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March Strength & Conditioning Professional Development Recap

Published on
13 Apr 2018

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Read all about our March Professional Development afternoon according to Carla and Lisa, as presented by Campbell Craig.


This months’ professional development was focused on strength and conditioning.

We learnt more about training principals, and which type of training program our clients should follow depending on their goals.

We discussed the physiological changes that take place, including alterations to our hormone profile while we train, and what effect this has on strength, muscle size and power; and how we can influence it by guiding our patient’s training accordingly.


As physiotherapists, we work largely on muscle activation and motor control retraining before someone is ready to return to a specific strength and conditioning program. It is important to activate the correct muscles and in the correct order to safely perform complex, high load movements in a gym/training environment. Our rehabilitation physiotherapists are extremely passionate and experienced in this area to ensure a safe return to activity.

A lot of our clients take part in F45, CrossFit, Power and Olympic Lifting outside of work, so we brought in exercise physiologist Campbell Craig to teach us about the differences between each of the aformentioned fields of training, different lifts and movements, as well as common injuries based on their training program.

He put us through our paces, and corrected our technique especially with the more complex Olympic lifting movements.

It was great to point out our own weaknesses and strengths, and we all felt a lot more equipped to pass on this specialised knowledge to our clients so that they will reduce their chance of future injury.



For our March professional development session, we were lucky enough to have exercise physiologist Campbell Craig come to speak with us about Power lifting, Olympic lifting, F45 and CrossFit. Campbell spoke about the differences and similarities between these different types of resistance based sports as well as pros, cons and common injuries seen in patients who train in each of these modalities.

As a refresher on the principles behind strength and conditioning training prior to Campbell’s presentation, we ran through a bit of an overview on the different types of resistance training, from strength to hypertrophy and power.


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