The Science of Training Young Athletes

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About this course: 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 develo…

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About this course: 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/

Created by:  University of Florida
  • Taught by:  Dr. Chris Brooks, Instructor

    Coaching Science Coordinator for USA Track and Field
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Syllabus


WEEK 1


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/


23 videos expand


  1. Video: Course Introduction
  2. Вопрос для обсуждения: Introduce Yourself
  3. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to high performance coaching
  4. Video: Part 2 - How many kids play sports?
  5. Video: Part 3 - Why do kids play sports?
  6. Video: Part 4 - How we gain knowledge
  7. Video: Part 5 - The performance components
  8. Video: Part 6 - The competitive performance
  9. Video: Part 7- Key points of high performance coaching
  10. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to motor performance abilities
  11. Video: Part 2 - Designing physical work capacity
  12. Video: Part 3 - Five components of motor performance
  13. Video: Part 4a - Sport-specific motor abilities
  14. Video: Part 4b - Sport-specific motor abilities
  15. Video: Part 4c - Sport-specific motor abilities
  16. Video: Part 5 - Key points of motor performance abilities
  17. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to growth and maturation
  18. Video: Part 2 - Growth vs. maturation
  19. Video: Part 3 - Gender and puberty
  20. Video: Neurological Development
  21. Video: Thermoregulation and Cardiovascular
  22. Video: Ventilation
  23. Video: Part 5- Key points of growth and maturation
  24. Video: Additional Insights: Educational Opportunities of Sport Organizations (Terry Crawford)
  25. Вопрос для обсуждения: Week 1 Discussion

Graded: Quiz 1
Graded: Quiz 2
Graded: Quiz 3

WEEK 2


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.


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  1. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to critical training periods
  2. Video: Part 2 - Ontogeny
  3. Video: Part 3 - Development and environment
  4. Video: Part 4 - Motor circuitry development
  5. Video: Part 5 - Periods of accelerated growth
  6. Video: Part 6 - Key points of critical training periods
  7. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to long term athlete development
  8. Video: Part 2 - Four implicit principles
  9. Video: Part 3 - Physical literacy
  10. Video: Part 4 - Training approaches
  11. Video: Part 5 - Key points of long term athlete development
  12. Video: Dr. Mike Sagas Introduction
  13. Video: Sampling
  14. Video: Benefits of early sampling
  15. Video: What is deliberate play?
  16. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to factors affecting potential
  17. Video: Part 2 - Genotype vs. phenotype
  18. Video: Part 3 - Genetic ceiling effect
  19. Video: Part 4 - Why the body's systems adapt
  20. Video: Part 5 - Key points of factors affecting potential
  21. Вопрос для обсуждения: Week 2 Discussion

Graded: Quiz 4
Graded: Quiz 5
Graded: Quiz 6

WEEK 3


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.


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  1. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to important body structures
  2. Video: Part 2 - Skeletal and muscular system
  3. Video: Part 3 - Nervous system
  4. Video: Part 4 - Respiratory system
  5. Video: Part 5 - Cardiovascular system
  6. Video: Part 6 - Key points of important body structures
  7. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to energy supply
  8. Video: Part 2 - ATP structure and recharging
  9. Video: Part 3 - Creatine phosphate (CP) mechanism
  10. Video: Part 4 - Fast glycolysis
  11. Video: Part 5 - Aerobic energy system
  12. Video: Part 6 - How mitochondria work
  13. Video: Part 7 - Key points of energy supply
  14. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to energy system fuels and diet
  15. Video: Part 2 - Nutrient processing
  16. Video: Part 3 - Role of vitamins and minerals
  17. Video: Part 4 - Nutritional concerns
  18. Video: Part 5 - Key points of energy system fuels and diet
  19. Вопрос для обсуждения: Week 3 Discussion

Graded: Quiz 7
Graded: Quiz 8
Graded: Quiz 9

WEEK 4


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.


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  1. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to aerobic capacity
  2. Video: Part 2 - The VO2max test
  3. Video: Part 3 - Comparing the VO2max of athletes
  4. Video: Part 4 - Aerobic capacity of young athletes
  5. Video: Part 5 - Relative VO2max of trained vs untrained children
  6. Video: Part 6 - The child's economy
  7. Video: Part 7 - Key points of aerobic capacity
  8. Video: Part 1- Introduction to strength
  9. Video: Part 2 - Gender strength differences
  10. Video: Part 3 - Trainability of strength
  11. Video: Part 4 - Strength adaptation and training safety
  12. Video: Part 5 - Key points of strength
  13. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to the physiology of strength and power
  14. Video: Part 2 - Muscle components affecting strength and power
  15. Video: Part 3 - Intrinsic sensors
  16. Video: Part 4 - Stretch-shortening cycle
  17. Video: Part 5 - Strength and muscle fiber type
  18. Video: Part 6 - Key points of the physiology of strength
  19. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to anaerobic capacity
  20. Video: Part 2 - Effect of gender and age
  21. Video: Part 3 - Explaining development of anaerobic performance
  22. Video: Part 4 - Sport performance insights
  23. Video: Part 5 - Key points of anaerobic capacity
  24. Вопрос для обсуждения: Week 4 Discussion

Graded: Quiz 10
Graded: Quiz 11
Graded: Quiz 12
Graded: Quiz 13
Graded: Coaching Issues

WEEK 5


Week 5: Enhancing the fluidity of movement
Coordination and flexibility permit movements that are precise, fluid and spatially controlled. In this section we examine current knowledge about coordination and flexibility as the young child moves through early childhood and into adolescence.


21 videos expand


  1. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to coordination
  2. Video: Part 2 - Brain motor control areas
  3. Video: Part 3 - Coordinating variables
  4. Video: Part 4 - Optimal sequential timing
  5. Video: Part 5 - Soccer example of coordination & control
  6. Video: Part 6 - Learning control
  7. Video: Part 7 - Key points of coordination
  8. Video: Part 1 - Introduction to flexibility
  9. Video: Part 2 - Range of motion strategies
  10. Video: Part 3 - Children and flexibility
  11. Video: Part 4 - Varieties of stretching
  12. Video: Part 5 - Effect of stretching on a muscle
  13. Video: Part 6 - Position statement
  14. Video: Part 7 - Key points of flexibility
  15. Вопрос для обсуждения: Week 5 Discussion
  16. Video: Psychology 1 - Acquiring expertise (Dr. Mark Williams)
  17. Video: Psychology 2 - Talent identification and development (Dr. Mark Williams)
  18. Video: Psychology 3 - Perceptual and Cognitive Expertise (Dr. Mark Williams)
  19. Video: Dean Reid Introduction
  20. Video: Dr. Mike Sagas: Sports Management Overview
  21. Video: Sports Management Faculty Introductions
  22. Video: Dr. Tom Livengood

Graded: Quiz 14
Graded: Quiz 15
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