The effect of supervised coaching in the Strength and Conditioning Training session in team sport
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a 10 weeks maximal strength training program on elite athletes with and without strength and conditioning coaching.
26 Norwegian soccer junior players participated in this study. The participants were divided into 3 groups; a strength training group with expert coach (SGW) (n=9), a strength group without expert coach (SG) (n=8) and a control group (CG) (n=9).
A strength training program was developed by a national expert strength and conditioning coach at the Norwegian Olympic sport center. SGW performed the training program with the help of the strength and conditioning coach, the SG performed the same training program without help of an expert coach and SG did not follow the strength training program.
The participants were tested on maximal leg press strength (1RM), running speed over 10m and 40m and countermovement jump (CMJ) before and after the training period.
The results from this investigation indicate that a maximal strength training program performed with an expert strength and conditioning coach gave a marked improvement of over all measures for the SGW in this study than did the SG and CG groups. Therefore, to effectively improve the players’ physical performance; strength and conditioning coach is advised to implement and conduct the training program.