Certified Sports Performance Coach


Certified Sports Performance Coach

The Essentials of Sports Performance & Coaching Practice

This course is designed to provide further 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. This course has been designed to build upon the topics discussed in the NSPA’s Foundations of Sports Performance course.

Topics include modern periodization theory and practice, plyometric concepts & application, Olympic lift teaching progressions, basic care & prevention of basic athletic injuries, speed and agility fundamentals, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning programs, and basics of sports nutrition relevant to the sports performance and coaching professional.


Upon successful completion of this course, the professional should be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the basics of sports injury recognition and management. Describe the Sports Performance Coach’s role in the injury, rehabilitation, and return to play process.
  • List and describe the historical and contemporary models of exercise programming and progression theory, including periodization and conjugate models.
  • Describe and discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of plyometric training. Detail its history and use in contemporary training programs.
  • Describe and discuss the major Olympic lifts and detail the appropriate teaching progressions for each.
  • Identify, list, and describe the macro and micronutrients relevant to the training athlete and discuss the steps involved in fueling for peak performance.
  • Identify, list, and describe the primary supplements and potential performance enhancing substances commonly used/abused in the competitive sports world..


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

  • Module 1Course Intro and Tissue Response to Injury
  • Module 2Programming Basics: Periodization & Program Implementation
  • Module 3Warm-up, Flexibility, & Mobility
  • Module 4Foundations of Strength Training
  • Module 5Teaching & Using the Olympic lifts
  • Module 6Foundations of Plyometric Training
  • Module 7Aerobic Conditioning Programs
  • Module 8Anaerobic Conditioning/Interval Programs
  • Module 9Athletic Testing & Assessment
  • Module 10Sports Injury Recognition & Management Basics
  • Module 11: Speed & Agility Training Principles
  • Module 12Sports Nutrition Basics
  • Module 13Supplements & Performance-Enhancing Substances


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.


The Certified Sports Performance Coach course will be taught live (virtually).

START DATE: September 9th, 2020
END DATE: December 11th, 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.


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.


The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has approved all National Sports Performance Association course for CEU’s. The Certified Sports Performance Association 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 have them validate the quality information our course provides.

Key Concepts for the Sports Performance Coach

The Certified Sports Performance Coach (CSPC) course teaches you the foundational concepts of sports performance training. If you need to know it as a coach, we teach it in the certification.

You’ll learn a system for improving the all aspects of strength and conditioning for sport. You’ll have a complete understanding of not only what a proven, effective program looks like and understand the why's behind successful programs.

And if you are hiring coaches to work under you, the Certified Sports Performance Coach certification course will provide them with the knowledge they need to become an asset to your program. You will give your coaches the solid baseline that all sports performance coaches need.

* Note: The Certified Sports Performance Coach course is limited to 200 coaches

Become a Certified Sports Performance Coach!


The investment for the Certified Sports Performance Coach course is: