Coaching Children

Sports science essentials

ISBN13 : 978-1742860626

Author(s) : Kelly Sumich

Publisher : ACER Press, 2013

SKU : A5264BK

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Coaching Children: Sports Science Essentials is the first book in Australia specifically aimed at helping community coaches and fitness professionals design safe and effective training programs for children. As obesity rates soar and levels of physical activity decline, this timely resource provides guidance for enhancing children's engagement in sport, developing their motor skills and managing performance anxiety. It provides straightforward research-based advice on nutrition and explains in clear terms how to tailor exercise to address children's social, physical and psychological needs.

A quick-find resource with application to both individual and team activities, Coaching Children presents technical information in a highly practical and reader-friendly manner. Everyday questions and answers include:

  • At what age should children specialise in a particular sport?
  • Do sports drinks enhance children's performance?
  • Should children do weight training?
  • How often should children train?

Focusing on effective communication strategies with both children and their parents, each chapter includes a list of insightful reflective questions. Coaches are encouraged to apply scientific knowledge to motivate children in all aspects of training and competing in sport.

Kelly Sumich is the Director of the Sports Science Education Institute in Perth, Western Australia and is a lecturer of the Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness for the Western Australian Fitness Academy. She has a special interest in pediatric exercise science and has competed as an athlete at national level. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sports Science), a Postgraduate Certificate in Policy Studies (Research and Evaluation), and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration.

Kelly Sumich is the winner of the April 2013 'Inspirational Instructor Award' from Physical Activity Australia, Australia's only organisation exclusively dedicated to physical activity.