Strength & Conditioning
Strength & Conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes for elite sport performance. Its aim is to bridge the gap between the theory of training and applied training, helping athletes to get faster, stronger, more flexible and keep going longer so they perform better and steer clear of injuries.
The difference between strength & conditioning and sports specific coaching that the strength & conditioning coaches provide support for the sport specific coaches. A Strength & Conditioning coach will work alongside the main coach and help by designing a programme that will target the physical need as identified by the main coach and the S&C coach.
There are so many ways a well constructed programme can add to the rehabilitation, speed, agility, endurance and strength of an athlete. The aim is to identify what the athlete needs to produce a better performance. The strength & conditioning coach will structure a periodised programme that targets both strength and weakness. This insures that the athlete is working on the right area of training at the right time to produce the best possible performance.
The EIS structure has regional bases with strength & conditioning coaches in each of the nine regions. Each region has lead sports which they are responsible for. If any athlete is in another region the lead coach will contact the appropriate coach to implement the programme for that region. We are in constant communication with each other to ensure that all details of any programme are covered, so the athlete has consistency.