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A Creative Mind in the Professional Development of a Strength and Conditioning Coach

by Gary Stebbing, PGDIP, CSCS,*D
NSCA Coach June 2024
Vol 11, Issue 1

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This article discusses the importance of a creative and open mind in strength and conditioning coaches, as well as tips to develop it.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach Â»

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Gary Stebbing is based in the United Kingdom. His primary areas of interest are building excellence and human performance design. He studied Sport and ...

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