NATIONAL SPORTS PERFORMANCE ASSOCIATION

Foundations of Sports Performance

NEW COURSE

Foundations of Sports Performance

The Foundations of Sports Performance course is designed to provide entry-level information pertinent to the aspiring sports performance professional and to provide firm theoretical and practical underpinnings upon which to build sound coaching practice.

Topics include exercise physiology and energy systems, applied biomechanics, endocrine response to exercise, and anatomical kinesiology terms and concepts relevant to the sports performance and coaching professional.

OBJECTIVE

Upon successful completion of the Foundations of Sports Performance course, the professional should be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the physiological responses to exercise relevant to long-term planning in strength & conditioning.
  • Identify the three primary energy systems and the training approaches best suited to developing activity-specific metabolic capacity.
  • List and describe the foundational concepts of biomechanics relevant and applicable to the athlete.
  • Identify the mechanisms and actions of the endocrine system in response to exercise and athletic development.
  • Identify, list, and describe the three cardinal planes and axes of movement.
  • Identify, list, and describe the major muscles of the body including their origins, insertions, actions, and innervations.
  • Apply the knowledge of muscular anatomy and muscular action into functional exercise prescription intended to enhance performance and reduce risk of injury.


TOPICS COVERED

Here are the topics covered in the Foundations of Sports Performance course:

  • Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology
  • Bioenergetics Basics & Energy System Specificity
  • Basics of Biomechanics
  • Endocrine Response to Exercise
  • Upper Extremity Anatomy
  • Lower Extremity Anatomy
  • Anatomy of the Spine


HOW IS THE COURSE SET-UP?

Each lesson has been provided as a downloadable PDF. We will meet synchronously via Zoom one night per week with each week’s lesson recorded and uploaded for later review or in the event the student was unable to view that week’s lesson. Lesson PDFs have been provided to serve as a convenient place to take notes while participating in the course as taught by the author/instructor.

At the completion of each unit of the course, an electronic quiz has been provided to assess student learning. The multiple-choice quizzes provide a quick and effective means to ensure students are grasping the course material before moving on to the next unit of the course. Each quiz is worth 10 points, with 100 points possible collectively.

Final Exam

A course grade will be provided based upon student performance on the 10 quizzes and one final exam. At the completion of the course, a 50-question multiple choice assessment will be provided to assess student learning. The final exam is worth 100 points.

COURSE MEETING TIME

The Foundations of Sports Performance course will be taught live (virtually).

START DATE: May 6, 2020
END DATE: July 22, 2020
DAY: Wednesday nights
TIME: 6-8 pm EST Via Zoom

*Each live virtual lesson will be recorded in case you can't make one of the meetings.


YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Toby Brooks is your instructor for the Foundations of Sports Performance course.

Dr. Brooks serves as the Director of Education for the National Sports Performance Association (NSPA). A native of Golconda, Illinois, he completed his undergraduate studies in athletic training and was named one of the Top 25 Graduating Seniors at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He then accepted a graduate assistant athletic trainer position at the University of Arizona. At the U of A, he completed both his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Physical Education while working with the Wildcat women’s gymnastics, football, and baseball programs.

After completing his studies, Brooks has worked as a certified athletic trainer and/or strength coach with numerous professional, collegiate, and high school athletics programs, including the USA Baseball national teams, the Oakland Raiders, the Florida Firecats AF2 Football franchise, and the Southern Illinois Miners Frontier League Baseball team. He has published multiple articles and studies, and presents regularly at national and international conferences.

Brooks is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master of Athletic Training Program at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock.


CONTINUING EDUCATION

The National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved the Foundations of Sports Performance course for CEU’s. The Foundations course has been approved by NSCA for 2.0 continuing education credits.

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has approved all National Sports Performance Association course for CEU’s. The Foundations course has been approved by NASM for 1.9 continuing education credits.

It’s great to be recognized by another major organization like the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Strength & Conditioning Association and have them validate the quality information our course provides.


WHO IS THIS FOR?

The Foundations of Sports Performance course is perfect for:

  • Coaches who do not have an Exercise Science related degree
  • Coaches who want a better handle on functional anatomy, exercise physiology, energy systems and biomechanics
  • Coaches who need a refresher on functional anatomy, exercise physiology, energy systems and biomechanics
  • Coaches who have staff or interns who need continuing education and who need to learn the basics of anatomy, exercise physiology and functional movement.

* Note: The Foundations of Sports Performance course is limited to 100 coaches

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The investment for the Foundations of Sports Performance course is:

$199 $49