Learn how to motivate and lead athletes of all ages and abilities with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's science of coaching minor. Designed to prepare you for work in a variety of athletic and recreational settings, the minor will give you insights into the principles and practices behind coaching.
Coursework explores a variety of coaching components, including developmental, medical, legal, social, psychological, biomechanical and technical aspects. From learning proper nutrition to best practices in strength conditioning to injury prevention, you'll gain skills and techniques that can make a huge difference in an athlete's performance. A semester-long practical field experience will further provide you with real-world experience and a chance to discover your preferred coaching style.
As a future coach, you will play a critical role in the lives of others. Our science of coaching graduates go on to pursue rewarding and impactful careers, helping others to grow both physically and emotionally.
Multiple career paths. The science of coaching minor covers topics in a variety of sports as well as the practices, issues and theories involved in the organization and strategies of sports in general. This knowledge opens doors to career paths you may never have previously considered. You may choose to explore the fields of performance enhancement, officiating or sports law, for example.
Innovative resources. The kinesiology digital library, available to anyone studying kinesiology, houses a collection of images, strength training videos, general movement videos and vodcasts to help you better understand human movement and injury. You can also take advantage of the university's gyms, tracks, courts and other recreation facilities.
Real-world preparation. Professional development is a key focus of the minor. Prior to graduation, you will be required to complete a 60-hour minimum field experience where you will apply teaching, administrative and management skills to real-world situations. The opportunity to develop and add to a coaching portfolio will give you a leg up when interviewing for potential jobs.
What classes do science of coaching minors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Strength and conditioning
- Management and coaching theory
- Prevention and care of athletic/exercise injuries
- Sociology of sport and physical activity
Learn more about the science of coaching minor in the UWEC catalog.
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