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Guidelines for Contributors

Articles for inclusion on the Sports Coach website may address, but are not limited to: conditioning, ergogenic aids, endurance, injury prevention, nutrition, physiology, psychology, planning, skill, strength and speed. Articles, literature review and original research should ideally be based on these topics but material which addresses other training related topics will be considered.

Contributions

Articles

Articles should be informative, of interest to athletes, have something new to say, offer a fresh approach to an old subject, challenge current thought or practice, predict future trends, or review current thinking. Articles should ideally address the theoretical aspects and the practical application of the content. Line drawings and pictures may be used to illustrate or help clarify the text.

Article length should be between one thousand (1k) and two thousand (2k) words.

Consider the following points when writing an article:

  • What is it all about? - background and appropriate level of theory to set the scene
  • Why should it be applied? - potential benefits and supporting evidence
  • When should it be applied? - is it applied in training sessions, competition only or to a specific phase in the athlete's training year
  • Who is it appropriate for? - is it specific to a sport (rugby) or event (long jump) or types of sports (racket ball games) or athletes (throwers)
  • How is it applied? - the practical methods of application

As a guide the content should be:

  • Expert
  • Educational
  • From a coach's point of view
  • Practical
  • Plain English
  • To the point
  • Written in the 3rd person

Content must not address Politics, Sex or Religion or advertise products or services.

One of the best ways of understanding the style of writing an article is to read a selection of articles previously published.

References

All articles should be supported by current literature comprehensively referenced. We cannot publish articles that do not supply correct, comprehensive and complete references. We rely on your integrity to supply accurate references as it is not possible for us to verify submitted references.

Each journal reference should include:

  • The author's surname and initials - if there are more than two authors, the first author should be named and the others replaced with et al.
  • The year of publication in brackets
  • The title of the article
  • The name of the journal
  • The volume, number and page numbers

Example

  1. KOJI, H. et al. (2003) Mechanical energy flow in the recovery leg of elite race walkers. Sports Biomechanics. 2 (1): p. 1-13

Each book reference should include:

  • The author's surname and initials - if there are more than two authors, the first author should be named and the others replaced with et al.
  • The year of publication in brackets
  • The title of the book
  • The city of publication, and state if in US
  • The publisher.
  • If you are citing a chapter within a book, supply the author's name and title of the chapter

Example

  1. HAY, J. G. (1993) The Biomechanics of Sports Techniques. Fourth Edition. Englewood Cliffs, New Gersey, Prentice Hall

Preparing your article

Please prepare your articles using Microsoft word processing packages (Word or Notepad). If this is not possible then please email me to agree a suitable format.

Submission of Articles

The preferred method is by email and articles should be sent to: brian@brianmac.co.uk

Contributor Information

With each article a section "About the Author" is to be include which provides a short resume of the author. The resume should be kept to 3 of 4 sentences and an example is provided below. Please provide your short resume with your article. The following is an example:

  • Brad Walker
    • Brad Walker is a prominent Australian sports trainer with more than 15 years experience in the health and fitness industry. Brad is a Health Science graduate of the University of New England and has postgraduate accreditations in athletics, swimming and triathlon coaching. He also works with elite level and world champion athletes and lectures for Sports Medicine Australia on injury prevention. Brad can be contacted through his website at injuryfix.com

Copyright

It is a requirement that you and no other third party holds the copyright to your article. When you submit an article please indicate that you hold the copyright.

Links

The article may contain a link to your own website/blog.

Links to 3rd party websites, who sell a product or service, will incur a fee of £50 payable via PayPal

Processing of submitted articles

All manuscripts are acknowledged on receipt. Authors can expect to wait approximately 4-10 days after acknowledgement before receiving an email response. This response will either be acceptance without revision, a request for a rewrite or an explanation as to why your manuscript has not been accepted for publication.

Most manuscripts are subject to review by individuals with expertise in the subject matter. Manuscripts that have been rejected will be returned to the author. Reviewers will often recommend acceptance of the manuscript, subject to amendments which the author will be asked to make.

Once accepted, manuscripts will be prepared for publication. This may involve editing and shortening the article. Shortly before publication, the author will receive a copy of the article as it is intended to appear. Only minor amendments can be accepted at this stage.

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