USA Triathlon offers several educational opportunities for coaches, race directors and officials. Select from the courses below.

In this webinar, Gale goes into detail on Sudden Cardiac Death – A Silent Killer. Topics Covered: Subtle warning signs for heart disease that mimic common training and racing symptoms experienced by endurance athletes Myths surrounding exercise and eating a "healthy diet"  Heart disease screening tests that you may not know about Gale Bernhardt Gale has instructed or coached athletes since 1974. She has a BS degree from Colorado State University, is certified as a Level I Coach by USA Cycling and a Level III Coach by USA Triathlon. These are the highest certifications available in both sports. She was among the first, small, group of Level III triathlon coaches certified. She served on the USA Triathlon National Coaching Committee from 2000 to 2006. She served as the committee chair-elect, immediately after joining the committee and went on to serve as the chairperson for five consecutive years. She served as one of only a select, few USA Triathlon World Cup coaches. Her success and experience lead her to being selected as a World Cup Coach for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Sport Development squad. She has worked internationally for the ITU as a World Cup coach and presenting at coaching clinics and corporate team championships. Gale is active herself, participating in a wide range of sports. She is a 14-time Leadville 100 Mountain Bike finisher, earning the coveted 1,000-mile “big belt buckle.” She is also a finsher of the fabled Breck Epic mountain bike stage race where women were only 14% of the field and DNF rates were near 25%. Epic indeed. Read More

You can't win the race in the swim, but if you aren't in the front pack out of the water in an ITU race, you've already lost. Almost every one of our American Olympians over the past 20 years had an age-group swimming background, and a majority of them competed at the NCAA level. Beyond having a background in swimming, what else is required to consistently make the front pack at a continental cup, a world cup, and a world champ series event? How can you help your athletes in training to set themselves up for success on race day? What can an athlete do during the start, mid-race, and even during the run into T1 to make that front pack? I will give you my answers to these questions and more by drawing from my 10+ years of ITU race experience plus tips and tricks that I have developed from working with USAT development athletes. I also look forward to hearing questions and comments from the webinar participants to discuss issues that your athletes are having or success stories that you have been a part of. Sara McLarty Sara is the fastest swimmer in triathlon. She was a 15-time NCAA All-American swimmer at the University of Florida and collegiate triathlon national champion. After narrowly missing the 2004 Olympics in the 400-meter freestyle, she won a silver medal in that event and bronze in the 5K open water at the world championships. Sara is currently coaching triathletes in Clermont, Florida, at the National Training Center. Read More

What’s the best way to run? While often polarizing headlines read “everyone must land on their forefoot”, there is a lot more to efficient running form than a foot strike. In this webinar presentation, Jay Dicharry will use both scientific data and simple analogies to discuss what good running form is. Then, it’s on to the naked truth: There are things you can do outside of running that will improve your running economy. By the end of this presentation, you will understand: •What defines proper running form, and how it plays a role in injury and performance. •How to ensure that you are putting the best ingredients (your body!) into your running form. •The mobility requirements for proper running •How to optimize your strength training to ensure it directly transfers into better running. •How to optimize posture and effectively integrate it into your daily activities and training. Join Jay as he looks past the hype and shares the information you need to perform at your peak. Jay Dicharry, MPT, CSCS Jay is the Director of the SPEED Performance Clinic and the Motion Analysis Lab Coordinator at the University of Virginia. Originally from New Orleans, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center. He is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. Jay has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists. Jay is a founding board member and presenter at the annual University of Virginia’s Running Medicine conference and has been published in numerous professional journals. He teaches both undergraduate students and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residents at UVA, and lectures nationwide on running and cycling mechanics.  Jay’s research and treatment interests lie in the biomechanics and treatment of athletes and footwear. Go here to see a Running Times video with Jay from October 2010 that’s called “Fixing Broken Runners, Part II: The Comeback”. Jay is a Health and Physical Therapist Advisor to the Natural Running Center. Read More

When should an athlete clip in? Do my six year old's need to streamline in the pool? When should I start introducing agility work? This is an introduction to developing an organized and intentional skills training structure for youth triathletes and youth triathlon programs. Using long-term athlete goals, we will discuss how to work backwards to set age-based goals for skills competency in your program so that athletes are able to compete safely and effectively throughout their development.  Morgan Hoffman Morgan began coaching triathletes in 2009, and has been part of the Playtri coaching team since 2010 ( During that time she has built a substantial resume with a heavy emphasis on junior elite developmental coaching. Credentials include: USA Triathlon High Performance Team Head Coach (2013-Present) International Junior Elite (ITU) Athlete Coach Founder and Lead Coach of Playtri Youth & Juniors (2010-Present) Head Coach University of North Texas Triathlon (2009-2011) Head Coach Southern Methodist University Triathlon (2011-2012) USA Triathlon Junior Elite Camps Development Team USA Triathlon Coaching Certification Presenter USA Triathlon Multisport Zone Contributor USA Triathlon Kids Zone Contributor USA Triathlon Magazine Contributor Numerous AG Ironman finishers (including first-timers) Numerous AG ITU Short and Long Course World Championship qualifiers Director of Youth and Junior Elite Training Camps at the Playtri McKinney facility COACHING CERTIFICATIONS USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach USA Triathlon Youth & Juniors Certified Coach USA Triathlon High Performance Team Coach USA Cycling Level III Certified Coach American Swim Coaches Association Member Read More

This webinar will cover the Common Nutrition Trends seen in Endurance Sports, and how nutrition can support and enhance performance.  Learn how to identify potential clinical issues that can easily be treated if identified early and addressed appropriately. Alicia Kendig, MS, RD, CSSD Alicia Kendig is in her 6th year working for the United States Olympic Committee as a registered sport dietitian. She provides nutrition support and services at the Olympic Training Center and on the road during domestic and international travel for the USA Track and Field and USA Swimming National teams and athletes. Kendig has previously worked with many other National Governing Bodies (NGBs) on the winter side, most notably the Women's National Ice Hockey Team, where she built up the nutrition program and created a performance based nutrition environment that they embody on a daily basis now.  In addition to contracting with numerous other NGBs, she spent numerous years at the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to educate athletes on various sport nutrition topics, as well as the risks and proper use of dietary supplements. She has helped athletes of all ages, levels and backgrounds achieve performance goals by focusing on fuel and performance nutrition for optimal performance. Kendig holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition and a master's degree in public health nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More

In this webinar, participants will be provided an overview of lessons and activities that can be incorporated into youth multisport training programs, youth camps, and/or youth clinics to help young triathletes develop efficient running techniques, target heart zones and utilization of technology, interval running and distance calculations and more. Participants will also review assessment tools that can be used within each of the activities to help monitor progress and provide feedback to youth triathletes.  Duston Morris, PhD, MS, CHES Dr. Duston Morris is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Central Arkansas and is also a running and triathlon coach. He has an extensive background in youth multisport training, youth multisport clinic and curriculum development, and triathlon coaching. Dr. Morris has helped numerous multisport athletes achieve success, qualifying for Age Group Nationals, 70.3 World Championships, and Team USA. He utilizes his personal experiences (Boston Marathoner, Ironman Finisher, Age Group Nationals, U.S. Half Nationals) as an endurance athlete to inspire and motivate other athletes regarding the comprehensive benefit of participating in the multisport lifestyle. His research interests include the relationship between exercise, physical activity and other healthy lifestyle characteristics for children and adults, the relationship between multisport participation and improved sexuality among healthy adults, and the impact of multisport curriculum on biological markers of youth multisport athletes.     Read More

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