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The Five Minds of the Modern Strength and Conditioning Coach: The Challenges for Professional Development

Jeffreys, Ian PhD, FNSCA, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, NSCA-CPT*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 2–8
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000035
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ABSTRACT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHING IS A COMPLEX COMPILATION OF ACTS DRAWING ON MULTIPLE FORMS OF KNOWLEDGE. COACHES NEED TO DEMONSTRATE A WIDE RANGE OF APPLIED SKILLS TO BE EFFECTIVE. WHILE EFFECTIVE COACHES APPRECIATE THE NEED TO LEARN THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE, PROPER SELECTION OF WORTHWHILE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES CAN BE A DAUNTING TASK. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO EXAMINE AND EXPAND OUR UNDERSTANDING OF EFFECTIVE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHING USING GARDNER'S “5 MINDS” FRAMEWORK. A SECONDARY PURPOSE IS TO CONNECT THIS FRAMEWORK TO THE LITERATURE IN COACH EDUCATION FOR COACHES TO SELECT CORRESPONDING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES.

Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom

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

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Ian Jeffreysis a Reader in strength and conditioning at the University of South Wales, where he heads up all of the university's strength and conditioning activities and is also the Proprietor of All-Pro Performance based in Brecon, Wales.

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