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Successful Coaching-4th Edition

4th Edition

456pp  Paperback

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ISBN: 1450400515
ISBN 13: 9781450400510


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As 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 psychologist, longtime coach, and lifelong competitive athlete, Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition, details the principles, knowledge, and skills that will help coaches build a foundation for their decisions and actions. Working through the text, coaches will define their philosophy, identify their objectives, and determine their coaching style. Next, coaches will learn how to become skilled communicators and motivators by applying psychological principles and recommendations for positive management of athletes’ behavior.

Knowing the skills required for each sport is as important as knowing how to teach and shape those skills. With Successful Coaching, coaches will become more effective instructors as they learn the games approach to teaching technical and tactical skills, a proven method of helping athletes become smart tactical players of their sports.

Successful Coaching also discusses the team management responsibilities of the coach and details how to manage relationships with athletes, other coaches, administrators, medical personnel, officials, parents, and the media. Also addressed are the legal responsibilities of a coach and strategies for reducing risk.

Readers will find the latest research in the fields of physical training and nutrition, including new information on creatine, energy drinks, caffeine, and hydration. Successful Coaching also provides a straightforward discussion of drug abuse among athletes, offering all-new content on methamphetamines, prescription drug abuse, and drug-testing recommendations.

Sidebars provide focused insights on a range of coaching topics and offer personal encouragement and advice for coaches throughout the season. In addition, quotes from well-known coaches provide perspective on what it takes to be a successful coach. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter encourage readers to think critically about the content and apply it to their own current or future coaching situations.

For course adopters, Successful Coaching also includes online access to a full set of instructor resources, including an instructor guide, image bank, and test package. A dedicated website also includes customizable and reproducible forms. Access to the electronic forms and additional online resources are referenced throughout the text.

Written by a coach for coaches, Successful Coaching blends the latest research and accepted practices in the sport sciences with practical advice from seasoned coaching veterans. Successful Coaching helps readers think critically about their motivation for being a coach and establish a coaching philosophy and style that pave the way for a fulfilling sport experience for coaches and their athletes.

The fourth edition of Successful Coaching has been carefully revised to meet or exceed the guidelines of the National Council for Accreditation for Coaching Education and the recommendations of the National Standards for Sport Coaches.

Successful Coaching is the primary text for the Coaching Principles online or classroom course offered by Human Kinetics Coach Education. Coaching Principles is used by numerous state high school associations, school districts, and national governing bodies for credentialing coaches.

Table of Contents

Instructor Resources
Becoming a Successful Coach

Part I: Principles of Coaching
Chapter 1. Developing Your Coaching Philosophy
Chapter 2. Determining Your Coaching Objectives
Chapter 3. Selecting Your Coaching Style
Chapter 4. Coaching for Character
Chapter 5. Coaching Diverse Athletes

Part II. Principles of Behavior
Chapter 6. Communicating With Your Athletes
Chapter 7. Motivating Your Athletes
Chapter 8. Managing Your Athletes’ Behavior

Part III. Principles of Teaching
Chapter 9. The Games Approach
Chapter 10. Teaching Technical Skills
Chapter 11. Teaching Tactical Skills
Chapter 12. Planning for Teaching

Part IV. Principles of Physical Training
Chapter 13. Training Basics
Chapter 14. Training for Energy Fitness
Chapter 15. Training for Muscular Fitness
Chapter 16. Fueling Your Athletes
Chapter 17. Battling Drugs

Part V. Principles of Management
Chapter 18. Managing Your Team
Chapter 19. Managing Relationships
Chapter 20. Managing Risk

Appendix: ASEP Coaches Education Programs
About the Author

Words of Praise

Successful Coaching is an absolute must-read for coaches at all levels. This comprehensive book provides all the foundational information necessary for becoming a good coach. It’s also an incredibly valuable resource that will help advanced and elite coaches further their careers. Concepts are clearly explained with excellent examples. The content is grounded in sport science research and is explained in a very practical, applied manner.”

E. Paul Roetert, PhD
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

“Rainer Martens continues to be a leader in promoting comprehensive coaching education, and he demonstrates this in Successful Coaching. Martens and Human Kinetics are clearly dedicated to creating high-quality educational resources for coaches.”

Christine Bolger
Manager, Coaching Education
United States Olympic Committee

“ASEP has long recognized there is much more to coaching young athletes than simply Xs and Os. Rainer Martens’ Successful Coaching continues ASEP’s distinguished history of publishing coaching education materials that scholastic and youth coaches find interesting and helpful.”

Gary Musselman
Executive Director
Kansas State High School Activities Association


Audiences: The course text is for aspiring high school and national governing bodies of Olympic sport coaches taking the ASEP Coaching Principles course to achieve coaching certification. A text for high school or undergraduate students taking coaching courses, such as Fundamentals of Coaching and Principles of Coaching and for text adoption through colleges and universities. Also a reference for new and veteran coaches alike.

Supplementary Instructional Materials

All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at Instructor guide. Includes lecture outlines, ideas for activities and assignments, discussion topics, and supplemental readings from journal articles, books, and websites. The Questions for Reflection from the book are duplicated in the Instructor Guide for easy access for instructors. The Instructor Guide is written by Patti Laguna, PhD, who has taught courses from previous editions of Successful Coaching at California State University, Fullerton. Test package. Features questions of various types: true-false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and essay and short answer. The Test Package is available for use through multiple formats, including a learning management system, Respondus, and rich text. Image bank. Includes all of the figures and tables from the text, sorted by chapter. Images can be used to develop a customized presentation based on specific course requirements. A blank PowerPoint template is provided so instructors can quickly insert images from the image bank to create their own presentations. Easy-to-follow instructions are included. Electronic forms. Most coaching forms found in Successful Coaching, Fourth Edition, are provided in an electronic format and are freely available to instructors, students, and coaches. As with the other ancillaries, these forms can be found at