Evaluation of the exercise physiology knowledge of youth coaches
Carlson, Courtney S>
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This study was designed to evaluate the exercise physiology knowledge of youth coaches. A questionnaire of 40 multiple choice and T/F questions was developed to evaluate their knowledge. With the help of the American Council of Exercise, the questionnaire was promoted online for one month. Seventy youth coaches completed the questionnaire. Average score on the questionnaire was 28.7 � 3.783 (Range = 19-37) which is a 72% score. There was no significant difference in the total score based on the age of coach, their education level, major field of study, age level coached, whether the coach was paid or not, and the highest level of sports participation by the coach. The only significant difference found was that if college was completed and they were a health science major, they did significantly better on the exam than any other major. The questionnaire was broken down into subscales of information including, general physiology/practice design, strength and conditioning, concussions, hydration, nutrition and injury prevention. There were no significant differences between the subscales and demographics. In conclusion, there seems to be an overall lack of knowledge at the youth coaching level. The results of this questionnaire can be used to help create further studies and possible courses for youth coaches in the future.
Clinical exercise physiology -- Vocational guidance.
Exercise -- Physiological aspects.