Spotlight on Strength and Conditioning Degree Programmes
Universities are at the forefront of the S&C industry. The degree courses that they offer, and the students that they educate, are shaped and guided by universities and therefore they have a massive influence on the future of the S&C profession. In this series of articles, we will be looking at the different S&C degree courses on offer around the world. Over the past few years the number of these courses has grown dramatically and there are now many at undergraduate and postgraduate level. We will be highlighting what these courses cover and what makes them unique. If you are interested in studying S&C at university level, then hopefully these will help guide your decision making and help you choose the right course for you.
First up is the undergraduate degree course at the University of Lincoln, one of our partner institutions, and led by IUSCA Advisory Board Member Dr Thomas Gee.
BSc Strength and Conditioning in Sport – University of Lincoln
This specialist degree is informed by current research and innovation within the sector. It focuses on developing knowledge, understanding and practical skills in strength and conditioning, physiology, biomechanics and nutrition.
Students have access to specialist equipment in the University’s Human Performance Centre, which contains a fully-equipped S&C training facility, biomechanics and physiology laboratories and an endless pool. These facilities provide students with an opportunity to engage in applied work and increase their practical experience.
A key feature of the degree is the opportunity for the students to gain applied practical experience working with athletes. At Level 1 students engage in a weekly ‘Strength and Conditioning Clinic’, whereby students provide supervised support to University based athletes. Level 2 features a work-based placement, where students gain S&C work experience by providing support to athletes within a local sports club. At Level 3 students work independently to provide a longitudinal period of support to an individual athlete in a case study fashion.
A number of the modules on the degree programme align to the professional standards of industry recognised qualifications such as Gym Instruction, Personal Training and Exercise Referral. Students may choose to undertake these qualifications alongside their degree at no extra cost.
Want to find out more about studying BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in sport? Head over to the University of Lincoln's website, Or give Dr Thomas Gee a follow!
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