Strength and conditioning coaching practice: what is an effective demonstration?

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Daniel Pratt

Strength and conditioning (S&C) practitioners often have a number of varied roles they are required to fulfill, including functional movement screenings, performance assessments and programme design. However, the coaching processes by which skills and techniques are taught in order to enhance physical qualities in strength and conditioning settings are often over looked,and the coach can often be reduced to simply providing encouragement and motivation. Whilst the role of the S&C coach as a motivator should not be overlooked, there is growing evidence within the skill acquisition literature,that as coaches, we should give greater thought to our coaching processes and the type of knowledge we encourage our athletes to obtain. Two forms of knowledge have been identified with regards to motor tasks. Firstly, procedural knowledge, which is the ability to be able to simply perform a task or skill and secondly, declarative knowledge, which is concerned with how the skill is performed and governed by rule based information.

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