High Performance Coaching Specialization
If you’re interested in learning how to help athletes achieve optimal athletic performance at the high school, collegiate, or professional levels, the UF M.S. in Sport Management with a specialization in High Performance Coaching (HPC) may be the right fit for you. The specialization is designed to enhance the efficacy of active coaches and to better prepare students for managerial coaching positions or careers in athletic administration. Individuals who will benefit from this training path include those pursuing career trajectories leading to these positions: head coach; associate head coach or coordinator; strength and conditioning coordinator; or sport administrator (working directly with coaching staffs).
The HPC specialization includes 15 credit hours of coursework that can be used to satisfy the elective requirement for the M.S. in Sport Management degree program. Courses from this specialization’s curriculum may also be taken as individual electives by students not pursuing a specialization.
Focusing on both the psychological and physiological elements of athlete performance training, the required courses are designed to offer theoretical and practical insight into creating an effective performance evaluation and development program. Drawing from the latest research, you’ll learn to work with athletes to assess their physical and mental abilities and develop programs to foster skill development and enhance performance. You’ll also acquire a deeper understanding of how coaches can apply sport management principles to team management.
HPC includes coursework that addresses these facets of performance development:
- Energy Systems
- Physical Training
- Athlete Fitness
- Athlete Health and Safety
- Psychology and Mental Skills
- Athlete Maturation
High Performance Coaching Courses:
APK 5404: Sport Psychology (3)
APK 5404 Sport Psychology examines the cognitive, social, behavioral, and neurophysiological factors that influence performance in sport and other athletic endeavors. APK 5404 emphasizes the theory and science informing the applied field of sport psychology. Examples of general topics covered include confidence, motivation, emotion, attention, performance attributions, mental imagery, the injured and over-trained athlete, burnout, career transition, youth sport, group/team dynamics, and the development of the elite performer.
The field of sport psychology actively promotes the scientist-practitioner model. Utilization of the scientist-practitioner model involves the ability to consume and appropriately apply contemporary theory and scientific findings to the practice of applied sport psychology. Accordingly, APK 5404 will lightly explore how sport psychology science and theory inform practical application of psychological skills interventions. Successful completion of APK 5404 (through deliberate, genuine,and persistent engagement with the course) will prepare students for APK 6408 Performance Enhancement. APK 6408 provides in-depth coverage of applied sport psychology.
APK 6408: Performance Enhancement (3)
APK 6408 Performance Enhancement emphasizes applied perspectives on the science and practice of sport psychology by examining the psychological techniques and strategies utilized to maximize performance in sport and other athletic endeavors. APK 6408 builds upon theoretical foundations (amassed in APK 5404 Sport Psychology) that describe cognitive, social, behavioral, and neurophysiological factors influencing sport and athletic performance.
Examples of general topics covered include consulting skills, goal setting, emotion regulation, attention training, mental imagery, attribution training, confidence building, practice structures, team interventions, leadership training, and career transition programs. The field of sport psychology actively promotes the scientist-practitioner model. Utilization of the scientist-practitioner model involves the ability to consume and appropriately apply contemporary theory and scientific findings to the practice of applied sport psychology. Accordingly, APK 6408 will explore how sport psychology science and theory inform practical application of psychological skills interventions.
PET 5936: Training High Performance Athletes (3)
This course overviews the theory and practice of sport training methodologies for enhancing the athlete’s physiological capacity.
- Students will gain an understanding of the science behind: how the body adapts to a training stimulus; principles of training theory; development of sport specific strength, speed and endurance; how the energy systems work and are fueled; overtraining; fatigue; performance capacity; and the mechanics of the training plan.
- The importance of a balanced approach to sport and life is emphasized throughout the course, with specific emphasis on how to avoid overtraining an athlete.
At the completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important physiological and training theory principles as they apply to training athletes of any age to reach their optimum athletic potential
- Recognize how to develop fundamental and derive motor performance abilities of athletes generally, and in a specific sport (or positions within a team)
- Locate and critically evaluate recommended performance evaluation practices for a specific sport and athletes
- Understand the physiological theory of performance analysis tests that assess strength, power, energy system capacity and lactate test data
- Review training programs and evaluate whether they are physiologically sound according to the specific needs of an athlete
- Design a comprehensive annual training program for an athlete in a specific sport
PET 5936: Training High Performance Athletes II (3)
This course overviews the theory and practice of sport training methodologies for enhancing the athlete’s skill and performance.
- Students will gain an understanding of the science behind: how the athlete learns skills; neural changes that occur with learning; individual differences among athletes; how to use biomechanics as a skills analysis tool; performance analysis testing and monitoring; and how to use skills analysis software.
- The importance of skill development in conjunction with physiological capacity development is emphasized, with specific emphasis on relevant performance testing and analysis.
At the completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of important principles as they apply to the acquisition and modification of sports skills
- Adapt and apply knowledge concerning the assessment of skilled performance and how to manipulate practice conditions to enhance an athlete’s ability to learn the skills for their sport to their genetic potential
- Critically evaluate common field tests relevant for assessing the performance of athletes in their sport
- Adjust performance analysis procedures according to individual differences between athletes
- Demonstrate proficiency in the application of biomechanical principles to analyzing skills
- Competently use common video and computer analysis software for evaluating individual and team performances and apply the data obtained to the design of the athlete’s training
SPM 5206: Sport Ethics (3)
This course is designed to encourage sport managers to think about the moral and ethical dilemmas typically encountered by managers in the sport industry. The course will better acquaint and refine sport managers’ understandings of sport relative to issues such as sportsmanship, violence, performance enhancing drugs, race, gender, and media. This will better prepare students in this class to be agents of change within the sport industry to help it strengthen and prosper. This will be accomplished through student discussions, case studies analyses, formal debates, and the development of position papers on particular topics, which will be supplemented with lectures and readings.
After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
- Describe ethics and morals, and discuss their role and application to sport managers and the sport industry
- Apply the theoretical and foundational concepts that support ethical and moral reasoning
- Compare the similarities and differences of various ethical theories
- Discuss factors that influence their decision making and avoid negative factors that may impact their ability to be an ethical sport manager
- Identify, analyze, and debate specific issues relative to ethical dilemmas commonly encountered within the competitive sport context
- Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication such as critical thinking, deductive reasoning, decision-making and research skills