Informed: The Art of the Science of Preparing Athletes

Informed: The Art of the Science of Preparing Athletes

by Paul Gamble

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Beyond textbook theory and the research literature there is always a gap to bridge when applying this information with 'live' athletes. In this book we delve into that uncharted territory that lies between. As implied in the title, there is an art to this translation of science into practice, and a great deal of wisdom and nuance involved in the process. We explore what differentiates truly elite practice, citing relevant examples and drawing upon applied experience.
This is a book for coaches, leaders, practitioners across disciplines, and athletes who wish to be informed. Key themes include 'higher order skills' to navigate the challenge of truly becoming informed in the 'Information Age', creating a genuinely elite environment, effective coaching and the human interaction element of working with athletes, and the role of the athlete themselves in the process.
The text is broken into three parts. The first section is for practitioners. The second, for coaches and leaders. The final part is dedicated to the role of the athlete.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775218647
Publisher: Informed in Sport
Publication date: 03/18/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Paul Gamble has worked with athletes of all ages across a multitude of sports at elite and professional levels in a career spanning two decades and both northern and southern hemispheres. Paul began his career in professional rugby union with English Premiership side London Irish, and has since worked with groups and individuals across a diverse array of sports, notably serving as National Strength and Conditioning Lead for Scottish Squash. Paul completed his PhD in 2005 and this is his fifth book, having published four textbooks on various topics previously. Alongside his work in the realms of physical preparation and athletic development, Paul has worked extensively in the area of sports injury. Paul is also track and field coach across multiple events, and attended the 2017 World Athletics Championships as a coach with the New Zealand team. At the time of writing Paul lives with his wife Sian in Vancouver, Canada.

Table of Contents

Part One: For the Practitioner 1

Section One – Communicating and Guiding 1

Cultivating Coaching Craft 1

Considered Coaching – When and How to Steer Athletes’ Learning 5

Section Two – Learning and Developing 14

The Importance of Being Informed 14

Challenges in the Quest for Continuing Education and Professional Development 17

Ego is the Enemy of Progress and Discovery 20

Resurrecting Critical Thinking 27

Section Three – Mentoring 31

The Why and How of Mentoring 31

Lessons Along the Way – Advice for Young Practitioners 37

Section Four – Tools for the Journey 41

Reflective Practice with Teeth – Asking the Hard Questions 41

Upholding Our Own Standards – Principles, Practices, and Process 45

Practitioner Health – Making Practice in Elite Sport Sustainable 51

Part Two: For Coach and Leader 58

Section One – Philosophy 58

The Simplicity and Complexity Paradox 58

The Olympic Pursuit of Inspiration 61

Nuance: The Path to Enlightenment in Athletic Preparation 66

Section Two – Systems and Teams 71

Defining ‘Elite’ in Sport 71

Accountability – The Holy Grail for ‘High Performance’ Systems 77

The Rise of the Movement Specialist 81

Section Three – Principles 84

What Do We Mean by ‘Athletic’? Pillars of Athleticism 84

The Training System Trap 89

Specificity and the Simulation Trap 94

Section Four – Process 97

The Puzzle of Programming Training for Humans 97

Yin and Yang of Preparation and Restoration for Injury Risk Management 105

Defining ‘Performance Therapy’ 117

Section Five – Developmental Athletes 121

Perils of the Talent Label 121

The Burden of Advantage in Athlete Development 128

A Practical Take on Long Term Athlete Development 138

Solving the Puzzle of Training Young Athletes 149

Part Three: The Role of the Athlete 155

Section One – Managing Body 155

Self-Therapy Tools for the Athlete’s Kit Bag 155

Self-Therapy Tools – What, When and How 160

Daily Mobility Series and ‘Self Screen’ 166

You Must Have Good Tyres – Why and How to Train the Foot 169

Section Two – Managing Mind 182

Mobilising Mental Resources 182

Locus of Focus – Where to Steer Attention 187

‘Emotional Control’ is a Superpower for Athletes 198

Section Three – Managing Self 208

A Self-Regulated Learning Path to More Productive Preparation 208

Handling Major Competition 215

Appendix 222

Bibliography 227

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