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Online coaching program provides benefit

By Marcus Schupp
On February 10, 2014


For those interested in a coaching certificate from the state of Iowa, options just recently became more flexible for part-time students. 

A new online course is being offered by Kirkwood Community College that will fulfill all of the requirements of the certificate, while not requiring applicants to attend full-time classes or weekend seminars. 

The four-week, 55-hour online course taught by Josh Troutman, faculty, physical education has many similarities to the face-to-face classes but also its share of differences. 

Troutman stated Iowa requires four topics to be covered for a certificate, so that will not change. They include Theory & Ethics, Anatomy, Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries, and Human Growth & Development. These are also offered on campus during weekend seminars and in regular classes for credit.

According to Troutman, the main difference in the online course will be the hands-on part of the Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries section. After watching a video, applicants will need to find an athletic trainer to observe and then sign off on the wrapping and taping portion of the course. This will then be submitted for credit. 

Troutman added that in extreme circumstances where no trainer is available, the applicant may also make their own video to demonstrate their skills. 

Troutman said he has taught three of these online courses so far and has seen some benefits already. He said the feedback he has received has been positive possibly because of the student reflections that are required after each lesson. 

"Students can't just sit in the back of the class room and not participate, they have to be involved in the class," Troutman said.

The biggest benefit Troutman said he has seen is increased accessibility. Those who may not have been able to travel or make time for regular classes can now fit the course into their schedule and do it when time permits. 

He said with a shortage of coaches in and around the state of Iowa, this new option should provide more candidates to fill those openings. 

Anyone who may be interested in signing up for this new class should stop in at the Continuing Education office for more details.

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