Physical Education and Physical Therapy

SHPPCE240 The Coaching Experience: Principles and Techniques of Soccer Coaching

3 semester credits. This course develops technical pedagogical knowledge and skills applicable to coaching soccer. Students will learn to demonstrate the links between coaching theory and practice in a variety of practical coaching contexts. Students will explore diverse coaching philosophies (the comparison between US and Italian approaches, for example) and the principles of effective coaching. Proper communication skills, sport pedagogy, and sport physiology will also be considered.

SHPPRI312 Introduction to Sports Rehabilitation

3 semester credits. This course provides students with an introductory overview of the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries arising from sport and physical activity. The course covers the basics of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, examination and assessment of injuries, planning treatment and rehabilitation, and fitness testing. Post-injury and pre-competition assessments, massage and thermal applications, and aquatic rehabilitation are also examined.

SHPPST220 The Italian Soccer Experience

3 semester credits. Saul Steinberg famously observed that it is impossible to understand America without a profound knowledge of baseball. The same could be said for Italy and soccer. For many, "calcio" and Italian society are inextricably intertwined and "the beautiful game" is never just a game. This course traces the history of Italian soccer and the personalities - players, trainers, and managers - who have shaped the game. The technical aspects of Italian soccer such as rules, tactics, strategies, psychology, and training will be explored during the training hours of the course. A visit to the Coverciano museum of soccer and the world-renowned coaching school is an integral part of the course.