North Light Physiotherapy Associates works closely with Sarah Walker of Star Strength and Conditioning, to help our clients optimise their physical condition and sporting/athletic performance.
Sarah Walker BSc (Hons)
I have an extensive background in sports coaching, and strength and conditioning, as well as long term experience in endurance sport which allows me to see training from the participant’s perspective.
What is Strength and Conditioning? Strength and Conditioning is an exciting area of sport science support that focuses specifically on the physical preparation of athletes for peak sports performance. My role as a Strength and Conditioning Coach is to use exercise prescription specifically to improve your individual performance. I also help athletes with injury prevention, and proper mechanics, within their sports performances
Strength and Conditioning is about more than lifting weights – it encompasses the entire development of the athlete and what is needed to improve physical performance. This includes plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance and core stability, with strength training being just one piece of the jigsaw.
Why should I be doing Strength and Conditioning for my sport?
For a sporting movement to be performed, an individual should have the technical skills involved in the movement and the specific strength qualities which underpin it. Strength and Conditioning coaches bridge the gap between the theory of training and applied training. The aim is to help you to become faster, stronger and more flexible, and to build the muscular endurance required to perform better and remain injury free. There are many ways a well-constructed programme can add to your rehabilitation or injury prevention, speed, agility, endurance and strength.
Research has demonstrated that not only does training improve performance; it also shows that that incorrect training can cause decrements to performance. While these strength qualities vary between sports, individuals within the same sport have different technical and physical strengths and weakness, and therefore require specific interventions.
As the Strength and Conditioning coach at North Light Physiotherapy, I have two main goals:
1. To work with individuals to improve athletic performance. Through systematic development of training programs for the individual athlete, often providing technical coaching alongside. This includes teaching proper lifting techniques, supervising and motivating athletes, and assessing their progress. The nature of the conditioning program varies, dependent on several factors, of which I will identify and perform needs analysis to ascertain what goals need to be met and when.
2. To reduce athletic injuries. Program design is targeted to strengthen areas of weakness that are identified as being prone to injury in a particular sport.
This is where collaboration with the physiotherapist is highly beneficial for progressing from injury rehabilitation, into return to normal function and sport.
To book an appointment with Sarah at North Light Physiotherapy, click our Contact page or call 0845 177 0780