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Sports Injury Prevention: The Role of the Strength and Conditioning Coach

Talpey, Scott W. PhD1,2; Siesmaa, Emma J. PhD1

Strength and Conditioning Journal: June 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 3 - p 14–19
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000301
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ABSTRACT PREVENTION OF SPORTS INJURIES IS A PRIORITY FOR SPORT STAKEHOLDERS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF TRAINING AND COMPETITION. ACHIEVING THIS OBJECTIVE REQUIRES A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH WITH STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE PROCESS. WHEN CONSIDERING SPORTS INJURY PREVENTION STRATEGIES, THE ROLE OF THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH CAN EXTEND BEYOND OBSERVING EXERCISE TECHNIQUE AND PRESCRIBING TRAINING TO DEVELOP A ROBUST AND RESILIENT ATHLETE. THIS PAPER PROVIDES STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES WITH A BROAD OVERVIEW OF THE SPORTS INJURY PREVENTION PROCESS AND OUTLINES EXAMPLES OF HOW STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES CAN WORK TO PROMOTE AND IMPROVE ATHLETE SAFETY.

1School of Health Sciences and Psychology, Faculty of Health, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Australia; and

2Exercise Science Department, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut

Address correspondence to Scott W. Talpey, s.talpey@federation.edu.au.

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

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Scott W. Talpeyis a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science in the School of Health Sciences and Psychology, Federation University Australia and a Strength and Conditioning coordinator for the Ballarat Basketball Association.

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Emma J. Siesmaais a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science in the School of Health Sciences and Psychology, Federation University Australia.

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