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Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes eBook

Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes eBook

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    Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes discusses how to improve coaching success and athletic performance through the application of teaching principles and theories. Delving deeper than an explanation of what athletes learn and what coaches teach, Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes offers insight into the how of athletes’ learning and coaching by considering

    • principles of psychology that drive the emotions, motivation, expectations, self-worth, and relationships of athletes;
    • application of principles of psychology to the motor learning process; and
    • use of principles of educational psychology to improve sport expertise and coaching success.

    A three-time U.S. Olympic coach and veteran collegiate coach, Huber infuses his own experience in applying theories of educational psychology in working with individual athletes, as well as world-class national and international teams. With an engaging presentation and strong practical applications, Huber assists coaching students and practicing coaches in utilizing educational psychology as a platform for improving coaching skills.

    Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes introduces the idea of the developing coach as both teacher and learner, and how coaching principles and a strong coaching philosophy provide a foundation for effective management and decision-making. By considering the theories that drive successful coaching, developing coaches gain focus, motivation, and guidance as they learn how a thoughtful coach provides the structure and discipline to make athletes more successful on the field of play.

    Throughout the text, Huber focuses on how athletes learn, considering theories of motivation, behaviorism, cognition, and humanism, and the interplay between emotions and motor learning and performance. Each chapter opens with a coaching related anecdote that readers can relate to in order to highlight the significance of the theory under consideration. After careful explanation of each theory, Huber details concrete examples, guidelines, and specific applications for coaching. In addition to summary information, each chapter concludes with ‘Your Coaching Toolbox,’ which focuses readers on ways to incorporate their newly gained knowledge into their interactions with athletes.

    Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes is unmatched in its depth of insight into the teaching and learning process in sport and how to put it into practice. By examining how athletes learn and coaches teach, the text helps coaches understand how to maximize athlete performance and increase their athletic success.

    Audience

    Upper-undergraduate and graduate-level text for courses in coaching, sport psychology, and sport science; supplemental text in courses specific to coaching a single sport; reference for academic libraries as well as high-performance or youth and interscholastic coaches.

    Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction

    Part I. Athletes and Theories of Motivation
    Chapter 1. The Unstoppable Athlete: Applying Motivation Theory
    Behaviorism and Motivation
    Cognitivism and Motivation
    Social Cognitive Learning and Motivation
    Humanism and Motivation
    The Unstoppable Athlete
    The Unstoppable Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 2. The Resilient Athlete: Applying Attribution Theory
    Attribution Theory
    Beliefs about Ability
    Perceived Causality and Emotional Response
    Attributions, Achievement Motivation, and Self-Worth
    Applying Attribution Theory to Increase Athlete Motivation
    Self-Determination Theory
    The Resilient Athlete
    The Resilient Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Part II. Athletes and Theories of Behaviorism
    Chapter 3. The Salivating Athlete: Applying Respondent Conditioning Theory
    Pavlov’s Classical (Respondent) Conditioning
    Positive Respondent Conditioning Examples
    Applying Respondent Conditioning Theory in Coaching Athletes
    Thorndike’s Connectionism Theory
    Applying Connectionism Theory in Coaching Athletes
    Conclusion
    The Salivating Athlete
    The Salivating Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 4. The Athlete in the Skinner Box: Applying Operant Conditioning Theory
    Skinner’s Operant Conditioning Theory
    Types of Reinforcement Schedules
    Extrinsic Feedback as Reinforcement
    Applying Extrinsic Feedback Using Operant Conditioning in Coaching Athletes
    Instrinsic Feedback as Reinforcement
    Four Types of Athlete Behavior Worth Conditioning
    Applying Operant Conditioning Theory in Coaching Athletes
    The Athlete in the Skinner Box
    The Coach in the Skinner Box
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Part III. Athletes and Theories of Cognitive Learning
    Chapter 5. The Imitating Athlete: Applying Social Cognitive Theory
    Social Cognitive Theory
    Four Processes of Observational Learning
    Sources of Reinforcement
    Effects of Imitation
    Applying Observational Learning Theory to Coaching Athletes
    The Imitating Athlete
    The Imitating Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 6. The Supercomputing Athlete: Applying Cognitive Learning Theory
    The Computer as Metaphor
    Three Memory Components: The Basic Information Processing Model
    Three Stages of Motor Learning
    Three Cognitive Motor Learning Theories
    Three Stages of Information Processing for Motor Performance
    The Supercomputing Athlete
    The Supercomputing Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 7. The Expert Athlete: Applying Expertise Theory and Deliberate Practice
    Expertise Theory
    Characteristics of Expertise
    Characteristics of Deliberate Practice
    Engaging in Deliberate Practice: Three Phases of Development
    Creating Deliberate Practice
    The Expert Athlete
    The Expert Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Part IV. Athletes and Theories of Humanism
    Chapter 8. The Fully Human Athlete: Applying Humanistic Learning Theory
    Humanistic Psychology
    Applying Four Common Emphases of Humanistic Coaching
    Nondirective Model of Coaching
    Constructivism
    Pyramid of Teaching Success in Sport (PofTSS)
    The Fully Human Athlete
    The Fully Human Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 9. The Emotional Athlete: Applying Emotion Theory
    Emotions and Performance
    Arousal, Anxiety, and Performance
    Consequences of Emotions
    Applying Emotion Theory in Coaching Athletes
    The Emotional Athlete
    The Emotional Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Part V. Developing Your Coaching Skills and Philosophy
    Chapter 10. The Principled Coach: Applying Principles of Practice Management and Discipline
    Management and Discipline
    The Practice Environment
    Applying Preventive Strategies in Coaching Athletes: Heading Them Off at the Pass
    Applying Corrective Strategies in Coaching Athletes: When It’s Too Late to Head Them Off at the Pass

    The Bridled Athlete
    The Principled Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and Artful Coach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter 11. The Philosophical Coach: Applying Wisdom
    Considerations for Developing a Coaching Philosophy
    Developing Ethics Within Your Philosophy
    Developing Values Within Your Philosophy
    The Values of Sport
    The Philosophical Coach
    The Wise Coach
    Your Coaching Toolbox
    The Scientific and ArtfulCoach
    If You Remember Only Three Things
    Suggested Readings

    References
    Index
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Jeffrey J. Huber, PhD, is head diving coach and an adjunct assistant professor in the department of counseling and educational psychology and the department of kinesiology at Indiana University at Bloomington. As an educational psychologist, Huber has taught courses in educational psychology for both undergraduate and graduate teacher and coach candidates and is a guest lecturer in courses on exercise science, philosophy of coaching, motor learning, and theories of high-level performance.

    Huber received his doctorate in educational psychology and master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. A collegiate coach for over 35 years, Huber has been the recipient of the Big Ten, NCAA, USA, and USOC National Coach of the Year awards. Huber was named the U.S. National Coach of the Year 11 times and has served as U.S. coach for the Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), and Beijing (2008) Olympic Games.

    In his free time, Huber enjoys running, weightlifting, swimming, and writing. He and his wife, Lesa, reside in Bloomington.

    Reviews

    "I highly recommend Dr. Huber's book for anyone who wants to reach their potential as a sports coach. The book is required reading for my graduate students who regularly tell me it is the best coaching book they have ever read. I also constantly recommend the book to high school and college coaches. The book is special because it is a rare, and detailed, blend of applied science and actual coaching practice."

    - Wade Gilbert, PhD, Professor California State University, Fresno