Wellness is complex and powerful. And when wellness is maximized in the sports setting, athletes and coaches alike are set up to succeed.
In Winning Well: Maximizing Coach and Athlete Wellness, Cara Cocchiarella and Camille Adana provide coaches and coach developers with the means to implement a more inclusive coaching environment through wellness. Each aspect of wellness is defined within the context of sports, provided along with tips for application within the sports setting. Tangible guidelines are supplemented with personal testimonies from a diverse group of athletes and coaches who highlight their experiences with wellness in coaching—or lack thereof. Self-assessments are provided as powerful tools to help coaches evaluate their own wellness, their promotion of athlete wellness, and inclusive practices.
The demand for wellness and inclusion in sports is substantial, and Winning Well is the first practical guide to help coaches and coach developers bring wellness to the forefront of their practices. Written for coaches in all sports who work with athletes at any level, this book is an inspiring, timely, and accessible resource for those who want to move towards more effective and impactful coaching.
Cara Cocchiarella, EdD, is a coach developer with Win Win Consulting and professor in health and physical education. She has coached athletes from kindergarten through college in several different sports, earning numerous trophies and Coach of the Year honors. Cocchiarella has also worked as an Athletic Director and has taught a variety of education courses. Having earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership, her continued scholarship and service to the field of coach development is driven by her commitment to advancing inclusive, athlete-centered coaching.
Camille Adana is a health educator, coach, author, and consultant. She has coached volleyball, basketball, softball, cross-country, and tennis at the high school level. As a public school educator and district health lead, Adana has crafted relevant and vital health curriculum for a diverse group of students. Adana is the author of Motivate from Within: A Young Adult’s Guide to Shooting for the Stars.
Chapter 1: Physical Wellness
Chapter 2: Social Wellness
Chapter 3: Emotional Wellness
Chapter 4: Intellectual Wellness
Chapter 5: Spiritual Wellness
Chapter 6: Environmental Wellness
Chapter 7: Inclusion and Wellness
Chapter 8: Occupational Wellness
Chapter 9: Financial Wellness
Conclusion: Winning Well
Appendix A: Wellness Wheel Activity
Appendix B: Wellness Wheel Assessments by Dimension
Appendix C: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) Inclusion Assessment Tool
Appendix D: Gender and LGBTQ2+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, two-spirit, and other sexual orientations and gender identities) Inclusion Assessment Tool
About the Authors