Enhancing strength and power is crucial to developing athletes who are able to sprint faster, jump higher, stop and change direction quicker and produce greater force. In order to develop stronger and more explosive athletes, practitioners require an understanding of the theories underpinning each capacity along with the interactions between factors such as program design, training load, adaptation, fatigue and recovery. The aim of this unit is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to design and implement effective strength and power programs that enhance these abilities of individual athlete involved in a high performance environment, as well as accompanying testing to help measure improvements.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Cross-examine and investigate common assessment techniques and their efficacy to determine muscular strength and power performance and apply this information to propose appropriate testing batteries for athletic populations;  
  2. Evaluate and report on the application and efficacy of commonly utilised training systems in helping improve athletic performance and use this material to guide the development of appropriate programming; and,  
  3. Conceptualise, compose and justify well designed strength and power programs addressing the needs of an individual athlete.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Create a comprehensive list of strength a power tests and their effectiveness (including reliability) used in the sporting context 20%
Report Report on a training system used commonly in athletic settings and its application and effectiveness 30%
Case Study Effective testing, data interpretation and program development for enhancing sports specific power of a case study athlete 50%

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