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PEC 215 - Sport Mechanics for Coaches

Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Open
This course creates an understanding of the fundamentals of sport mechanics to help potential coaches better observe, analyze and correct sport technique for increased and safer performance. Students will learn the natural forces, concepts and theories that serve as the basis for biomechanics. Knowledge gained from the course will be applied to observe athletes performing skills and make corrections accordingly.
Competencies
  1. Understand mechanics and sport technique.
    1. Define basic terms and principles of biomechanics.
    2. Develop a working knowledge of basic mechanical concepts affecting athletic performance such as gravity, mass, weight, inertia, velocity and force.
    3. Discuss the relationship between force, momentum, impulse, power and energy types
  2. Explain the basic principles of movement and rotation.
    1. Understand the three types of movement (linear, general & angular) and how these movements affect athletic performance.
    2. Understand the components of lever systems.
    3. Describe angular motion, angular velocity, and angular momentum.
  3. Practically link skill observation to your knowledge of sport mechanics to begin your technical coaching skill progression.
    1. Determine the objectives of the skill.
    2. Note special characteristics of the skill and how elite athletes perform the skill.
    3. Demonstrate the knowledge to break down a skill into phases, then into key elements.
    4. Understand the mechanical reasons each key element is performed as it is.
  4. Learn how to properly coach an athlete with appropriate correction to errors.
    1. Know the steps of proper athlete observance of a skill.
    2. Know the proper position and time to both observe and correct a skill.
    3. Understand how to simplify a phase of a key element to help coach the athlete through the entire correction process.
  5. Coach a specific skill from start to finish.
    1. Understand the basic mechanics of this particular skill.
    2. Break down the skill into phases and key elements.
    3. Identify and make corrections as needed.
    4. Describe coaching methods to communicate correction to the athlete.



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