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Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English

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Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Week 1: Introduction to the young athlete

Youth coaches who have a sound understanding of pediatric sports science are essential to the successful development of a young athlete’s sport potential. In this section you are introduced to the multidimensional nature of coaching, and how an athlete’s motor abilities of endurance, strength, speed, coordination and flexibility are affected by growth and maturation.The optional text manual for this course is available at: http://www.learnitez.com/HighPerformanceScience/manuals/...
Reading
23 videos (Total 105 min), 3 quizzes
Video23 videos
Part 1 - Introduction to high performance coaching3m
Part 2 - How many kids play sports?6m
Part 3 - Why do kids play sports?4m
Part 4 - How we gain knowledge3m
Part 5 - The performance components5m
Part 6 - The competitive performance4m
Part 7- Key points of high performance coaching2m
Part 1 - Introduction to motor performance abilities5m
Part 2 - Designing physical work capacity5m
Part 3 - Five components of motor performance5m
Part 4a - Sport-specific motor abilities2m
Part 4b - Sport-specific motor abilities2m
Part 4c - Sport-specific motor abilities4m
Part 5 - Key points of motor performance abilities3m
Part 1 - Introduction to growth and maturation5m
Part 2 - Growth vs. maturation6m
Part 3 - Gender and puberty4m
Neurological Development5m
Thermoregulation and Cardiovascular4m
Ventilation2m
Part 5- Key points of growth and maturation2m
Additional Insights: Educational Opportunities of Sport Organizations (Terry Crawford)9m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz 110m
Quiz 210m
Quiz 310m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Week 2: Strategies for maximizing the athlete’s potential

Many factors can positively and negatively impact the young athlete’s ability to optimize their sports potential. In this section we examine strategies for ensuring the athlete’s systematic long-term sports development and how to mold the correct sport-specific phenotype....
Reading
20 videos (Total 113 min), 3 quizzes
Video20 videos
Part 2 - Ontogeny7m
Part 3 - Development and environment6m
Part 4 - Motor circuitry development5m
Part 5 - Periods of accelerated growth6m
Part 6 - Key points of critical training periods3m
Part 1 - Introduction to long term athlete development2m
Part 2 - Four implicit principles7m
Part 3 - Physical literacy10m
Part 4 - Training approaches6m
Part 5 - Key points of long term athlete development2m
Dr. Mike Sagas Introduction3m
Sampling7m
Benefits of early sampling5m
What is deliberate play?5m
Part 1 - Introduction to factors affecting potential6m
Part 2 - Genotype vs. phenotype6m
Part 3 - Genetic ceiling effect5m
Part 4 - Why the body's systems adapt7m
Part 5 - Key points of factors affecting potential3m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz 410m
Quiz 510m
Quiz 610m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Week 3: How the body works

The coach is a microbiologist who designs training so it stimulates the body’s cells and structures to become stronger and more efficient. In this section you are introduced to key organ systems, and the energy these organ systems use to run the chemical reactions needed for a sports performance. You will also learn how diet can positively enhance an athlete’s ability to train and compete....
Reading
18 videos (Total 81 min), 3 quizzes
Video18 videos
Part 2 - Skeletal and muscular system6m
Part 3 - Nervous system5m
Part 4 - Respiratory system4m
Part 5 - Cardiovascular system2m
Part 6 - Key points of important body structures2m
Part 1 - Introduction to energy supply3m
Part 2 - ATP structure and recharging6m
Part 3 - Creatine phosphate (CP) mechanism3m
Part 4 - Fast glycolysis4m
Part 5 - Aerobic energy system3m
Part 6 - How mitochondria work7m
Part 7 - Key points of energy supply3m
Part 1 - Introduction to energy system fuels and diet4m
Part 2 - Nutrient processing5m
Part 3 - Role of vitamins and minerals7m
Part 4 - Nutritional concerns2m
Part 5 - Key points of energy system fuels and diet2m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz 710m
Quiz 810m
Quiz 910m
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Week 4: Enhancing the athlete’s physical work capacity

The level of expertise with which an athlete is able to perform sports skill depends on how well the coach molds the correct ratio of endurance, strength, power and speed to meet the demands of the sport. In this section you will learn the science behind developing these important motor performance abilities as the young athlete moves through puberty....
Reading
23 videos (Total 113 min), 5 quizzes
Video23 videos
Part 2 - The VO2max test5m
Part 3 - Comparing the VO2max of athletes6m
Part 4 - Aerobic capacity of young athletes5m
Part 5 - Relative VO2max of trained vs untrained children5m
Part 6 - The child's economy3m
Part 7 - Key points of aerobic capacity2m
Part 1- Introduction to strength2m
Part 2 - Gender strength differences7m
Part 3 - Trainability of strength3m
Part 4 - Strength adaptation and training safety6m
Part 5 - Key points of strength1m
Part 1 - Introduction to the physiology of strength and power6m
Part 2 - Muscle components affecting strength and power4m
Part 3 - Intrinsic sensors8m
Part 4 - Stretch-shortening cycle6m
Part 5 - Strength and muscle fiber type4m
Part 6 - Key points of the physiology of strength2m
Part 1 - Introduction to anaerobic capacity3m
Part 2 - Effect of gender and age7m
Part 3 - Explaining development of anaerobic performance7m
Part 4 - Sport performance insights3m
Part 5 - Key points of anaerobic capacity1m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Quiz 1010m
Quiz 1110m
Quiz 1210m
Quiz 1310m
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Top Reviews

By BDMay 28th 2017

Great base to build on. Filled in my gaps with regards to physical/physiological development of young athletes. For me it is a great addition to the English FA Level 1 and 2 football coaching course.

By TBSep 10th 2018

Very well designed course, provides very complete and deep information regarding the Science of Training such as the physiology, biology, athletes training and others ...

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Dr. Chris Brooks

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Coaching Science Coordinator for USA Track and Field

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