Strength and Conditioning (S&C)

Introduction

Strength and Conditioning (S&C) at King’s follows a fully athlete-centred approach. We are based in the newly refurbished Strength and Conditioning Suite as part of the Sports Hall complex, with access to other facilities and equipment, depending on the needs of the pupils and session being run.

Our Mission Statement

To enhance all physiological and psychological aspects of the child to allow for full realisation of athletic potential;

Reduce the risk of injury;

Provide an active and healthy legacy.

A Closer Look

Ultimately, our role is to develop and improve the ‘physical literacy’ of each of the children at the school. In developing literacy, people are taught: what a letter is and what it sounds like, what order they go into to create words, how words can be put together to create sentences, and how sentences can be grouped to create prose. The same principle is applied to learning how to move: learn how to perform a simple movement skill (e.g. squat), how to adapt that same skill (single leg squat), how to use it in an applied scenario (box jump), and when to use it in a dynamic environment in response to a stimulus (a line-out jump in rugby).

There are a number of elements that come under the umbrella of human or sporting movement. They include (but not restricted to): fundamental movement patterns, locomotor movements, and decision-making.

Fundamental movements (practised regularly): squat, push, pull, hinge, brace, lunge, jump etc.

Locomotor Movements: walk, skip, run, jump, throw, catch, strike etc.

Non-locomotor Movements: bend, twist, sway, flex, extend, raise, turn etc.

Manipulative Movements: catch, throw, strike, kick etc.

Decision-making: Why, when and how to perform a skill, in reaction to a stimulus.

Each of the elements listed above can, and are, broken down again so that they are appropriately challenging to the individual at an age- or developmental stage-appropriate level. Sessions to improve these may include: sprinting, gym work, pool conditioning, circuit training, on top of any activity undertaken within games lessons.

If we are able to challenge and improve the skill level of these elements, the performances that can be achieved in a competitive environment will have the basis from which to develop further.

Wrap Up

We aim to provide opportunities to practise and improve all elements for all pupils, with guidance available on request, either in games sessions or outside of them.


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