The MSc Strength and Conditioning degree at the University of Northampton is designed for those with an interest in developing their knowledge and understanding of the key physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects underpinning sport and exercise performance via the development of strength and conditioning. It is aimed at individuals with a prior knowledge of, or keen interest in, strength and conditioning, specifically graduates of or those working in clinical or applied sport, exercise or health environments. Our programme of study is practical based, stimulating, well-structured and research-informed covering a range of topic areas including musculoskeletal training and adaptation, advanced and applied training methods as well as assessment and management of injury. The practical elements of the degree make use of purpose-built strength and conditioning and physiology laboratories to develop the students´ knowledge and understanding of the key issues associated with strength and conditioning.
Applicants will normally have a first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5.
Special course features
highly equipped and dedicated biomechanics and physiology laboratories
experienced subject specialists actively researching and publishing in their fields
opportunities to attend and present research at international conferences
Musculoskeletal Training and Adaptation
This module will focus on musculoskeletal strength and conditioning theory and practice in relation to performance and injury. It specifically addresses training theory, exercise prescription and adaptation of the musculoskeletal system. Students will be exposed to various analyses to develop their ability to use both field- and laboratory-based analyses.
Cardiovascular Response and Adaptation
This module develops the knowledge and understanding gained at undergraduate level in cardiovascular physiology. The module will focus on how the cardiovascular system is controlled, the cardiovascular responses to an acute bout of exercise, the chronic adaptations associated with prolonged dynamic and isometric exercise training and the mechanisms purported to be involved in these adaptations.
Injury Assessment and Management
The module will cover the concepts of patient assessment and treatment strategies available in treating sports injuries through the different phases of injury. The aims are to give students the opportunity to develop clinical skills to conduct a safe and effective examination and assessment of peripheral joints and to enable students to acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply injury management techniques to a range of injuries.
The module will consider the analysis of sports performance, with particular emphasis on physiological and biomechanical tests. The underpinning rationale for the use of such tests in the analysis of sports performance is evaluated, and issues of validity and reliability are also considered prior to a focus on the procedures and methods underpinning these performance tests.
Advanced Training Methods
This module is designed to provide an opportunity for students to critically explore the complex issues surrounding the overall design and monitoring of elite training programmes. It will also provide the student with the necessary theoretical knowledge and understanding of athletic training and how this information may be applied to enhance specific performance characteristics.
Graduates can expect to have highly developed analytical research skills and a critical understanding of current issues in strength and conditioning that will enable several diverse career opportunities. These can include continuing their research through PhD studies, teaching and lecturing at a range of academic levels, or working in various sport, exercise and health environments with special populations including elite athletes in professional sport and recreationally active or sedentary individuals in private or public sector health industries.
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