Philosophy in Strength and Conditioning—Clarifying Coaching and Training Philosophy

by Scott P. Caulfield, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D and Brian T. Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
NSCA Coach May 2017
Vol 5, Issue 1

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Once strength and conditioning coaches have a better understanding of some of the differences between coaching and training philosophy, they can build their coaching philosophy and ensure it is a combination of both the “why” and “how.”

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