This term, students had the opportunity to learn from Loren Landow, one of the world’s best sports performance coaches.
Loren Landow is a leader in the strength and conditioning field. He has trained thousands of athletes, including over 500 professional athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB, UFC, WNBA and Olympic gold medallists.
During a two-hour talk given exclusively to BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning students, Coach Landow outlined his speed training methods and provided insights into his role working with elite athletes.
During a highly interactive session, students were shown video clips of NFL players performing running and change of direction drills and given the opportunity to question Coach Landow on his training practices.
Loren emphasised the importance of fundamentals, suggesting that "to be a better specialist, an athlete needs to be better generalist" and the role of movement efficiency in athletic performance.
On the topic on injury prevention, students were told that "to be tolerate to snake bites, athletes need to be given doses of venom (training stress)."
Coach Landow likened coaching to parenting, highlighting the importance of patience and consistency, and the need to pick your battles when dealing with athletes.
Later in the day, Coach Landow delivered a speed training workshop, which gave students the chance observe and take part and in a practical session.
Ian Jeffreys, leader for USW's BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning course, said: "This was a unique opportunity for our students to talk with and learn from one of the best strength and conditioning professionals in the world.
Events like this are key in exposing our students to be best training practices, and providing them with the specialist knowledge and skills required by the modern strength and conditioning coach."