Certificate in The Spotlight of Opportunity for Rapid Development

£60.00

This certificate examines the various spotlights that occur during the growth of child and teenage athlete to encourage rapid development in speed, strength, motor skill, flexibility and stamina development. It examines the importance of each spotlight and provides guidance to the coach and planning each phase in the athlete’s development.

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This module examines the various spotlights that occur during the growth of child and teenage athlete to encourage rapid development in speed, strength, motor skill, flexibility and stamina development. It examines the importance of each spotlight and provides guidance to the coach and planning each phase in the athlete’s 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
  • 1 mini exercise

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

GENERAL INTRODUCTION
This second module of our Diploma course content examines the spotlights of opportunity for rapid development for the child and teenage athlete in five of the main components of fitness. These elements comprise the important section of physical fitness development and their relevance to each sport changes according to the demands of the sport and the needs of the players and athletes to participate in that particular sport.

These spotlights or periods of accelerated development occur or arise during the growth and development of the young athlete during the child athlete stage and well as during the teenage athlete stage. In order to understand the module, we begin with a short lecture on basic terms and definitions which are needed to understand the theory and practice of the programme and many of them are part and parcel of understanding the spotlights and why they occur and when they occur.

We further delve into the importance of the rationale behind the concepts of the spotlights themselves. Balyi and Hamilton called these periods of trainability the “windows of opportunity”. All coaches and teachers are well informed that all sport skills and physical abilities are trainable at any age. Success depends on the interest of the athlete/player and the ability of the coach/teacher to motivate and coach the elements intended. However, as children and teenagers grow and develop, there are periods when practice and training will have the greatest positive effect on development of various components of fitness. These periods are what we call the spotlights of opportunity.

The module then continues by taking us through each of the spotlights. These spotlights which focus on various components of physical fitness are actually divided in two. Some of the physical elements are chronological age related and some are not associated with age.

The spotlights which are age related are:

  • Spotlight of skill (2 lectures)
  • Spotlight of flexibility (2 lectures)
  • Spotlight of speed (8 lectures)

These spotlights are easier to recognize and plan especially in a group, class or team situation.

  • However the following spotlights which are maturity related are:
  • Spotlight of stamina (2 lectures)
  • Spotlight of strength (4 lectures)

These spotlights are harder to recognize and plan for especially in a group, class or team situation. These factors depend on the maturation process of the athlete and as maturation is a totally individual development, the coach or teacher has to In this module we examine the theory and practice of each of these important developments of the child and teenage athlete. It should also be noted that speed is a special spotlight because the fact that there are two distinct development phases – then first occurring during childhood and the second during the early years of the teenage years.

The module is complete by looking at the whole concept of training age. be more careful, involve better planning and acknowledge individual physical development. There is also the question of ethics involved for the adult in dealing with young athletes and in many ways the coach or teacher may have to develop closer links with the parents during this development stage to keep updated with practice and progression.