What is Coaching and Performance Science at WVU like?
The Coaching and Performance Science major blends cutting-edge sport/movement science and professional development to prepare you for a variety of roles in the both high-performance athletics and recreational sport.
As a profession, coaching has evolved well beyond merely teaching skills and strategy to athletes. Today, coaches need to evaluate and monitor athlete performance from the perspective of both a sport scientist and a sport pedagogist.
To ensure students are prepared for the different specializations within sport coaching, students choose one of three areas of emphasis: Coaching and Leadership, which focuses on long-term athlete development; Strength and Conditioning, to ensure athletes are physically fit for competition; or Applied Sport Science, which focuses on athlete performance and recovery.
In addition to foundation coursework, students complete a series of courses related to career exploration and hands-on learning, such as internship or research experiences.
Coaching and Performance Science program highlights:
At a Glance
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Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:
Applied Sport Science
If you are passionate about incorporating technology and data science into training and health optimizations, this path is for you.
Coaching and Leadership
This path prepares you to serve as a coach and leader within a variety of sport organizations and across all levels of sport.
Strength and Conditioning
Learn how to prepare individuals for competition or high performance in a variety of settings.