Specialist role coaching and skill training periodisation: A football goalkeeping case study

OTTE, F.W., DAVIDS, Keith, MILLAR, S.K. and KLATT, S. (2020). Specialist role coaching and skill training periodisation: A football goalkeeping case study. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, p. 174795412092254.

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© The Author(s) 2020. In sports like association football, professional teams are increasingly devoting resources to the role-based development of individual athletes and sub-groups. By employing ‘specialist coaches’ into athlete-support structures, clubs aim to facilitate individualised athlete training programs to enhance performance preparation as well as skill learning and talent development. Here, we discuss how contemporary pedagogical training approaches, like Nonlinear Pedagogy and the Constraints-Led approach, can enhance effectiveness of specialist role-based athlete development programs to facilitate performance functionality. We argue the need for a model of specialist role-based coaching practice in high performance sports organisations, based on a unified theoretical rationale, such as ecological dynamics. To exemplify the nature of specialist role-based coaching, a case study addresses how Nonlinear Pedagogy and Constraints-Led approach are being used for training professional football goalkeepers in an U23 years age group. Integrating key concepts from ecological dynamics, allied to principles of Nonlinear Pedagogy and the Constraints-Led approach, common skill training principles for specialist role coaches are highlighted. These illustrate the use of the recently introduced ‘Periodization of Skill Training’ framework for specialist role coaching, practically exemplifying a way to harness opportunities for performance enhancement and individualised talent development in the football goalkeeping context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Association football; ecological dynamics; Nonlinear Pedagogy; 'periodization of skill training' framework; role-based coaching; talent development; 11 Medical and Health Sciences; 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954120922548
Page Range: p. 174795412092254
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 11:56
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:35
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26386

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