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Certificate of Achievement
Peak Performance for Sport

The Certificate of Achievement in Peak Performance for Sport is designed for students seeking employment in the sport, athletic, coaching, and fitness fields. Students study physiological, psychological and sociological principles to evaluate human performance for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes and teams. Students learn the basic anatomical principles used to maximize performance, biomechanics, program design, training techniques, and the role of nutrition to increase energy and enhance performance. Students in the program use social scientific inquiry through descriptive and comparative investigation to evaluate the connection between cognitive strategies and performance in fitness and sport. This certificate can be completed in one year.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
KIN 170 - Sport and Exercise PsychologyM3.0
KIN 170 - Sport and Exercise Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC,CSU

This course is designed to improve the athletic performance of individuals and teams within the areas of sport and fitness by introducing students to psychological concepts and skills. Areas of study will include motivation theory, personality and sport, group processes, research methods, and cognitive development in sport performance. The course will examine techniques such as imagery, goal setting, cognitive restructuring, coping, and arousal regulation to help athletes and coaches achieve peak performance.

KIN 126 - Principles of Strength and ConditioningM3.0
KIN 126 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course includes information needed for students who intend to teach strength and conditioning. The course covers anatomy and physiology, bioenergetics, biomechanics, training adaptations, exercise and equipment selection, training techniques, program design, and safety factors. This course is designed for students pursuing a career in the fitness industry; Fitness Specialist, Strength and Performance Coach, or Coaching of Sport Certificates; or an AS in Sports Medicine; and/or students interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of exercise on the body and mind.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
2nd Semester
Select one: KIN 131 / KIN 159 / KIN 188 M3.0
KIN 131 - Functional Anatomy of Movement (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 033 or MATH 033B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the study of movement as it relates to exercise under both normal and injury conditions. Students will learn the basic anatomical principals used specifically in the area of human performance. Emphasis is placed on applying body alignment, range of motion, stabilization, and acceleration principles to the analysis of movement. This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in the fitness industry, a certificate in the Fitness Specialist Program, or those interested in furthering their understanding of the biomechanical effects of exercise on the body.

KIN 159 - Leadership in Sport (3.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC (*credit limit), CSU(*The UC will grant a maximum of 8 units of credit for PE Theory courses)

This course takes up leadership theories and the impact of leadership empowerment through sport. The course is designed for students interested in increasing insight into leadership within sport environments by examining philosophical, sociological, and psychological leadership dynamics in individual and team sports from youth through professional levels. The course covers topics such as leadership theories, self-awareness, informal and formal leadership, emotional intelligence theory, athlete motivation, team dynamics, the role of team captains, and communication theories.

KIN 188 - Theory of Coaching (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

The addition of this course will provide a foundation of coaching career opportunities within the community. It is necessary to prepare students that are interested in coaching at the youth and high school levels, tools that will help them make a positive impact on the lives of their students. This course will serve the entire Rio Hondo College population and provide career opportunities for students.

Select one: DANC 114 / KINA 139 / KINA 148 / KINA 136 / KINA 158 M1.0
DANC 114 - Conditioning and Alignment for the Dancer (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for PE activity courses)

This course is designed to provide the physical training and preparation for students interested in dance, yoga, Pilates, and athletics, and is suitable for individuals seeking to move with greater efficiency and less pain in everyday activities. Students learn how to move safely and effectively while developing strength, flexibility, proper alignment, agility, balance, and coordination. Coursework is designed for those who want to work at a more deliberate pace and in a non-competitive atmosphere, or who are recovering from prior injury.

KINA 139 - Cross Training for Fitness (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This cross-training course is designed for the beginning through advanced student who wishes to increase their cardiovascular fitness level through a variety of aerobic and anaerobic activities. It is designed to present the following skills to the student: running, cycling, swimming, interval training and introduction to weight training. Additionally, the student will learn basic definitions and terminology of the current fitness arena, assisting them with fitness as a life-long process using a variety of cardiovascular mediums.

KINA 148 - Strength Training (1.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course covers the fundamentals of strength and conditioning. Students are introduced to a variety of routines that enable them to develop personal strength and conditioning plans.

KINA 136 - Pilates Mat I (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course introduces students to the basic Pilates floor exercises, which are designed to increase strength in the abdominal and spinal musculature. Students will engage in activities and exercises designed to increase awareness of body alignment, increase strength in the torso, spine and limbs, increase endurance, learn breathing techniques to utilize in strength training exercises, increase coordination, improve balance, and will learn about the muscle groups and their actions being utilized during traditional Pilates mat work. This course is suitable for students interested in conditioning, dance, Hatha Yoga, athletics, and individuals seeking to increase strength to better support the spine in everyday activities.

KINA 158 - Yoga I (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 022 or appropriate placement
Transfer to: UC (credit limit*), CSU
(*The UC will grant a maximum of 4 units credit for KINA activity courses)

This course is designed for the beginning student who would like to learn the fundamental physical Asanas (poses) of Hatha Yoga as well as Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Dhyana (meditation techniques). The goal of the course is to integrate the mind, body, and spirit and to give the student tools to better manage stress, alleviate physical tensions, and encourage optimum fitness. In this introductory course, students learn proper physical alignment in the standing poses (Sun Salutation Series A-C, Warrior 1-2, Downward Dog, Upward Dog, Cobra, Triangle, Crescent), the floor poses (Staff, Lotus, Cobbler, Twists, Backbends), and in elementary inversions (Inverted Leg Rest, Headstand Preparation, WallDog Preparation).

KIN 122 - Nutrition for Sport and FitnessM3.0
KIN 122 - Nutrition for Sport and Fitness (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC,CSU

This course provides an overview of the role of nutrition to increase energy and enhance performance. Nutrients such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water will be introduced. The digestive system and metabolic systems will be discussed. Sport and exercise nutrient needs before, during, and after exercise are evaluated for their effect on optimal health and performance. Carbohydrate loading, popular diets, and supplementation are discussed. This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in the fitness industry; certificates in Fitness Specialist, Coaching of Sport, Sport and Performance Coach, and Community Health Worker; and/or the A.A. in Dance and the A.S in Sports Medicine, as well as those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of nutrition on the mind and body.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
Total Units for Peak Performance for Sport COA program 13.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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