Strength and conditioning coaches usually provide exercise counseling to athletes so they may improve their strength, speed, and endurance. They may work with individuals, small groups, or large groups such as teams, and maintenance and repair for the equipment used is also occasionally necessary.
These coaches must be able to build motivation to maximize athletes' performance, and training should be administered with emphasis on correct and safe techniques and movements. They may focus on areas such as cardio, weight training, and plyometric exercises, and it's also important to help the athletes develop healthy diets to increase energy and endurance. Testing should be administered periodically to determine athletes' progress and areas that need improvement, and injuries should be avoided through preventive exercises.
When athletes are injured, the coach should pay extra attention to avoid aggravating the injuries and ease them back into good health, and it may be necessary to work with medical providers and physical therapists in order to achieve this. They often work with different teams in various sports, so custom programs should be developed for each, and they may also coordinate with the team's other coaches when developing programs.
Those in this position should be in good physical strength so that exercises can be demonstrated for athletes, and a bachelor's or master's degree in physical fitness may be required by some employers, while relevant certification is usually required.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Tasks
Demonstrate how to use equipment safely and properly and answer questions.
Assist employees with fitness equipment.
Design and implement fitness programs and training regiments.
Maintain a clean and orderly fitness center.
Maintain a safe and organized free-weight area.