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The Science of Training Young Athletes, University of Florida

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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:

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May 28, 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.


Sep 10, 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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By Guan-Yi Chen

Apr 22, 2019

Very useful and informal course

By Ivan Fufaev

Apr 18, 2019


By Nji Armstrong Fon

Mar 29, 2019

It's really amazing the lecture are very understandable .thanks

By Briti Deb

Mar 29, 2019

excellent course

By Claudia Liliana Garzon Rodriguez

Mar 08, 2019

Very clear content

By Richard Romain Dika

Feb 10, 2019

I love this course. Very well explained and detailled. It also gives you a great insight of sport sciences.

Some of the modules really explaned the difference between genders. As a soccer of coach of young females athletes, it teaches more about females athletes too.

By Saif Saleh Almenhali

Feb 08, 2019

Great information and valuable knowledge

By Jason Bryant

Dec 29, 2018

Solid foundations and general directions for anyone that plans to coach youth athletes.

By Ana Cabrera

Dec 02, 2018

Good for have a general view and basics that I coach should know for training children

By Michael Ligo

Oct 31, 2018

excellent for coaches dealing with kids