Being a successful coach is not just about Xs and Os and winning games. It’s about coaching young people to become successful athletes—and successful human beings. But unless you already have the teaching skills of an educator, the training expertise of a physiologist, the administrative leadership of a business executive, and the counseling wisdom of a psychologist, you will rely on this third edition of Successful Coaching to discover how to excel as a coach.
Successful Coaching offers an in-depth introduction to the coaching profession and is specifically written for the high school and serious club coach. Integrating the latest sport science research with practical knowledge acquired by highly experienced coaches, this book features new sections on sportsmanship, coaching diverse athletes, managing athletes’ behavior, preventing and addressing drug and alcohol abuse, and coaching using the games approach. Five sections serve as the foundation for the book:
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"Being successful as a coach means more than building winning teams or elite athletes. It means instilling life-long principles--character, sportsmanship, loyalty, fitness--that athletes will carry with them off the field and beyond their playing days. In Successful Coaching, Rainer Martens provides all coaches--whether they coach youth sports or world-class athletes--with an enlightening resource that will enable them to make a positive difference in the lives of their athletes."
Coaching Education Director, USOC
"Coaches demand that athletes put forth their best effort on the practice field and on game day. With Successful Coaching, Rainer Martens challenges coaches to put forth an equal, if not greater effort in developing the skills necessary to be an effective leader, motivator, communicator, and teacher. I highly recommend Successful Coaching to all coaches, regardless of sport."
Sport has always been a vital part of Rainer Martens’ life. He has coached at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels and has studied sport as a research scientist. The founder and president of Human Kinetics, he also started the American Sport Education Program, the largest coaching education program in the United States. An internationally recognized sport psychologist, Martens is the author of more than 80 scholarly articles and 15 books, including Successful Coaching, the best-selling coaching book ever published, and Directing Youth Sport Programs. He has also been a featured speaker at more than 100 conferences around the world and has conducted more than 150 workshops and clinics for coaches and athletes at all levels.
After receiving his PhD in physical education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1968, Martens was a member of its faculty for 16 years. A past president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, he has been recognized for his contribution to sport by the National Recreation and Park Association and by his induction into the National Association of Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame. He has received Distinguished Alumni awards from Emporia State University in Kansas (where he earned a bachelor’s degree), the University of Montana (where he earned a master’s degree), the University of Illinois, and Hutchinson High School.
Martens continues to enjoy sport today, especially senior softball. As a member of the world champion 60+ Florida Legends, Martens has been named to six all-world teams.
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