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Unravelling Strength & Conditioning for Therapists

Cost: £250.00 (inc vat)
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Course Description

I have completed a lot of courses and qualifications over the years and I can say without doubt that becoming a strength and conditioning specialist has totally transformed my practice as a physiotherapist. It is something that unfortunately is not taught on our undergraduate degree, yet it is perceived that we are experts in exercise prescription. I now know, after finishing my physiotherapy degree, I was not an exercise prescription specialist. As physiotherapist’s we are in a perfect position to be leaders in the world of sports medicine and performance enhancement. However, although we are experts in movement analysis, we are definitely in second place when it comes to strength training. This course will give you an introduction into how S&C can transform your current practice both with athletic and non-athletic patients (Granny’s& Grandad’s included).


Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the key principles of S&C & how you can implement these into early, mid and late stage rehab (from post op to pole vault…if that’s your sport)

  • Why exercise prescription is more than just 3 sets of 10.

  • How to identify the correct strength-training goal for your patients (& not just the sporty ones).

  • Understand the biomechanics of strength training (This is more fun than it looks, I promise)

  • How you can adjust exercise programmes for pathological conditions & get better, faster results (including guidelines on return to sport).

  • How to increase your patient’s strength without hypertrophy or needing a gym membership.

  • Why rest intervals during strength training are so important for the recovery of the nervous system & how manipulating this can affect the quality of your exercise programme.

  • The difference between strength and power movements & why knowing the difference is essential in return to sport from injury.

  • Why adjusting load is the key to managing overuse injuries & why light load can sometimes be not as effective as heavy load.

  • Why fundamental movement patterns are essential for all your patients.

Course Timetable

Day 1

09.00  Discover the art and science of strength training and why becoming a better coach is the secret to becoming a better therapist.

10.30  Break

10.45  Practical on the skill of creating tension & why it is the key to strength training and how to apply it to your existing exercises for maximum benefit. Hint: A bridge will never feel the same again.

13.00  Lunch

13.30  The Secrets to exercise compliance part 1. Discover why physio and patient mind  set is more important than you think and how understanding this will transform your practice and boost exercise compliance even in your most stubborn clients.    

15.30  Transform your squat. Here we dive into the great world of squatting. We will explore regressions, progressions, static, dynamic and how we can adapt it for most pathologies and clients. Discover the coaching cues that will enable you to coach all levels from novice to powerlifter.

Day 2

09.00  The secrets to exercise compliance part 2. Here we discover why keeping things simple and reducing the number of exercises you prescribe will immediately improve adherence and athletic performance. Hint: this includes all levels of athletic performance from weekend warrior to professional athlete.

10.30  Break

10.45  Hinge Practical. This is the missing link in physiotherapy treatment. Learn why patterns such as the deadlift and swing can destroy fat and lower limb tendon problems. Hint: most physio’s do not coach this.

13.00  Lunch

13.30  Strength training NOT body Building. Here we explore; how strength training is king in fat loss & not aerobic training, the importance of muscle length tension relationship and the force velocity curve. The biomechanics of strength versus power and the reps and sets continuum. Hint: 3 sets of 10 is not wrong, it’s just not always right.

15.30  Pull, Push and Turkish get up (TGU) practical.  Discover how to coach these movement patterns to your clients and why I use a particular strength training approach with most of my clients that will guarantee to boost strength gains without DOMS in 2-6 weeks. Hint: It’s not hypertrophy training.

Andrew McCauley MSc BSc CSCS HCPC MCSP

Andrew is a highly experienced and specialised physiotherapist in musculoskeletal and sports medicine. He currently divides his time between ProCare Sports Medicine and working as an extended scope practitioner in hips, knees and shoulders.

He has worked with a number of professional and high level athletes from a mixture of different sports including: netball, football, running, cross fit and martial arts. Andrew’s background started with a degree in PE/Sports Science from Liverpool University. This included modules in exercise physiology; sports psychology, coaching science and a final year dissertation researching ‘Overuse Injuries in Dancers’. He then graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with an honours degree in physiotherapy. His final year dissertation focused on ‘Overuse Injuries in Professional Soccer Players’. In 2013, Andrew completed his masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine from Exeter University with distinction. His research looked at ‘Achilles Tendinopathy and Tibial Stress Fractures in Marathon Runners’. He has extensive post graduate training in manual therapy (MACP) including spinal manipulation.

Andrew has also qualified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the USA . This enables him to develop detailed and specific exercise programmes so that clients adapt and get stronger in the quickest possible timeframe. It also helps with improving sports performance and athletic development. As well as exercise therapy, Andrew uses a mixture of manual treatment techniques, taping, video biomechanical analysis and is also trained in injection therapy.

Andrew has a passion for sports medicine and athletic development. He believes that if someone wants to train or play sport, they deserve the best treatment possible. He is dedicated to helping diagnose, rehabilitate and improve athletes from all ages and levels.