Coaches can work at the amateur and professional levels as sports team managers, physical education teachers and team trainers. While additional certifications may also be required for some careers in this field, coursework will generally include a wide range of skills related to athletics, exercise science, injury prevention and team building.
Students may also learn fundamental knowledge on these concepts:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Fundraising and Philanthropy
- History of American Sports
- Management and Leadership
- Sports Ethics
- Sports Law
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List of Classes
Coaching Methods Course
In this introductory course, students study the psychology of coaching sports. Students look at scenarios related to motivating, encouraging and coaching athletes. Students discuss different approaches to coaching and may distinguish their own personal coaching styles. Students may study famous coaches and their decisions and motivations.
Coaching sports is more than just working with players. Today's sports coaches may interact with their players' parents, the media and a variety of business interests. Students will encounter real-life scenarios in which drugs, aggression, labor laws and cheating are present in sports.
Sports Medicine Course
In this class, students learn to recognize sports-related injuries, knowing when to pull athletes from a game, and understand when post-game care is necessary. Students will look at helpful stretching techniques to prevent injuries, as well as quick fixes for minor injuries.
Team Management Course
In a team management course, students learn what it means to coach an entire team. With this course students examine leadership skills coaches need. How does one lead a team? How does one deal with societal pressures? How does one delegate staff roles and player positions? Students may look at organization and communication skills, as well as strategy planning techniques.
Sports Finance Course
In a sports finance course, future coaches study the economics of professional sport franchises. Topics can include sources of revenue, making sound financial decisions, valuation and pricing, licensing, and communicating information to management and the media. Upon completion of the course, students should have the skills to manage sports accounts and to competently handle revenue.
Sports Laws Course
Negotiations, contracts and constitutional law are just a few of the types of laws and rights that are covered in sports law. Students focus on the laws pertaining to their area and sport. Students learn decision-making techniques that aid in following sports rules and laws in the sports industry.