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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31828557d7
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Developing Effective Internships in Strength and Conditioning: A Community of Practice Approach

Murray, Melissa A. PhD1; Zakrajsek, Rebecca A. PhD2; Gearity, Brian T. PhD1

Murray, Melissa A. PhD1; Zakrajsek, Rebecca A. PhD2; Gearity, Brian T. PhD1

Murray, Melissa A. PhD1; Zakrajsek, Rebecca A. PhD2; Gearity, Brian T. PhD1

Murray, Melissa A. PhD1; Zakrajsek, Rebecca A. PhD2; Gearity, Brian T. PhD1

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: TRANSITIONING FROM STUDENT TO PRACTITIONER CAN POSE UNIQUE CHALLENGES IN STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING. STUDENTS ARE EXPOSED TO SCIENCE-BASED KNOWLEDGE, BUT WITHOUT OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY THIS KNOWLEDGE IN A REAL-WORLD SETTING, THEY MAY FACE A LONG ROAD OF TRIAL AND ERROR. THE FIELD OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING HAS LONG USED INTERNSHIPS TO APPRENTICE NEW COACHES. USING “COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE” MAY BE A BENEFICIAL WAY TO AID IN COACH LEARNING. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO OFFER A MODEL OF IMPLEMENTING A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE APPROACH IN THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SETTING.

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