Concepts in Strength & Conditioning Tuesday and Thursday 5: 40– 6: 55 pm Location Mesa 3247 Professor

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University of Texas of the Permian Basin

KINE 4365.501.2158

Fall 2015
Concepts in Strength & Conditioning

Tuesday and Thursday 5:40– 6:55 pm

Location Mesa 3247
Professor: Steve Trocchio, DPT.



Hours: By appointment


Text: Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (3rd Edition) by Thomas R. Baehle and Roger W. Earle. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. ISBN-10: 0-7360-5803-6


Text: NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training (2nd Edition) by Jared W. Coburn and Moh H. Malek. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. ISBN-10: 0-7360-8415-0
Course: This course is a lecture and discussion format where student participation is required. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of strength and conditioning. Emphasis is placed on the exercise sciences (including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics) and nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization and administration, and testing and evaluation. Additionally, this course is designed to prepare students for the nationally accredited Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam.


Objectives: Upon completing the course, you should have developed the following competencies:

  1. Apply scientific knowledge to train athletes and clients for the primary goals of improving athletic performance and fitness.

  2. Learn how to conduct sport-specific testing sessions.

  3. Learn how to demonstrate and teach proper exercise techniques.

  4. Learn how to design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning and personal training programs.

  5. Learn how to provide guidance regarding nutrition and performance-enhancing substances.

  6. Apply exercise prescription principles for training variation, injury prevention, and reconditioning.

Course Format
Class Requirements:

Grades will be based on the successful completion/submission of exams, quizzes, labs, a program design project, homework assignments and participation/attendance.

Exams (3) at 100 pts. each = 300 points

Quizzes (5-10) at 10 pts. each = 50-100 points

Labs, Written Assignments, and Homework = 100-200 points

Program Design Paper = 100 points

Attendance and Participation = 30 points

TOTAL = 580-730 points
Participation and Attendance:

Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes. Participation involves engagement in all class activities and discussions. The lesson-content will be necessary to complete the assignments of the class.

During classes we will discuss much of the material covered in the textbook. I will attempt to clear up difficult concepts and provide additional examples and applications of the material. I will not cover all of the material in the textbook; however, you are still responsible for understanding it. Therefore, you are encouraged to use class time for asking questions about information that you need some additional help to understand. In addition, I will frequently present additional material not covered in the textbook.

Class attendance is very important to your successful completion of this course. There will be lab material and additional material covered during class time. Please see the attendance policy below. Chronic absence on your part may result in my requesting that you drop the course.

There will be four exams throughout the semester; however, the lowest exam grade will be dropped. Each exam will likely consist of multiple choice, true/false and natching questions.

  • Note: For each exam, students will be responsible for all class lectures, group discussions, and class readings.

  • Students will not be allowed to make-up or retake any exam unless prior notification has been received before the scheduled exam time. Students must speak directly to me 48 hours before the scheduled exam if an absence is to be granted or an exam is to be missed. If an excused absence is granted, appropriate accommodations will be offered for making up the exam.

  • Exam dates are subject to change.


At the beginning of random class periods or assigned on blackboard, there will be a ten question quiz. The quiz will be based on the material covered from the previous classes and/or the material that was to be read for class that day. All quizzes will be comprehensive.

  • Students will not be able to make up a quiz under any circumstances. If you will be away for a university-approved absence you may choose to take the quiz early. You must speak directly with me at least 2 days before you plan on taking the quiz.

  • If you arrive late to class and have missed the quiz you will not be able to make up that quiz.

Laboratory Activities and Other Written Assignments:

In addition to examinations and quizzes, you will be expected to conduct laboratory activities and complete a variety of written homework. The write-ups and other products of these assignments are generally worth up to 20 points each. There are approximately 15-20 such assignments in this course.

Program Design Paper:

The program design paper is intended to provide experience in administering athletic performance tests and designing an appropriate training program to meet the goals and needs of an athlete or personal training client. Throughout the duration of this course, you must decide on four appropriate performance tests to administer to the athlete or personal training client. You must then recruit a subject to serve as the client (you may use yourself as a subject). After administering the performance tests to the subject/athlete and evaluating the results from the tests, you must design an off-season, preseason, in-season, and postseason resistance training program for the athlete. If a personal training client is chosen, you must design a program consisting of 4 separate 12 week programs. Your personal training workout routines for this client should be based on the client’s goals, fitness level and health conditions. A particular client’s goals may include fat reduction, muscle and strength gains, or general fitness enhancement. Your client’s fitness level may range from beginner, advanced or the experienced athlete. Workout routines for generally healthy clients may differ from the exercise prescription for clients with health conditions such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Areas of emphasis for the evaluation of the program will include: (a) selection of appropriate performance tests, (b) selection of appropriate program design variables for resistance training (exercise selection, training frequency, exercise order, training load and repetitions, volume, and rest periods), and (c) appropriate rationale for each selection.


Grades will be determined by the total points accumulated in each of the above areas. The grading scale will be based on the number of total points earned as follows:

A 90-100%

B 80-89%

C 70-79%

D 60-69%

F 59% and below
General Rules of the Class:

  • Assignments will not be accepted late. All assignments must represent your own work, and not the work of a group or of anyone else. No credit will be given for work when collaboration or plagiarism is suspected.

  • I understand that life isn’t always easy and can get in the way of completing work on time. If you see that you will not be able to complete an assignment on time, please talk to me at least one day before it is due.

  • If you are not in class you may not make-up an in class assignment or activity.

  • All work submitted must be typed, double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with standard margins (1 inch top and bottom, 1 inch left and right) unless otherwise stated. American Psychological Association referencing must be used. Work submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

  • Make a copy of all papers submitted in class in case papers are stolen, or misplaced.

  • All work must be turned-in in hard copy format or Safe Assign on Blackboard.

  • No e-mail submissions will be accepted.

  • Exams are only given on the scheduled date. A missed in-class exam due to an excused absence (third party documentation) will be made up at a time arranged with the instructor. The instructor must be notified 48 hours prior to the exam.

  • Student needing forms to be signed must meet the instructor before or after class.


You are expected to:

  • Attend class: You are expected to arrive on time, be present for the entire class period, and not pack up or leave early. Attendance will be taken every time we meet. If you are not in class when attendance is taken, you will not receive credit for being present, even though you may have been “present” for part of class and completed the entire activity. There are no such things as “tardies.”

  • Come prepared for class: Bring all materials you will need for class, including your textbook, homework, paper, and a writing instrument (e.g., pen, pencil). Check the course schedule for any other materials (e.g., a hard copy turn-in) that you must have with you on a specific day. Being prepared includes completing and turning in all out-of-class assignments on time. Completing all readings before class. Being prepared to discuss and apply topics in class.

  • Be engaged in class: Speak up and become involved in each class; participate fully in class activities and discussions.

  • Communicate professionally: Be respectful, and use polite, professional language. This includes email. Provide solutions whenever possible. If you feel that you have a problem with a colleague or with me, wait until you are alone with that person to discuss it. Ask for a time to meet to share your concern, and then share it using words such as "I feel frustrated," etc.). If you have any concerns regarding this class, please arrange a time to meet with me outside of class hours.


Students must act in a professional manner in all interactions, including verbal and written communication. Internet technology has provided many new opportunities for communication. Even with the best of intentions, misunderstandings frequently occur in all forms of communication. Email, however, is particularly prone to miscommunication and misuse. The following are required netiquette guidelines for which students in this course will be held accountable:

  • Use common courtesy.

  • Avoid offensive or threatening language of any kind.

  • Never insult or criticize via email.

  • Be responsive, not reactive. If you have strong emotions about a subject consider another form of communication besides email. Direct communication is usually better in these situations.

  • Separate fact from opinion in order to promote clear understanding.

  • Take time to proof and spell check. You will often be judged on your professionalism even through your emails.

Think three times: before you write, after you write and before you send.
Academic Dishonesty:

Information regarding scholastic dishonesty can be found on the UTPB website under Dean of Students. The URL is

Examples of scholastic dishonesty include: (1) copying the answers to another student's quiz or essay examination and submitting all or part of it as if it were your own (cheating); (2) obtaining any other person's work and submitting all or part of it as if it were your own (plagiarism); (3) collaborating with another person in preparing a test or an assignment (cheating).
Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, and any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts. Plagiarism means the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work offered for credit. In this course, you need to be particularly mindful of the rules surrounding plagiarism when doing your research papers. If you have any questions or concerns regarding what is or is not scholastic dishonesty, especially plagiarism, ask your instructor.
Scholastic dishonesty will result in a grade penalty and may result in a grade of "F" in the course. I do file scholastic dishonesty charges with the Vice President of Student Services.

Digital Courtesy:

Cellular telephones should be on vibrate or silent mode during class to ensure an interruption-free class. Talking or texting on the phone while in class is not permitted. Only phone calls considered to constitute emergencies should be taken during class, and then you are expected to leave the classroom to talk. Excessive phone use during class may result in a reduction in course grade. Text messaging and the taking of pictures while in class are not permitted. Violators will be asked to leave the class.

ADA Policy:

Any student who feels that he or she may require assistance for any type of physical or learning disability should consult with the instructor as soon as possible. To request academic accommodations for a disability contact Leticia Madrid, Director of the PASS Office at 432-552-2631 or email Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the PASS Office prior to receiving accommodations.

Incomplete Grades:

Only in exceptional circumstances will I assign a grade of “I” – incomplete. The student must request the incomplete grade and present evidence supporting the request. Students who have not completed most (at least 75%) of the course work will not be granted additional time to complete the course requirements.

According to the UTPB Catalog “A grade of I…is reported when students have not met all requirements of a courses by the end of the semester and the instructor considers the allowance of additional time to complete course requirement justified.” For the entire policy, please refer to the UTPB Catalog.

Important Dates
Labor Day: No Class: Monday, September 7

Last Day to Drop without Penalty: Friday, September 11

Last Day to Drop or Withdrawal from Course: Wednesday, November 4

Thanksgiving: No Class: Thursday, November 26

Tentative Calendar and Required Readings

**Subject to Change**
August 27 Introduction, Course Syllabus
September 1 Structure and Function of the Muscular, Neuromuscular, Chapter 1

Cardiovascular, and Respiratory Systems

3 Bioenergetics of Exercise and Training Chapter 2

Complete Chapter 1 discussion Chapter 1

8 Endocrine Responses to Resistance Exercise Chapter 3

10 Principles of Test Selection and Administration Chapter 11

Administrations, Scoring, and Interpretation of Selected Tests Chapter 12

15 Assessment Forms, Postural Screen and Lab PowerPoint

17 EXAM 1- Chapters 1,2,3,11 and 12

22 Resistance Training Chapter 15

24 Exam 1 Explanation and Special Topics

29 Warm-Up and Stretching Chapter 13

October 1 Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise Chapter 4
6 Adaptations to Anaerobic Training Programs Chapter 5

8 Lab Time and Review for Exam 2

13 EXAM 2 Chapters Assessment, Postural Screen, 4, 5, 13, 14, and 15
15 Squat, Dead lift Techniques and Discussion
20 Exam 2 Explanation and Squat and Dead lift Lab
22 Squat, Dead lift Techniques and Discussion
27 Online Class

Plyometric Training Chapter 16

Conclude Weight Lifting discussion
29 Online Class

Plyometric Training

Speed, Agility and Speed-Endurance Development Chapter 17
November 3 Speed, Agility and Speed-Endurance Development

Plyometric Training

5 Conclude Speed, Agility, Plyometric and Weight training discussion
10 Review for Exam 3
12 Exam 3 Chapters 16, 17, Squat, Dead Lift and Other Lifts
17 Exam 3 Explanation and Discussion

19 Periodization Chapter 19

24 Periodization

Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training Programs Chapter 6

December 1 Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training Programs

Aerobic Endurance Exercise Training Chapter 18

3 Aerobic Exercise Training

8 Completion of all Labs

10 Project Due, Labs Due, Review for Exam 4

December 15 Final Exam 5:30 – 7:30

**All class material, homework, quizzes, and exam dates are subject to change.**

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