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A Call to Improve Educational Programs in Strength and Conditioning

Massey, C. Dwayne EdD1; Maneval, Mark PhD2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 23–27
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000025
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ABSTRACT: THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO MERGE A QUALITATIVE-DESCRIPTIVE RESEARCH APPROACH WITH THE INSIGHTS OF OTHERS’ KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE FIELD OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING TO DETERMINE THE ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS, PREREQUISITES, AND SKILLS TO FUNCTION AND EXCEL WITHIN THE PROFESSION. FROM THIS ANALYSIS, RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE CONCERNING FUTURE TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION OF PROSPECTIVE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES. THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING OF ATHLETES IS DESCRIBED PRIMARILY AS A COACHING FUNCTION WITH A NEED TO FOCUS MORE ON THE SPORT SCIENCES IN OUR EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUMS AS OPPOSED TO THOSE BASED IN EXERCISE SCIENCE.

1School of Education, University of Arkansas-Monticello, Monticello, Arkansas; and

2School of Continuing Studies, Tulane University-Mississippi Coast Campus, Biloxi, Mississippi

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Dwayne Massey is an associate professor at University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Mark Maneval is an adjunct professor at Tulane University Mississippi Coast Campus.

© 2014 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association