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BSc in Sports Strength & Conditioning

Course Code: LC423


Level

07

Duration

3 years

Department

Sport, Leisure & Tourism


CAO Points

163

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Thurles

This 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 Certificate

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English/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.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates of the programme are eligible to progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Strength and Conditioning.

What are the career prospects?

On completion of the programme, graduates are expected to gain employment in sports organisations, sports national governing bodies, sporting clubs and colleges, health and fitness industry, community activity programmes and private enterprise.