Certificate in The Fundamental stage – The Child Athlete

£60.00

This certificate covers the childhood years of the athlete from 6 to 11 years. It examines the development of this athlete and what we can do as coaches, teachers or parents to assist physical, mental and emotional development. We examine various training systems for skill, flexibility and speed development.

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The Fundamental stage – The Child Athlete

This module covers the childhood years of the athlete from 6 to 11 years. It examines the development of this athlete and what we can do as coaches, teachers or parents to assist physical, mental and emotional development. We examine various training systems for skill, flexibility and speed development.

  • Module introduction – 4 PDF documents
  • Resource notes
  • A total of 24 lectures in PDF format, available to download and print
  • 3 multiple-choice activities

You will achieve 4 REPs Continued Professional Development (CPD) points upon completion of this module.

 

GENERAL INTRODUCTION
This course content examines the primary school athlete, environment, training and coaching. In order to understand the module, we begin with a short lecture on basic terms and definitions which are needed to understand the content of the lectures. Early in this stage of development the child becomes accustomed to the formal education structures and accepts teaching as being a positive influence on his or her life. This allows the adults in their environment to prepare them for some formal sports coaching.
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In terms of our 20 year development pathway, the child athlete stage has two distinct phases of development:
 The Fundamental Phase
 The Development Phase

The Fundamental stage runs from 6 to 9 years of age and the Developmental phase from 10 to 12 years of age. Obviously the end of this stage and, for some children, the start of the next teenage 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. So adults need be conscious of the fact that some athletes will move from the Child Athlete Stage to the Teenage Athlete Stage earlier than others.
At each stage and phase of the programme there are 6 capacities that are related to the training and development of young athletes.

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 stage and phase of development. The theory behind this thinking is that if the young 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 these capacities and provide some ideas on the type of training or experience the child needs to acquire at this stage of their development.