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Introduction to Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists

  • 28 Sep, 2019
  • 08.30-16.00
Physical Education and Sport Sciences Building, University of Limerick

Presenter Name

Dr Tom Comyns

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Musculoskeletal Therapy, Pain Management, Sports Medicine

Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

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

Learning Objectives

1. To develop the learners' knowledge of key concepts in strength and conditioning such as strength, power, muscular endurance, hypertrophy, plyometrics, monitoring, speed and agility. 2. To develop the learners' ability to translate theory into practice through engagement in practical activities related to strength, power, plyometrics, speed and agility. 3. To enhance the learners' appreciation of the role strength and conditioning can play in the clinical setting.

Event Description

This one day workshop will introduce the key principles of strength and conditioning (S&C) and is targeted at physiotherapists who wish to enhance their knowledge in this area. There will be a combination of theory and practical sessions with a focus on how the physiotherapist can practically apply the information covered in the workshop. The key topics covered on the day include the following: 1.Principles of training 2.Periodisation of training 3.Monitoring of training to prevent injury and enhance performance 4.Principles of strength, power, hypertrophy and muscular endurance development 5.Technical aspects of key strength exercises 6.Plyometric training 7.Speed training The structure of the workship is detailed below. •08.30-08.45: Registration •08.45-10.00: Lecture on principles of training, periodisation, monitoring and program design for strength, power, hypertrophy and muscular endurance •10.00-11.15: Practical on technique of key strength exercises, such as the hex deadlift and romanian deadlift •11.15-11.30: Coffee break •11.30-12.15: Lecture on plyometric training •12.15-13.15: Practical related to plyometric training •13.15-14.00: Lunch •14.00-14.45: Lecture on speed training •14.45-16.00: Practical session on speed training All participants will be provided with a resource pack at the workshop containing all lecture notes, related research articles and relevant video clips. Refreshments/ lunch are provided on the day.

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 Medallist, 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 inducted into the UL Sports Hall of Fame.

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