University of Florida
The Science of Training Young Athletes
University of Florida

The Science of Training Young Athletes

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Dr. Chris Brooks

Instructor: Dr. Chris Brooks

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18 hours to complete
3 weeks at 6 hours a week
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There are 5 modules in this course

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 manual is available in the Resource Section.

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23 videos3 quizzes2 discussion prompts

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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20 videos3 quizzes1 discussion prompt

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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18 videos3 quizzes1 discussion prompt

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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23 videos4 quizzes1 peer review1 discussion prompt

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.

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21 videos2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

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Dr. Chris Brooks
University of Florida
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