High Performance Sport Coaching

High Performance Sport Coaching       
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Angela Calder, Lecturer in Coaching Science, University of the Sunshine Coast (March 2018).
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 2 November 2018
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Community Sport Coaching
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Introduction

High performance sport coaching is often described as a complex collection of inter-disciplinary practices with a focus on the preparation and competition requirements of athletes or teams engaged at the highest level of sporting competition. 

Peak performance by athletes and teams is achieved by optimising multiple factors across many disciplines (e.g. psychology, physical therapies, skill development, mechanics, tactics and strategies, physical preparation, recovery, nutrition, etc.). The head coach is often the central figure who must link multiple sources of support and decision making to help produce the best possible athlete and/or team performance.


Key Messages  


1

High performance sport coaching requires a different skill-set to community sport coaching.

2

A coach’s response to stressors encountered in high performance sport is important for their personal health and wellbeing, as well as the best performance outcome from athletes and teams.

3

Coaching excellence is independent of the developmental level of the athletes being coached.

4

High performance coaches may come from different sporting backgrounds and progress through different career developmental pathways.

5

Many characteristics (i.e. personal attributes), skills (i.e. knowledge, proficiency) and significant experiences (i.e. sports background, mentoring) are common among high performance coaches; although agreement on an ideal set of factors and the relative weight of each factor has yet to be determined.




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