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Coaching Adventure Sports Paperback – 31 Dec. 2020
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Coaching Adventure Sports is an accessible, user-friendly guide that teaches practitioners the components of good coaching whatever your field of practice. Written by two highly experienced coach educators, this book examines the specific challenges faced by Adventure Sports Coaches who work in natural environments or specifically constructed artificial spaces, with diverse groups of participants. It examines how to put theory into practice, covering such key topics as:
- Coaching for independence
- How we learn
- Embracing failure
- Dealing with fear
- Creating great coaching relationships
- Reflection on performance
- Developing as a coach
Each chapter contains real-life stories of putting theory into practice from established Adventure Sports Coaches in a range of fields, from paddlesports to mountaineering. This user-friendly guide is aimed at Adventure Sports Coaches at all levels of experience and includes tasks to help readers explore and consolidate new techniques and ideas.
With an emphasis on experimentation, adaptability and reflection, this book will inspire any coach or practitioner with an interest in adventure sports to try out new techniques and ways of delivery. Adventure Sports Coaching is a full colour guide which balances a deep interest in the methods and practice of coaching with a clear format, illustrative diagrams and accessible language. Content accords with a range of recent academic research, and each chapter contains suggestions for further reading.
- Publisher : Adventure Sports Media House; First, 2020 edition (31 Dec. 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1838189203
- ISBN-13 : 978-1838189204
- Dimensions : 23.3 x 3.1 x 15.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 245,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have read a few sports coaching books recently, including the main text recommended by British Canoeing for aspirant coaches, and this is by far the best. It is ridiculously accessible and utilises diagrams, photos, anecdotes and examples to aid explanation of the concepts covered. It even quotes Yoda (this wasn’t a selling point – the quote is late on in the book). My mind was constantly buzzing with ideas and reflections as I read it.
I agree with other reviewers who have said that it should be required reading for all new coaches. I wish it had been available when I started coaching (or instructing – badly) back in the early 90s. It is probably more useful though to the coach who has some experience under their belt, so that they can reflect on past experience as they take in the ideas here. I will certainly go back to it over and over in the future as I try to get to grips with some of the behaviours mentioned and improve the learning experience for those I am coaching.
The book keeps technical jargon to a minimum, and where it is used it is explained really well. It builds in the ideas I am trying to put across on my website such as games-based approach, non-linear pedagogy and a constraints-led approach. I looked up the referenced article on coaching games and suddenly ideas for interesting and engaging ways to try coaching slalom started flying round my head. Of the other books and articles listed as “further reading” those that I have already read I’ve been impressed by, so I’m looking forward to delving deeper into some of the recommendations.
There are a lot of things in the book that I had played with previously, and I now have a better idea of how to implement them. There are also a lot of points that I hadn’t previously considered and will start experimenting with them as I strive to be a better coach. I think a coach at any level will get something out of this book be it ideas, reflections, confirmations or the need to drastically change what they are doing!
But this book if you are already an adventure sports coach... especially one who thinks they're already great...it'll take you back to basics and rebuild your understanding of how to be better.
Spread over several easily understood chapters, this pseudo-manual, breaks down the concepts and practices behind delivering effective, safe and repeatable training. From 'how we learn' to 'why we learn' and beyond, this book is probably not one to carry with you during expeditions. Better to leave it in the van and read it bit by bit at the end of a fun day whilst watching the sunset next to a campfire.
I've been involved with extreme sports training for nearly two decades and think that this book should be compulsory reading for anybody stepping into the adventure sport coaching field.
It's that good, that most of the concepts can be removed from the outdoor world and applied to business scenarios also.
Highly recommended, and one to keep in the reference library so you can refer back time and time again.