• The Open University

Sports Performance: Training the Body for Sport 

Explore how to meet athletes’ training needs using modern strength and conditioning training alongside effective monitoring.

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
  • 100% online

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Develop the skills to support athletes' training, wellbeing, and performance

On this four-week course designed by sport and fitness experts at The Open University, you’ll expand your knowledge of some of the current issues and thinking around training individuals, teams, and specific groups as they prepare for performance.

Explore the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to training

Through engaging learning materials, you’ll discover why taking a multidisciplinary approach to physical preparation in sport is key to supporting an athlete’s or team’s performance and how you can use this to get the best from your training methods.

Gain inside knowledge from sport and fitness experts

Whether you are supporting athletes or focusing on your own performance, you’ll learn the importance of conducting a needs analysis and the profiling of athletes to inform any training interventions.

You’ll explore topical issues, such as how much should female and male training differ, what benefits can new technology bring to performance, and how athlete monitoring or functional training can be used.

Discover how to apply the science behind sporting performance

You’ll learn about the science underpinning athlete monitoring and how you can apply it to better meet the training needs of athletes. This will help you determine how to adjust training and wellness strategies so you can ensure athletes are optimised and ready for performance.

Build upon your own experiences to discover how to make your training plans more effective

Throughout this course you’ll be able to connect your own experiences with the examples you hear about, including those from a conditioning coach, individual athletes, a team, and a child athlete.

By the end you’ll have a better understanding of proven techniques and methods and how you can apply them effectively.

What topics will you cover?

  • Taking a multidisciplinary approach to supporting athlete performance, by identifying their training needs
  • Topical issues in strength and conditioning to enhance athletes’ training for sport, including the use of technology, functional training, and female-specific training
  • Principles of athlete monitoring that allow insights into athlete wellness and effective adjustment of training programmes
  • The application of strength and conditioning using case studies and how you can apply this to your own setting

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss trends in sport including the use of technology, training females and the benefits of functional training
  • Apply the principles of athlete monitoring to allow insights into athlete wellness and effectively adjust training programmes
  • Reflect on the use of strength and conditioning in children, team and individual sports and how you can apply ideas from these to your own setting
  • Describe the benefits of taking a multidisciplinary approach to support an athlete’s performance
  • Identify an athlete’s training needs

Who is the course for?

You will gain most benefit from the course if you are actively leading, coaching or supporting athletes, such as:

  • Professional and amateur athletes, coaches and support teams
  • Those with a curiosity for watching and understanding sports performances
  • Sports educators
  • Parents of children engaged in sports
  • Strength and conditioning coaches or fitness instructors

Who will you learn with?

Ben lectures in Sports Coaching at The Open University. His research focuses on youth sport, athlete monitoring and golf. He is also a strength and conditioning coach to junior and adult golfers.

Simon lectures in Sport, Fitness and Coaching at The Open University. His research focuses on the optimal methods of providing feedback to students to maximise their success.

Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Fitness at the Open University. He researches employability skills and careers in sports science. He is also the author of several sports science text books.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

About this ExpertTrack

Explore key principles and current approaches in athlete training, mental preparation, and coaching to support sports performance.

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