Strength and Conditioning in Sports

presented by Susan Falsone

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This course is designed to give the physical therapist a fundamental understanding of strength and conditioning. Susan Falsone will review basic muscle physiology and energy systems and apply metabolic and structural adaptations to both aerobic and anaerobic exercise training. Multiple demonstrations and lectures will thoroughly explore testing modalities for aerobic capacity, strength, power and agility. The participant will learn how to design and implement physiologically based aerobic and anaerobic training programs.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Susan Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT®

    Susan Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT®

    Susan Falsone is currently the owner of Dr. Ma's Systemic Dry Needling and S&F: Structure and Function. Sue worked as the Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with US Soccer's Men's National Team. Sue worked at Athletes' Performance for 13 years, last serving as the Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport. She worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 years, last serving as head athletic trainer and physical therapist. She holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA). She's a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified orthopedic manual therapist for the spine (COMT) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Born in Buffalo, NY, Sue received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She continued her education by earning a master's degree in human movement science, with a concentration in sports medicine, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was named a Distinguished Alumni at Daemen College and has been inducted into her high school's Athletic Hall of Fame (Kenmore West). Sue has presented at state, national and international level conferences in areas focusing on pillar strength, integration of physical therapy and performance training, and comprehensive kinetic chain assessment and rehabilitation. Her philosophy includes looking at the athlete as a whole person, working with the entire body to create an optimal environment for healing and performance training.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Systems

    1. Systems

    This chapter introduces participants to basic muscle physiology, including muscle fiber types, inherent qualities and recruitment patterns, as it relates to aerobic and anaerobic exercise demands. Participants will learn to describe the basic energy systems used by skeletal muscle for exercise, and will gain a more holistic understanding of how the body adapts to exercise.

  2. Systems Response to Exercise

    2. Systems Response to Exercise

    To understand how body systems respond to exercise, Susan Falsone provides an overview of metabolic and structural adaptations to both aerobic and anaerobic exercise training. Upon viewing, participants will be able to describe both central and peripheral cardiorespiratory adaptations to exercise.

  3. Strength and Conditioning Program Design and Implementation

    3. Strength and Conditioning Program Design and Implementation

    In this chapter, Falsone teaches participants how to apply the knowledge of physiological and metabolic adaptions to exercise in order to effectively design and implement aerobic and anaerobic training programs.

  4. Resistance and Anaerobic Training Programs

    4. Resistance and Anaerobic Training Programs

    Resistance and anaerobic training programs are important to gauge aerobic capacity, strength, power and agility. In this chapter, Susan Falsone describes the basic exercise tests implemented to test for these skills, and identifies the components of successful resistance training programs.

  5. Plyometrics and Agility

    5. Plyometrics and Agility

    In this chapter, Susan Falsone will discuss plyometrics and the key terms related to designing an effective plyometric program. Participants will learn to identify and implement the 4 types of plyometrics (rapid response, short response, long response and very long response), as well as appropriately execute plyometrics using non-counter movement, counter movement, double contact, and continuous movement.

  6. Case Study - Periodization

    6. Case Study - Periodization

    This case study with athlete Alex Konicke discusses periodization and analyzes his approaches to training. The discussion will include three cycles of periodization and will touch on strategies for periodization to meet the athlete's goal.