Strength and Conditioning for health professionals

Cost: $654.50 inc. GST

This highly practical course will provide you with the knowledge to effectively design and deliver clinically reasoned strength & conditioning programs without the need for large gym equipment.  Scroll down for full info.

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Our 2 day highly practical Strength & Conditioning for health professionals course will provide you with the clinical and practical tools to effectively design & deliver clinically reasoned Strength and Conditioning programs without the need for large gym equipment.

Covering the physiological adaptations to training, the biomechanics of strength training, and key concepts of program design, you will learn how to guide your clients beyond injury management, towards high end rehabilitation and fitness. Exercises will cover the lower and upper limbs, back and abdominal training, using a broad range of resistance options including bodyweight, resistance bands and various forms of free weights.

Course preparation:

  • Read ACSM (2009) Position stand. Progression models in resistance training for healthy adults. American College of Sports Medicine. 687-708
  • Read Kristensen & Franklyn_Miller (2011) Resistance training in musculoskeletal rehabilitation a literature review. 46:719–726

Book this course as a group of 3 or more and receive a 20% discount!
To receive your 20% discount email with your groups contact details (name/email) and you will receive a discount code allowing you to each book online individually, receiving the 20% discount! Alternately you can call 03 9981 1860 to book over the phone. Please note all members of the group must book and attend the same course (date and location) in order to receive the discount. The discount cannot be used with any other promotion.

John Contreras Physiotherapist, APPI Master Trainer, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist B.Physio (Hons) B.Sc M.ExSci (S&C) CSCS REPs Level 3 Since graduating from The University of Melbourne in 2001, John has worked extensively in Australia and the UK within the field of exercise therapy and rehabilitation. Having worked across a broad scope of clinical settings, John has managed a range of clients including post-operative rehab, acute injury management, return to sport rehbilitation, general fitness and elite athletic performance. He has completed a Master of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University (WA) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer in the UK. John is also a Master Trainer with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI), teaching Matwork and Equipment Pilates courses to other health professionals across the UK, Europe, Brazil, Australia and the United States. Using his experience combining Physiotherapy, Pilates and Strength & Conditioning training principles, in 2012 John developed the APPI Performance Pilates Series and Resistance Training Rehabilitation (RTR) courses to create a clinical pathway from injury management to fitness. John has recently returned to Melbourne from London where he worked at the APPI Hampstead clinic managing the Strength Training service, was part of the Running Clinic and delivered the Pilates service to Brentford Football Club. He is currently completing his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy with La Trobe University, Melbourne and is busy training for his next triathlon.

For more information about our venues click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page where you are able to download our venue information packs.

Course objectives

  • Review how the musculoskeletal and neurological systems adapt to exercise of different intensity, volume and frequency
  • Understand how to effectively screen and assess clients
  • Learn a broad range entry level Strength & Conditioning exercises for the upper limb, lower limb, back and torso and discuss how they can be adapted to specific populations
  • Be confident in structuring an effective and progressive Strength & Conditioning program to take advantage of the physiological responses to exercis
  • Learn how to use bodyweight, resistance bands and free weights in a Strength & Conditioning program
  • Review how to monitor clients during a clinically reasoned Strength & Conditioning training program
  • Learn how to modify strength & conditioning exercises to your environment (gym, physio clinic ect)
  • Work with your patients from injury through to high performance


By John Contreras. Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor (APPI Master Trainer), Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NCSA)

Strength or resistance training involves much more than simply going to the gym a couple of times per week. There is a science behind the prescription of exercises, dosage and loading plan, that as health professionals we need to have a clear understanding of in order to safely guide our patients through their rehabilitation. In fact, resistance training is more about the design of the programme than the exercises themselves. For example, even a Pilates exercise on the reformer can become a great resistance training exercise given the correct dosage.
Sure the idea of strength training can make some patients (and health professionals) apprehensive. The concern of aggravating an injury may be present, but so is the concern that a patient may…continue reading.

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