Since we introduced our British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) accredited course; Certificate in Growth & Maturation For Youth Athletes we have had a phenomenal response and people signing up from all over the World. We have also had a high volume of messages enquiring about bio-banding; what it is? why it would be used? How and when to implement it? Therefore, we have decided to offer Module 4 – Bio-Banding – Training, Testing and Competition, as a stand alone CPD for anyone who doesn’t need the full course but is keen to learn more about bio-banding. For the full BASES accredited course please click here for more info.

When working in or aspiring to work within a youth athletic environment; it is essential to have an in depth knowledge and understanding of Growth & Maturation and the impacts it may have on each individual athlete. Research and practice have shown the many different ways children are effected by the changes the body goes through during early life, including biological and physiological adaptation which impacts the way each individual develops over time. These changes have far reaching implications and it is the role of top class practitioners across disciplines to provide youth athletes with the best service possible with these aspects at the forefront of their mind and built into their philosophy. The Continued Professional Development (CPD) has been put together by some of the best academic researchers and applied practitioners working in this area and identifies a key aspect that anyone working with youth athletes should be skilled in – bio-banding. From Sport Science and S&C; medical, coaching, analysis and talent ID perspectives everyone has a role to play in the implementation of a development strategy including bio-banding to enhance the experience and development of our next generation of athletes. This online CPD will ensure you have extensive knowledge of these concepts while giving you the tools to apply the knowledge in your current or future working environment.

Who is the course for?

Anyone working or aspiring to work in a performance support role with Youth Athletes in any Sport. See recommendations below:

•Sport Scientists and S&C coaches

•Medical practitioners – Doctors; Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists

•Sports Coaches who hold high level technical coaching courses e.g. in Football The FA Youth Advanced award or UEFA B with aspiration of gaining FA Youth Advanced Award.

•Students enrolled on Degree level programmes in any of the above disciplines.

•Academics and Researchers wanting to expand their knowledge of bio-banding, its implications for development and implementation strategies.

About Ben Bradley MSc, ASCC – Head of Academy Sport Science & Medicine at a Professional Football Club

Ben Bradley is the founder and owner of The Athlete Development Project, and the architect of The Certificate in Growth & Maturation for Youth Athletes. He has an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science, an MSc in Applied Sport Science and is an accredited Strength & Conditioning coach. Ben has worked as a Sport Scientist and S&C coach in professional sport since 2012 spending most of his time in an academy environment. Ben is currently the Head of Academy Sport Science & Medicine at AFC Bournemouth, where he leads a team of Science and Medicine staff that have a reputation for high quality youth athlete development and research.

About Dr Will Abbott – Academy Performance Manager at a Professional Football club.

Dr. Will Abbott has spent the past 10 years working in elite sport and is currently the Academy Performance Manager at Brighton and Hove Albion FC. Will leads a team of science and medical practitioners in providing performance support to athletes aged 8-23 years within the Premier League club’s academy. Whilst holding BASES Sport and Exercise Scientist, and UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach accreditations, Will has recently completed his PhD thesis. The work is titled ‘monitoring and prescription of GPS training load in elite academy soccer athletes. Additional to his work in training load, Will has authored and co-authored research investigating training and match demands, athlete well-being, recovery modalities, mental fatigue, strength asymmetries, and bio-banding.

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