Strength and Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes for elite sport performance. The role of the S&C coach is to bridge the gap between the theory of training and applied training, helping athletes to become faster, stronger and more flexible and to build their muscular endurance so they perform better and remain injury free.
Strength and Conditioning is about more than lifting weights - it encompasses the entire development of the athlete and what is needed to improve physical performance. This includes plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance and core stability with strength training being just one piece of the jigsaw.
Strength and conditioning coaches work alongside a coach to assist them in designing specific programmes that will address the particular need of the athlete, event and sport. A periodised programme that targets both strengths and weaknesses will produce the best possible performance.
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Listen to S&C advice from Alex Wolf, Head of Strength and Conditioning, EIS Manchester
Jane Fylan speaks with the English Institute of Sport's Head of Strength and Conditioning Alex Wolf. The interview is split into 4 videos covering different topics within Strength and Conditioning: Strength & Conditioning & Performance, Event Group Differences, Strength & Conditioning or Weightlifting?, Recovery and Performance Click here to view the videos.
If you are interested in accessing resources to improve your understanding and knowledge within this field, the following resources would be a good starting place.
- Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
- Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications
- Science and Practice of Strength Training
Resources specifically for Endurance Running:
Resources for Effective Mobility:
- Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance
Podcasts and Blogs:
More resources and links are presently being developed and will be added, so please keep checking back.