University of Maine at Farmington Coaching Minor

Course descriptions

Required courses

BIO 150N - Human Anatomy and Physiology

General principles of animal life, emphasizing the structure and function of the human body. Every year. Credit: 4

HEA 200 - Athletic Injuries: Prevention and Emergency Response

This course is designed specifically for coaches to prepare them to recognize the need for prevention of athletic injuries and an early response to athletic injuries and possible medical emergencies. The course will utilize the American Sport Education Program (ASEP), the ASEP Sport First Aid textbook and ASEP certification. Class topics will include prevention and care of athletic injuries including training room procedures, taping and other related athletic training duties. Prerequisite(s): PEC 100, BIO 150N. Every year. Credit: 4

PEC 100 - Foundations of Coaching

Students are introduced to philosophy of coaching, psychology of coaching, educational values, and current issues relative to coaching. The ASEP (American Coaching Education Program) instructor certification is included in this course. Every fall. Credit: 2

PEC 219 - Athletic Management and Administration

This course will introduce students to methods and systems used in organizing and administering various levels of interscholastic and intercollegiate athletic and recreation programs. The topics will emphasize: facilities, personnel, equipment, public relations, finances and risk management. Consideration of ethics, purpose and value assessment of athletics will be integrated throughout the course. Additional topics selected by the instructor. Required of all coaching minors. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Every fall. Credit: 2

PEC 225 - Physical Training Theory and Applied Biomechanics

This course introduces the student to exercise science and its application to athletic conditioning/training theories, philosophies and techniques. Course content emphasizes periodization/training cycles and applied biomechanical analysis. Students will learn to critique and design training plans. Required of all Coaching Minors. Prerequisite(s): Bio 150 or permission of instructor. Every fall. Credit: 4

Elective courses

HEA 102 - Group Fitness Instructor Training

HEA 102 prepares students with the necessary training, information and skills to instruct exercise activities in a group setting. Experiences include practical application and exploration of a variety of activities and related principles (Adhering to AFAA Guidelines - Aerobics and Fitness Association of America). Examples of activities include: circuit training, aquatics, Pilates, step/kick/Zumba choreography and more. Every Fall. Credit: 2

HEA 103 - Theory and Practice for the Personal Trainer

The course prepares students with the necessary information and skills to design and implement individualized exercise programs and to sit for a Personal Trainer Certification exam. Experiences include practical application as well as theory and practice. (Pass/Fail option) Every spring. Credit: 4

HEA 241 - Nutrition and Exercise

This course will examine the different physiological relationships between nutrition and exercise. Emphasis is placed on the body's metabolic response to a wide range of stresses that occur in different sports, at different intensities, and within different environments. Macro and micronutrients and their respective roles in energy production and the development of improved athletic performance are discussed in detail. In addition, this course will study those methods of assessing an athlete's nutritional needs and status. Every year. Credit: 4

HEA 303 - Physiology of Exercise

This class critically examines the effects of physiological responses and adaptations to exercise by selective populations, such as the elderly, children, women, and persons with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Development of individualized fitness and testing programs for special populations will be implemented through a formal service-learning project. Prerequisite(s): BIO 150N, HEA 241. Every year. Credit: 4

PEC 211 - Coaching Methods

This course introduces students to the discussion and application of coaching theory and methods for instruction of fundamental skill development, training techniques, rules interpretation, player selection, practice organization, competitive strategy and officiating principles.  The sport, or sports will vary by semester; current offerings include basketball, field hockey and soccer. Credit: 2

PEC 296 - Practicum in Coaching

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to practice learned skills in a coaching environment while under the supervision of a trained coach. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Every semester. Credit: 1-4

REC 160 - Challenge Course Facilitator Training

This class will familiarize the student with adventure-based programming, which relies on activities such as cooperative activities, group initiatives and problem-solving elements, trust activities, and low and high ropes course elements. These activities are designed to help individuals and groups learn about concepts such as decision-making and problem-solving, leadership and how to be a team player. It also introduces the technical methods and skills required to conduct challenge course activities as well as the associated management issues of safety, liability, and staffing. Every year. Credit: 2