Sports Coaching

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sports Coaching

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course is ONLY available to those students enrolled in AHS Programs. This course outlines the skills and knowledge to provide athletes, regardless of age and ability, with the best possible methods of applying exercise science principles to enhance coaching performance.
    Course Introduction
    Sports Coaching focuses on the theory and practice of coaching in a scientific setting. The course demonstrates to the student the links between the sub-disciplines of exercise science and the use of a multidisciplinary approach for effective coaching. The course emphasises practical applications of theory and knowledge to sports coaching scenarios.
    Course Aims
    This course allows students to examine and implement the theory and practice of coaching in a scientific
    setting. The course enables students to understand the links between the exercise science sub-disciplines
    and adopt a multidisciplinary approach to sports coaching. The course provides students with the ability to
    examine the different aspects of exercise science and determine how these can be applied to enhance
    performance. The course provides students with practical applications of theory and knowledge learnt in
    other exercise sub-disciplines and draws these subject areas together to provide a framework for all
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Understand the value of and be able to develop a coaching philosophy.
    2 Explain the three major objectives of coaching and factors that are involved in selecting a coaching style.
    3 Apply principles for coaching with character, for developing good character and sportsmanship in athletes, and for coaching athletes who have diverse backgrounds, characteristics and abilities.
    4 Apply psychological principles for effectively communicating with and listening to athletes, for optimally motivating athletes, and for managing behaviour problems in a positive and effective manner.
    5 Recognize and be able to apply information and methods in using the games approach for teaching technical and tactical skills.
    6 Develop instructional plans for team practices and plans for an entire sport season.
    7 Apply physiological principles for physical training in sport, including training for energy and muscular fitness, and have the ability to develop physical training programs for athletes.
    8 Apply the principles of good nutrition for health and performance to address the problem of drug abuse by athletes.
    9 Apply methods for effective team management, for managing interpersonal relationships in coaching, and for protecting athletes from risk and coaches from liability problems.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Test or quiz
    Weekly quizzes


    Performance - artistic
    Coaching performance and reflection


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Coaching observation assignment


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.