Science of Coaching

Learn to lead

Athletics provide an opportunity to grow physically and emotionally. Gain the skills you need lead athletes of all ages in a variety of sports and in life. In your classes you’ll learn the principles and practices behind coaching. You’ll finish your minor with a real-life experience in which you are supervised by a qualified coach. Go on to positively impact the sports performances and the lives of your future athletes.

The elements of coaching you’ll learn:

  • Human growth and developmental aspects of coaching
    • The program will emphasize practices, issues and theories in human growth and development with special attention placed on training, conditioning and nutrition.
  • Medical-legal aspects of coaching
    • The program will emphasize practices, issues and theories in first aid, care, prevention and recovery from athletic injuries.
  • Social/Psychological aspects of coaching
    • The program will emphasize practices, issues, and theories involving behavioral aspects of an athlete’s relationship with society. Special attention will be focused on the societal role of coaches and the influences they have with their athletes.
  • Biomechanical aspects of coaching
    • The program will emphasize practices, issues, and theories involving the scientific aspects of athletic performance including anatomy, kinesiology and physiology.
  • Strategies and technical aspects of coaching
    • The program will emphasize practices, issues, and theories involved in the organization and strategies of sport and the techniques of coaching basic skills of sport.
  • Professional preparation and practicum of coaching
    • The program will emphasize practices, issues, and theories regarding professional development in the coaching area and will culminate with a semester long practical field experience in their coaching area.

Science of Coaching Minor

24 credits

You'll learn the principles of coaching through courses, hands-on coaching experiences and by creating a coaching portfolio. The Science of Coaching curriculum has been designed to prepare you for work in a variety of athletic and recreational settings. Potential career opportunities include coaching, performance enhancement, officiating, sport law and much more.

Change your minor

To change your minor to science of coaching, please contact the department of kinesiology using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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