Queensland Academy of Sport
|Although we use the phrase, “strength and conditioning,” for our coaches, strength does not explain all the programming they do! In fact, strength is only one outcome of a resistance training program. Other targeted outcomes of a resistance training program may include movement competencies, muscular endurance, muscular hypertrophy, and muscular power.
|Conditioning||Conditioning typically evokes a level of cardiovascular and metabolic stress that can be achieved during different durations and modes of activity (e.g., swimming, rowing, running, cycling) in order to ensure the athlete is sufficiently conditioned to handle the demands of their sport-specific training and competition.|
Hear more from one of our S&C Coaches, Leanne Magalong in the video below!
|Strength & Conditioning Coach||Personal Trainer|
|Aim of profession||Work with athletes to improve athletic performance through safe and effective design, implementation and monitoring of strength and conditioning programs.||Work with the general population, providing personalised health and fitness guidance to individuals with varying fitness levels.|
|Accrediting body||Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA).||Fitness Australia, Australian Fitness Network|
|Level of education||
ASCA accreditation course (Lvl 1-3).
S&C coaches typically have a university Bachelor’s degree, and in some cases a Postgraduate degree.
~2-5 yr of study at university.
Certificate IV in Fitness or above.
1 yr at TAFE.
The primary benefit of engaging an accredited S&C coach is that they will have experience in the prescription of evidence based periodisation training models designed to optimise athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury in elite athletes.
For more information about the accrediting body for Strength and Conditioning Coaches in Australia, visit the ASCA Website.
There are seven key movements that are the foundation of any strength and conditioning program: 1. hinge, 2. squat, 3. lunge, 4. push, 5. pull, 6. rotation and 7. brace. These movement patterns can be further challenged by the addition of range, stability, weight, and direction.
Remember! To be an elite athlete does not just mean to be competent, but to be a master of movement. If you start working on these early, it will lay a great foundation for your athletic development.
Let’s do a quick check! Have you mastered the following?
Watch the videos below to help you master these movements.
Resistance training has been shown to be an effective form of exercise for improving athletic performance and overall quality of life. It is also known to play an important role in the preparation of athletes for the specific demands of their sports whilst reducing injury risk.
Resistance training is both safe and effective for children and adolescents when appropriately designed and coached by qualified professionals that meet the needs (goals and abilities) of each individual!
So, what are you waiting for?