Who's coaching the athletic teams in middle and high school? What qualifies one to coach middle and high school sports? Coaches only need a teaching certification to coach in the state of Texas. There is a extreme lack of certified or experienced coaches with a degree in kinesiology. Obtaining knowledge of kinesiology and knowing how the body reacts when exercise is applied is essential to becoming a good coach. Inexperienced coaches pose a risk to the safety of student athletes and are a potential liability for the school itself. If the requirement needed to coach in middle and high school in the state of Texas were held at a higher standard, there would be less risk of injury, a more efficient training program and a better understanding of how to implement a healthy lifestyle.
Middle and high school coaches should be required to have a degree in kinesiology or at minimum a coaching certification. The low present requirement to coach in the state of Texas is the direct cause of inexperienced potentially harmful coaching programs in schools. "Presently In the state of Texas the only requirement needed to become a coach is to be a certified teacher, having a license from Texas education agency and your eligible to be a coach" (Brown). This policy financially accommodates the schools in Texas but in turn can become a liability to the school and pose health risks to student athletes.
It is cheaper and convenient for schools to hire teachers with mere interest to coach, without requiring special training or additional education requirements. Although this saves the school money initially, the effects that a bad coach can have on a school out ways the trouble of implementing higher requirements to coach. If an athlete is injured, whether the injury takes place in a sport event or during training, the school is put at risk of a lawsuit. While there is a known risk to inherent injuries in sports '[s]ome injuries while playing sports are caused by risks that are not inherent to that sport' (Grewal, and Puin). If the injury is a result of improper training then the blame is reflected towards the coach, in turn making the coach a liability for the school. Dr. Joseph Brown, a graduate of Texas A&M University and the Associate Dean of the School of Education as well as a professor at East Texas Baptist University explains in a personal interview,
When coaches deal with liability issues with the school on how to train the athlete both mentally and physically, there is lots of quackery out there relating to sports, that if a coach does not have a discerning ability to differentiate what is proper and what is not then he/she runs the risk of hurting the student or athlete which comes back on the teacher and to the district possibly resulting in a revoking of their teaching license if the case is unable to be defended in court (Brown).
Changing the current coaching requirements is necessary to reduce the risk of lawsuits to schools in Texas but...