The Level 5 Diploma in Strength and Conditioning is designed for learners who have completed levels 3 and 4 of Personal Training, aspiring to advance to the specialised field of strength and conditioning. The APEC Level 5 Diploma in Strength and Conditioning instructs learners how to increase athletic performance by using a systematic approach to enhancing athletic traits such as speed, strength, and power, as well as avoiding sporting injuries.
Athletic Movement Screening
Movement Screening is the process of analysing movement tasks to understand individual utilisation and application of the human body. The movement strategies an individual adopts contribute to their physical performance or mechanisms of injury.
Any athletic development programme must be underpinned by strength training as it is key to unlocking any other strength qualities. Strength training helps athletes to strengthen supporting muscles, balance muscular imbalances, improve mobility, correct posture, stabilise joints, acquire new movement patterns, improve coordination, peripheral abilities, improve power output and much more.
Power Training focuses on overcoming resistance but also concentrates on the ability to overcome the resistance in the shortest period. Power training can be improved by increasing force or velocity or by using a mixed-methods approach. A combination of unloaded and loaded exercises can be used to maximise power development to enhance program variety. This enables athletes to operate throughout the entire power continuum to maximize power output.
Attaining a high sprint velocity over a short distance is vital for successful performance in team and field sports. Accelerating from a stationary position or a moving start requires high force generation capacity to overcome the body’s inertia. Thus, training techniques involving a high external resistance are useful for developing acceleration. While training for field sports, any gains resulting from strength and power training must be translated into performance-specific movements, such as sprinting.
Energy System Development
Energy System Development (ESD) is a training method that aims to increase the efficiency of energy metabolism to improve athletic performance. To accurately prescribe ESD, it is important to know the energy demands of your sport as well as your baseline levels of energy metabolism. After a base level of conditioning is present, the majority of ESD should be geared towards improving athletic performance. After identifying each athlete’s peak VO₂ and anaerobic threshold, strength and performance coaches can accurately prescribe training programs.
Programming & Periodisation
Periodization is a generally accepted approach to manage athletic performance by the sub-division of training programs into sequential, specifically focused training periods. Periodization implements structured variability into the training process to maximise performance in the most critical phases of the competitive season and/or improve the long-term athletic development of athletes.