Strength and Conditioning (S&C) is the physical and physiological preparation of athletes for sport performance. The role of the S&C coach is to bridge the gap between the theory and application of training, helping athletes to perform better and cope better with the stresses of their sport.

Aims

Our S&C programme aims to offset the rigours of a busy games schedule by giving our junior athletes physical capacities that are not inherently developed by playing the sport itself, a very effective strategy to prevent overuse injuries that are rife amongst sporting adolescents. It is our aim that the S&C programme educates our aspiring young athletes on all performance-related areas including: performance nutrition, body management, taking ownership of physical preparation, and recovery.

Facilities

Our strength and conditioning provision is divided between two facilities:

Woodlands Fitness Centre  – Our eco-friendly, purpose-built facility provides a light and airy space which serves both sports club members as well as being an area for both strength and conditioning and rehabilitation. It is fully equipped with cardiovascular equipment (treadmills, bikes and cross-trainers), physiotherapy room, a range of selectorised, disc loaded and pulley resistance machines, as well as an array of specialist free-weight equipment including free weight benches, performance racks, and lifting platforms together with Olympic discs.

Performance Suite – An athletic development facility for lower school pupils on the elite sports programme.

Rehabilitation

The Cranleigh School Sports Science and Medicine Team includes a highly experienced Sports Doctor, two physiotherapists, and two S&C coaches. An important overlap of discipline exists with the physiotherapist in the combined delivery of rehabilitation to allow the athlete to return to competitive sport without re-entering injury.

Working as a multi-disciplinary team means that we carry the knowledge of a multitude of individuals who hold expertise in different areas of Sports Science and Medicine. This gives us an excellent understanding of adolescent sports injuries, how to best manage these conditions, and how to accelerate our rate of rehabilitation.

A further benefit of S&C input within the rehabilitation process is the opportunity to develop other physical capacities while the student may be off-games. Young athletes at Cranleigh not only benefit from this integrated service after injury, but also attend weekly S&C sessions where specific injury risk reduction strategies are implemented into general athletic development sessions.

Strength and Conditioning Team

Simon Brearley is the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cranleigh (Senior & Prep Schools). Simon has been delivering S&C coaching since 2009 and his multi-sport experience spans from working with Olympic (+Paralympic) athletes as well as within professional football, cricket and tennis academies. Simon holds an MSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences from Sheffield Hallam University and is accredited as an S&C Coach by the UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA). Simon runs an annual internship programme for aspiring coaches to develop their coaching, testing and programming skills for both performance and rehab S&C. During the year the interns follow a fast track practitioner CPD programme to run alongside their higher education studies to increase post-graduation employability.

Simon also provides physical preparation and rehabilitation services privately through his company Resolve Performance. Visit www.resolveperformance.org for further information. For any S&C related queries please contact Simon Brearley: sb@cranleigh.org

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