Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes PDF

Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes PDF

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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.

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