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Myths of Sport Coaching


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Table of Contents

1. Myths about Deliberate Practice
Edward Coughlan
2. The Science of Fun in Sport: Fact over Fiction
Amanda J. Visek & Anna Feiler
3. Communities of Practice: Common Misconceptions
Diane M. Culver, Tiago Duarte, and Don Vinson
4. A 'Fundamental' Myth of Movement with a 'Functional' Solution
James R Rudd, Jonathan D Foulkes, Mark O'Sullivan, and Carl T. Woods
5. The Stepping Stone?: Challenging the Myth that Women's Sport
is Less Significant than Men's Sport
Ali Bowes
6. Myths about Learning Styles in Sport Coach Education
Anna Stodter
7. Common Misconceptions about Parental Involvement in Youth
Sport: Insights for coaches
Sam Elliott
8. Coaching is a 24 hour a day job
Brendan Cropley, Sheldon Cropley, & Lee Baldock
9. 10,000 hours and Early Specialization: Short term Gains or Long
term Pain?
Jody McGowan, Simon Walters, and Chris Whatman
10. They Really Are 'a Different Kettle of Fish': Myths Surrounding
the 'Effective Coaching' of the Female Athlete
Luke Jones & Zoe Avner
11. Common Sport and Exercise nutrition Myths Encountered by
Coaches and Athletes
Liz Mahon, Claire Blennerhassett, & Andy Sparks
12. Reflection is 'Wholly Beneficial' for Coaches
Lauren Dowham & Chris Cushion
13. Do you have to walk it to talk it? The significance on an elite
athletic career in becoming a high performance coach in men's
football and rugby union
Alexander D. Blackett
14. 'Questioning in Coaching Leads to Learning': A Deconstruction
of Questioning
Mark Partington
15. The Evolving Role of the Sport Psychologist and the Myth that
their sole role is to 'Fix' Athletes
Laura Swettenham, Kristin McGinty-Minister, & Stewart Bicker
16. Is Goal Setting an Effective Way to Improve Athletic Performance?
Laura C. Healy and Desmond McEwan
17. Clutch Plays, Clutch Performances, and Clutch Performers:
Separating Myth from Reality
Matthew J. Schweickle & Patricia C. Jackman
18. Caring Coaching: Examining the notion of 'cruel to be kind' and
other caring myths
Colum Cronin
19. Psychological Resilience in High Performance Athletes:
Elucidating Some Common Myths and Misconceptions
Jolan Kegelaers & Mustafa Sarkar
20. The Coach-Athlete Relationship: What Are we Missing from the Sociocultural Context?
Christopher R. D. Wagstaff

About the Author

Dr Amy. E Whitehead, PhD, CPsychol, HCPC is Reader (Associate Professor) in Sport Psychology and Coaching at Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Whitehead is a sport and exercise psychologist accredited with the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Dr Whitehead delivers sport psychology support and coach development to a range of athletes and coaches, and also brings this work into her teaching in the classroom.

Jenny Coe is Head of Performance and Wellbeing with West Ham United Women's Team. She also works across a number of Olympic sports as a high performance coach developer and performance analyst. Her athletic career spanned 15 years of international basketball, and she also has a wealth of experience coaching internationally. On the back of that, she is a founding member of the company Impact the Game that aims to support athletes and coaches in all areas of performance. She is an advocate for mental wealth and women in sport, and she continues to support and influence change in these areas.

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