The Science of Training Young Athletes
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assignment Level : Introductive
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About the content

Seventy percent of kids drop out of sports before their high school graduation. Only 15% leave because they feel they are not good enough. Almost 70% leave because they were not having fun, or due to problems with the coach. Injuries cause 30% to give up sports. This course is packed full of practical sports science information that provide youth coaches and parents with the practical pediatric sports science insights to successfully retain young athletes and develop their sport potential while avoiding injury and overtraining. We begin by examining the multidimensional nature of coaching, the relevant sport motor performance abilities, the impact of growth and development on motor skills, the gene versus practice controversy, and briefly overview the body structures strengthened through training. Then we explore the athlete's energy supply, where this energy comes from, and how it matures along with the athlete. Finally, we examine the development of strength, power, anaerobic capacity, coordination and flexibility through the life span. The optional text manual for this course is available at: http://www.learnitez.com/HighPerformanceScience/manuals/

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Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to the young athlete
Week 2: Strategies for maximizing the athlete’s potential
Week 3: How the body works
Week 4: Enhancing the athlete’s physical work capacity
Week 5: Enhancing the fluidity of movement

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Instructors

Dr. Chris Brooks
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Coaching Science Coordinator for USA Track and Field

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Enjoyed this course and picked up quite a few good points. Highly recommended for new coaches or people involved with youth sports.

Published on February 22, 2018
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on the February 22, 2018
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Enjoyed this course and picked up quite a few good points. Highly recommended for new coaches or people involved with youth sports.

on the February 19, 2018
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this course gives very useful information about how to train the athlete in a right way. the languge is simple and understandable

on the February 17, 2018
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This course is pitched at a level requiring science understanding to approximately age 16-18. It is challenging but also very well structured and presented. It is useful for people from many backgrounds. I found it really insightful and it will add to my skill set for my work as a physiotherapist and also as a parent.

on the December 31, 2017
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If you are not a PE teacher or have little experience the course is great. If you need to review basic stauff, this is your course too. If you are an expert you can also take the opportunity to review material y listen to the final material, the final interview with Dr. Williams is worth the course. This is a course for anyone!

on the December 18, 2017
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This was a very interesting, informative class. I learned a lot about how to coach and train young athletes from an early age through puberty.