Speed Training for Sports
Many athletes and coaches believe the myth that, “speed is a gift you’re either born with or without.” They don’t realize that there really are effective methods to run faster. This course will present easy-to-learn techniques that coaches can apply to any sport setting. Participants will learn about drills that have been proven to develop speed and the reasons why they are so effective. This course will introduce several components that determine a student athlete’s ability to increase speed, agility, and quickness. Participants will learn how to assess their student athlete’s techniques in terms of these components of speed. This course will also cover tests that can be used to detect errors in running form and ways of correcting the problems. Finally, participants will learn how to perform specific drills and how to fit speed training into an overall training program.
Course assignments encourage participants to integrate specific national standards for physical education. Objectives for each lesson are modeled around standards-based learning as identified by SHAPE America. Evidence of learning is tied directly to stated objectives and is assessed via analysis and application papers, training programs, testing programs, reflective evaluations and peer learning. The course is designed for teachers and coaches of 7th through 14th grade students.
NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.
This course is applicable towards the Strength and Conditioning Certificate.