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Opportunities for S&C Coaches in the Canadian Armed Forces 

Presented by Elliott Richardson In this presentation Elliott Richardson discusses career opportunities for fitness instructors and S&C coaches in the Canadian Armed Forces.  While geared towards newer professionals in the field, this presentation may also be of value to those currently in the industry looking for a new challenge. Elliott is a current CSCA Advisory Team Member and previously served on the CSCA Board as a Director. To view the presentation please click HERE You can find a copy of the slide presentation HERE          

January 29, 2024|Categories: Career|

Medical Doctor to Strength & Conditioning: Unlearning to Learn

Written by Sugandhat Bharti Most of the sports scientists and strength & conditioning coaches reading this might have started with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, then perhaps moved on to a higher education in the same area.  Perhaps some even transitioned to an allied health, or even medicine for a career.  I did the opposite. I was a medical doctor. I completed my degree in medicine from India, however, while practicing I had an urge to do more and interact with patients differently.  I had the urge to meet patients where they were rather than just having them see me [...]

January 28, 2024|Categories: Career|

Strength and Conditioning Specialist – CANSOFCOM

Who We Are CFMWS. A job with purpose. Our 4000+ person strong organization champions a healthy, fun, creative and active lifestyle for Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families. Help us deliver a variety of recreation and fitness programs, offer family support, organize charity events and make sure our members access retail, travel and banking discounts and customized financial services. At Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), we love what we do. And we live it too. The Role Under the direction of the Manager, High Performance the Strength and Conditioning Specialist designs and delivers high quality, challenging, [...]

September 29, 2023|Categories: Career, Job Postings|Tags: |

Western University Manager – High Performance (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach)

Classification & Regular Hours Hours per Week: 35 Salary Grade: 16 Please note, this is a temporary full-time contract opportunity with an anticipated end date of September 14, 2026. About Western Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new [...]

September 13, 2023|Categories: Career, Job Postings|Tags: |

CSCA Advisory Team Spotlight – Jennifer Stielow

CSCA Advisory Team Members Jennifer Stielow is the Performance Pathway Manager & Performance Data Analyst at Alpine Canada. She strives to support individuals who can train sensibly and systematically in a safe, clean, and professional manner for individual growth, enjoyment, and the development of performance excellence in both sport and life. CSCA: How did you initially find out about the CSCA?  JS: After online searching for credentials in Canada, I found the website and subscribed to the newsletter. I was struck by the content and thought, here is a group of people doing great work in Canada to help connect [...]

July 28, 2023|Categories: Career|

What I learned From Being an Intern

 (by Natalie Skene) “What comes next?” This is the dreaded question that plagues some senior Kinesiology students’ minds as they enter their final year. It’s at this time in our academic journey that we must commit to establishing our futures. This can be a very scary and difficult moment for us since we’re still discovering our passions, maturing, and figuring out which direction we want our life to head towards. When I originally applied to study Kinesiology, it was my goal to work in rehabilitation. It fit so well with my love of helping others achieve their goals and my [...]

May 22, 2023|Categories: Career|

Performance Coach/Entraîneur de Performance (Montreal, Quebec)

PROFIL DE LA PERSONNE RECHERCHÉEVous possédez les compétences, les comportements et l’état d’esprit nécessaires pour créer et mettre en œuvre des programmes et des expériences efficaces, à la fois en personne et en ligne. Vous êtes en mesure de travailler dans un environnement collaboratif et en constante évolution,de gérer efficacement votre temps et de mener une tâche ou un projet à terme. Vous êtes enthousiaste à l’idée de soutenir et d’accroître votre clientèle d’entraînement personnel. Voici un aperçu des compétences, des comportements et de l’état d’esprit que nous recherchons : Compétences :Vous concevez efficacement des expériences axées sur l’utilisateur.Vous communiquez de manière [...]

March 29, 2023|Categories: Career|

Black Internship Positions at McMaster – Full Time – 1 Year

JOB INFO:  The Department of Athletics & Recreation provides students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the greater community the opportunity to pursue athletic excellence and recreational activities.  The mission of the department is to cultivate human potential and well-being through recreation and sport.  The operating units of the department include interuniversity athletics, recreation, and sport medicine.  The Department of Athletics & Recreation is pleased to offer recent graduates who identify as Black the opportunity to apply for a one-year paid internship.  We are seeking three (3) qualified candidates for this opportunity. The internship positions are designed to provide valuable work experience [...]

March 28, 2023|Categories: Career|

“You’re the boss. Do it!” Coaching Wisdom from Olaf and an Olympic Journey

For six years I trained and competed as a member of the Canadian bobsleigh program. In 2016 I suffered an Achilles tear that nearly ended my career. During the summer of 2017 I made a bold move. I decided to fly to Germany with my friend and teammate Alex Kopacz to train with his coach Olaf Hampel, former German bobsleigh brakeman and 2x Olympic gold medalist. I didn’t know what to expect at the time, but I was about to begin a life changing and transformational adventure that would take me to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang seven months [...]

October 29, 2022|Categories: Career|

To Specialize or Generalize as a Strength and Conditioning Coach?

Introduction The role of the strength and conditioning coach in Canada continues to evolve as there are more and more opportunities for coaches outside of the weight room. In the early days of strength and conditioning in Canada the strength and conditioning coach would be expected to provide services in sport science, strength training, conditioning, nutrition, therapies, and mental performance to name a few. However, with the emergence of more sport science disciplines (largely driven by academia and bigger sport budgets), the role of the strength and conditioning coach became confined to the weight room as practitioners further specialized in [...]

October 29, 2022|Categories: Career|

Multi-Role Practitioners: Should Strength and Conditioning Coaches “Stay in Their Lane”?

Introduction Due to the various demands of being a strength and conditioning coach (i.e., working with different types of athletes with different goals) and evolving training modalities, it is natural to learn new skills over time. Some practitioners specialize in a specific area, while others opt to learn a breadth of skills in many areas. Areas outside the classic scope of strength and conditioning include: nutrition, psychology, physiology, biomechanics, physical therapy, performance analysis, and sport coaching. As a practitioner, I bounced back and forth between strength and conditioning and nutrition early in my career, eventually landing a job as a [...]

July 21, 2022|Categories: Career, Industry|Tags: |

Creating Effective Resumes

The resume is an important tool for getting you onto the "short list" for a job interview, no more, no less. It is critical for very quickly and efficiently highlighting your skillsets and experience in a manner that displays professionalism and attention to detail. A poorly designed resume can easily find its way into the "no" pile and with employers only having 30 seconds to review each resume you need to make sure yours will strongly display your qualifications. In this webinar you will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively design and organize your resume, and review samples [...]

June 21, 2022|Categories: Career, Industry, Job Postings|Tags: |

S&C Job Opportunity in Saskatoon

Craven SPORT services is actively recruiting a part-time Strength & Conditioning Coach to join our professional, evidence-based, and upbeat team in Saskatoon. Craven SPORT services specializes in the holistic treatment of a range of health concerns and injuries by incorporating physiotherapy alongside strength & conditioning, dietitian services, massage, and sports medicine. An ideal candidate will fully support an integrative and active approach to injury management, in addition to carrying these same principles forward in their work with athletes and teams at any level. CSS Strength & Conditioning Coaches work alongside a diverse range of clientele, at all ages and stages. [...]

May 24, 2022|Categories: Career|

Reflection on a Year as an Interim – Challenges, Lessons, Tips, and Takeaways

After five games into the 2021-22 NFL season the Las Vegas Raiders fired head coach John Gruden. In relief, Coach Rich Bisaccia, then the special team’s coordinator, was elevated into the interim head coach role for the remainder of the season. With over 40 years of experience as a coach, Bisaccia had never been a head coach at any level. He inherited a team that was going through several challenges and a storm of internal distractions including the coaching change and players being arrested. With determination, arduous work, and straight-out luck, Bisaccia did what few NFL interim head coaches have [...]

May 15, 2022|Categories: Career|

The View from the Bench: From S&C Coach to Assistant Coach

Brock University Women's Hockey Team OUA Champions 2022 It is likely that S&C coaches are familiar with the four coactive model of athletic performance made popular by Fergus Connolly: Physical, Psychological, Technical, and Tactical. In general, the S&C coach lives in the physical pillar and the sport coaches live in the technical and tactical pillars. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, during the final month of our women’s hockey season at Brock University, I was asked to be an interim assistant coach by our head coach Margot Page. That meant for two regular season games and five playoff games I spent [...]

May 15, 2022|Categories: Career|

Forced Evolution: Practical Takeaways Through Navigating the Pandemic

In our competitive profession, coaches at all levels strive to represent themselves as leaders who personify what we speak to our athletes about. Across the sports performance spectrum, we see a race to be the first to discover the newest training method, develop the best acronym, read the most books, or present the latest monitoring approach that we've integrated into our high-performance programs. We all spend significant energy investing in the perception that we are all at the forefront of the latest industry trends. What is rarely spoken about at conferences or on podcasts are the difficult internal conversations about [...]

January 18, 2022|Categories: Career|

Be a Lifelong Learner: Professional Development Tips For New Coaches

The professional strength and conditioning coach has to effectively combine the science and practice of training in the development of their athletes.  Our field is constantly evolving, making it therefore necessary to develop strategies for becoming a lifelong learner in the industry.  With hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific articles being published each month, and new coaching strategies and technologies being implemented in the weight room, it is difficult to stay abreast of the onslaught of new information.   This article offers four simple tips and suggestions to aid your development opportunities and maximize your continuing education plan.  Tip #1: Do It! (Make [...]

January 18, 2022|Categories: Career|

Call for Advisory Team Members

We would like to invite members of our strength and conditioning community to become an Advisory Team Member (ATM). An ATM will be called upon to assist in many tasks, including; promoting the CSCA through social media, contributing articles for our newsletters, serving on committees, assisting in our yearly conference planning, and general planning for the organization. The ATM will be asked to attend the Annual General Meeting and will have voting rights on motions and elections for the organization. The ATM is an individual currently immersed in the profession who feels they could contribute time and resources to assist [...]

December 3, 2021|Categories: Business, Career, CSCA, Industry|
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