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Exploring sport coaching and psychology

Exploring sport coaching and psychology

Have you experience of sport or fitness coaching either as a participant or a coach? Are you inquisitive about how sport works behind the scenes? 

In this free course, Exploring sport coaching and psychology, you will explore the influence of coaching and psychology through the lens of sports people and teams who have been successful. You will focus on coaching practices used with young people and adults, including research and advice of leaders in their fields.

The course is introduced by GB hockey player Alex Danson. Alex features throughout the course and you will learn about how coaching and psychology have contributed to her success in sport.

The course investigates how scientific and management ideas contribute to success, while also taking you on a journey through unique sporting case studies and insights that will change how you view and study sport. You will consider how the mind, the body, the environment and training techniques all contribute to optimum fitness.

By understanding coaching and psychology's influence on sporting careers, you will begin to identify useful aspects that might contribute to your own development, whether that be in sport, study or life in general. Working through this course will help you to gain the inside knowledge to impress in any applications or at interviews.

The course will also prepare you for further study. We'll send you a £40 Amazon voucher if you complete the course and earn the digital badge and subsequently go on to study with The Open University (subject to terms and conditions).

The course is also supported and strongly recommended by UK Coaching (formerly Sports Coach UK). Whether you're just starting out or have been coaching for many years you will learn new skills and demonstrate that you have been proactive in your professional development.


Exploring sport coaching and psychology

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