A 'coach' is more than just somebody who leads in the organisation and delivery of structured sport. The role of a coach goes beyond leadership, requiring an understanding of theories of teaching and learning. To become a coach you must know how people learn.
Becoming a Sports Coach aims to introduce the multi-dimensional and inter-locking knowledge bases that any aspiring coach will need to develop, and that any established coach needs to master in order to improve their professional practice. While traditional coach education pathways have focused on what to coach, this book argues that understandinghow knowledge can be communicated to learners is just as important. Askingwhy we coach, through critical reflection and self-knowledge, is also an essential part of the process of becoming a sports coach. The book explores three types of knowledge - content knowledge, pedagogic knowledge and self-knowledge - challenging the reader to reflect on their own coaching experiences and to develop a personal philosophy of coaching. It explores key pedagogic themes in contemporary coaching studies, such as humanistic coaching, inclusive practice, coaching for understanding, and the athlete-coach relationship. Real case studies are used to illuminate the ways - transferrable across sports - in which coaches can apply theory to practice and ultimately enhance their work.
With contributions from leading coaching researchers and practitioners, combining practical guidance with important theoretical insights, this book will help any coaching student or developing professional to better understand the journey to becoming an effective sports coach.
In clear, easy-to-grasp language, the author covers many of the topics that you will need to know in order to launch and run a successful business venture.
Anything goes during Carnival, and two men are about to discover just how hot the nights can get in Rio. A long-time member of a samba school, Pablo knows that Carnival in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro is always hot, and the tall, sexy man he hooks up with during the festivities is even hotter. He usually doesn't go back for repeats, but something about Diego has him working harder than he ever has to try to meet up again. Diego travels all over the world on the pro beach volleyball tour, but has found that the sexiest man he's ever met lives right there in Rio. After a few false starts, they finally seem to hit a groove, but as time goes on, ghosts from Pablo's past begin to affect their present. It's tough being the partner of a professional athlete, competing with travel, fans and training for their limited time. Pablo's always been let down by people who found it easy to leave him behind. Is he prepared to accept what Diego can offer?
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