EHR217 Principles of Sports Coaching and Performance (8)

This subject addresses the major issues related to athlete development from a coaching perspective. By identifying systems and behaviours inherent to the coaching process, different coaching philosophies, objectives and methods will be explored and evaluated for their influence on athletic undertakings. Factors that promote athlete and team variation will be evaluated with a purpose of enhancing coach-athlete communication, feedback and demonstration processes. Challenges facing the modern coach such as ethical dilemmas, managerial aspects of athlete and team behaviour, and public media relations will be addressed. Finally, the theoretical and practical application of technology, drugs and ergogenic aids will be investigated.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR217. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • describe philosophies and objectives of coaching and illustrate how they affect coaching processes and athlete guidance;
  • identify ethical issues in sport and explain how these affect the coaching process;
  • identify the systems and behaviours inherent within coaching styles and illustrate how these affect athlete development;
  • identify aspects of athlete variation and describe how these variable aspects affect the coaching process;
  • identify, develop, and rehearse aspects of communication and illustrate affects on feedback and demonstration processes;
  • describe aspects of motivation and goal setting and illustrate coaching strategies for enhancing their usage;
  • describe the traditional and games approaches to training and critique their uses within differing sporting settings;
  • apply theoretical concepts of technical and tactical skill acquisition within the context of practical coaching sessions;
  • describe relevant aspects of effective organisation, preparation and scheduling, and apply these to practical scenarios;
  • critique issues related to athlete behaviour and select appropriate strategies for managing these behaviours;
  • identify the various external relations involved in coaching and illustrate how these affect the coaching process;
  • describe a selection of technological advances and ergogenic aids relevant to coaching and evaluate their uses.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Philosophies objectives of coaching;
- Ethical issues in sport;
- Coaching styles, systems and behaviours;
- Individual athlete variation;
- Communication, feedback and demonstration;
- Motivation and goal setting;
- Differing approaches to skill-learning;
- Technical and tactical skill acquisition;
- Organisation, preparation and scheduling;
- Athlete and team behaviour and discipline;
- External relations involved in coaching;
- Technological advances and ergogenic aids.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.