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Strength & Sports Conditioning

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Level 3 Strength & Sports Conditioning

This course will give you all the principles needed to condition athletes. You will learn how to effectively analyse sporting movements, design skill development programmes, devise conditioning programmes and be able to layer all this information into a periodised overview. You will be able Work with fitness professionals to increase their strength and speed (power) and developing sports specific training approaches for individual sporting disciplines, offers enormous potential for fitness professionals to enter into a new and rapidly expanding field of strength and sports conditioning coaching.

Performance in sport is everything and many athletes fail to reach their potential because they place too much emphasis on the technical aspect of their discipline and insufficient attention to their physical preparation.  This course will allow you to fill this untapped market place and allow you to improve the strength, power and resilience to injury for specific sporting disciplines.

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What will I learn?

The human physiology and biomechanics taught on this course will enable you to increase the sporting performance of your clients by analysing the requirements of different sports on different areas of the body in terms of energy demands, power, speed, endurance, flexibility and agility and matching this to body movement and a planned skill development programme for improving movement quality. You will also learn how to develop an exercise plan which will include sports specific and non sports specific training.

Units Covered:

Unit 1 - Biomechanical analysis of athletes – learn how to breakdown the mechanics of individual movements and how to analyse the musculature involved to enable the effective prescription of exercise to improve the movement's functionality.

Unit 2 - Physiological training needs analysis for individuals/groups – Learn how to assess the specific needs of a client’s performance for cardiovascular conditioning and muscular strength/endurance requirements.

Unit 3 - Motor skill development – Learn to develop motor skill drills to improve the client’s speed, agility, quickness and spatial awareness.

Unit 4 - Plyometric exercise - Learn the in-depth principles of plyometrics and how they can be utilised to improve sports related performance.

Unit 5 - Muscular strength and endurance conditioning – Building on the knowledge gained from the certificate in Personal Training, this unit focuses on athletic conditioning.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for any Gym Instructor/Personal Trainer who is looking to work alongside athletes to help increase performance. This course is suitable for a trainer looking to work within a specific or non specific sporting discipline. It is Ideal for any trainer looking to enter the new and rapidly expanding field of strength & sports conditioning coaching.

How long is the course?

This full time course takes place over 5 days of continuous full time study and practical workshops; including a 1 day Circuit Training Course, a 2 day Introduction to Strength Conditioning and a 2 day overview of Sports Conditioning.

Where can I complete the course?

Learners are able to enrol onto this course at our West London venue.

What assessments will I need to complete?

Learners will be assessed on and by;

  1. Biomechanical analysis of an athlete in action
  2. Designing progressive skill rehearsal training programmes
  3. Designing progressive conditioning programmes
  4. Viva (formal interview)

What support will I get?

Once booked on to the course learners will be given access to the student zone so they can familiarise themselves with the syllabus, they will also given the contact details for our student support team who will assist them with any problems outside of the classroom, and our in house tutors will be there to support you on the day of your course.

What certificates will I receive?

Learners who successfully complete the course will receive a YMCA Awards Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning (16 REPs points), Discovery Learning Certificate in Strength and Sports Conditioning and a Circuit Training certificate (worth 4 REPs points).

Is this course recognised?

Yes, the Awarding Organisation for this course is YMCA Awards. This means that this course is recognised throughout the UK and your REP’s insurance will cover you to teach this subject.

Are there any pre-requisites?

To be eligible to sit this course students will need to already hold a REPs approved Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.