NASE Certification – Level I

What is the NASE Certification Level 1 Program?

The NASE Level I Speed Coach Certification provides an introductory course on the foundational principles of acceleration, speed, and power development for team sport athletes. The Level 1 certification class is ideal for undergraduate level students or team sport coaches looking to improve their ability to develop athletes. The course provides entry-level understanding of biomechanics and exercise physiology as it pertains to improving athletic performance. The course contains 6 modules that cover practical applications of athletic training. Course participants will be presented proper warm-up procedures, drills and exercises, and sample programs that can be applied upon completion of the course. Students will take the National Association of Speed and Explosion’s Speed and Explosion Specialists Level I credentialing exam as the final assessment.

NASE Certification Level 1 Program Course Syllabus

Program Description
Class Objectives
Outline
Course Materials
NASE Certification Level 1 Exam
Additional Information

 Program Description

This course requires the student to integrate knowledge learned from professional experience and prior learning in fitness and athletics. The NASE Level 1 course will introduce the student to a variety of key fundamental concepts pertaining to the development of sports performance with an emphasis on speed and explosiveness. This course will lay the foundational groundwork for any coach interested in enhancing their athlete’s performance.

Understanding important topics in exercise science are necessary for one to appropriately plan and implement safe and effective training. Any coach working with youth athletes carries the responsibility of teaching them the fundamental skills and techniques that will carry them throughout their careers to elite level competition. The contents of this course will have you well on your way to developing faster and more explosive athletes!


Class Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Define key terms such as speed, acceleration, and explosiveness in a sports setting.
  • Identify proper body position and mechanics in relation to sprinting speed.
  • Analyze the fundamental differences between muscle fiber types and how they apply to sports performance.
  • Recognize how body composition affects performance.
  • Describe how power and strength contribute to sprinting.
  • State Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion.
  • Discuss the human energy systems.
  • Explain the adaptation process.
  • Design proper exercises, rep ranges, intensities, and rest periods to develop the desired training effect.
  • Illustrate an understanding of safe and effective youth athletic development.
  • Analyze the basics of plyometric training.
  • Discuss beginning level special training methods like sprint-assisted and sprint-resisted training.

Course Outline

Week 1
*Introduction
*Reading
*Quiz -10pts
Course Introduction, Speed, Acceleration, and Explosiveness defined and applied
Week 2
*Reading
*Quiz -10pts
Sprint Biomechanics and Technique, Muscle Fiber Type
Week 3
*Reading
*Quiz -10pts
Body Composition, Laws of Motion, Energy Systems
Week 4
*Reading
*Quiz -10pts
Training Parameters, Exercise Selection, Sets/Rep Ranges, Adaptation Process
Week 5
*Reading
*Quiz -10pts
Youth Training Principles, Long Term Athletic Development, Plyometric Training
Week 6
*Reading
*Quiz -10pts
Special Techniques for Developing Sprinting Speed, Sprint Resisted Training, Sprint Assisted Training

Course Materials

Encyclopedia of Spots Speed (provided in PDF format) – Required

Dintiman, G. & Ward, B. (2005). Sports Speed (3rd Edition). USA, Human Kinetics. – Not Mandatory


NASE Certification Level 1 Exam

*Multiple Choice – 50 points


Additional Information

Teaching Methodology and Format

Enrollment for the NASE-SES Level 1 Credential Exam.
All assigned readings will be available on the web if not in the required text.

Assessment Activities

Each module will require the student to read the required materials and then respond to a multiple choice quiz. Students must post an introduction of themselves.