Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 3 Issue: 4

Collegiate Athletes� Perceptions on the Importance of Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Their Contribution to Increased Athletic Performance

Mary Therese Eisner1*, Craig Elder2, Amanda Sinclair-Elder2 and Cheryl Kelly2
1Assistant Director of Sports Performance, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA
2Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA
Corresponding author : Mary Therese Eisner, MSc, CSCS, USAW SP
Assistant Director of Sports Performance, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Colorado, UCB 369, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
Tel: 303-913-0821
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: February 04, 2014 Accepted: June 21, 2014 Published: June 27, 2014
Citation: Elder C, Elder AS, Kelly C (2014) Collegiate Athletes’ Perceptions on the Importance of Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Their Contribution to Increased Athletic Performance. J Athl Enhancement 3:4 doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000159

Abstract

Collegiate Athletes’ Perceptions on the Importance of Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Their Contribution to Increased Athletic Performance

This study investigated student-athletes’ beliefs and attitudes toward strength and conditioning programming, the individuals who facilitate strength and conditioning practices, and the strength and conditioning coach in regards to increased sport performance. Additionally, comparisons were made between gender, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) division, and time spent in the weight room. The participants were varsity athletes from two NCAA Division I and one Division II institutions that utilize strength and conditioning for sport performance. A 41-item questionnaire was distributed to participants to gauge their perceptions on strength and conditioning; responses were entered and analyzed using SPSS. Results showed positive responses in regards to athletes’ overall perceptions that strength and conditioning was essential to their athletic development in their sport and was satisfied with the performance of their strength and conditioning coach.

Keywords: Student-athletes; Sport performance; Conditioning practices; Training

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