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Advanced Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists

Advanced Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists

  • 22 Jun, 2019
  • 09.00 to 16.30
PESS Building, University of Limerick

Presenter Name

Dr Tom Comyns ASCC OLY

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Cost to Attend

160 (Standard)
( ISCP Member )
(ISCP Student Member )
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

1. To enhance participants knowledge and understanding of key strength and conditioning concepts such as strength, power, strength-speed, speed-strength, agility, monitoring and hypertrophy.

2. To increase partcipants ability to apply the advanced theory into practice in a clinical setting.

3. To further develop participants ability to practically prescribe strength, speed, agility, power and hypertrophy training and rehabilitation.

Event Description

This course is a one day advanced course on Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists. The focus is on the application of more advanced S&C topics for clinical practice. The course will focus on theoretical and practical concepts related to advanced strength, power, speed, plyometric and hypertrophy training modalities. Specifically the course will include sessions on the force-velocity curve, Olympic lifting, post-activation potentiation, velocity based training and advanced hypertrophy training methods. Detail pertaining to the use of the acute:chronic workload ratio as a method of monitoring training to prevent overtraining will also be provided. Electronic resources and a course handbook will be provided to all participants. The timetable for the day is as follows: 08.45-09.00: Registration 09.00-09.45: Lecture 1: Force-velocity curve, Olympic Lifting, Velocity-Based Training 09.45-11.00: Practical 1: Force-velocity curve profiling, technique of exercises targeting the F-V curve particiularly Olympic Lifts 11.00-11.15: Break (Refreshments Provided) 11.15-12.15: Lecture 2. Part 1: Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio for Training Monitoring (Prevention of Overtraining). Part 2: Advanced Hypertrophy Training 12.15-13.00: Practical 2: Advanced Hypertrophy Training 13.00-14.00: Lunch Break (Light Lunch Provided) 14.00-15.00: Lecture 3: Post-activation Potentiation. Method of training focusing on strength, power, plyometric and speed development. 15.00-16.00: Practical 3: Post-activation Potentation. Demonstration of the use of post-activation potentation to enhance speed and plyometric training. Note: Refreshments and a Light Lunch will be provided.

Presenter Profile

Tom is a lecturer specialising in strength and conditioning (S&C) in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department in the University of Limerick since 2015. His teaching and research interests focus on S&C with a particular emphasis on program design, strength assessment and monitoring of training. In addition, Tom leads research related to injury surveillance and prevention. Tom has published widely in S&C and is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (number one S&C journal in the world). Recently, Tom's expertise in teaching was recognised by UL when he won the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for 2018. Tom completed his BA in Physical Education, MSc in Sport Science and PhD (strength training for rugby) in UL. Tom has extensive experience in S&C coaching and is an accredited coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. He has previously been an S&C coach with Munster Rugby (2006 to 2012) and the Head of S&C for the Irish Institute of Sport (2012 to 2015). Tom currently is the S&C coach for a number of Irish Olympic and Paralympic athletes including Tom Barr (European 400 m hurdles Bronze Medalist, 4th in the 400 m hurdles at the Rio Olympics). In addition, Tom is also an ex-international Irish sprinter and Olympian having competed in the 4 x 100 m relay at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In Sept 2018, Tom was inducteed into the UL Sports Hall of Fame.

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