ERIC Number: ED477725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
National Standards for Athletic Coaches. ERIC Digest.
This digest asserts that the question of coach preparation and training has become a priority issue for many schools and communities, though the research is limited. It examines reasons to have coach education; the scope of sport participation; the status of coach education and training in the United States; National standards for coach education; and the national standard/domains for coaching education. The National Standards for Athletic Coaches (NSAC) document contains 37 standards grouped into eight domains of knowledge and ability: injury prevention, care, and management; risk management; growth, development, and learning; training, conditioning, and nutrition; social/psychological aspects; skills, tactics, and strategies; teaching and administration, and professional preparation and development. The digest asserts that establishment and support of national standards for coach education provides the core for an integrated system of preparing qualified coaches. National standards assure the public that professional preparation meets the critical needs of its constituency. Established standards foster continued improvement in the content and delivery of professional curricula and in the selection, guidance, supervision, and assessment of the professional preparation of coaches. The establishment of NSAC provides a consistent framework from which coach educators and coaching practitioners may establish accountability and credibility in the coaching profession. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Athletic Coaches, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Injuries, National Standards, Nutrition, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Skill Development
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
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