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The Resource List of the Week – Sports Coaching

This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on sports coaching. Before starting, let’s give a definition of this topic.

What is Sports Coaching?

According to Life-coach directory, sports coaching is

“the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event”

To better understand the topic, we recommend you read the following titles and resources.

1. The Strength and Conditioning Bible – Grantham, N.

The Strength and Conditioning Bible

This title introduces the concept of performance-based conditioning, explaining why athletic-based strength and conditioning training programmes are superior to all other preparation methods. Firstly, it provides detailed information in a highly accessible way and ensures athletes can elevate their training programmes to a new level. Secondly, it reveals the training Strength and Conditioning strategies and principles used by elite sportsmen.

2. The Complete Guide to Fitness Facility Management –  Bolitho, S., and Conway, P.

The Complete Guide to Fitness Facility Management

This book is a must-read guide for any fitness professional who aspires to become a manager. Firstly, running a fitness facility is different from all other forms of management and requires a range of skills, knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, this title reflects the different needs of this particular market – from legal obligations, staff management best practice, budgeting, marketing and sales, to customer service, health and safety, personnel management and much more.

3. Training Disabled People – Wicebloom, S.

Training Disabled People

This title is the only resource which provides sports coaches with a detailed guidance on how to work with disabled clients. The whole book is written considering the National Standards so it provides readers with everything they need to know to gain the necessary skills be able to work safely and effectively with disabled customers. As well as this, the title outlines legislation and Government initiatives designed to improve access to fitness centres for disabled people and encourage them to take part in regular exercise.

4. The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition – Bean, A.

The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition

This book is the definitive practical handbook for anyone who wants a performance advantage. Firstly, it is written by one of the country’s most respected sports nutritionists. Secondly, it provides the latest research and information to help athletes succeed. Lastly, it includes accessible guidance on the following topics: maximising endurance, how to calculate your optimal calorie intake, carbohydrate and protein requirements, advice on improving body composition, and how to gain muscle and prepare for competition.

5. Routledge Handbook of Strength and Conditioning – Turner, A.

Routledge Handbook of Strength and Conditioning

This title introduces the essential concepts related to sport-specific strength and conditioning programme design for over 30 different sports. Firstly, the book is enriched by illustrations and contributions from more than 70 world-leading experts. Secondly, its chapters present evidence-based best practices for sports including football, rugby, tennis, hockey, basketball, rowing, boxing, golf, swimming, cycling and weightlifting, as well as a variety of wheelchair sports.

6. Active Humber 

Active Humber is a charitable company with a very informative website. Its purpose is to help people of all ages and backgrounds to improve their health and well-being by providing easily accessible resources for all audiences.

7. Brian Mac 

This website provides information on coaching and training advice, athletic equipment suppliers, athletic federations, athletic clubs, sports therapy and fundraising.

8. Resource Guide in: Sports Coaching 

This guide maps out coaching research and texts for students and scholars who can easily find concepts and information related to the subject. It is written and laid out along disciplinary lines with work rooted in sports psychology appearing under that subject area. Also, the guide is a complex endeavour, so it is arguable whether some of the work listed under a certain sub-heading could be more appropriately listed elsewhere.

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