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S&C session in the Athlete Development Centre (ADC)

Enhancing employability-Sports Science students gain practical experience with University of Exeter Sport Performance team in Strength and Conditioning (S&C) and Performance Analysis

In partnership with the University Sport and Health Sciences department the University of Exeter Sport Performance team offers student work placements in S&C and Performance Analysis to provide experience of working within a Performance environment. BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences students complete a placement as part of an optional employability professional development module which contributes 15 credits towards their overall degree. MSc Sport and Health Sciences students have the opportunity to complete a placement to gain further practical experience as part of a Professional Development module. For the recent academic year S&C placement students Abbie, Joss and Ben reflected on their roles…

“Right from the very start I was given autonomy, and being given the role of taking full ownership of the strength and conditioning programme for the BUCS ladies football team; I never quite realised just how much time, effort and thought goes into the planning and delivery of a session until everything was my responsibility. Alongside this, I worked on the planning and delivered sessions to BUCS Netballers, which when combined with women’s football had me independently delivering sessions twice a week, every week for two terms. Both of these opportunities not only developed my personal skills, but gave me an insight and experience in strength and conditioning that is second to none. Something which was great was that you didn’t feel like you were thrown in at the deep end. I was provided with constant feedback, weekly meetings and materials to continue learning outside of the internship. Further down the line, an opportunity arose which involved working with England, with an athlete on their TASS programme, and I was lucky enough to be asked to assist on the planning and delivery to an Under 16s lioness, giving me great exposure to the level of professionalism required to work with high standard clubs. After many strength and conditioning internships, I can honestly say this is the best strength and conditioning internship I have done, cementing my career aspirations even further”.

Abbie Philpott, MSc Sport and Health Sciences.

“From undertaking my placement with the Exeter University Strength & Conditioning team it has given me the opportunity to take more of a holistic view into the field of strength & conditioning, by being involved with the Exeter rowing and netball teams. The placement has helped me to develop my knowledge into effective programming (periodization) in relation to competition periods to achieve optimum performance and ensuring peaking is occurring at correct periods throughout the year. Additionally, it has developed me as a coach to work in a variety of sports, to ensure that the gym-based movements reflect what is being performed on the water, thus making sure the transition from the gym to competition and training is efficient. Lastly, working within a university setting challenged me in the ability to be flexible within my coaching style to specific students and therefore liaise further for them to achieve the best they can within the session. The placement has enhanced many personal skills as well as coaching skills and hopefully will have a big part to my play in my future as a Strength & Conditioning coach”.

Joss Knowles, MSc Sport and Health Sciences.

“During my time interning with the University of Exeter strength and conditioning team I have been exposed to a multitude of sports at varying experience levels from novices to advanced, 1st team squads to county level athletes. The team have been extremely supportive in regards to developing my knowledge base and skills in the strength and conditioning realm. I have been involved in leading warm-ups, strength sessions, demonstrating exercises with key coaching points to whole groups/squads, helped with the programming of strength sessions for athletes. As a result, athletes now towards the end of my placement come and ask me questions and have accepted me into their groups. Furthermore, I have developed soft skills with a deep understanding of their importance when dealing with athletes (who are also human too and not robots) and other coaches (networking skills). During my placement there has never been a stupid question or topic of conversation with the team, as a result, I have gained a great amount of knowledge across a wide range of subjects from mobility to ethics in sports. I have been given endless opportunities to expand my knowledge and experience which has boosted my confidence as a coach and as an individual. My placement has inspired me to become the best strength and conditioning coach possible and the team have driven me towards my passion. For this, I cannot thank them enough”.

Ben Edis, 3rd Year Sport and Health Sciences.

For the upcoming academic year we are excited to be able to offer a number of Athlete Support Scholarships in both Performance Analysis and S&C available for postgraduate students in addition to employability placements for undergraduate students. For full details on how to apply please see below:

Date: 24 July 2018

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