Strength & Conditioning
Iain C McEwan MSc ASCC MCSP
UKSCA accredited S+C Coach
What is Strength & Conditioning?
Strength and Conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes to support sport performance. A strength and conditioning coach is a fitness and physical performance professional who uses exercise prescription as a means to improve the performance of competitive athletes.
The UKSCA (United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association) was established in 2004 to set professional standards for strength and conditioning coaches. The UKSCA’s ‘Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach’ (ASCC) standard is now a requirement for jobs in the UK and also overseas, and is highly valued as it not only assesses in-depth subject-matter knowledge, but also practical coaching skills.
Athlete testing allows a benchmark level of performance that can be useful for technical coaches and rehab professionsals. As well as measuring progress, the results can be helpful when an athlete is returning from injury or for identifying any imbalances. Testing results will have an influence on program design.
In order to optimise an athletes training, S+C work should be programmed in a 'periodised' manner. This means integrating sessions in a way that wont leave an athlete sore or tired for important technical sessions or competitions. Programs should be designed with the athlete, position and sport in mind and help them to develop the attributes needed to succeed in sport and prevent injuries.
An experienced, qualified coach can provide technical expertise and coaching skills that allow athletes to learn to execute movement patterns effectively. Ongoing athlete monitoring is also an important part of session delivery that can allows a coach to modify a program on the fly to respond to an athletes learning/training needs.
If you would like to find out more about S+C coaching, Programming or Athlete testing please contact Iain via e-mail or direct message.