There are some massive problems with state of strength and conditioning, sport science and athlete development in the United States. The problems are particularly egregious in collegiate athletics. Recently the folks at ETSU’s sportscienceed.com outlined SOME of the major issues in the field. While I think there are some additional problems that need to be addressed, this editorial adds further depth to this important discussion.
Here is the abstract to give you a little taste.
Currently a disconnect between athletics and academics exists in many countries and especially in the United States’ collegiate athletics system. This largely results from the absence of science/evidence based coaching and the absence of a mandatory formal sport coach education system. The sport coach is often perceived as “all knowing” about every facet of their sport when, in fact, they typically are not formally educated or well-trained in current methods of enhancing sport performance. Often strength and conditioning coaches, who may also be poorly trained, are tied directly (financially and administratively) to the sport coach—a situation which has led to a subservient role heavily influenced by the wishes of the sport coach. This has unfortunately resulted in the multidimensional well-being of the athlete clearly not being a primary objective in many programs. This is evident in several recent adverse events. Conceptually, a resolution to this problem will entail a complete re-evaluation of the coach’s (both strength and conditioning and sport coaches) role and responsibility and the development of sound educational programs with incentives for coach participation.