With an increasing number of sports graduates, there is now a need for practitioners to demonstrate an advanced level of skills and knowledge within the field of strength & conditioning (S&C). This has in part been augmented by the success of the London 2012 Olympics and organisations such as the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA). As well as an undergraduate degree, the job market within S&C now typically demands vocational qualifications from these organisations alongside experience working with elite athletes and an MSc.
The teaching staff are highly qualified and experienced within the field of S&C and currently provide athlete support across a range of professional sports. The University also boasts an impressive Human Performance Laboratory and a new S&C facility, which is used extensively for athlete testing and training.
This course will facilitate your accreditation from relevant S&C awarding bodies and provide supervised work experience with high-level athletes. Alongside designing and implementing evidence-based, sport-specific training programmes, you will also develop a mastery of exercise technique including exercises such as Olympic lifts and plyometrics.
As part of the course you will carry out physiological and biomechanical assessments of athletes and interpret the data so as to monitor and tailor training interventions. You will also develop research skills through both a critical review of literature and the undertaking of empirical laboratory based investigations.