If you're interested in a career helping athletes achieve their performance goals, prevent and accelerate recovery from injury, and improve their overall health, this Master's in Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation is ideal.
You'll focus on using prescriptive exercise to improve their performance, and learn through practice with the specialist equipment you'll use in your career.
When you graduate, you'll be equipped with the technical knowledge and professional skills to succeed in this growing industry, whether as part of an organisation or as a freelance practitioner. You'll be ready to confidently and effectively develop and rehabilitate athletes of all abilities and backgrounds.
What you'll experience
On this Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation MSc, you'll:
- Study the fundamental science underlying athletic health and performance from a strength and conditioning perspective
- Learn how to design and structure of training programmes, complementing them with the periodisation of various training methodologies
- Complete a work placement module, where you'll get 200–300 hours of practical on-the-job experience over duration of the course
- Learn about multi-disciplinary fundamentals of strength, conditioning and rehabilitation, including physiology and biomechanics
- Study in an applied environment, with a focus on advanced strength and power assessments, as well as lifting techniques
- Learn how to work with athletes with diverse needs, such as young or ageing athletes
You'll get experience with the techniques and equipment you'll use in your career, such as:
- GymAware and PUSH bands, used for velocity-based training
- Force plates, which assess the individual total force and rate of force in single leg training
- Isokinetic dynamometer for strength capability and asymmetries
- OptoJump for assessment of reactive strength capabilities
- Electromyography (EMG) to better understand how muscles activate and fatigue during sport
- Infrared motion analysis, which records and studies body movement
- Polar Team Pro and GPS to monitor an athlete's training load
- Gym and fitness testing equipment, allowing you to coach athletes on using equipment
You'll also develop the following professional skills:
- Effective communication with clients and patients
- Presentation skills
- Team working ability
What you'll study on this MSc Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation degree course
- Research Development and Practice (dissertation module)
- Strength and Conditioning Practice
- Rehabilitation in Strength and Conditioning
- Biomechanics of Strength and Conditioning
- Strength and Conditioning Development (placement module)
Teaching on this course includes:
- Practical experience in the lab and gym
- Independent learning
- Learning from a mentor on industry placement
You'll learn from staff who are practising strength and conditioning coaches. Some members of teaching staff also hold specific strength and conditioning qualifications, such as National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS).
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- Practical assessments – such as testing an injured athlete
- Client reports - generating reports for athletes and coaching staff based on tests run on athletes
- Video submissions
All assessments focus on gathering data through practical work, followed by delivering a training/rehabilitation recommendation, based on the situations you'll encounter professionally.
Careers and opportunities
Strength and conditioning is a growing profession and the ability to offer rehabilitation to athletes is becoming a requirement for many positions in the sporting and fitness industries. So you're likely to have a lot of employment options when you graduate.
You could work as a strength and conditioner or rehabilitation, strength and conditioner at all levels, including in club, national, international organisations, as a self-employed practitioner or within a club or sporting organisation.
You could also go on to gain further vocational qualifications with organisations such as the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).