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Sports and coaching: pasts and futures

Day, Dave (2012) Sports and coaching: pasts and futures. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This eclectic collection of papers on aspects of coaching and sport has its origins in an international conference titled Sports and Coaching: Pasts and Futures hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute for Performance Research in June 2011. The contributors come from different disciplines and include some of Britain’s leading scholars together with a number of early career researchers. The work opens with two chapters from teams working in the field of coaching. Robyn Jones and his colleagues explore who it is that is actually coaching and this is followed by a commentary by Don Vinson, Simon Padley and Mark Jeffreys on ethical practice within sport coaching. The methods used in exploring sports history are then discussed in chapter three by Samantha-Jayne Oldfield while the subsequent section by Dave Day on the nineteenth-century athlete and trainer Harry Andrews provides a case study which demonstrates how some of these methods can be employed in practice. The following chapters by Tegan Carpenter and Sevket Akyildiz explore the role of sport in the Soviet Republic and how this impacted at a regional level by using the example of Uzbekistan. The final two chapters are written by sports development researchers John Daniels, who analyses the use of evaluation methods in the field, and Jamie Gold, who considers government policy on physical education over the course of the last quarter of a century. Taken together these eight papers highlight the richness and diversity of ongoing studies into sport and coaching.

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