Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition
The Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition major is one of five majors of the Bachelor of Sport Coaching (BSpC) degree, which is a unique blend of practical application and theory that will immerse you in the sociology, science, theory, and practice of sport and sport coaching. It is a popular degree choice for students seeking to move into education.
The Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition specialisation is targeted at those who wish to train and motivate individuals and teams to help them meet performance and body composition goals. The major focuses on nutrition, strength and condition, and offers optional courses in psychological skills training. Students have the opportunity to work with individuals and teams to set and meet training goals, rehabilitate and recondition injured or under-performing athletes, and analyse and prescribe programmes for strength and conditioning training.
Courses will challenge students to critically assess various contemporary nutritional and recovery techniques and research their effectiveness. They will study the multi-disciplinary relationship between the sports nutritionist and the strength and conditioning coach to gain an appreciation of when it is appropriate to recommend a particular supplement or recovery intervention.
Minors in Strength and Conditioning and Nutrition
Strength and Conditioning, as well as Nutrition, may also be taken separately as minor subjects within the Bachelor of Sport Coaching, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, and Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership.
These two minors enable students wishing to study towards a different major to gain expertise and recognition in the area of strength and conditioning, or explore the challenges of applied nutrition and exercise prescription practice for sport and health.
- UC is investing heavily in strength and conditioning education in Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme is delivered in a new Performance Education and Training Centre, providing you with the opportunity to practice your skills in a strength and conditioning facility with state-of-the-art equipment.
- Classes are taught by experts who are highly trained in their fields and who bring their own professional sports industry experience to help provide context to theoretical and practical subjects.
- The Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition major will develop the theoretical knowledge and technical competencies required to deliver evidence-based strength and conditioning programmes for a range of individuals, including the general population, those with specific needs, and athletic communities.
- There are many specific strength and conditioning or nutrition courses in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree, which address the skills and knowledge required to pass the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) accreditation.
- This major will prepare you for completion of the NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) or Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) certifications.
- The CSCS offers professional accreditation for strength and conditioning training of athletic teams.
- The TSAC-F prepares you for a career in tactical strength and conditioning training for emergency and protective services personnel, including fire, search and rescue, law enforcement, and the military.
- Developing coaching experience alongside your studies is crucial. The programme has excellent links with clubs and organisations from a variety of sports, and these links enable you to obtain the necessary coaching experience needed to secure employment upon graduating.
Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition major
For the major in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching, complete the following courses:
- SPCO 221 Injury and Rehabilitation Prescription
- SPCO 241 Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
- SPCO 242 Weight Management
Strength and Conditioning minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
One of the above 300-level courses can be substituted with SPCO 343 Performance Nutrition and Recovery Monitoring, with approval from the Programme Coordinator.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- SPCO 343 Performance Nutrition and Recovery Monitoring
- Two courses chosen from these options
The BSpC degree gives students a strong grounding in transferable career skills which are highly valued in the workforce, including leadership, communication, motivation, and teamwork.
Rewarding careers can involve working as a strength and conditioning advisor or coach, at an amateur or elite level, or as a personal trainer, where you would help optimise performance and enhance nutrition for athletes or individual clients.
Graduates of the Strength and Conditioning with Nutrition major will be eligible for further professional certifications, which offer career opportunities in athletic team training or coaching, or training for emergency and protective services such as the military and police.
Recent UC Sport Coaching graduates have become health advisors, sports coaches, performance analysts, personal trainers, policy analysts, teachers, managers in community sports coaching organisations, outdoor recreation guides, school sports directors, and community development officers.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Sport Coaching.
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