Challenging the current perspective of S&C and career development : a case study of a training facility in the UK

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Dave Cripps

A growing amount of recent discussion within the UK strength and conditioning (S&C) industry has arisen regarding career development. Typically, this focuses on young developing coaches. However, this is a topic that is also crucial to those already well into their professional careers. Changes in life circumstances, including marriage and children, alongside the consideration of career trajectory (such as if you’re reaching a development ceiling and making the impact you desire in your role), are all challenges many encounter. Yet to date there is very little open dialogue around this topic, with few examples of how others have worked through this stage in their career and done so successfully. To address this, this article will explore various fundamental factors influencing this subject matter. Additionally, it will use my own somewhat unconventional S&C career direction, going from professional sport S&C to creating a performance training facility in the UK called Coalition Performance (CP). This will illustrate candidly the challenges which can be faced and key learnings. Although this may not be the exact path you will pursue, the discussion is open enough to relate to the key issues that you will likely face. As with coaching, career development is not strictly a science and therefore I suggest that, as you read this, you reflect and consider everything in the context of your own career aspirations.

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