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Designing Concurrent Training Programs, Research on Ergogenic Aids, and Training Youth Athletes Course

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Type: Online Course

Item: CIFJ0907


These three in-depth articles will educate you on some of the latest issues in sports conditioning. Review the scientific research and the safety concerns regarding some of today’s most popular performance-enhancing dietary supplements and take an in-depth look at four popular supplements. Discover how concurrent training may hinder endurance and strength training adaptations while certain protocols can render benefits. Get practical ideas on how to apply concurrent-training concepts to program design for recreational exercisers and athletes. Learn how to identify, understand and train youth athletes to help them perform at their peak.

Articles and the test from the September 2007 CEC Sports Conditioning Issue of IDEA Fitness Journal.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the ramifications of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.
  2. Define and compare the terms dietary supplements and ergogenic aids.
  3. Explain the safety, efficacy and purity concerns associated with today’s dietary supplements.
  4. Cite the current research findings on the efficacy and safety of four popular ergogenic aids: caffeine, carnitine, creatine and branched-chain amino acids.
  5. Provide additional sources of information to clients who are considering taking a dietary supplement.
  6. Identify the general adaptations of endurance and strength training.
  7. Contrast the leading theories contraindicating and supporting concurrent training methods.
  8. Discuss and identify the individual mechanisms that explain why concurrent training might hinder both endurance and strength training adaptations.
  9. Understand the general guidelines (FITT principle) to follow when designing a concurrent program.
  10. Design specific, concurrent training programs for a triathlete and a recreational exerciser; and endurance and strength program progressions for the recreational exerciser.
  11. Outline the differences between training for fitness and developing a sports conditioning plan to train youth athletes.
  12. Identify the complex and varied characteristics of a talented athlete.
  13. List the physical attributes that contribute to success in sports.
  14. Identify a number of physical and mental attributes that separate great athletes from good ones.
  15. Design a periodized sports conditioning training plan using the three pillars of youth training (movement, strength and balance).

Course Content

Do Ergogenic Aids Help or Hinder Athletic Performance?
A review of the scientific research and the safety concerns regarding some of today’s most popular performance-enhancing dietary supplements.

Too Much of 2 Good Things?
While some research has found that concurrent training may hinder endurance and strength training adaptations, certain protocols can render benifits.

Identifying, Understanding and Training Youth Athletes
Sports conditioning coaches are in a good position to help younger athletes perform at their peak.


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