SPORTS EDUCATION. The Davao City Sports Office is investing in educating public school trainers and coaches. City Sports chief Mikey Aportadera says the five-day training, launched on July 29, 2022 will be facilitated by professionals in the field of sports psychology, physical therapy, injury prevention, strength conditioning, and sports physiology. (Contributed Photo)

DAVAO CITY—To strengthen sports education in the city, a five-part training seminar has been launched for public school sports coaches and trainers.

Davao City Sports Office chief Mikey Aportadera said Tuesday the program aims to equip the coaches and trainers in public schools with proper knowledge on sports psychology, physical therapy, injury prevention, strength conditioning, and sports physiology.

“We are giving the coaches and trainers an avenue to improve their knowledge on proper handling of athletes. The city wants to produce only the best, especially in the sports section,” he said.

He said the seminar will incorporate basic life support and first aid training withe professionals from the Davao City Central 911.

Over 100 participants from all public school districts and clusters in Davao City have registered for the training, he said, adding the seminar will also serve as preparation for the coaches for the full implementation of face-to-face classes.

“Sports is one way to relieve ourselves from stress and anxiety due to the pandemic. By the time that the face-to-face classes are fully implemented, it would help that the coaches and trainers in public schools have added knowledge to impart with their student athletes,” he said.

For his part, Jonas Piore, Department of Education in Davao Region Senior Education Program Specialist, said the program seeks to cultivate “quality coaching” in the city’s public schools and will enable trainers to “carry our athletes to the real world.”

“Every district and cluster has a participating coach and trainor in the training. Hopefully, they can pass what they have learned here to all the coaches in Davao City,” Piore said. (PNA)