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Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes

Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes

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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

    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 Artful Coach

    If You Remember Only Three Things

    Suggested Readings

    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