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Stretching for Sports

3 Credits
Flexibility is essential for individuals who want to perform well in sports, maintain the benefits of fitness, and reduce their risk of injury. During this course, participants will learn why individuals lose flexibility and how they can regain and maintain it through a safe, effective stretching program. Participants will learn how to test an athlete's range of motion for all major joints using simple tests. Then they will learn a stretching routine for each muscle group using several hundred stretches proven to increase and maintain optimal flexibility for athletic performance. Furthermore, this course will teach the participants how to stretch properly using both static and ballistic stretching. It will also be shown what happens to the body during stretching by addressing the physiological changes in simple but accurate terms. Course assignments encourage participants to integrate specific national standards for physical education. Objectives for each lesson are modeled around standards-based learning as identified by the National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE). Evidence of learning is tied directly to stated objectives and is assessed via analysis and application papers, training programs, testing programs, reflective evaluations and peer learning. The course is designed for teachers and coaches of 4th through 14th grade students.

NOTE: Required textbook must be acquired separately.

This course is applicable towards the Strength and Conditioning Certificate.

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Dr. Andrew Herrick

I am currently Director of Academic Development and a faculty member at Fresno Pacific University. I am responsible for all course offerings and marketing through the Office of Continuing Education, which includes identifying and developing new programs, courses, and instructors who are passionate about Christian higher education. I actively teach graduate, undergraduate, and professional development online courses for the university.