SP5022 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you to the discipline of Strength & Conditioning, and the requirements of a career as a strength & conditioning coach. You will learn about the role of a strength & conditioning coach and the development of the discipline and it’s place within the sport science support services in the UK. You will study the physiological and biomechanical underpinnings to a range of training modalities in strength & conditioning, and identify, analyse and coach the key technical aspects of these modalities, with the ultimate aim of enhancing performance in sport.

How will I learn on this module?

The module takes a “flipped” classroom approach to learning. Lecture content is delivered online; each topic has a series of short videos with reflection and comprehension tasks to introduce you to the area under study. You will then engage with this material during “masterclass” practical sessions with accredited strength & conditioning coaches. These practicals will enable you to apply your new knowledge to the type of environments a strength & conditioning coach will be working in.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

An introductory lecture will put the module into context with the rest of your degree programme, explain how your study will progress on the module and describe how, through engagement in the module, you will begin to learn and acquire the skills required of a strength and conditioning coach. Online teaching material will be accompanied by a scheduled “online support” slot where tutors on the module will be available to answer any questions you have on the material being presented. Ongoing formative feedback will be provided in practical sessions, which will be supported by provision of post-session online teaching material to reinforce what is taught in practical sessions.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. analyse and apply knowledge from physiology and biomechanics to the study of athletic training modes
2. apply knowledge to solve problems in strength and conditioning contexts

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. apply the skills of an independent learner to the study of strength and conditioning

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. communicate clearly and effectively to athletic and academic audiences in oral format
2. demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical standards in strength and conditioning contexts

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through means of a practical coaching session, and a written exam consisting of multi-choice and short answer question. The practical session will require you to design and deliver an appropriate warm-up, and coach a speed, agility or plyometrics drill (10 min) The practical component will require you to explain your rationale for exercise instruction in a subsequent viva voce (up to 5 min). The written exam will consist of a range of multiple choice and short answer questions that will cover the range of content studied on the module (2 hours).

The practical assessment will address K&U 2, IPA 1, PVA 1,2. The written exam will cover K&U 1,2, IPA1 and PVA 2.This assessment strategy is designed to align with the requirements of UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA), and National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Accreditation

Formative assessment:
Throughout the module you will engage with the scientific underpinning and technical instruction of the training modalities under study. Scheduled sessions will include peer and tutor reviewed practise attempts at tasks similar to what will be required in the summative assessment.

Indication of how you will get feedback and how this will support your learning

You will receive feedback via:

Written feedback will be provided on the examination script to explain your mark (component 001)

A written proforma will be used to provide feedback on the practical and academic aspects of the summative assessment task (component 002).

An online discussion board on the eLP will be used, specifically for advance question and answer on the assessment process.

Comprehension tasks consisting of MCQ’s and short answer essay style questions on the topics under study will be provided each week, followed by model answers for students to self-reflect on their work.





Module abstract

On this module you will study the discipline of strength and conditioning, and the role of the strength and conditioning coach within the performance enhancement process in sport. You will study a range of training modalities, including resistance exercise, speed & agility and plyometrics, with an emphasis on technical instruction and the application of physiological and biomechanical principles to understand the modality under study. The module will be of particular interest to students interested in learning more about a career in strength and conditioning.

Course info

UCAS Code C600

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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