About this course

Adopting a one-size-fits-all approach can be detrimental to the progress of your athletes. Understanding the Athlete gives you the tools to identify the individual and developmental differences that affect each athlete. We'll discuss ways to better prepare athletes to set goals and manage their motivation levels during practice and on race day.

This course is eligible for 1 NICA CEU when completed fully as directed. Our CEU-eligible courses are designed to involve an average of 1 hour of content learning per NICA CEU. 

*Estimated course duration does not include time spent on quizzes, the final exam, or the introduction and course evaluation modules. Please be aware that this time is an approximation and personal completion time may vary depending on internet speed and individual learning style differences.

Course curriculum


Instructor Bio:

Laura teaches at Boise State University and studies motor skill learning and development that extends into areas of coaching education. She is committed to helping practitioners use effective coaching strategies that foster positive successful movement experiences for all levels of athletes and learners. She has coached youth and masters level swimming and this year she will be participating as a NICA coach. Laura is an outdoor enthusiast, she enjoys riding her mountain bike, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, skiing, and camping. You can find her teaching any of the courses available in the Coeus Skills Track.

Laura Petranek, Ph.D.

Skills Professor