USC Strength and Conditioning Service - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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USC Strength and Conditioning Service

Located at USC Sunshine Coast, the USC Strength and Conditioning Service enables athletes access to the knowledge, expertise and support of sport and exercise scientists. This specialised service provides strength and conditioning services for elite, semi-elite, amateur, and developing athletes from various sporting disciplines.

Services

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and conditioning describes the process of strengthening an athlete’s body to improve specific aspects of their sport and reduce the likelihood of injury, whilst conditioning prepares their body to cope with the specific movements, agility, endurance and speed associated with their sport.

Strength and conditioning sessions offered includes an assessment of balance, strength, flexibility, and other sport specific attributes as required. Individualised one-on-one strength and conditioning exercise programs are then prescribed to address any issues identified, with the aim of improving athletic performance and reducing the likelihood of injury.

Athlete Periodisation and Programming

Athlete programming and periodisation is a service designed to cater for athletes that do not require face to face coaching support. This service includes 3 months of periodised strength and conditioning programming. Whilst athletes undertaking this service train self-directed, they still get constant ongoing support from USC Sport, and can regularly meet with their strength and conditioning coach to discuss their programming.

Staff

Kris Thiesfield

With over 10 years experience, Kris has delivered and programmed for a range of international, national and state level junior and senior athletes. Kris specialises in strength and power based training and combines his industry expertise with a range of qualifications, listed below.

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach – Level 2; PCAS-P (ASCA) 
  • Club Weightlifting / Sports Power Coach – Level 1 (AWF)
  • Club Powerlifting Coach – Level 1
Graeme Rousseau

With nearly a decade of Olympic weightlifting experience and competition, Graeme understands the complexity and progression of human movement when developing exercise programs for athletes. Graeme's specialises in court sports and strength and power training.

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science 
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach - Level 2; PCAS-P (ASCA) 
  • Club Weightlifting / Sports Power Coach - Level 1 (AWF)
Adam Robertshaw

A former semi-professional athlete, Adam provides tailored strength and conditioning programming based on his industry experience and athletic experience. Currently working with internationally profiled athletes, Adam specialises in strength and power development and athletic assessment.

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach – Level 2; PCAS-P (ASCA) 
Trent Hayden

Specialising in combat sports, Trent utilises his background as an internationally ranked martial artist to provide physical development and tailored programming to achieve athletic development. Trent focuses on functional movement and developmental athletes.

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach – Level 2; PCAS-A (ASCA)