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BSc (Hons) in Applied Strength & Conditioning

Course Code: LC422


Level

08

Duration

4 Years

Department

Sport, Leisure & Tourism


CAO Points

298

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Thurles

This programme is built around two pillars: strength/conditioning and business/technology. This combination places it in a unique position among sports programmes in Ireland. Practical sports strength and conditioning competencies are growing areas of interest and employment, both in Ireland and internationally. The Strength and Conditioning Coach is a central and key figure in preparing and advancing the fitness and performance status of the individual athlete and team both in professional sport and also in amateur and recreational sport. Strength and conditioning coaches people towards optimal performance and injury prevention through the application of knowledge gained through many discipline areas such as sport science and exercise physiology.

Students are prepared for the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, ITEC Gym Instruction and the United States National Strength and Conditioning Association exams. This ensures successful graduates have the highest international standing. The programme also has strong links with work placement and research with Ireland's leading sporting organisations. 

A modern Strength and Conditioning Coach will also have additional skills that utilise advances in technology to impact on the development of the athlete, player and team as well as requiring the core elements of business to be flexible in applying his/her strength and conditioning skills. The Thurles campus houses an elite, state-of-the-art sports strength and conditioning facility that greatly enhances students' practical learning on the programme.

The programme is suited to students who wish to become members of sports training professional bodies and pursue careers as top sports strength and conditioning coaches or entrepreneurs in the growing fitness industry.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Cert

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.                                                             

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

 

 

 

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Functional Screening

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is for the learner to gain an understanding of functional movement and muscloskeletal patterns, their assessment and range of corrections available.


    Title: Foundations of Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is for the student to gain a foundational knowledge of the human anatomical systems and physiological adapttations and responses as they relate to exercise and activity. The stduent will understand basic principles of human biomechanics as they apply to kenetic and kinematic movement.


    Title: Growth, Movement and Long Term Player Development

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is for the learner to understand the nature of human growth and movement patterns through the life cycle and how these principles inform athletic development and planning. 


    Title: Resistance Training 1

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to weight training theory and practice that will provide the basis for their planning and management of strength and conditioning programmes for athlete and team performance. 

     


    Title: Fundamentals of Business and Communication

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will introduce the learner to the fundamentals of business for the sports industry. It will equip the learner with the practical know-how to communicate effectively for sporting and academic pursuits using computing applications. This module will also develop students' independent learning skills.


    Title: Fitness Conditioning and Coaching Skills

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide the student with a foundational understanding of the principles and concepts of fitness, training and physical conditioning and to prepare students in the coaching of these principles within both a sporting and recreational setting.


  • Year 2

    Title: Sports Coaching Philosophy & Psychology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Students will acquire an understanding of the psychological factors influencing sporting performance and this knowledge can inform them on their coaching needs, development and personal coaching philosophy that will be reflected within his or her role as a Strength and Conditioning professional


    Title: Statistics for Sport and Conditioning

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Statistics for sport and conditioning provides the student with an understanding of statistical concepts and computational skills, their practical application in relevant sport and conditioning situations, and develops a systematic approach to dealing with statistical data.


    Title: Sports Performance and Motion Analysis

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop the students creative and technical skills in working with digital technologies for analysing player and team based technical, training and game play action through the application of sports, biomechanical and movement prinicples. It will give learners an understanding of the procedures involved in working with varoius digital based sports analysis technologies for analysis and coaching use. 


    Title: Sports Nutrition, Health and Injuries

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to give clients sound nutritional guidance that allows them to maintain peak condition within their training programmes and to identify injury risks, prevention strategies and rehabilitation management.


    Title: Speed and Endurance Development

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is for students to understand the key physical elements required for speed and energy system conditioning. Students will be able to plan and deliver speed and endurance development programmes for both teams and individuals.


    Title: Weightlifting

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is for students to understand the history and science behind weightlifting for srength, power and conditioning, to develop a basic level of performance competency in the lifts, barbell weight training and its accessory movements and to be able to coach weightlifting, its exercises and implement a training plan.


  • Year 3

    Title: Advanced Functional Screening and Physiology, Anatomy and Biomechanics

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is for students to deepen their understanding of A&P and Biomechanics as it relates to the assessment, screening and training of clients. Students will become conversant in applying anatomical and biomechanical concepts within a functional screening system designed to assess the movement capacity of clients.


    Title: Fitness Testing & Coaching Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is for students to gain a thorough understanding of the role of techologies used in sports performance testing of teams and players and how such methods are used by the coaching professional within Strength and Conditioning


    Title: Applied Sport Management and Marketing

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide students with the theory of sports management, its functions, requirements and the skills necessary to support management practice within the sporting organisation.


    Title: Placement

    Credits: 30 Credits

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    The aim of the work place learning module is for students to apply their formal academic education within an experiential learning environment. Students will log a significant amount of hours within a sports based S&C industry context allowing them to develop interpersonal skills in communication, team work and problem solving. It also affords each student the opportunity to gain insight into their own personal abilities and aptitudes and to reflect on their continuing need for both personal and professional development.


  • Year 4

    Title: Programme Management

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    At the end of this module the student will have a thorough understanding on the application of principles and concepts specific to periodisation and programming for sports and sports teams. Students will also become conversant with the physical literacy programmes in general use within a number of educational settings. 


    Title: Monitoring and Recovery Science in Coaching

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    At the end of this module the student will be competent in the management of athlete, team and general population monitoring and measurement of key performance, health and fatigue indicators, of assessing athlete progress and training loads and determining required recovery protocols and procedures.


    Title: Venture Management

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will provide the student with an introduction to Entrepreurship. It will guide the student through modelling a new business proposal, a feasibility study, strategic planning and new venture management.


    Title: Research Project

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module focuses on the research of S&C areas and the use of scientific research as a problem-solving tool. This module seeks the understanding and application of appropriate research designs, data analysis techniques, and report writing and presentation. The student will be able to will be able to identify, understand and research complex S&C specific problems using various research methods and tools.


    Title: Advanced resistance training

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    At the end of this module students will have a thorough understanding of the science behind strength and power development and the methods thereof. Students will be proficient in the use of weight training equipment, technologies and producing training plans to optimise performance.

     


    Title: Accreditation Preparatory

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to prepare students for the industry gold standard qualifications of UKSCA and NSCA CSCS. It is also an aim of this module to equip the student with a contemporary set of coaching skills and acumen. On completion of the module the student should be able to plan, complete and review a coaching programme for a specified sport, athlete or team.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates of this programme will be eligible to progress to our MSc in Strength & Conditioning.

What are the career prospects?

The programme aims to equip students with a qualification that has an international competitive standing in the marketplace and the skills that are pivotal to the Strength and Conditioning practitioner. Graduates are expected to gain employment in sports organisations, sports' national governing bodies, sports clubs and colleges, health and fitness industry, community activity programmes and private enterprise.

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