Understand sports psychology, sports science and best practices in endurance coaching to guarantee the longevity of your training.

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Train sustainably with Federation University Australia

Effective goal-setting won’t guarantee the longevity of your endurance training. To keep progressing in the long term, you’ll need to develop strategies for mental resilience and coaching.

In this final of three courses from Federation University Australia, you’ll delve into sports psychology, sports science, and coaching practice, to lay the groundwork for future endurance training.

Learn the fundamentals of sports psychology to build your mental resilience

Mental resilience and a positive mindset are an essential part of endurance training.

You’ll start the course with an introduction to the fundamentals of sports psychology, exploring its links to physiology and anatomy in sport. You’ll learn how to stay motivated, manage pain, and cope with stress and fatigue.

Understand best practices in endurance coaching

With your expertise in endurance training, you may want to work on coaching others. In Week 2 of the course, you’ll consider the latest developments in coaching practice, and learn how training plans can be tailored to the needs of different audiences.

You’ll finish the course with the expertise you need to continue your endurance training, while helping others to train sustainably too.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds Welcome to Strength and Conditioning for the Endurance Athlete. I’m Dr. Scott Talpey, I’m a senior lecturer in strength and conditioning at Federation University, and I’m excited to go on a journey with you through our courses that will help you prepare your own training as an endurance athlete or prepare the training for an endurance athlete that you coach. Endurance athletes come in all shapes and sizes. Some people could be getting on a bike to train for their own 100K bike ride. Others could be training for their first 5K ever. However, there’s certain principles that underline the design of any training program, whether you’re an elite athlete or you’re helping an elite athlete, or you’re helping someone just kickstart their endurance journey.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds We’re gonna go through each of those principles. We’re gonna help you outline how to plan and periodize and set goals for these endurance athletes to keep them performing at their optimal level and also keep them healthy, happy, injury free, and enjoying their training. Kickstart Your Endurance Training is a course where we focus on goal setting. We look to set appropriate training goals for both long-term and short-term needs. We also look at appropriate training plans and periodization for the endurance athlete.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 seconds Ultimately, the goal is for you to be able to write appropriate goals and plan an appropriate training program that gets you or the athletes you coach at the highest level possible while also keeping them injury free and healthy and happy. Measuring your endurance training success is gonna help you utilize all those tools and that technology that you have on your bike or on your wrist to make sure that you’re using that information to inform your training program.

Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds We use that data that we collect to measure how we’re tracking towards our goals, but also to make sure that we’re planning appropriate rest and recovery and adequate stress to our body to make sure that we’re performing at our highest level while also mitigating any risk of injury that may occur as a result of all the training that we’re doing for your endurance event. Sustaining your endurance training, we take a deep dive into how we stay motivated and how we balance out the stress and fatigue that’s associated with all the training that you’re doing along with the stress associated with your everyday life. We also look at the differences in different types of athletes.

Skip to 2 minutes and 18 seconds We look at older athletes compared to younger athletes and why we train them differently. Now let’s get moving with your endurance training.


  • Week 1

    Sports psychology for the endurance athlete

    • Sporting Psychology

      Welcome to Sports psychology for the endurance athlete. Throughout this course, you will identify the psychology associated with an athlete's training program and how factors such as stress and fatigue can be managed.

    • Endurance training factors

      Endurance training is physically, mentally and emotionally taxing. In order to maintain motivation and push through fatigue, effective strategies must be employed to mitigate these factors.

    • Bringing it all together

      By understanding the factors involved in endurance training, athletes and coaches are better prepared and positioned to manage these factors. Employing strategies and practices to mitigate these risks is essential.

  • Week 2

    Long-term developments for the young & old

    • How well do you know your athletes

      A coach holds the trust of those under their care. This trust must be maintained through providing care to their athletes. This week, we look at how different approaches and understanding of athletes are required.

    • Knowing your audience

      Each athlete is an individual with their own needs, ambitions and physical history. As a coach, especially one working with youth athletes, it is up to you to identify your athletes needs and requirements.

    • Bringing it all together

      In order to effectively coach athletes, you must identify their needs and implement effective strategies to manage their progress and mitigate the risks.

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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...

  • Describe the impact of positive mindset on sustaining endurance training.
  • Identify the best strategies to manage and deal with fatigue and stress in training.
  • Compare the different training priorities between youth and adult endurance athletes.
  • Describe the importance of developing a healthy, positive mindset towards training.
  • Identify stress and fatigue symptoms.
  • Apply positivity and tailorable techniques to endurance training.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for amateur athletes hoping to expand their knowledge of sports science and personal training in preparation for an endurance event, or for aspiring coaches looking to develop the necessary expertise.

Whether you’re just starting out or a veteran competitor, you’ll gain the understanding you need to optimise your performance and hit new fitness goals in a safe and sustainable way.

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Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Federation University

Federation University Australia is a premium dual-sector university that has been educating the leaders, innovators and thinkers of regional Australia for over 150 years.

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    Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland, Wimmera

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Explore sports science, sports psychology, and safe training strategies to step up your training for your next endurance event.

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