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About the 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:

Top reviews

May 27, 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.

Apr 30, 2020

The course was explained comprehensively.. thank you so much for making this course, I have learned a lot. I can surely use this knowledge in my class as Physical Education teacher

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By Justin C V D

Jun 25, 2016

Up-to-date materials. Has good grasp of sports science concepts.

By William Y V G

Aug 14, 2020

I learn so much, it was clear and direct. I really enjoyed it.


Feb 22, 2018

it was a great course. got a really good insight to sports life

By Kaniela L

Jul 5, 2017

Learned a lot and Iʻve been coaching and teaching for 10 years.

By Akash

Jul 20, 2020

Very informative course about coaching and I'm enjoying it .

By Joycelyn F

Oct 1, 2019

Great course to learn more about coaching young athletes.

By Mathias K

Jun 13, 2017

Great course and great tools for coaching young athletes

By Dr. S k

Jul 12, 2016

Very interesting and skill developing sports program!

By Aonghus O

Sep 30, 2020

Great course, well put together and well presented.

By Andrew M

Jun 1, 2020

Good course - fun interactions and relevant content

By Lee J

Oct 10, 2018

I have learned a lot from this corse. Thank you

By 汪楚

Jun 12, 2017

good coursera , and go for youth sport coaching


Mar 23, 2018

A lot of useful insights which can be applied.

By Andrea G

Apr 23, 2020

Great overview on young athles training!

By Rodrigo F

Mar 21, 2020

Incredibly useful and insightful course.

By Saif S A

Feb 8, 2019

Great information and valuable knowledge

By Michael L

Oct 31, 2018

excellent for coaches dealing with kids

By Gediminas D

Sep 23, 2020

Very good course. A lot of new skills

By Ivan S

Mar 29, 2020

It was great jorney, really liked it

By Chikih

May 25, 2020

Good For Coaching Young Athelete,

By Eleen W

Oct 30, 2020

In bite sizes and easy to follow

By Vaporwave F

Apr 21, 2019

Very useful and informal course


Aug 4, 2020

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By Daniel B D C

Dec 21, 2016

Incredible!!! Great course!!!