Where Can I Find Free Online Courses for Sports Coaches?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California offer free courses and a video lecture online for interested students looking to study sports and exercise science. Courses are available at any time. Schools offering Athletic Coaching degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

These colleges offer online non-credit courses and a video lecture in sports-related areas, such as training techniques and exercise physiology. You might need a video player to view some course materials, but otherwise, you just need a computer and high-speed Internet connection to take advantage of these free courses.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s chemistry of sports course is an undergraduate OpenCourseWare (OCW) class that was taught by two instructors in 2009. This free course gives you access to course materials, such as exams and lecture notes, but academic credit is not granted.

Also an OCW course, MIT's weight training class is based on a for-credit, 6-week course for undergraduate students. You may study all of the course's contents for free, but you will not interact with instructors or other students.

What Will I Learn?

The online chemistry of sports class seeks to improve your physical conditioning by suggesting exercises to incorporate into your fitness routine. You will study the chemistry of human biological systems as they function in three sports - running, swimming and cycling.

The online weight training course covers the correct techniques to use to develop muscles in the upper and lower body. You will also learn which exercises to use to develop specific muscles.

What Assignments Will I Complete?

The chemistry of sports course encourages students to experience how their biological systems function by participating in a mini-triathlon. You could also complete fitness testing, training schedule, and training journal activities.

What Materials Are Provided?

Chemistry of sports includes lecture notes on training, injury prevention and energy metabolism. The course also provides links to magazines, journals, textbooks and websites on the chemistry of sports, triathlons and related topics.

As part of the free weight training course, you can view lecture notes that consist of programs and instructions for exercising legs, chest, back, shoulders and arms. The course provides videos that demonstrate techniques for performing weight training exercises such as squats, deadlifts and lunges. You can also view textbooks and other resources on sports physiology, training, nutrition and weight training.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California (USC)'s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism and the Unruh Institute of Politics partnered with the National Italian American Foundation to present a video discussion titled Steroids, Sports and the Role of Government. The featured speaker was Tommy Lasorda, former Los Angeles Dodgers manager and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

How Do I Access the Course?

Information from the event is posted to USC's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism's website. The 2005 presentation is available on YouTube.

What Does the Course Cover?

Tommy Lasorda answers students' questions about the extent of steroid use in professional sports as well as in college and high school athletics. He compares the performance of professional baseball players before and during the so-called steroid era. Lasorda also addresses the impact of steroids on health and efforts by Major League Baseball and the U.S. Congress to limit the use of performance enhancing substances.

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