The Coaching and Performance Science program at West Virginia University prepares you for the dynamic industries of both high-performance athletics and recreational sport. The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at WVU is excited to offer one of the only undergraduate programs in the country specifically focused on coaching and performance sciences. To further narrow academic focus and align with common specializations within the coaching profession, you will complete an area of emphasis in one of the following topics: Coaching and Leadership, Strength and Conditioning, or Applied Sport Science.
In the Coaching and Leadership area of emphasis,
you will focus on the development of sport specific and underlying scientific content knowledge as well
as the essential interpersonal and intrapersonal skills necessary for quality
teaching and leadership within the sport context. The program will challenge
you to focus on your personal professional foundation and on-going development
through the integration of applied sport science and hands-on application in
area of emphasis in Strength and Conditioning you would focus on the
science of training, designing training prescriptions and the ability to coach both
in and out of a weight room. You would participate in hands-on experiences performing and
coaching strength exercises to peers as well as how to administer different
strength and power tests in our instructional performance lab.
The Applied Sport Science area of emphasis focuses on athlete monitoring and performance assessment, allowing for an improved understanding of how athletes are responding to their training prescription and better overall steering of the training/recovery process. If you are interested in this area of emphasis you will participate in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute’s Human Performance Innovation Center; an applied sport science laboratory.