Certificate in Developmental Stage – The Teenage Athlete

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This certificate covers all the coach needs to know about the teenage athlete. During the early phase of this stage, we need to be positive in introducing strength and stamina training while still maintaining speed and skill development.

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The Teenage Athlete Stage of Development

This course covers all the coach needs to know about the teenage athlete. During the early phase of this stage, we need to be positive in introducing strength and stamina training while still maintaining speed and skill development.

  • Module introduction – 4 PDF documents
  • Resource notes
  • A total of 23 lectures in PDF format, available to download and print
  • 3 multiple-choice activities

This course content examines the teenage athlete, environment, training and coaching. In order to understand the module, we begin with a look at the actual 3 phases which are part of this specific stage of the athlete or player’s development process.

Due to the problems associated with puberty, it is difficult to be exact at suggesting at what age the Teenage Athlete Stage begins. Some athletes are early, late or normal developers in terms of reaching maturation and this affects the design of the stage for many young people.

However from an educational point of view we have decided to take the step to treat this teenage athlete stage as having three distinct phases of development:
 The Consolidation Phase
 The Skill and Fitness Potential Phase
 The Participation and Performance Stage

The Consolidation stage starts for the early developers during the child athlete stage and is definitely in stage 3 for the late developers. In general, some experts refer this phase as “the Age of Rapid Changes” and for good reason. In particular, this can be a difficult time for parents, who must cope with their adolescent while trying to keep the channel of communication open.

Rapid changes in physical appearance may make teens uncomfortable. For a variety of reasons they can become uneasy with their changing bodies. From a growth perspective, the hands and feet grow first, creating a problem with clumsiness. This can have an adverse effect on skill learning and skill practice. The only thing the coach can do is to encourage and show an understanding of what the athlete is going through.

The start and end of this phase is shrouded in obscurity and vagueness due to the differences that occur between chronological, developmental and biological age of the young athletes at puberty. Therefore all we can say is that the consolidation stage is anything from 12 to 14 years and is a phase in which the athlete consolidates the skills – fundamental, sports and game skill – they have learned while the transition through puberty take place.

The subsequent phase – the Skill and Fitness Potential Phase – can occur while the athlete is 14 to 17 years of age while the final teenage phase – the Participation and Performance Phase – runs roughly from 17 to 20 years.

During the teenage years the rate of growth and maturity in terms of biological development can be quite rapid for some and quite slow for others. One has only to look at Under 18 football or rugby matches to see what we mean. This just presents the coach with a new predicament and we need to supply the knowledge and know-how to the coach on how to deal with these problems While the main aim of coaching 15 to 17 years olds should be aimed at developing their sports specific skills and introducing them to formal fitness development training.

As with stage 2 of the programme (the child stage) work continues to develop the 6 capacities of training and development of the teenage athlete. These are developments which we can categorize under the headings:
 Physical
 Technical
 Tactical
 Mental
 Lifestyle
 Functional

Each of these capacities has a certain menu or list of requirements that are considered appropriate to each of the three phases of development in this stage. The theory behind this thinking is that if the teenage athlete/player can successfully meet these requirements then he or she has a mature level of development in the capacity at this particular stage.

In this module we will examine the type of training, coaching and experience that the teenager needs from participation in a solid and well organised coaching programme.

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