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The new blended learning MSc Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning is a course written by coaches for coaches. It is aimed at people wishing to pursue a career in the coaching of strength and conditioning or as a coach in the fitness industry. It is taught by an expert team of industry professionals including Ian Jeffreys, the world-leading professor in strength and conditioning.

Effective coaching in strength and conditioning is about far more than sets and reps. It is about building a performance environment, developing relationships with athletes and with other members of the performance team. It is about leadership, management, reflection, teaching, motivating; yet few courses cover these critical components of effective coaching.

This strength and conditioning course is different. Instead of focusing on what to do, focus is critically placed on how it is done, with the coach’s role placed at the centre of focus – ensuring they are prepared for what the industry will throw at them. Every module has been designed after extensive consultation with coaches and based around the reality of the performance environment.

What you will study

The Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning course can be studied full time over a year or part time over two years. The following modules will be studied. Each has 20 credits with a final applied strength and conditioning solution carrying 60 credits. Part time students can distribute these modules over two years.

Each module is delivered in a blended format supported by an initial week long induction and two further week long residential blocks during the course.

Maximising Human Performance - 20 credits

Module leader: Chris Tombs

This module is designed to provide a multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach to performance, thus providing the coach with the widest possible variety of tools and approaches to maximise their athlete‘s performance in a range of performance settings.

Strategic Planning and Decision Making for Human Performance - 20 credits

Module leader: Professor Ian Jeffreys

This module will outline the nature of effective strategy and provide students with the necessary mastery of strategy to enable the most productive actions to be taken on a daily basis. It will also develop the ability to apply the three-tiered approach to evidence-based practice enabling coaches to generate effective solutions to multiple performance problems.

The Modern Coach – Thriving in a Complex World- 20 credits

Module leader: Professor Ian Jeffreys

This module will enable students to take a multi-disciplinary approach to their coaching development and enable them to develop the knowledge and skills required to thrive in this complex world of human performance.

Advanced Methods in Strength and Conditioning – A Solutions-based Approach - 20 credits

Module leader: Chris Tombs

This module will allow students to develop a solutions-based approach to training; critically evaluating key performance indicators (KPIs) and applying a range of training methods and techniques to address these KPIs.

Bio-medical Aspects of Human Performance - 20 credits

Module leader: Nathan Evans

This module will look at more common injuries and movement dysfunctions encountered in sport and enable students to identify risk factors for these injuries, design programs of exercise that reduce the risk of injury, and programs that enable athletes who have suffered these injuries recover full function.

Innovation and Technological Application in Human Performance - 20 credits

Module leader: Chris Tombs

This module will look at the most relevant and current technological applications available to a coach and enable coaches to critically evaluate these in terms of their potential application, the key data to be derived and how this can be utilised to drive innovative approaches to performance monitoring and enhancement.

Applied Strength and Conditioning Solution - 20 credits

Module leader: Professor Ian Jeffreys

This module will extend the course aim of developing multidisciplinary, independent thinkers, enabling students to generate true evidence-based practice that can be directly applied into their own coaching practices.

Teaching

This strength and conditioning masters course is delivered in a blended format, with a week-long September residential induction and two further week long residentials at Easter and September.

This format allows people to study whilst undertaking their normal coaching activities. Material will be provided on a weekly basis and students will be able to access this at their preferred time.

The blended format is ideal for students from all over the UK and overseas, allowing them to study online and attend the residential blocks at USW.

The residential blocks are designed to provide practical instruction, to discuss content covered online and to carry out appropriate assessment.

Assessment

Assessment is built around the application of knowledge and wherever possible reflects the tasks coaches undertake in their daily work.

It entails a range of practical assessments, portfolios, reports and case studies, together with a final applied solution project.

Accreditations

The MSc Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning course is applying for accreditation as an ERP course with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Careers

The MSc Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning aimed at people wishing to pursue a career in the coaching of strength and conditioning or anyone wishing to pursue a career as a coach in the fitness industry. It is ideal for graduates from strength and conditioning degrees or wider sport science degrees. It is also designed to cater for experienced coaches or personal trainers looking to study at Masters level.

Career options for graduates include strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, fitness industry coach and high performance coach. 


Visit the MSc Sports Coaching and Performance page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

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