Pro Practitioner Courses

Applied Pro Practitioner Performance Skills

App overview

Unlock Your know-how

Professional level education and skills for applied performance science support practitioners.

Have you ever wondered?

  • Am I focussing on the right areas to help the athletes I’m working with?
  • Am I up-to-date, prioritising and creative enough with the most important knowledge?
  • Am I doing the right work in the right way to make a difference with the athletes I’m engaged with?

Your solution

The Supporting Champions Online Courses are designed for you to succeed as a support practitioner working in sports performance. All courses are accessible online in easily digestible tutorials, underpinned by by a supportive community hub for you to connect with like-minded people - so that you can learn together.

Cut through
the noise

Focus on
what matters

Skill up to
make an impact

Applied Practitioner courses

These courses are not a reproduction of university course, they're not a tranche of papers that are applied in focus for the sake of it - they're a synthesis of decades of applied experience sharing the know-how of making impact for athletes and coaches!

Online Course

High quality video tutorials led by leading applied practitioners.

10 lessons

A series of priority lessons that will link, build and enable you to make sense of your world, harness your knowledge and understand how you can make a difference.

Simplicity and focus from these courses means you avoid the perils of complexity and overwhelm, and your career doesn't drift into impotence!

Empowering Frameworks

Harness the foundation philosophies shared by the tutors and use the facilitative frameworks that can channel your knowledge and experience to craft your unique style of work.

Practical skills

  • Actionable worksheets
  • Simple tools
  • Skill development

Community

Don't go it alone. Learn and develop together in our community hub. Network with like-minded people and ask your questions.

CERTIFICATED AWARDS

*Complete the track to achieve the certificate. Include the award on your CV, use to demonstrate competency for your accreditation and continued professional development.

The GRADUATE membership offers you a complete path from your first proactive steps toward developing your future employability to transitioning to work. You don't have to do this alone - we'll show you how and you can learn and develop together.

ROUTES

Applied Performance Strength & Conditioning

Course title S&C

Pro S&C

▶️ Online course
🔟 Lessons
↗️ Focused on impact
🏠 Community support

IDEAL FOR: Professional S&C coaches looking to take their coaching to the next level. If you're disatisfied with delivering one-dimensional work, hoping to increase your impact, Nick will give you the insights on how to focus on keeping things simple in an increasingly noisy world. If you're still in training and developing your resume of professional development, then this course will advance your skills ahead of your stage of development.

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Course Tutor: Nick Grantham, Performance Consultant, former English Institute of Sport lead, Newcastle United S&C coach, consultant to Chinese National Football team, RFU, Great Britain’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, best selling author.

"I’ve designed this course specifically to help S&C coaches create impact. I often see coaches focus on the x’s and o’s or taking a short term approach. This programme will help you think, act and work in a more ambitious way, to create more sustained success in your role."

CREATE IMPACT

Learn essentials of physical preparation

Craft engaging and effective sessions

Design quality programmes

Stay up to date with the latest technology

LESSONS

The modern applied S&C coach At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to identify the disciplines, skills and action required to master the profession and develop a plan to develop skills in each of these elements.
The fundamentals of physical preparation At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to describe fundamental concepts of physical preparation and the cornerstones that underpin programme design and training adaptations.
Programme design principles At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to apply the fundamental principles of physical preparation to training programme design. You will develop the capacity to modulate training variables to meet the demands of specific training phases for the specific needs of the athlete.
Dynamic planning and periodisation At the end of this lesson you will understand how to develop a structured, yet flexible programme that divides training into manageable phases to optimise performance.
Recovery and regeneration At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to describe the fundamental principles of recovery and regeneration and how different types of fatigue can impact on training. You will also have the knowledge to develop individualised recovery and regeneration interventions.
The coaching relationship At the conclusion of this lesson you will develop an understanding of the key attributes of successful coaches, how to build effective relationships with your athletes, how to communicate information and adapt your coaching style to optimise understanding and engagement.
Using performance environments to support training and performance At the conclusion of this lesson you will understand how to create effective performance training environments based on the resources available to you. You will be able to recognise and prioritise the key elements required to create a performance environment.
Creating engaging programmes At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to identify the most successful interventions that can be adopted to create training programmes that engage the athlete and lead to improved training adherence.
Delivering effective coaching sessions At the conclusion of this lesson you will gain an understanding of other people and yourself. You will learn how to read and manage the coaching environment and influencing social factors enabling you to deploy the right communication and influence tactics at the right time.
Working with human performance technology At the conclusion of this lesson you will recognise best practice for integration of human performance technology in your coaching practice. You will understand how to use technology to gather and interpret data and provide accessible science based solutions.

Applied Performance Nutrition

Course title Nutrition

Pro Nutrition

▶️ Online course
🔟 Lessons
↗️ Focused on impact
🏠 Community support

IDEAL FOR: Professional nutritionists aiming to create impact for their clients. The course will allow you. to cut through the noise of ideas in nutrition, focus on what matters most and develop your skills. If you're still studying - but you're driving hard at becoming a nutritionist, then this course will advance your skills ahead of your stage of development.

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Course Tutor: Dr Sophie Killer, Consultant Performance Nutritionist, former Tottenham Hotspur FC, UK Athletics, GB Basketball, English Institute of Sport.

"I've created this course to get to the heart of the limitations the contemporary nutritionist is faced with to help them excel. The course will enable you to make meaningful sense of the array of nutrition knowledge out there in the world that so often confuses athletes and practitioners alike. I will share the essential ‘need to knows’ but offer you practical examples for you to understand your discipline and give you ways to make fuelling, recovery and performance nutrition engaging."

CREATE IMPACT

Learn essential nutrient knowledge

Analyse training and competition needs

Develop strategies for safe supplement use

Create strategies for home and away

LESSONS

Introduction to the course and creating professional impact At the conclusion of this lesson you will recognise responsibilities, risks, precautions and opportunities as an performance nutritionist
Quantifying nutrient needs At the conclusion of this lesson, you will be able to determine what athletes are consuming and what their nutrition needs are
Matching sports demands to diet At the conclusion of this lesson, you will be able to identify what changes to dietary intake might need to occur to support training and performance goals
Performing a needs analysis for an athlete At the conclusion of this lesson, you will be able to identify athlete needs, prioritise and periodise strategies across a season and ensure coaches are able to support nutrition interventions
Considerations when working in team sports At the conclusion of this lesson, you will be able to identify individual requirements within teams, develop and deliver world class food plans within a catering multi-disciplinary team at a training base and on-the-road
Hydration - Expert Update from Dr Lewis James At the conclusion of this section, you will be up to date with the most recent research in the field of sports hydration and be able to identify (and test) the hydration requirements of athletes
Supplementation in elite sport At the conclusion of this lesson, you will be able to recognise what safe supplementation is, be able to identify and utilise WADA, UKAD, Informed Sport & GlobalDRO frameworks and be able to develop supplement strategies for your client
Weight making and anthropometry - Louise Bloor At the conclusion of this lesson, you will be able to understand the challenges faced by an athlete in a weight classification sport and body composition changes and be able to identify and implement key strategies for successful preparation and performance
Collecting and using meaningful data in the field At the conclusion of this lesson, you will be able to recognise the benefits of undertaking continuous objective observation, how to prepare and treat data to provide meaningful insight, prescription and opportunities for wider communication
Integrating your practice with exemplar case study At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to observe best practice in a case study that integrates a selection of the knowledge, methods and interventions used in the programme

Applied Performance ANALYSIS

Course title PA

Pro Performance Analysis

▶️ Online course
🔟 Lessons
↗️ Focused on impact
🏠 Community support

IDEAL FOR: Professional performance analyst aiming to create impact for their clients. The course will allow you to set your analysis work with quality, clarity and rigor, focus on what matters most and develop your skills. If you're still studying - but you're driving hard at becoming a nutritionist, then this course will advance your skills ahead of your stage of development.

Sian Allen

Course Tutor: Dr Sian Allen, Senior Research Scientist in the innovation team at Lululemon Athletica, Former Performance Intelligence Manager with New Zealand Institute of Sport, PhD in Statistical Modelling AUT.

"I’ve designed this course specifically to help performance analysts get the most from the opportunity in front of them of workign with athletes and teams. There is a need to make sure you’re setting your systems, processes and performance questions up from the start of your work otherwise you’ll be playing catch up with your background work and scratching the surface of the difference you can make."

CREATE IMPACT

Learn to define quality performance questions

Handle and analyse data

 Present and interpret data to create insight

Individual and team performance

LESSONS

Course introduction, key roles, ethics and impact. At the conclusion of this lesson you will recognise key responsibilities, ethical considerations and risks as an applied performance analyst, and be able to utilise frameworks to optimize opportunities for impact.
Defining performance questions At the conclusion of this lesson you will recognise the characteristics of high quality performance questions, and be able to contrast different methods of generating these questions.
Data architecture At the conclusion of this lesson you will recognise how to collect and organise data effectively, setting yourself up to be able to successfully and efficiently answer performance questions.
Data analysis At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to contrast different methods of analysing performance data and identify an appropriate approach for different types of performance questions.
Data visualisation At the conclusion of this lesson you will recognise best practice in data visualisation and be able to apply principles of effective data visualisation for conveying key performance information.
Data interpretation At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to recognise the role of uncertainty in interpreting data, and make meaningful inferences and recommendations from data in support of performance decisions.
How to analyse performance within an athlete At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to present performance data that reflect progress of an individual athlete, and make recommendations to improve an athlete's performance.
How to analyse performance between athletes At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to present performance data that reflect progress of individual athletes against relevant benchmarks, and make assessments regarding an individual athlete's likelihood of achieving performance goals.
How to analyse performance at a team, sport, or national level At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to present performance data that display insights into the performance level of a team, sport, or nation, and make recommendations to support strategic performance decisions.
Assembling a case study and personal profile At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to formulate an end-to-end case study for your portfolio that displays an evidence-informed approach to defining and answering key performance questions.

Applied Performance Physiology

Course title Phys

Pro Physiology

▶️ Online course
🔟 Lessons
↗️ Focused on impact
🏠 Community support

IDEAL FOR: Professional Physiologists aiming to develop their practice and skills. The course will take your work to the next level by identifying the areas that need your attention when working with athletes and coaches and giving you a process to make impact.  If you're still in training and developing your resume of professional development, then this course will advance your skills ahead of your stage of development.

Steve Ingham course

Course Tutor: Dr Steve Ingham, Performance Scientist and Director of Supporting Champions, Former Director of Science and Head of Physiology at English Institute of Sport

"Whether just starting out or experienced, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of possibilities, infinite number of ideas and subtleties of advice you could be giving. I’ve designed this course to specifically help you navigate through the uncertainty and provide you with insights into the concepts that can help you make decisions, present to you what gold standard analysis and interpretation looks like and show you the edge that you can offer as a physiologist hoping to make impact for the athletes and coaches you’re working with."

CREATE IMPACT

Learn and practice performance modelling

Analyse training to make insightful prescriptions

Best practice for physiological testing and analyse responses

Develop ‘first principles’ knowledge and philosophies to guide decision making

LESSONS

Course introduction, role, impact, ethics, safety, focus At the conclusion of this lesson you will recognise responsibilities, risks, precautions and opportunities as an applied physiologist and and be able to utilise frameworks to manage professional roles.
Determinants of performance At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to contrast different methods to characterise event determinants and apply statistical methods to a performance data set.
Working with training methods At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to recognise the major training methodologies and be able to appraise the response to training types for individual athletes and teams.
Working with adaptation and recovery At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to describe the process of physiological adaptation and recognise how interventions can amplify and dampen response to training.
Peaking and on-the-day performance At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to recognise models of peaking and design competition interventions to improve performance.
Special considerations - injury, overtraining, sleep At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to recognise and navigate high priority conditions that can affect athlete performance and be able to identify the most successful interventions to assist performance.
How to analyse training At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to organise and scrutinise training data, and make training prescriptions for individual athletes and team from your information.
How to profile an athlete with standard lab and field physiological testing At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to recognise best practice for the delivery of a physiological test and formulate your own test protocol.
Using power, critical power and critical speed. Guest tutor Jamie Pringle At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to process power and speed data using the critical power and speed models.
Reporting to the athlete, coach and creating a case study At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to observe best practice for athlete and coach reporting and formulate a case study.

Applied Performance Psychology

Course title psych

Pro Psychology

▶️ Online course
🔟 Lessons
↗️ Focused on impact
🏠 Community support

IDEAL FOR: Professional and 'in-training' psychologists aiming to develop effective practice for their clients. The course will allow you to lean on the experience of the tutors to develop simple frameworks to enable you to harness your skills. If you're still in training and developing your resume of professional development, then this course will advance your skills ahead of your stage of development.

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Course Tutor: Chris Marshall, Sport and Exercise Psychologist, formerly English Institute of Sport, ECB, FA, currently Team Anthony Joshua, Wasps, RFC, Notts CCC and Rebecca Levett, Sport and Exercise Psychologist with GB Hockey Women’s team formerly FA, Manchester City FC, Archery GB, Surrey CCC and ECB.

"We’ve created this course to support the psychologist practitioner to understand and develop the skills required to truly apply their knowledge. There is a clear difference between what’s learned in the class, through supervision and what psychologists are challenged with when working with athletes, teams and coaches. We’ll share with you the key areas that will help you navigate through the noise while giving you practical examples, real-world dilemmas, challenging situations and frameworks to move your work, and your clients, forward."

CREATE IMPACT

Learn case formulation

Craft your practice philosophy

Support adolescents, coaches & teams’ mental health

Prepare to support athletes in competition

LESSONS

Course Introduction and the 'actual' role of an applied psychologist At the conclusion of this less you will recongise some of the specific as to how applied psychologist work in the real world considering how NGBs expect you to deliver, working at different 'levels' and the oppourtunties the role provides.
Needs analysis, formulation & evaluation At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to; implement a clear model to help support formulations; identify how this connects to current ways of conducting needs analysis; and evaluate interventions effectively.
Developing practicing philosophy At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to identify the differences between ontology and epistemology; recognise the importance of having a congruent philosophy; and distinguish how to evolve professional philosophy without it impacting work with clients.
Working with adolescents At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to explain some of the key aspects of adolescent development; identify how to work more effectively with adolescents; examine what this means for session delivery.
Working effectively with coaches and teams At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to identify the importance of contracting; recognise the role of a psychologist within interdisciplinary teams; formulate methods to effectively facilitate discussions about the application of psychology for athlete health and performance.
Managing ethical dilemmas At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to; interpret and utilise specific codes of conducts; recognise, define and compare different ethical dilemmas and how different practitioners approach them.
Supporting athletes mental health At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to work effectively with medical doctors and clinical psychologists; evaluate the appropriateness of mental health screening; and identify how to provide broader wellbeing support and identity development.
Providing effective support at competition At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to recognise how to play the ‘helicopter role’ at competition; be able to deliver brief contact interventions; and recognise the importance of and implement self-care when away with teams.
Teaching athletes mental skills At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to explore specific, common mental skills and be able to reflect upon different case studies where mental skills training has been effectively applied.
Integrating your practice with exemplar case study At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to observe best practice in a case study that integrates a selection of the knowledge, methods and interventions used in the programme.

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