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Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best

Motivational Interviewing in Sports

“I appreciate the insights of Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best, and its focus on the motivational power of a common purpose.”
Hall of Famer Joe Torre
Four-time World Series champion manager of the New York Yankees and MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer

The measure of a great coach is bringing the best out of athletes. This is the first guide to motivational interviewing (MI)–the proven approach to harnessing the power of conversations to build relationships and trust–for coaches, sport psychologists, training and rehabilitation specialists, and other affiliated staff. Revealing why conventional ways of giving feedback and addressing conflict are often counterproductive, the book presents tried-and-tested methods for getting through to athletes and helping them to thrive.

“This book is a ‘must have’ for coaches in all sports. As a coach, I want to guide my athletes to greatness, and get frustrated when I am unable to effectively do so. This book provides insight and instruction on how to use MI to help my athletes determine their own course of action and become the performers they want to be.”
Matt Rhule, Head Football Coach, Baylor University

Leading sport psychologists and MI experts–including Jonathan Fader–provide effective strategies to fire up motivation, promote ownership of personal goals, address problem behavior on and off the field, enhance performance, and improve teamwork. Included are step-by-step examples and inspiring stories from coaches at all levels.

“MI can enable coaches and psychologists to unlock the solutions that lie just beneath the surface of everyday challenges. I highly recommend this book.”
Michael Gervais, PhD, sport psychologist; cofounder, Compete to Create