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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

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31828557d7
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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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1School of Human Performance and Recreation, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

2Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

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

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Melissa A. Murray is an assistant professor of Sport Coaching Education at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

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Rebecca A. Zakrajsek is an assistant professor of Sport Psychology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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Brian T. Gearity is an assistant professor of Sport Coaching Education at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

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