Although it is not required, it is recommended that candidates have at least one of the following credentials:
- NASM-CPT certification
- Certified Sports Nutrition Coach
- Certified Massage Therapist
- NCCA, NBFE or DETC Accredited Health/Fitness Certification
- 4-Year College Degree
- REPs Level 3 or higher (int'l)
- Chapter 1: Integrated Training Essentials
The student will be able to identify the principles of integrated training and explain the components, scientific rationale, and evidence.
- Chapter 2: Science of Human Movement
Identify key biomechanical terminology and topics, and explain functional anatomy as it relates to integrated sports performance training.
- Chapter 3: Testing in Sports Performance
Describe the components and function of an integrated sports performance assessment, and identify methods for determining athlete readiness to perform.
- Chapter 4: Flexibility Training Concepts
Explain the scientific rationale for the use of an integrated flexibility-training program.
- Chapter 5: Metabolic Energy System Training
Differentiate between aerobic and anaerobic energy systems and describe the importance of the role of the metabolic energy system training in improving sports performance.
- Chapter 6: Core Training Concept
Explain the importance of the core musculature and its relationship to performance enhancement.
- Chapter 7: Balance Training Concepts
Describe the role of balance training in improving sports performance and injury prevention.
- Chapter 8: Plyometric Training Concepts
Describe plyometric techniques and their purpose in performance enhancement and injury prevention.
- Chapter 9: Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training
Understand speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) techniques and their purpose in performance enhancement and injury prevention.
- Chapter 10: Resistance Training Concepts
Describe the role of resistance training in improving sports performance and identify the stages of the General Adaptation Syndrome.
- Chapter 12: The Science of Periodization of the OPT™ Model
Identify the acute training variables within the Optimum Performance Training® (OPT™) model.
- Chapter 11: Olympic Lifting for Performance Enhancement
Explain the rationale for the use of the Olympic lifts in improving performance.
- Chapter 13: Injury Prevention for the Athlete
Identify strategies for injury prevention and common injuries related to physical activity.
- Chapter 14: Performance Nutrition
Explain the limits of nutritional advice under the scope of practice, and describe pre- and post-exercise nutrition strategies.
- Chapter 15: Ergogenic Aids
Identify common substances used to enhance performance, ergogenic foods, and analyze ethical and legal issues related to the use of ergogenic aids.
- Chapter 16: Psychology in Sports Performance
Explain performance psychology and its role in achieving athletic excellence.
After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you prefer to take tests, that consists of 100 questions. Each question will be multiple-choice. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 90 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher. Don’t fret though, if you score below that, you have up to 3 attempts to pass.