Training, Coaching, and Mentoring Athletes: In-Season Maintenance and Recovery

Program Overview

Get into the business and industry of Pro and High Performance Athlete Coaching, Training, and Mentorship.

The Certificate Series in Training, Coaching, and Mentoring Your Athletes has two (2) courses. Choose from:

Note: You are not required to take both courses. Courses in this certificate series can be taken separately and in any order. Sign up for both certificates and receive up to 15% discount*

Why Should You Attend This Program?

The Certificate in In-Season Maintenance and Recovery will give you a front and centre view of the day-to-day business operations of a fitness facility providing pro and high performance athlete training, maintenance, and recovery. You will have hands-on opportunities to apply new skills and knowledge through field practicums in a fitness facility, and excursions to hockey games, and trampoline competitions.

After the athletes have trained hard all summer to get strong and fit for the upcoming season, they will have to maintain their conditioning and recover between games and practices during the season. This eight-week certificate program will provide a comprehensive understanding of the business and practice of pro and high performance athlete training, and share methods used to help the athletes stay motivated and maintain their strength and conditioning during a long season of competition.

What You Will Learn

Learn to develop a proper training programs for in-season play, and deliver safe and effective maintenance and recovery techniques. Topics include:

  • Coaching principles and philosophies pertaining to assessment, maintenance, and recovery.
  • Fundamentals of high performance daily nutrition, including pre and post-game meals
  • Proven theories, practices, and exercises to help with recovery and injury prevention
  • Warm up, and cool down and rehabilitation exercises when athletes come back from an injury
  • Techniques to assess the decline in athlete performance due to loss of strength and conditioning.
  • Proper use of foam rollers, lacrosse balls and exercise bands to aid in maintenance and recovery.

The Benefits Of The Program

  • Earn continuing education units (CEUs) with  CanFitPro and the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA).
  • Gain hands-on experience and foundational knowledge in training, coaching and mentoring athletes during in-season play
  • Practice and apply new knowledge and skills during practicums and first-hand observations of hockey games and trampoline competitions (entry fees are included in course price)
  • Assess Jr.A/OHL / minor hockey players and provincial and national level trampoline athletes performance and conditioning during the season

Who Should Take this Certificate?

Pre-requisite knowledge - registrants should have expertise within one of these areas:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Kinesiology degree or 4th year student in Kinesiology or related field (with equivalent courses)
  • Coaches (Minimum Certified Level 1)
  • Personal Trainer
  • Or similar pre-requisite knowledge and/or experience (please contact us to confirm)

Not listed here and want to take the course? Contact us for more information at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or

Program Content

Program Content

The certificate in high performance athlete maintenance and recovery program will have two streams. The first stream will focus on Junior AHL and OHL. The second stream will focus on minor league hockey, and provincial and national level trampoline athletes. Students will be trained in both streams.

Practicum with OHL/Jr. A Athletes

This stream will focus on ensuring that the athletes are maintaining their weight, strength and conditioning. Participants will learn about proper nutrition needed to recover between games and practices, and proper recovery methods for injured players to get back to play quicker.

Practicum with Minor Hockey And Provincial/National Trampoline Athletes

This stream will focus on teaching young athletes the proper method and theories of how to recover between games and practices. Participants will learn about how to deliver proper nutrition, and administer rest for athletes to recover between games and practices.

Required Documentation

  • Basic first aid
  • Vulnerable sector check

NOTE: Practicum may involve working with children 18 or under. Your registration will not be completed and you cannot start your placement until the required documents are provided.

Program Schedule

Program Schedule At A Glance

The 65-hour course will start with a half-day introduction classroom session. The field practicum will take place over eight weeks at a fitness facility or sporting competition, three times a week. The course will conclude with a final test and closing classroom session.

Program Dates: Friday October 13 – Monday December 11, 2017

  • Students will be taken to hockey games and trampoline competitions to observe post game maintenance and recovery methods (entry fees are included in course price).
  • Students must attend the seminars held on Saturdays at Noon and at least two practicum sessions a week to stay in good standing.
  • Practicum training sessions will take place mostly in the evenings (between 3 – 7 PM) and on Saturdays.
  • Dryland training sessions in the fitness facility are fixed on Monday and Saturday, but participants can schedule their own practicums on Wednesdays or Fridays evenings.
  • Your practicum will be in the gym working with athletes. All students should wear comfortable clothing suitable for a workout.

Contact our office for specific scheduling information 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or

Program Date & Time
In-Class Session: Introduction and Preparation
Location: York University, Keele Campus
Friday October 13, 2017
Time: 9 AM–1 PM
Field Practicum
Location: BodySmith International, Stouffville, Ontario, and various locations for sporting competitions.
Monday October 16 – Saturday December 9, 2017
Practicums will be held 3X a week on:

  • Monday (Mandatory – Dryland Session)     @ 3–7 PM
  • Wednesday OR Friday (Flexible – Locations may vary) @ 3–7 PM
  • Saturday (Mandatory – Dryland Session)   @ 12–1:30 PM
Final Test and Closing Session
Location: York University, Keele Campus
Monday December 11, 2017
Time: 9 AM–1 PM


Randy Smith

Owner and Founder of BodySmith International: Sport Performance Training and Sports Medicine Clinic

  • ISSA certified personal trainer
  • ISSA certified specialist in performance nutrition
  • Precision nutrition coach

Randy came to Canada from his native Jamaica in January of 1971. A few days later, he saw his first NHL game the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the California Golden Seal. He fell in love with the game and wanted to learn to skate, so he could play hockey.

His family later moved to the town of Newmarket, north of Toronto, in 1975 where Randy played AAA hockey for Newmarket. At the end of his first year in Midget AAA hockey, Randy made the decision to stop hockey and follow another passion – the game of basketball. Randy practiced basketball extensively from grade 9 to 13, to the point where he was a York Region all-star each year, and he was offered a basketball scholarship in his grade 13 year to Division 1 Niagara State Purple Eagles. Due to circumstances, Randy had to de-commit to his scholarship but he started to focus on another sport: football. He became very good at the game.

In 1981, Randy went on to play football for the Seneca Braves Football team. From '81 to '83 the team won the Ontario and Canadian Football Championships. Randy also spent time training for track and field.  He trained at the University Of Toronto Track Club. The track club was run by Andy Higgins, who at the time was one of Canada’s Olympic track coaches, and head track coach at the University of Toronto. Randy also spent a lot of time with jumping coach Zulton, learning how to be a good long and triple jumper. During this time, Randy learned a lot about training and preparation for track from two of the Canada’s best coaches at the time. His early commitment to sport, both playing and being coached at such a high level, has allowed Randy to train and coach his clients to the successes that they have achieved year after year.

Randy has progressively amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge over the last 30 years in the fitness industry. Randy was the strength and conditioning coach for the Stouffville Spirit Jr. A hockey team from the 2003 to 2009-2010 season. During this time, the team won the North division, Northwest Conference Championships and made the Ontario finals. Randy also spent 2 years with South Central Coyotes minor midget program, one year with the South Central Coyotes bantam program and one year with the Jr. Canadians atom program.

Randy has trained numerous top athletes from: NCAA, NHL, AHL, OHL, QMJHL, Tennis Canada, Field Hockey Canada, Mountain Bike Canada, Snow Board Canada, Ontario Ski Team, Hockey Canada U17, U18, World JR., Team Canada Trampoline. He ensured that they took the right steps to achieve their athletic dreams. He has created the perfect motivational atmosphere to develop strong and determined young athletes, while also maintaining a caring relationship with his clients.

Many young athletes have stayed with Randy right up until and throughout their professional or college sporting careers, providing a strong testament to the success these athletes have had with him. Just a few of the players that Randy has trained throughout their athletic years include:

  • Steven Stamkos – from age 13 to his first year in the NHL. He is currently with Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • Michael Del Zotto – from age 13 to his first year in the NHL. He is currently with New York Rangers.
  • John Mcfarland – from age 15 to present. He was drafted in the 2 round by Florida Panthers of the 2010 draft.
  • Julian Melchiori – from age 12 to present. He was drafted in the 3 round by Atlanta Tharshers of the 2010 NHL draft.

Randy has dedicated his entire life to sports and is passionate about teaching and providing mentorship to others to help them achieve their career goals.

Funding Sources

Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund

Allied Health professionals taking this Workshop may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForce Ontario. Please visit the HealthForce Ontario website for more details

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.
You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees
If you are an employee or employer and would like more information visit:

Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.

Second Career

The Second Career program through Employment Ontario provides financial support for skills training needed for jobs in demand. You can apply for up to $28,000 for costs including tuition, books, transportation, basic living expenses and child care.
You qualify for Second Career when:
• you have been laid off and have not been working
• you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs
• you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply
To apply to Second Career, you have to work with an employment services agency. Training occupations must demonstrate evidence of good employment prospects in your local labour market. For more information, visit:



The program is

  • Approved for 20 continuing education hours for the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). The ISSA Professional Division requires a minimum of 20 CE hours to be acquired within the 2 years of certification.
  • Approved for four (4.0) canfitpro continuing education credits (CECs), which fulfills the annual canfitpro recertification requirement. Attendance of both certificate programs will earn you enough CECs to fulfill your CEC requirement for up to two renewal periods

Note: Participants are responsible for assessing their continuing education or membership requirements and submitting their hours for credit.

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