USW’s strength and conditioning course is designed, written and delivered by internationally renowned industry professionals.
Strength and conditioning coaches need a unique mix of scientific knowledge, practical expertise and coaching experience. This strength and conditioning course directly addresses all of these requirements.
It oﬀers opportunities for extensive practical experience and is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) via its ERP programme.
You’ll learn practical skills in our state-of-the-art-facility at USW Sport Park, using the same tools and equipment used to train and assess professional athletes.
You could also become part of the University’s coaching team, delivering strength and conditioning to its many sport teams and athletes, gaining valuable coaching experience.
What you will study
Strength and conditioning coaches require a unique mix of scientific knowledge, coaching knowledge, practical expertise and coaching experience. They therefore need to be able draw on knowledge and expertise across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, and synthesise these areas in the design and delivery of effective training programmes.
Year One: Strength and Conditioning Course
- Foundations of Strength and Conditioning
- Foundations of Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics for Strength and Conditioning
- Resistance Training
- Functional Screening
- Programming Athletic Development
- Speed, Agility and Endurance Development
Year Two: Strength and Conditioning Course
- Effective Coaching in Strength and conditioning
- Fitness Testing and Coaching Technology
- Managing Data in Strength and Conditioning
- Setting up a Strength and Conditioning Business
- Sports Nutrition, Health and Injuries
Year Three: Strength and Conditioning Course
- Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics for Strength and Conditioning
- Sport Specific Strength and Conditioning
- Planning and Managing Strength and Conditioning Programmes
- Research Project
- Strength and Conditioning for Special Populations
- Advanced Methods
Full time students study six modules in each year (three per semester). Each module has a two hour lecture each week with an additional two hours practical application, linked to this theory. This ensures that the learning reflects the applied nature of the industry.
This is supplemented with dedicated gym time, where students will have the opportunity to become an active coach in our sports performance programme.
There is a range of teaching and learning methods, including formal lectures, practical workshops, and critically applied practical experience.
Each aspect of the strength and conditioning course is underpinned by extensive practical experience in the hands on delivery of strength and conditioning, an essential capacity for employment in the field.
You are taught by in small groups by strength and conditioning experts, in a strength and conditioning environment.
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