makes for the most complete and comprehensive edition yet. A brand new core chapter focuses on basic skills and techniques, Rules…
Author(s): Fronske Ed.D., Hilda A.

7. Next-Level Coaching: How to Use Sport Psychology to Educate, Motivate, and Improve Student-Athlete Performance (2018)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionPlay your sport, not mind games Ben Loeb has created an actionable guide to implementing sport psychology in team sports, including extensive exercises and self-assessment activities. With seventy-five exercises for coaches and athletes to use upping their game, Next-Level Coaching will give you the competitive edge. Use this book to learn about: This book will help you learn about: • Mental Toughness • Confidence • Focus • Motivation and Motivational Obstacles • Entering “The Zone” • Developing Mental and Emotional Skills • Leadership and Team Building • Character and Values Next-Level Coaching will help…
Author(s): Ben Loeb

8. A History And Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education: From Ancient Civilizations to the Modern World (2005)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis engaging and informative text will hold the attention of students and scholars as they take a journey through time to understand the role that history and philosophy have played in shaping the course of sport and physical education in Western and selected non-Western civilizations. Using appropriate theoretical and interpretive frameworks, students will investigate topics such as the historical relationship between mind and body; what philosophers and intellectuals have said about the body as a source of knowledge; educational philosophy and the value of physical…
Author(s): Robert Mechikoff, Steven Estes

9. Essentials of Athletic Injury Management (2012)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionEssentials of Athletic Injury Management provides the information you need to manage the care of athletic injuries―from prevention, identification and assessment of injuries to interaction with players, parents and physicians. Designed for those beginning careers in coaching, physical education and the fitness profession, this text prepares students to manage injury and emergency situations when an athletic trainer or physician is not available. Action plans, checklists and applications of universal precautions in athletic environments are included to provide the practical tools needed to get started…
Author(s): William Prentice, Daniel Arnheim

10. The Ethics of Coaching Sports: Moral, Social and Legal Issues (2013)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Ethics of Coaching Sports features invited contributions written by prominent scholars examining a broad range of normative or evaluative issues that arise from the role of the coach in competitive sports. The collection is accessible and comprehensive, including discussion of concrete issues in coaching, such as the distribution of playing time, bullying, the implications of recent events surrounding the Pennsylvania State scandal, and Title IX and gender equity. The contributing authors also explore the larger ethical considerations of the role of the coach as educator, leader, and moral role…
Author(s): Robert Simon

11. Coaching a Season of Significance (2009)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionCoaching a Season of Significance was written by a soccer coach for soccer coaches, however, many of the ideas can be utilized by any coach for any sport. The book takes you from the beginning of the season, organization, setting goals, challenges along the way, to the conclusion of the season with a banquet. #3,799,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #4090 in Soccer (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Greg Winkler

12. Case Studies in Coaching (2010)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe nearly two dozen case studies in this timely book will help future and current coaches of school sports develop successful strategies to avoid or overcome challenges and become more aware of the need to remain professional and consider the implications of their actions. Based on real-life situations, it considers ethical and practical dilemmas from sports in locations across the country.These compelling case studies illustrate everyday scenarios-such as teaching style conflicts, scheduling issues, cheating, confidentiality decisions, and working with…
Author(s): Timothy Baghurst

13. Positive Coaching: Building Character and Self-esteem Through Sports (1995)

 Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate CollectionPositive Coaching is jam packed with information for coaches in any sport. The book includes over 200 coaching recommendations on specific psychological, motivational, and behavioral situations. There is a special focus on the coach as storyteller — 50 motivational stories can be used to develop strong communication with athletes. #628,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3735 in Self-Esteem (Books) #2471 in Sports Coaching (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Jim Thompson

Best Sports Coaching Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some sports coaching books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

'Race', Ethnicity and Racism in Sports Coaching

Author(s): Steven Bradbury, Jim Lusted and Jacco van Sterkenburg
ID: 2952632, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Coaching athletes to be their best : motivational interviewing in sports

Author(s): Breckon, Jeff; Fader, Jonathan S.; Moyers, Theresa B.; Rollnick, Stephen
ID: 2445121, Publisher: The Guilford Press, Year: 2020, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf

The Constraints-Led Approach: Principles for Sports Coaching and Practice Design

Author(s): Ian Renshaw; Keith Davids; Daniel Newcombe; Will Roberts
ID: 2461201, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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