SP0735 - Applied Strength and Conditioning

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What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to enable you to demonstrate a thorough understanding of both the theoretical and practical basis of professional strength and conditioning strategies that are used with a view to improving performance. Indicative content includes the theory and application of resistance training, theory and application of a variety of advanced testing methods for the purposes of monitoring athletic development (e.g., functional movement screening, strength and power assessment, maximal aerobic and anaerobic capacities and agility etc.) and analysis of the efficacy of ergogenic aids for improving performance, promoting recovery and facilitating long term athletic development (e.g., warm-up, postactivation potentiation, cryotherapy etc.).

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a variety of methods, namely; lectures and practical sessions. These methods have been selected for delivery of the core principles underpinning this module and will provide opportunities to analyse the current research and critique existing evidence on the responses, effectiveness and application of applied strength and conditioning strategies. On-going formative assessment will be employed throughout the learning process to ensure that competency and safety thresholds are being met.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be expected to engage with extensive independent reading and critical discussion with both their peers and members of staff. This will be supported both in-class and by online resources. Support will include feedback from tutors during small-group seminars and tutorials. In addition tutors will respond to questions via the module’s discussion board at the University’s eLearning Portal so that the whole group can benefit.

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:

You will be expected to:
1. Critically analyse and evaluate the use, and importance of, strategies that aim to improve indices of sports performance
2. Synthesise theory regarding the use of a variety of monitoring tools for the purposes of tracking long term athlete development

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

You will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate professional standard practical competency in the coaching and/or technical knowledge of selected exercises including weightlifting

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

You will be expected to:
1. Communicate effectively in a professional context

How will I be assessed?

This module requires completion of two pieces of summative assessment, being:

Individual Feedback Report (40% weighting, 2000 words, K&U 2, PVA 1):

This feedback report will provide you with the opportunity to deliver advice to an athlete based upon the interpretation of monitoring data. By synthesising research/theory, you will be required to contextualise the findings of selected performance tests into a format that can be interpreted by a non-subject specialist.

Individual Practical Assessment (60% weighting, 45 min, K&U 1, IPSA 1, PVA 1):

This assessment considers the importance of practical competency and technical knowledge of specific activities which underpin the work of strength and conditioning professionals. You will be required to coach, and critically analyse, a specific aspect of applied strength and conditioning practice (e.g., weightlifting exercises, warm-up, plyometrics, speed drills).

The lecturer will be responsible for guiding you in your pursuit of knowledge, providing formative feedback during this process. This will take the form of questions prompting you to question your new knowledge, and verbal feedback on the depth and criticality of your interactions with the topic under study. Written summative feedback will be provided. Both generic (posted to the e-learning portal) and individual summative feedback will be provided on assessment components.

Feedback is provided on the scripts and assessment feedback sheets. General assessment feedback is posted to the e-learning portal. Formative feedback is provided throughout the lecture and practical sessions.

Pre-requisite(s)

n/a

Co-requisite(s)

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Module abstract

The module aims to enable you to demonstrate a thorough understanding of both the theoretical and practical basis of professional strength and conditioning strategies that are used with a view to improving performance. This primarily practical module seeks to re-inforce your experiences in the fundamentals of strength and conditioning practice and is mostly delivered within the Sports Central facility. Topics such as; resistance training, advanced testing methods for the purposes of monitoring athletic development and exploration of the efficacy of ergogenic aids for enhanced sports performance underpin the module content. This module consistently scores highly in student satisfaction.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years, part-time
1 other options available

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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