The responsibilities and professional scope of practice for Strength & Conditioning professionals can be subdivided into two domains: "Scientific Foundations" and "Practical/Applied". Each of these involves corresponding activities, responsibilities and knowledge requirements.
- Exercise Sciences (Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, etc)
PRACTICAL / APPLIED
- Program Design
- Exercise Technique
- Organization and Administration
- Testing and Evaluation
Limestone University has been recognized by the National Strength & Conditioning Associations Education Recognition Program since 2007. The ERP Strength and Conditioning Program recognizes the colleges and universities that offer at least a bachelor's degree with an emphasis on strength training and conditioning.
Working as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist: Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists are professionals who practically apply foundational knowledge to assess, motivate, educate, and train athletes for the primary goal of improving sport performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide guidance for athletes in nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing their area of expertise is separate and distinct from the medical, dietetic, athletic training, and sport coaching fields, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists consult with and refer athletes to these professionals when appropriate. Some occupations include:
- Strength and Conditioning Directors in schools, colleges, and universities
- Fitness and training staffs in the private sector