What will I learn?
British Weight Lifting has developed this course in partnership with several contributors from the world of academia as well as experienced strength and conditioning practitioners. This provides a blend of evidence-based insight and real-world experience to give coaches the understanding and skills required to operate effectively in the strength and conditioning industry.
The course covers the key areas associated with being an effective S&C coach. This includes understanding the technical and physical skills that are required to utilise gym-based training modes such as weightlifting (Olympic lifting), resistance training (e.g. barbells, dumbbells) and plyometric training. Coaches will also be introduced to technical frameworks relating to sprinting, change of direction and agility.
A key responsibility for the S&C coach is to design periodised programmes that allow athletes to peak for key events and competitions (including the ability to maintain high levels of performance over a sporting season). During this course coaches will learn more about the principles that underpin effective programme design and how to balance the training, competition and recovery demands required to support the performance enhancement process. Examples of S&C programmes are integrated to provide coaches with real-world context.
In the course there is a focus on providing coaches with insight into the S&C coach’s role. To help achieve this, we have integrated interviews from S&C coaches who work in different sporting domains. In addition, we have also interviewed several members of the multidisciplinary team (e.g., sports coaches, physiotherapists etc…) to provide coaches with insight into the demands of working as part of an athlete support team.
A major focus is also placed on the development of psychological or ‘soft skills’ in the role of a S&C coach. These are often highlighted as vital skills that a coach needs to possess, however, they are often paid lip service. In this course coaches will not only learn about the importance of developing skills such as making a positive first impression, developing rapport and managing conflict, they will also be introduced to strategies that can help them improve their ability in each of these areas.