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Strength and conditioning coach

What does a strength and conditioning coach do?

Ever wonder, what is strength and conditioning? A day in the life of a strength and conditioning coach (also known as a strength coach) typically involves coaching athletes, developing training programs, and helping clients with rehabilitation. The work of a strength and conditioning coach is not dissimilar to that of a personal trainer however their clients are typically athletes rather than the general population. In this kind of coaching career your focus would be on improving the performance of athletes to help them gain a competitive advantage. You would also help your clients prevent and recover from injury.

Strength and conditioning jobs exist in a variety of environments but most commonly at universities and fitness centres such as gyms.

Is a career as a strength and conditioning coach right for me?

If you have a passion for sport and consider yourself outgoing, you might enjoy this career. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • good communication skills  
  • the ability to be adaptive and flexible  
  • self-discipline 
  • good interpersonal skills  
  • the ability to work well under pressure.  

How to become a strength and conditioning coach

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career goals. At UniSQ, we offer the following degrees in the area of sport and exercise: 
Future demand
Very Strong

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Last updated May 2024.

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