Contemporary Issues in Strength & Conditioning
Run by School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Overall aims and purpose
Strength and conditioning is an exciting, new and dynamic subject area. This module will boost your contemporary knowledge of strength and conditioning research and practice and aims to provide you with an insight into the latest research hot topics and trends in applied and professional practice within the discipline.
During the course, you will develop knowledge of the CIMSPA/UKSCA professional standards related to the graduate strength and conditioning coach including; working within a multidisciplinary team, coaching within an organisation and sector and current issues in professional strength and conditioning practice. The module will also provide a unique insight into the current hot topic research areas within strength and conditioning. Example topics include: velocity based training, workload-injury paradigm, best practice in agility and change of direction profiling, monitoring muscle strength asymmetry and strength and conditioning across the lifespan.
Topics may include:
- Professional standards in strength and conditioning
- Working within a multidisciplinary team
- Coaching within an organisation and sector
- Current issues in professional strength and conditioning practice
- Velocity based training
- Workload-injury paradigm
- Monitoring muscle strength asymmetry
- Agile periodisation
- Data management in strength and conditioning
Students will be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the CIMSPA/UKSCA professional standards and apply these within a vocational context. Students will also be able to provide an evidence-based appraisal of a contemporary initiative in strength and conditioning and develop a logical argument. They will also demonstrate good verbal communication and clarity.
Students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the CIMSPA/UKSCA professional standards and apply these within a vocational context. Students will also be able to provide an in-depth and evidence-based appraisal of a contemporary initiative in strength and conditioning and develop a logical and informed argument. They will also demonstrate excellent verbal communication and clarity.
Students will be able to demonstrate an adequate knowledge and understanding of the CIMSPA/UKSCA professional standards. Students will also be able to provide an adequate appraisal of a contemporary initiative in strength and conditioning. They will also demonstrate adequate verbal communication and clarity.
Transfer and apply current CIMSPA/UKSCA professional standards to provide solutions in a vocationally relevant context.
Critically review and extend a systematic and coherent body of contemporary research knowledge within strength and conditioning and apply this initiative within a performance pathway.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures will develop contemporary knowledge of current research and professional practice within strength and conditioning. The module will consist of 8 x 2 hour weekly lectures, with each lecture covering a different contemporary topic within strength and conditioning research and practice.
|Practical classes and workshops||
Practical sessions will give students experiental learning in the application of contemporary strength and conditioning initiatives. To complement some of the theoretical concepts in the lectures there will be 3 x 2 hour practicals interspersed throughout the module. Example practical classes may include assessment and monitoring techniques for muscle limb asymmetry and practical application of velocity based training within resistance exercise and Olympic lifting.
The student is expect to spend this time previewing and reviewing lecture and practical material, independently researching the literature extensively, reading research and professional articles (43 hours) and preparing for oral examinations (35 hours). It is envisaged that students may work individually or in small groups to practice interview techniques and practicing oral presentations.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
- critically assess and evaluate data and evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
- develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
- demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical basis of scientific paradigms
- develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/jxh-3079.html
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Turner, A., & Comfort, P., (Eds.). (2018). Advanced strength and conditioning: an evidence-based approach. Routledge.
Haff, G.G., & Triplett, N.T., (Eds.) (2016). Essentials of Strength & Conditioning. National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Bompa, T.O., & Haff, G. (2009). Periodization: theory and methodology of training. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
McGuigan (2017). Monitoring Training and Performance in Athletes. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C618: BSc Sport Sci: Strength & Conditioning year 3 (BSC/SSSC)
- C65P: BSc Sport Science: Strength & Conditioning with Placement Yr year 4 (BSC/SSSCP)