Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning (S&C) is an integral part of any athlete’s training programme and aims to enhance performance and reduce injury risk. Strength and Conditioning focuses on the physical development of athletes together with injury rehabilitation and prevention in order to improve elite sporting performance. In the Sport Ireland Institute all S&C coaches are Professional Members of the Institute.

Our S&C coaches work in partnership with the sports coaches and as part of a sport science and medical multidisciplinary team to design S&C programmes tailored to the sport and the athlete’s individual needs. These programmes focus on the development of a variety of physical capacities, such as strength, speed, plyometric ability, flexibility, power and physical conditioning. The needs of the athlete are targeted through a periodised S&C programme that aims to address the athlete’s weaknesses, develop their strengths and prepare the athlete for optimal sporting performance.

A well planned S&C programme looks at the overall training programme for the athlete and works together with the coach to ensure that the athlete is optimising his/ her training. Such an approach has proven in the Sport Ireland Institute to reduce the risk of injury and enhance sporting success.


Dr. Eamonn Flanagan talks about the velocity measurement device for the weight room used in the Sport Ireland Institute. Thanks to athlete Patrick Monahan.