Robin Gibbs ∙ 6 Sep, 11
Goalkeeping The specialist (Part 1)
Goalkeeping the specialist by David Coles is a book pacifically for goalkeepers. The book talks about the coach and player. The first chapter talks about the roles of the goalkeeping coach and goalkeeper. There is a lot of information for coaches for training keepers. For example if the keeper is young the coach needs to know that that goalkeeper is growing and their bones are developing. The coach needs to be teaching the goalkeeper the correct techniques because if the goalkeeper has poor technique it could affect their bones growing and damage other body parts. The coach also needs to know that bones develop at different rates to puberty. The coach needs to know that younger goalkeepers will have a shorter attention span especially in growth spurts. This means the coach may have to re-show the keeper techniques. The book also talks about the qualities you need to be a goalkeeper. The essential qualities for a goalkeeper are: personality, technical ability, tactical intelligence, mental and physical strength, belief and confidence in personal ability. The necessary physical qualities are: Height, reflexes and agility, speed of movement and balance of co-ordination. Overall it is a good book and I rate it 7/10 and recommend it for all young goalkeepers.
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