Academy National Faculty member Charlie Temple delivered the final courses on sports administration and leadership principles for the IDSC Program. He is pictured above, center, with student coaches who participated in the program in Shanghai.

DAPHNE, Ala. – As preventable athlete injuries continue to be sustained at all levels of sport, the importance of properly training coaches is becoming increasingly recognized.  The same holds true around the world, including in Shanghai, China, where the Academy’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching (IDSC) Program just concluded.

For the second year running, the Academy worked with the Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS) to deliver eight modules of instruction designed to train 100 elite athletes to assist them in transitioning from the world of competitive sport to long-term careers as coaches in their chosen sport disciplines.

Among the critical concepts and theories taught were coaching methodology, athlete development, physical fitness and conditioning, sports administration, sports psychology, and sports medicine.  Each course delivered by an Academy faculty member was designed to teach fundamental skills that any coach, regardless of a specific sport, must possess to be successful.  Now that classroom instruction has concluded, program participants will begin a mentorship, through which they will be afforded the opportunity to apply classroom theory to the real-world experience of coaching.

Following the completion of the mentorship portion of the program, students will have received the necessary combination of education and experience that will enable them to successfully assume coaching roles within various sport organizations in Shanghai, one of the largest cities in China.

The Academy has had a working relationship with the SAS since 2008, and has delivered sport education programs in more than 66 nations since being founded in 1972.

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