Osteopathy + strength and conditioning?! 
Osteopathy + strength and conditioning?! 
January 12, 2023

The National Strength and Conditioning Association highlights 5 key benefits:

1. Reduce injuries: A qualified strength and conditioning professional can play a pivotal role in preparing young athletes for sport and thereby minimize or offset the incidence and severity of sport-related injuries common to young athletes. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

2. Improve long-term athletic development: A qualified strength and conditioning professional understands the many variables that go into designing training-age–appropriate programs, and can produce more positive results. (6) (5) (7) (8)

3. Improve performance: Athletes who participate in a well-designed strength and conditioning program typically will be faster, stronger, more powerful, move more efficiently, and be more athletic than they would be without it. (1) (9) (10) (11) (12)

4. Improve confidence: Athletes who invest time in strength and conditioning tend to develop confidence through changes in their body composition and increased physical literacy, as well as the knowledge that the development that occurs as a result of their training can give them an advantage in competition. (13) (14) (15)

5. Improve health: In addition to increasing muscular strength, power, and muscular endurance, regular participation in a youth resistance training program has the potential to influence many other health- and fitness-related measures, and can play an important role in alleviating many health-related conditions. (1) (16) (12) (17)

While certified strength and conditioning specialists are are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance (NSCA), they can also design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs for clients outside of sport. Many clients look to these professionals for assistance improving more general physical abilities and improved activity tolerance. For example, the weekend-warrior looking to improve their ability to swing golf clubs. Or those looking to perform activities of daily living with more ease and less pain or fatigue.

Craig MacDonald holds a master’s degree in strength and conditioning from the University of Miami and has worked with athletes as a certified strength and conditioning specialist since 2010. He has worked with national sport organizations since 2014, including Olympians from freestyle skiing, rowing, sailing, and triathlon. Combined with his certification as an osteopathic manual practitioner and related clinical experience, Craig has a strong understanding of movement patterns and how to optimally develop athletic and more general physical qualities. His combined qualifications and experience also support his ability to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and a return to sport or higher-level activity. 
Clients can expect an initial clinical assessment to gain understanding of client goals, to assess movement abilities and restrictions, and to help guide programming of subsequent gym sessions. Manual therapy may also be performed.

Sessions with Craig MacDonald, DOMP, MScEd, BKin, CSCS are billed as osteopathy

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