Performance & Conditioning for High School Athletes, Feenick, Summer 2019

Course Number: PED5710 CFS1 (Graduate)
Instructor: John J. Feenick
Location: Online
Dates and Times: Monday July 8, 2019 to Friday August 16, 2019
3 graduate
Tuition: $975

Note: Course payment or purchase order of $975, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form. Please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05735. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

This course is designed to emphasize the importance of proper fitness, sports conditioning, and nutrition in determining both success and safety for high school athletes. The specific topics covered in this course include program design, strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, body composition, nutrition, and injury prevention. Course offered online.

Audience: High School Athletic coaches, Physical Educators, Athletic Directors

Course Goals & Objectives

  1. Understand factors related to prevention of athletic injuries to include:
    • prevention of anterior cruciate injury to include causes, gender factors, neuromuscular issues, and prevention. 
    • Issues related to heat injuries to include acclimation, training in extreme temperatures and treatment of athletes who are experiencing heat-related injuries.
    • Current science in the recognition of concussion in sports and its treatment. The student will understand Vermont State law pertaining to a concussion in organized sport and return to play protocol required by law.
  2. Understand factors related to nutrition as it applies to the high school athlete to include;
    • General concepts of each of the energy nutrients as it applies to athletes involved in aerobic and anaerobic sports.
    • Current science and thinking in how athletes should eat in the days and hours before and after competitive events.
    • General concepts of hydration and its effect on athletic performance and the prevention of heat-related illness.
  3. Understand the basic concepts of how to design a year-long conditioning program for their athletes/team with consideration to:
    • Age of the athlete
    • Sport played
    • Physical demands of the sport
    • Time of the year in regards to the off-season, pre-season and in-season periods.
  4. Understand how to develop the following physical characteristics in the high school athletes:
    • Cardiorespiratory endurance
    • Muscular strength and endurance
    • Flexibility
    • Agility, speed, and quickness

Course Expectations

Weekly Projects:

You will be assigned weekly projects related to material that will be covered each week. Project descriptions will be provided for each in Canvas.

  1. Prevention: ACL Prevention Program
  2. Nutrition: Nutritional recommendations handout OR pre-event dietary construction and analysis
  3. Program Design & Cardiovascular endurance outline
  4. Muscular Strength and Endurance outline
  5. Agility, speed & Quickness outline
  6. Program Design outline
  7. Final Project- The final project is designed to develop a year round strength and conditioning program for your high school team. In part, this project simply combines all the work you have completed during the course. The goal is for you to have a program that is useful for you during your coaching career. It is my hope that as you continue to coach, you will add to this S & C program.


  1. Online discussions 50
    • 5 discussions at 10 points
  2. ACL prevention program design 40
  3. Nutritional recommendations handout 40
  4. Muscular strength and endurance outline 40
  5. Cardiorespiratory endurance outline 40
  6. Agility, speed & quickness outline 40
  7. Quizzes 40
  8. Final project 110

Required Texts

Required texts are not included in the cost of course.

The instructor will use a variety of materials for this course. Many of these materials will be articles from peer reviewed research journals that will be posted in Canvas. In addition, you should purchase the following books published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The used versions of these books are encouraged and can be purchased at a lower price. Amazon is a good source for purchase but can take several weeks for delivery. You may need to choose a faster shipment timeline than the basic plan.

NSCA publications. In many cases these books have several authors:


Hoffman, J., NSCA Guide to Program Design, Human kinetics Publishing, 2011

Highly Recommended:

Brown, L; NSCA Strength Training, Human Kinetics publisher, 2006

Dawes, Jay, Roozen, M.; NSCA Developing Agility and Quickness, Human Kinetics publisher, 2011

Jeffreys, I; NSCA Developing Speed, Human Kinetics publisher, 2013

Reuter, B., NSCA Developing Endurance, Human Kinetics publisher, 2012

For additional course information

John J. Feenick
(802) 747-8456

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!