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Exercise, Sport and Health Education 410

ESHE 410: Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Prerequisites: ESHE 305

Credit Hours: (3)
This course provides the students with a deeper understanding of current issues and practices in strength and conditioning. The student will learn proper coaching and analysis for developing the key components of athletic performance.  Students will investigate, debate, and analyze key training issues. The final product is the development of an informed opinion on current practices in the field. Students gather critical skills that can be used in the workplace to create, analyze, and teach strength and conditioning programming.


Detailed Description of Course

This course covers the following topics:

- Olympic Weightlifting technique, teaching progression, and performance analysis.
- Speed development technique, teaching progression, and performance analysis.
- Running technique and the impact of various training modalities.
- Appropriate volume for strength and conditioning programs.
- High intensity and multi set programming.
- The use of accommodating resistance.
- Loading strategy for the development of muscular power.
- Development of core strength and the impact of ground based abdominal exercises.
- Impact of static stretching on athletic performance and injury risk.
- Weight training for adolescents including appropriate techniques and implementation practices.
- Unstable surfaces training in athletic performances and injury prevention programs.
- Scientific inquiry into training techniques and nutritional practices for developing muscle mass.
- Critical analysis of strength and conditioning research.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course instruction strategies will include lecture, performance analysis, debate, peer instruction, and oral communication activities.


Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed this course, students will be able to:

- Evaluate Olympic Weightlifting technique, teaching progression, and performance analysis.
- Evaluate speed development technique, teaching progression, and performance analysis
- Discuss the appropriate volume for strength and conditioning programs.
- Discuss the differences between high intensity and multi set programming.
- Discuss the efficacy of using accommodating resistance (jump strength bands and chains) in strength and conditioning programs.
- Discuss the appropriate loading strategy for the development of muscular power.
- Discuss the impact of running shoes on the development of athletic injuries.
- Discuss the impact of ground based abdominal exercises (crunches) on performance and injury risk.
- Discuss the impact of static stretching on athletic performance and injury risk.
- Discuss weight training for adolescents including appropriate techniques and implementation practices.
- Discuss the appropriate use of unstable surfaces in athletic performances and injury prevention programs.
- Discuss appropriate nutritional and training strategies for the development of muscle mass.
- Discuss current trends in performance exercise and make a case for the validity and appropriateness of the exercise programming.
- Locate quality research articles in the specific field of study.
- Critically analyze the content of various research articles.


Assessment Measures

Student learning may be assessed through written exams, papers, presentations, technique evaluations, and/or portfolio projects.


Other Course Information

None


Review and Approval

2012