The Credential - What Does It Mean?
Sports Nutrition Coaching is a sub-specialty of the coaching profession. Long held as a mystery due to restrictions placed on the types of consulting done, this field has literally exploded with the proliferation of the internet and software that allows coaches and trainers alike SO MUCH more flexibility. Now, a certified coach can provide advice to clients with just an average level of competency in the topic - but we know you want so much more! And that is what our program is about. Giving the trainer or coach solutions (like all Cosgrove Group coaching programs!) Written by an MD, this course offers a fresh perspective on nutrition from a medical expert. This goes far beyond any minimum level of expectation for educating the SNC (Sports Nutrition Coach). This course zeroes in on the facts - to supply you with sound information to use in your coaching practice. It's more about the science than the coaching, however - and this course is targeted toward those who already either have a background in coaching or those currently functioning as a certified fitness trainer. But it can also be used in other ways - as a stand alone business model; picture yourself providing support for those in need of controlling their food intake. The possibilities are endless, given the current state of health and fitness seen in the general public.
Why be a Sports Nutrition Coach?
Look around. It's almost painful to see what's happening in our society. Considering that about 12-15% of the population is committed to a fitness center for physical activity, we can see that there is a staggering amount leftover that are not doing anything about their physicality. And within that relatively small percent, there is rampant obesity. Yes, we're all both happy and proud that these folks are doing something about this gap in their health by becoming submersed in a fitness culture, but it tends to fall flat from there. In other words, this is simply not enough. It is estimated that nearly 75-80% of this need is coming from the changes that are required in terms of food intake. So where do we begin? We can start in the gym and take our message to the masses! That's where!
We surveyed over 100 personal fitness trainers to assess their needs in terms of offering a program of this nature. The number one answer, by far, was the need to have ADVANCED education in the field of nutrition. This would seem to suggest that the trainers and coaches of today have a) identified the problem and agree with our observation and b) feel they need more than the basics to really be successful at getting their clients to their final goals. On top of that there is SO much misinformation out there, most of the time the trainer is simply dispelling myths from the media and other similar sources. We need more and this starts with education and the appropriate thirst for knowledge.
The Program, Your Solution, Your Client's Road Map To Success!
The SNC program takes an organized approach to learning. The backbone of our program is indeed the SCIENCE of nutrition; we have learned that when we teach a course, it is best to have students understand the full scope of the topic. With nutrition, that includes both math and science. The ability to understand these concepts related to nutrition is creatively written by M. Clement Hall, MD, in a style that never assumes anything - in other words, no student is left to feel that they are "out of the loop", and yet even experienced health and fitness professionals will also come away from the program feeling confident that they have learned a new and valuable skill. We reinforce the learning with Power Point slide shows, complete with animations that explain the topics of nutrition in addition to what Dr. Hall has provided. This program is far-reaching! Sports Nutrition coaching is about guiding clients through the confusion that has become synonymous with the topic of food intake and optimal health. Your client doesn't have to be in a physical fitness training program. This information is both valuable and useful for anyone who provides consults to clients - in any coaching environment - be it wellness coaching or even weight management session work.
Our Sports Nutrition Coach Program Overview
Cosgrove Group Course Title: Sports Nutrition Coach
Credential earned: Certified Sports Nutrition Coach
Program Overview: Coach manual and supporting slideshows. Bonus content is included for this course.
Course Objective: To provide health professionals with quality education on the topic of nutrition. This would be similar to an introductory level course offered in Nutrition. Our course seeks to provide the information needed to properly guide clients in the quest to meet there goals during the times you are not at their side - when they are making food choices in-between sessions; this includes a fair amount of science related to macronutrients, human energy systems and even supplementation.
Recertification Requirements: This certification is valid for (2) two years. You are required to complete 2.0 units (20 hours) of CEUs (continuing education credits) to keep your certification valid.
Learning Format: Online, streaming access of materials - this includes roughly 20 hours of study materials (Power Point lectures, complete coach manual and an online exam). A connection to the Internet is required. All course materials can be saved to your local PC for storage. Windows-based tablets are compatible with our course materials. Course content is delivered in an online format, which is accessed through an online secure website. Once registered, you will be able to access your course content immediately. Candidates should complete the course within one year of enrollment. You can test at any point within the year allowed, when you feel you are ready.
You will need the most current versions of both Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash video player. Both of these are installed on most computers already but if needed, they are FREE: Get Adobe Reader or Get Adobe Flash player
Certification Exam Requirements: Each candidate must take and pass a 100 question multiple-choice exam with a grade of 80% or higher. Students are given two attempts at the exam. Our online format allows for results to be known immediately. A temporary certificate can be printed directly from the exam interface; a hard copy will be mailed to your physical address within 10 business days.
Retest Fee: $75 retest fee applies if the passing requirement is not met at the end of the second exam attempt.
Estimated Completion Time: Course requirements and/or exam should be completed within one year. The average time for students to complete this course is approximately 20 hours of study time.