Sports Coaching and Athletic Performance
The profession of coaching and sports leadership is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years, with the Southeast having the highest annual mean wage for coaches. Employment of coaches is expected to grow 29% by 2020, which is significantly faster than the average for all occupations.
Sports Coaching and Athletic Performance is a 20-credit-hour program that prepares students for careers in the coaching profession, sports leadership, and athletic performance, and has no prerequisites.
Get ahead of the game with our new certificate program and acquire Alabama coaching certification during the process. The program can be completed in as little as one year.
For more information, contact:
Health & Physical Education
256.824.6007 or 800.448.4031
HPE Courses109 Speed & Plyometrics
(2 hrs.) Key to most any sport, the concepts of speed and plyometrics will be explored through drills utilizing body mass and gravity to improve muscular elasticity and "recoil" elements. Repetitive exercises such as depthjumps, drop-jumps, etc. will provide the proper neuromuscular training for enhancing strength, speed, and power performance. (Fall and Spring terms only)
117 Weight Training
(2 hrs.) Gain an understanding of weight training concepts and enhance your knowledge of muscular development while learning to strength train effectively and efficiently. Topics include major muscle groups, basic weight training concepts, physiological benefits of exercise, safe exercise techniques, and designing a personalized weight training program. (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms)
205 First Aid & CPR
(1 hr.) Learn the basic skills and knowledge of emergency care and first aid for major illnesses and injury. Students will complete the necessary exams for a 1 year certification in Basic CPR for Adult/Child/Infant and a 3 year certification in First Aid. (Fall and Spring terms only)
210 Beginning Athletic Training
(3 hrs.) Providing a major link between sport programs and the medical community for the implementation of injury prevention, emergency care, and rehabilitation procedures, Beginning Athletic Training engages students in the process of reviewing, analyzing, discussing, and synthesizing athletic training and presents the knowledge and techniques necessary to prevent and/or care for common athletic injuries. (Fall term only)
215 First Responder/Pro Rescuer
(2 hrs.) Learn the concepts and skills needed to function as a First Responder and Professional Rescuer. Emphasis is placed on preparing for, recognizing, and providing emergency care in various situations where needed. Additionally, this course fully addresses the objectives in the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Standards Curriculum.
250 Essentials of Personal Training
(2 hrs.) Participants will gain in-depth knowledge and develop hands-on skills in preparation for a Personal Trainer certification exam. Primary topics will include guidelines for developing individualized, safe, effective, and purposeful exercise programs based on the principles of exercise science and biomechanics. (Blended)
300 Nutrition for Fitness and Sport
(3 hrs.) Explore the theoretical and applied nutritional sciences as they relate to fitness and sport. Participants will develop the practical skills needed in solving nutritional problems in exercising populations. Nutritional requirements and practices as they relate to general fitness, specific types of athletic performance, and special needs individuals (such as those under and overweight) will be addressed. (Online)
Prerequisite: HPE 200 - Contemporary Nutrition or be admitted through consent of the instructor.
440 Management of Sport & Physical Education
(3 hrs.) Obtain the knowledge and skills of sports management and administration in both athletics and leisure-based sports. Topics such as fiscal management, fundraising, legal issues, and event scheduling will be covered. Students will become familiar with several different management theories, be able to plan sound programs, and objectively evaluate program effectiveness in physical education and sport. (Online)
445 Principles of Coaching
(3 hrs.) Gain the knowledge and skills specific to coaching such as developing a coaching philosophy and objectives, motivating athletes, and team management. This course meets or exceeds requirements established by NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education) and the NCACE (National Council for Accreditation for Coaching Education). In addition, this course will provide students with the AHSAA's (Alabama High School Athletic Association) required coaching certification and listing in the National Coaches Registry. (Classroom Spring 2014, Online beginning Summer 2014)