The role of a strength and conditioning is to use exercise prescription specifically to improve performance in athletic competition. They also help athletes with injury prevention and proper mechanics within their sports performances
Strength and Conditioning is about more than lifting weights – it encompasses the entire development of the athlete and what is needed to improve physical performance. This includes plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance and core stability with strength training being just one piece of the jigsaw.
Why is there a Strength and Conditioning at the EIS?
For a sporting movement to be performed at a world class level, athletes need to have the technical skills involved in the movement and the specific strength qualities which underpin it. The Strength and Conditioning coaches at the EIS bridge the gap between the theory of training and applied training. They help elite athletes to become faster, stronger and more flexible and to build their muscular endurance so they perform better and remain injury free. The English Institute of Sport (EIS) strength and conditioning coaches work alongside sport coaches to assist them in designing specific programmes that address the particular needs of the athletes, teams and sports. There are many ways a well-constructed programme can add to the rehabilitation, speed, agility, endurance and strength of the athletes.
How does Strength and Conditioning have a performance impact?
Research has demonstrated that not only does training improve performance; it also shows that that incorrect training can cause decrements to performance. Using techniques such as plyometrics in some high-power athletes and sports-specific movements in others, strength coaches may improve physical function and athletic performance.
While these strength qualities vary between sports, athletes within the same sport have different technical and physical strengths and weakness and therefore require specific interventions. These specific needs are identified in conjunction with the technical coach and other service providers.
Once the specific strength qualities have been identified, they are measured and tracked to ensure that the strength and conditioning programme is being effective and achieving its goals.
A well-designed strength and conditioning programme, in conjunction with sports medicine support, can increase the athletes’ tolerance to training and decrease the chance of injury.
This is done through identifying both areas subject to over load during the sport and individual weaknesses in the athletes.