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Mike Dowd. Strength and Conditioning Coach. About the career. GO DO LAPS!!. Coaches are similar to personal trainers, but their main focus is with athletes Their purpose is to build athletes strength, power, and speed This will improve the team’s overall performance. Requirements.

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about the career
About the career


  • Coaches are similar to personal trainers, but their main focus is with athletes
  • Their purpose is to build athletes strength, power, and speed
    • This will improve the team’s overall performance
  • Education
    • At least a Bachelor’s in health field
    • Master’s may be preferred
  • Certifications
    • Must have certification
    • Most respected is “CSCS”
      • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Experience
    • Gain valuable experience in college
      • Internships, volunteering, assistant position
cscs certification
CSCS Certification
  • Cost
    • For non-members: $395-$445 for registration
    • For NCSA members: $260-$310 for registration
  • Prerequisites
    • Bachelor’s degree or a college senior
    • Must have current CPR/AED certifications
cscs exam content
CSCS Exam Content
  • Science- 1.5 hours
    • Nutrition- 29% (23 questions)
    • Exercise Science- 71% (57 questions)
  • Practical- 2.5 hours
    • Exercise Technique- 36% (39 questions)
    • Program Design-36% (40 questions)
    • Organization and Admin.- 10% (11 questions)
    • Testing and Evaluation- 18% (20 questions)
types of working environments
Types of Working Environments
  • Coaches may work in a plethora of different places
    • Schools
      • High schools, colleges
    • Fitness Centers
    • Physical Therapy clinics
    • Professional sports teams
salary ranges
Salary Ranges
  • Depending on where a coach is working, depends on the salary they make
  • Average in U.S. = $40K-$60K
  • College coaches average = $45K-$75K
    • Some may earn as much as $200K
  • Professional team coaches average is $100K
personal skills
Personal Skills
  • Must be able to educate
    • Teach athletes how to train
    • Teach them about nutrition
    • Teach importance of training
  • Perception is key
    • Identifying when an athlete is training to their ability
    • Looking for weightlifting errors, and correct those errors
job outlook
Job outlook
  • Very competitive
  • May need connections in order to work for schools and professional teams
    • Although fitness centers are always looking for coaches
  • The American College of Sports Medicine said it was one of the top 5 promising careers in recent years
scope of practice
Scope of Practice
  • Strength and Conditioning coaching falls comprises of two parts:
    • Education
      • Educating the athletes about different exercises
      • How they effect their bodies
      • Explain the importance of proper nutrition
scope of practice cont
Scope of Practice (cont.)
  • Practical
    • Creating a program for athletes
    • showing proper technique before athletes do the exercise
    • Organizing time and space for activities
    • Supervising the workouts
    • Test and evaluate athletes regularly to ensure program is working
legal issues
Legal Issues
  • Assumption of risk
    • Athletes must be aware of risks with strength and conditioning activities
    • Must sign statement to provide awareness
  • Liability
    • Must take steps to prevent injury
    • Act accordingly when injury occurs

I provided proper care

legal issues cont
Legal Issues (cont.)
  • Negligence
    • Failure to act with proper standard of care
      • May lead to injury or damage to an athlete
  • Standard of care
    • The expectation of you based on your certifications, training or education
  • Athletes may ask about supplements and nutrition
  • It’s important to remember that coaches can’t recommend harmful or illegal substances
  • As long as they boost athletic performance, abide by the law, and aren’t harmful can they be recommended

You guys should take this.

dynamic stretching
Dynamic Stretching
  • This type of stretching is important for pre-competition
  • Involves jumps, squats, lunges, and agility
  • Benefits before competition include:
    • Warms body up
    • Prepares muscles for contraction and relaxation
    • Increases heart rate
    • Loosens joints to allow for full range of motion
static stretching
Static Stretching
  • This type of stretching is important for post-competition
  • This includes stretching and holding a specific muscle
    • Usually 10-30 seconds
  • Benefits for this include:
    • Increases overall flexibility
    • Reduces recovery time for muscles
sport specific warm up
Sport Specific Warm-up
  • Should mimic game situations
  • Benefits for sport specific warm-up:
    • Improved speed
    • More power output
    • Better coordination
    • Overall better sports performance
squatting improperly
Squatting Improperly
  • There are two improper techniques in squatting:
    • The “Quad” Squatter
      • This squatter leans their weight on their toes having their knees go past their toes
      • This causes muscle imbalances and unnecessary strain on the knees
    • The Forward Flexion Squatter
      • This squatter drops their chest
      • This will lead to lower back injuries
fixing bad squatters
Fixing Bad Squatters

Ouch!! My knees hurt!!

  • The “Quad” Squatter
    • Place a box or bench a few inches in front of them after they un-rack the weight
    • As they go down the box will impede them from going lower if they continue the improper form
    • They will then adjust by dropping their hips, and leaning more on their heels



fixing bad squatters cont
Fixing Bad Squatters (cont.)
  • The Forward Flexion Squatter
    • Place a PVC pipe or a broomstick a few inches in front of the person after they un-rack the weight
    • As they squat they can’t touch the pipe; ultimately not allowing them to drop their chest

Ouch!! My back hurts!!



benching tips
Benching Tips
  • Lifting butt off the bench
    • Although this can help you lift more, it will lead to lower back problems later
  • Putting feet up on the bench
    • Some say it isolates the chest better
    • This isn’t true, but it can be helpful for stabilizer muscles and people with back pain
  • Never progressing to heavier weights
    • Doing this will you never gain strength
  • http://www.nsca.com/Certification/CSCS/
  • http://www.asap-pt.com/files/education/athletic_warmup.pdf
  • http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CD8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.miamivalleyhospital.org%2FWorkArea%2Flinkit.aspx%3FLinkIdentifier%3Did%26ItemID%3D50036%26libID%3D49944&ei=MU0VUbPHDe2I0QGljoDABg&usg=AFQjCNGixVBsnCGId7_PXO0L58C--9nDFQ&bvm=bv.42080656,d.dmQ
  • http://www.necc.mass.edu/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/ath-benchpress-mistakes.pdf
  • http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDQQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fforum.bodybuilding.com%2Fattachment.php%3Fattachmentid%3D2865671%26d%3D1290008940&ei=O5wSUezwLOjk0gGrr4DYBw&usg=AFQjCNHdONECV3qkIlr8MhxGiM515sOdTQ&bvm=bv.41934586,d.dmQ
  • http://www.uwlax.edu/strengthcenter/policy/scguidelines.pdf
  • http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/strength-and-conditioning-coach