Strength and Conditioning for Sport

Strength and Conditioning for Sport       
Prepared by  Prepared by: Aaron Holt, Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach, Australian Institute of Sport, 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: December 2016
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Strength and conditioning forms an integral part of the development of high performance athletes. Strength and conditioning involves the athletic development of the following physical qualities; speed, agility, endurance, strength, power, stability and flexibility. The development of these qualities in training requires thorough planning, monitoring and management in order to gain enhanced athletic performance during competition. Additionally athlete management requires injury prevention and rehabilitation strategies and practice.

A strength and conditioning coach's role is to work in conjunction with the sports coach and athlete/s to design specific programs that will address the particular need of the athlete, team and sport.  Ideally this will also be completed in collaboration with other service disciplines.

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