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What is Evidence-Based Strength and Conditioning?

English, Kirk L. MA1; Amonette, William E. PhD, CSCS*D2; Graham, Marilynn MS, CSCS3; Spiering, Barry A. PhD, CSCS4

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 19–24
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318255053d
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SUMMARY: THE TERM “EVIDENCE-BASED” HAS BEGUN APPEARING IN THE FIELD OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING. HOWEVER, THIS TERM HAS YET TO BE FORMALLY INTRODUCED TO THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COMMUNITY. FAR FROM BEING A MERE BUZZWORD, EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (EBP) IS A DEFINED PROCESS BY WHICH PRACTITIONERS (IN THIS INSTANCE, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS) INCORPORATE THE “BEST” AVAILABLE EVIDENCE INTO THE EVERYDAY TRAINING OF ATHLETES AND CLIENTS. INCORPORATION OF EBP INTO THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING FIELD WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF TRAINING PROGRAMS PROVIDED FOR ATHLETES AND CLIENTS AND INCREASE THE PRESTIGE AND STANDING OF OUR DISCIPLINE.

1University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

2University of Houston–Clear Lake, Houston, Texas

3University of Houston, Houston, Texas

4California State University, Fullerton, California

Kirk L. English is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas Medical Branch and an Exercise Physiologist with JES Tech at NASA-Johnson Space Center.

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William E. Amonette is an assistant professor in the Fitness and Human Performance Program at the University of Houston–Clear Lake.

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Marilynn Graham is an adjunct instructor at the University of Houston.

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Barry A. Spiering is a Research Physiologist in the Military Performance Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

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