Strength and Conditioning for Sport

Strength and Conditioning for Sport       
Prepared by  Prepared by: Aaron Holt, Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach, Australian Institute of Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Julian Jones, Head of Strength & Conditioning, Australian Institute of Sport and Ross Smith, Operations Manager, Strength and Conditioning, Australian Institute of Sport
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 26 October 2017
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Strength and conditioning in sport is a deliberate practice focusing on a number of key human performance attributes including, speed, agility, endurance, strength, power, stability and flexibility. The ongoing development of these traits in training requires thorough planning, monitoring and management in order to achieve improved performance by elite athletes—ultimately in their major competitions. The ‘planning’, ‘monitoring’ and ‘management’ processes also maintain a strong focus on injury prevention—and rehabilitation post injury. 

A strength and conditioning coach's role is to work in conjunction with the sports coach (and athletes) to design specific programs that will address the particular needs of an individual athlete, team, or sport.  Ideally this practice will also be undertaken in collaboration with other high performance service provider disciplines.

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