WHAT IS A STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH?
An S&C coach is an allusive term in Australia. By our standard, a strength and conditioning coach has to obtain a university qualification (3/4 years) and specialises in athletic preparation. Subjects studied include but are not limited too; physiology, biomechanics, psychology, motor control, motor learning, anatomy, advanced resistance training and peridozation/programming.
Strength and Conditioning coaches focus on developing the general and specific physiological attributes involved in a sport such as; strength, power, speed, agility, endurance, reaction time and mobility so the athlete can execute the skills needed in the sport. The strength and conditioning coaches main job is two fold:
1. Decrease chance of injury (injury reduction)
2. Increase sports performance (improve ability to perform the skill)
SO THEN WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH & A PERSONAL TRAINER?
Typically, a personal trainer works with individuals who want to aesthetically change (i.e. muscle gain, fat loss) their body type. Unfortunately the standard for becoming a trainer is quite low with it ONLY taking 12 weeks to obtain many personal training qualifications, additionally many are strictly online. If we have someone’s physiology and health in our hands we take that very seriously, thus all our strength and conditioning coaches need a minimum of a undergraduate degree in Exercise Science (or other health disciplines) which usually takes three years to complete.
At WSSC we have some coaches who have completed their honors and masters of sport science. This theoretical knowledge coupled with real world practical application (not just teaching in a lab/ lecturing) gives WSSC athletes an advantage in physically dominating the competition. The human body is very complex, and an in-depth knowledge of the physiological systems and how they interact is needed to optimally prepare athletes for competition and optimal health. Do you trust an individual with a 12 week qualification to make you bigger, fitter, stronger, faster and healthier? Contact WSSC to show you how.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE TO START GETTING COACHING AT WSSC?
At WSSC we have a strong link with developing young athletes. The model we use, Long Term Athlete development (LTAD) is a well-known performance program. WSSC suggest a minimum age of 6 years old can partake in the program. The younger the athlete, more emphasis placed on developing general movement patterns, motor learning, coordination and fun rather than specific training.
It’s important junior athletes receive the proper coaching and programming at a young age to minimise the chance of overtraining or getting injured later in their athletic life. WSSC methods is based around junior athletes handling their body weight before progressions (resistance) can be added. If you have a son or daughter that has the dream to play a high level in a sport why not start physically preparing them in the safest way possible? We offer our junior development program to help cater for this. Contact us to learn more.
I LIVE TOO FAR AWAY TO BE COACHED, DO YOU OFFER ONLINE COACHING/ PROGRAMMING?
Yes we do.
DO YOU OFFER REHABILITATION PROGRAMS?
In conjunction with our in house physiotherapist WSSC designs and implements integrated rehabilitation programs that fast track athletes conditioning back to previous levels. Once an injury has occurred, without the appropriate rehabilitation the athlete is likely to reoccur the same injury. At WSSC we have a strong background in rehabilitation programs ranging from ACL tears to tendinitis to strained hamstrings in order to return athletes back to sport, bigger, fitter and stronger than before.