Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences was honoured to welcome one of the world’s leading experts in sprinting and jumping to campus to help launch the University’s new MSc programme in Strength and Conditioning.
Professor JB Morin of the Université Côte d’Azur visited the campus to deliver a talk to the invited audience at a special launch event for the new programme. The MSc in Strength and Conditioning aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience to develop athletes backed with hands-on practical coaching experience working with Loughborough’s high-performance athletes.
While he was here, he also spent time in the studio to record a podcast on speed and power athlete profiling, which you can listen to here:
The podcast will be an illuminating listen for students as well as professional sport scientists, coaches and others with an interest in sport performance. It is one of an upcoming series we will shortly be launching titled ‘Experts in Sport: The Loughborough SportCast’; each one of which will feature leading researchers from Loughborough and further afield sharing insights into their work.
The recently appointed Strength and Conditioning Programme Director Dr Richard Blagrove had this to say:
"The new MSc Strength and Conditioning commences this September and will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the science and concepts associated with strength and conditioning that are presented and discussed in this podcast series. JB’s work offers a really intuitive and practical means of programming for athletes, so this podcast will be helpful in providing a flavour of what is delivered on the programme for prospective and incoming students."
Dr Blagrove, who graduated from Loughborough with an undergraduate degree in Sport Science with Management and Masters in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University, and has lectured at St Mary's University and Birmingham City University before returning to take up his new appointment at Loughborough, is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and has previously been Director of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).
He is excited about the MSc programme:
"The new MSc brings together the world-class research, facilities and strength and conditioning practice that has existed for years here at Loughborough. Students will have the chance to gain hands-on experience from day one of the programme, developing their coaching skills under the mentorship of experienced strength and conditioning practitioners and learning about the science that underpins strength and conditioning coaching from world-leading academics."
He added: "It is going to be an honour to lead and contribute towards such a high-quality programme, and I’m incredibly excited to get started with our first cohort of students in September."
It is an exciting time for strength and conditioning at Loughborough University. In addition to Prof Morin’s visit, the new podcast series, and the new MSc due to commence, the work of Loughborough Sport’s Strength and Conditioning team was also recently recognised at the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) annual conference, the team winning the coveted ‘Employer of the Year award’.
More news about the podcast will follow soon...