This module content introduces the sports coach to fitness testing in general and how to apply it to assessing individual athletes and team players and their progress over the duration of a well-planned training programmes.
The purpose of this module unit is to introduce coaches to the concepts of fitness testing and how design and administer a series of fitness tests applicable to the physical demands of their own sports. It is paramount that the coaches develop the skills and experience which will allow them to carry out fitness tests on their athletes/players. For this reason the module looks at the pre-requisites that need to be put in place to carry out fitness tests both from preparing the athlete/player and preparing oneself, the tester. We also look at the reason why we carry out a testing programme and we take into account the inherent dangers that can be associated with fitness testing in particular.
Two very important aspects of this module is looking at how we can standardise tests so the they become reliable, repeatability and therefore present valid and comparable results. The other aspect is deciding on the actual tests to conduct. These should be suitable to the sport, the facilities available to the coach and to the ability of the tester to administer a battery of tests. Some students may want to eventually decide to concentrate on becoming professional fitness testers and offering such skills to teams and athletes from various sports and we take this into account in delivering this module.
In various topics throughout the module we present a series of tests to measure strength, power, speed, stamina and body composition. We also examine the issue of sport specific skill testing and complete the module content by examining issues in relation to presentation of results and the provision of feedback to the individual athlete or player.
This module is the equivalent of 30 hours of college lectures and the corresponding time spent understanding, absorbing and using the content practically through study and one’s coaching practice. All students are enrolled for 60 days but the actual time spent completing the module make take much less time for some coaches.
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Course Assessment must be attempted before the final 5 days of enrolment.
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