Strength & Conditioning Coach
A strength and conditioning coach helps get athletes in to the best physical shape for performance. This is done through the development and application of physical exercise (training) routines. Sometimes this is done on a one-on-one basis and on other occasions the strength and conditioning coach will work with many athletes at once, such as a whole team. Examples of the types of areas a strength and conditioning coach would address includes, strength, speed, stamina, agility and recovery.
In the UK the most recognized qualification is provided by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, which was established in 2004 by key employers in sport as they recognised the need for professional standards. To become an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach it is necessary to demonstrate a series of competencies and sufficient background knowledge assessed by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.
Many Strength and Conditioning Coaches will have undergraduate degrees and some will also be educated to postgraduate level. All Strength and Conditioning Coaches listed on Accredited Sports Professionals are registered as an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. You can read more about the training routes for strength and conditioning coaches here. In addition, we also recognise qualifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). These certifications cover health fitness, clinical and speciality certifications.