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SPPG016 – Strength and Conditioning

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Module title
Strength and Conditioning
The aim of this module is to develop a practitioner with highly specialised skills and knowledge that will enable them to work at a high level in the strength and conditioning field. Students will develop the skills to critically evaluate and integrate topics related to the mechanical, neural and physiological basis of strength, power and conditioning into professional strength and conditioning practice.
  • SP0203
NZQA Level
Level 8
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this module the student will be able to:
1. Critically analyse and evaluate theories and models of the physiological and mechanical basis underlying strength and power.
2. Explore and assess the scope of current developments in strength and conditioning training methods to optimise strength and power development.
3. Demonstrate professional competency in strength and conditioning and apply to professional practice.
4. Apply strength and conditioning practice in a practical setting through the management and evaluation of a specific strength and conditioning project.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning and, practice simulation.
Mechanical and physiological basis of strength, power and conditioning
• Mechanical adaptations to strength, power and conditioning regimes as part of a long-term athletic development plan
• Temporal aspects of the mechanical adaptations to strength, power and conditioning.
• Effects of these adaptations on the timing of stimuli. Special consideration is given to the ‘phase’ specific changes in muscle function.

Neural basis of strength, power and conditioning
• Neural changes associated with different strength and power regimes.
• Load and unload theory with regard to competition peaking.
• Gym-based strength and power training vs sport specific skill-based strength development. On-bike vs off-bike etc

Professional skills in development environments.
• Understanding the role of the Coach in a coach-led program.
• Work interprofessionally with Sport Scientist, Physiologist, and Nutritionist
• Annual periodisation is re-visited with regard to developing athletes
Assessment Criteria
An overall mark of 50% or greater is required to pass this Module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the module.

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