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Advanced Strength and Conditioning Physiology

Module titleAdvanced Strength and Conditioning Physiology
Module codeESS3509
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Mr Matthew Campbell (Lecturer)

Mr Oliver Whitton (Convenor)

Mr Oliver Whitton (Convenor)

Mr Pete Watson (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module seeks to provide you with the practical and theoretical skills to succeed in the Strength and Conditioning environment.

You will cover four main areas of theory on this module, alongside continuing to develop your anatomical knowledge,  including advanced training load, advanced neuromuscular physiology and adaptations to training, recovery II and biomechanics in strength and conditioning. Theory will be presented alongside practical workshops.  The practical aspects of the module will complement the theoretical content by teaching you how to apply the information learnt to real world situations, relevant to working with athletes. This will include development of your own practical lifting skills, analysing various lifting techniques in detail to understand the effect different techniques have in relation to factors such as anatomy and neuromuscular physiology, and how technology can be employed to improve performance through areas such as biomechanical analysis, quantification of training load and optimising recovery.

The Stage 2 module, ESS2508 Strength and Conditioning Physiology is a prerequisite and it is suitable for non-specialist students who have also studied this module.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module content and the practical skills learnt are crucial for those looking towards a career in Strength and Conditioning and the wider athlete support network.  In particular you will develop the following graduate attributes  

  • Applied critical thinking and problem solving - applying the knowledge you have gained to develop effective programmes for all types of athletes taking into consideration the needs of the athlete
  • Communication skills - discussing ideas and techniques with peers, module teaching team and a wider lay audience
  • Data management skills - through collection, recording and analysis of data
  • Technology application - why, why and where technology is appropriate and how best to utilise it.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Prepare in depth athlete programmes for use in Strength & Conditioning environments
  • 2. Operate and justify the use of technology in monitoring and testing athletes
  • 3. Interpret, evaluate, and construct purposeful uses for Strength and Conditioning data
  • 4. Describe key physiological mechanisms that regulate muscle contraction

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Report knowledge to both a scientific and lay audience.
  • 6. Recall key anatomical terminology & knowledge

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Take responsibility for your own learning and development of the key skills of evaluation and prioritisation
  • 8. Demonstrate data analysis, presentation and communication skills
  • 9. Employ reasoned decision making to shape practice

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Theory Content
    • Advanced Anatomy for S&C
    • Advanced Training Load
  • Workload Management
  • GPS
  • Advanced Neuromuscular Physiology :
  • Calcium kinetics & Rate of Force Development
  • Recovery & Injury II:
  •  Sleep
  • Advanced Injury Management
  • Biomechanics in Strength & Conditioning
  • Communication of Information - Pitching it at the right level
  • Practical Content
    • Advanced lifting techniques
    • Adaptations for the individual
    • Technology and how it can be used to assist the Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Training Load
  • Biomechanics

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22 Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching16.5Practical classes
Guided Independent Study111.5 Completion of set readings from book chapters and web resources and practice of practical S&C skills


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly online anatomy quizzes 5-10 minutes 6Online
End of topic consolidation quizzes 10 minutes6Online
Training Load Skills Assessment 30 minutes2,3 Online

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Short ELE Essay - Scientific vs Lay – You will produce two short essays on a question regarding neuromuscular physiology. Both essays are to convey the same information one aimed at the scientific community, one aimed at a lay level such as the athlete 302 x 500 words 4-5ELE feedback
Video Case Study – You will use yourself as a case study, analysing yourself doing two compound lifts and detailing the methods you have used to improve technique.3510 minutes3,6,9Written and oral
Practical coaching session – You will be provided with a range of set speed/agility/plyometric drills. For each you prepare a warm-up, regressions and progressions. On the day of the assessment you will be given one of the drills at random to coach another student through. Questions will be asked at the end to assess depth of knowledge.3515 minutes1,7,9Written and oral


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Short ELE Essay - Scientific vs Lay Short ELE Essay - Scientific vs Lay 4,5 August assessment period
Video case study Video case study 6,8,9August assessment period
Practical coaching sessionPractical coaching session1,7,9August assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to retake all components you have failed. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative basic reading list: 

  • Essentials of strength training and conditioning. Thomas Baechle and Roger Earle. 3rd edition. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Training for Speed, Agility and Quickness. Lee Brown and Lance Ferrigno. 2nd edition. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Strength and conditioning for team sports. Paul Gamble. Routledge, Abingdon UK
  • NASM Essentials of Sports Performance Training. Michael Clark and Scott Lucett, Lippincott, Baltimore. 2010.
  • Designing Resistance Training Programmes.  Fleck, S., and Kraemer, W. 2014 (4th Ed).  Human Kinetics.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE page: – readings, lecture notes, web-links and follow-up exercises will be posted on the module’s ELE site.

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Strength training, Olympic lifting, applied anatomy, training load, technology aplication

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

ESS2508 Strength & Conditioning Physiology

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