Module Title:Strength and Conditioning
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in one theory class of one hour duration and a double hour practical per week. The theory class will include lecture, Q&A, group discussion, case studies, PowerPoint presentations, self directed learning and e-learning where appropriate. The practical work will comprise demonstration and instruction in training methods to develop the various performance-related components of fitness. The primary focus however will be on developing students’ practical coaching skills and confidence in conducting training drills
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide students with the scientific knowledge to formulate and critically analyse effective training programmes in accordance with the long term pathway to enable the athlete of all levels to achieve optimum performance.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Apply and analyse training drills to develop the performance-related components of fitness and demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles underpinning such training
LO2 Develop the appropriate coaching and instructional use of resistance training to develop muscular strength, power and muscular endurance
LO3 Understand and apply the principles of periodisation in the design of training programmes in the different phases of a season that reflects the specific demands of different sports.
LO4 Understand and apply advanced strength and conditioning concepts e.g. Complex training, PAP
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Resistance Training:
(i) biomechanical principles of resistance training – joint loading, system loading, forces, centre of gravity; analysis of resistance exercises to develop appropriate load technique and load for muscular development and rehabilitation. (ii) resistance training for specific sports; (iii) Olympic lifts – teaching technique and progression
Plyometrics :
scientific principles of plyometric training (stretch shortening cycle), basic plyometric exercises, medicine ball drills, sport-specific plyometric drills, safety considerations, designing plyometric programmes; complex and functional training
Speed/Agility/Quickness (SAQ):
science and application of SAQ training, sprint training, acceleration/deceleration, reaction/quickness training, application of SAQ principles to different sports
Endurance training :
review and conduct training methods for aerobic and anaerobic endurance training and lactate threshold training (steady-state, fartlek, interval, maximum aerobic speed training, hill repetitions, sport specific drills)
design of preparatory, competitive and transition training programmes, practical application of programme design for specific sports, application of macro, meso and micro cycles, preparation for competition, peaking and tapering
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
No Continuous Assessment
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A practical exam will assess the students practical application of Strength and Conditioning concepts 1,2,3,4 60.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A three hour terminal exam will be held at the end of the year 1,2,3,4 40.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 0.50
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 7.33
Total Hours 155.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBGAA_D BA in Sport Coaching & Business Management (GAA) 2 Mandatory
CW_BBRUG_D BA in Sport Coaching & Business Management (Rugby) 2 Mandatory
CW_BBSOC_D BA in Sport Coaching & Business Management (Soccer) 2 Mandatory
CW_BBSMC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sport Management and Coaching 2 Mandatory