DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy recently hosted 18 former elite athletes from China on campus to prepare them for careers in coaching as part of the Academy’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching (IDSC) program.
The students, who are being trained for careers in coaching as their competitive careers in China have come to a close, were selected to study at the Academy as part of an educational and exchange learning program. The Academy is collaborating on the program with the Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS) in China.
Students in the program previously competed in a variety of sports in China at the national and Olympic levels, including basketball, fencing, volleyball, soccer, badminton, archery, swimming, martial arts, gymnastics, water polo and sailing.
“The Academy has conducted cooperative sport education programs with the Shanghai Administration of Sports for more than eight years now,” said Academy President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. T. J. Rosandich. “We’re very pleased to be able to host these students on the campus because just as our faculty enjoy teaching in China, in turn we enjoy having the students come here to learn and experience sport and culture in America first-hand.”
Through the IDSC program, Academy Faculty travelled to Shanghai were they taught some 100 students in a wide range of coaching courses and were afforded the opportunity to experience Chinese sport and culture firsthand. From that student group, 18 of the top students were selected to come to the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., for further instruction and experiential learning, including attending sport events and visiting sports facilities in the area. All involved in the program recognize the importance of the cultural exchange aspects of the program.
While the students were on campus Academy faculty taught them topics including advanced coaching techniques, sports leadership principles, ethics in sports, physical fitness and conditioning, sports psychology, and promotions and event planning. Students also experienced the Academy’s human performance laboratory and weight room, including practical training in hydrostatic weighing, air displacement plethysmography, muscular strength testing and more. The Academy has one of the most comprehensive human performance laboratories in the region, and students learned and performed various exercise and sport testing from qualified professors and specialists.
In addition to experiencing sporting events and visiting sports facilities near the Academy, the students also visited Atlanta, Ga., where they received instruction in coaching principles, sport training techniques, facility operations and more while visiting the EPI Center, Georgia Dome, Bobby Dodd Stadium at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and Emory University.
While in the United States, the students received more than 40 days of instruction and experiential learning, graduating with their International Diploma in Sports Coaching in a campus ceremony on 7 October 2016.
The Academy has had a working relationship with the SAS since 2008. It first partnered with the SAS for the current training program in 2014 and students from China will return to Daphne in 2017.
The Academy has delivered sport education programs in more than 66 nations since being founded in 1972.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For additional information on the Academy, visit www.ussa.edu or call 251-626-3303.