Strength and conditioning provision has increased substantially in the UK over the past decade, both in terms of availability to athletes across the spectrum of performance levels and developmental stages, and in terms of quality and professionalism. The programme therefore designed with five principal aims in mind:
• To provide advanced professional development to existing strength and conditioning coaches who wish to enhance their level of professional practice. • To provide rapid up-skilling of sport scientists, personal trainers and coaches wishing to move towards a career in the physical preparation of athletes. • To aid new coaches in the process of preparing for professional accreditation in the UK (UKSCA) and abroad (e.g. NSCA). • To provide useful opportunities for continued professional development of physiotherapists, sport coaches and teachers. • To provide a high level educational opportunity to staff responsible for physical preparation of military personnel.
Why St Mary's?
The distance learning nature of this course has several advantages for professionals. The online format is built around forums that students are required to take part in on a weekly basis, sharing ideas and opinions on the materials of the course and their coaching experiences. The structure gives students the ability to organise study around their personal schedule - lectures can be downloaded and watched when suitable.
This course is delivered by an effective mix of experienced coaches and sport scientists ensuring that whilst your level of science will be upgraded, that practical application is never lost.
On-site strength and conditioning resources include a state-of-the-art Performance Education Centre - as well as a six-platform weightlifting facility inside the fitness suite - and multiple sports halls, pitches and 400m athletics track. The School of Sport, Health and Applied Science also houses three physiology laboratories and two biomechanics laboratories with a wealth of performance evaluation equipment.
After seven years in a previous role I wanted a career change and decided that this course would help me achieve my goals. I would recommend this course to others because the course content and the lecturing staff were both excellent.
During my dissertation my supervisor Richard Blagrove provided me with the assistance required to complete my project and ultimately get the grade I needed to move to New Zealand. The staff were excellent and willing to share their expertise in a welcoming learning environment.
Completing this course allowed me to study for a PhD in Strength and Conditioning at the Sport Performance Research Institute in New Zealand.
There are two primary entry requirements to the course: (i)Experience in the strength and conditioning field amounting to at least 10 hours per week. This can be either paid or voluntary work. (ii) A 2:1 in an undergraduate degree, preferably in Sport Science or a related field. More information about entry requirements can be found on the University website.
Recipient: St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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