Strength and Conditioning

Many sport coaches and S&C coaches only look at the short term benefits of strength training on performance and injury prevention. For younger athletes, one of the goals of a strength and conditioning program is to prepare them for the next phase of their sport career. A survey of college strength and conditioning coaches (J Strength Cond Res 28(10): 2746-2753) suggests that many athletes are not physically prepared to make the jump from high school to college sports. One way to help better prepare a high school athlete for the rigors of college or university sport is to have a strength program that is specifically designed to transition to the next level of play. This may require a higher, frequency, volume and intensity of training than younger team mates.