Strength and Conditioning

Strength & Conditioning—Taking a closer look into this high-demand field

It’s 5am. It is spring and the weather forecast is warm once the sun comes up. Big State University’s strength and conditioning coach, Derek Morgan,  is already at work.   Most people who happen to be up at this early hour are drowsily sipping coffee, trying to get geared up for the day ahead but Coach Morgan has already set up the entire 100 yard football field at BSU’s indoor practice facility for the morning. Learn more about strength and conditioning certification.

6:15am. Coach Morgan hustles over to the soccer field to lead the women’s soccer team through their warm-up.   After a quick lap around the field the coach describes the exact movements of each stretch while slowly performing each one with the team.  After a light stretch the team moves on to the dynamic warm-up starting with the lightest of activities.  They start with the walking quad stretch, Frankenstein kicks and high knees.  As their muscles warm, the drills progress in intensity until each athlete is in a full sweat and ready to perform at their best.   The soccer athletes, sweating and breathing heavily, are ready to start practice for the day.

7am. Over on the baseball diamond Coach Morgan gives the baseball team the run down for today’s in-season workout session. 

9 am. Coach Morgan swings by his office to check his email, voice mail and look through the latest strength and conditioning research journals for anything he can start putting into his workout programs.

9:30am.  Coach Morgan attends a staff meeting with the football coaches.  As the spring season winds down, it’s time to finalize the summer workout schedule. The head football coach has some priorities that he needs Coach Morgan to address.  Last season a rash of ACL injuries decimated the running back core and the head coach needs the strength and conditioning expert to make sure this doesn’t happen again.  The next priority is speed development.   Olympic lifts, form running, agility drills and anything else that can improve the athletes’ quickness are requested.  The head football coach has one goal for Coach Morgan, make sure these guys can run. Learn more about strength and conditioning schools.

10:30am. Coach Morgan is off to make sure his summer program meets all of the coaching staff’s needs and to prepare for the rest of the day.  Coach Jones still has workouts scheduled with the basketball team, the track team’s sprinters and individual workouts with the volleyball team’s All-American middle blocker.   It’s been a productive day for Coach Morgan so far, and its still two hours until lunch!

The above scenario outlines a typical day for a collegiate level strength and conditioning coach. But what specifically are the job duties of this professional? What schooling is required for a career in this field? This information and more can be found below. 

Strength and Conditioning Schools

Refine School Listings
Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
Matching School Ads

Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a variety of fields that can be completed 100% online.

With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

Get your career started with an education from Heritage College. We offer programs and degrees for a career as an x-ray medical technician, medical assistant, massage therapist, esthetician, surgical technologist, personal trainer, pharmacy technician, or cosmetologist.

Selected Programs:
  • Personal Trainer

Help get your career started with an education from Pinnacle Career Institute.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Kansas City