Course Content

Optimising the force capability of those you work with requires an understanding of the tissues at play and how to target these tissues with focused assessments and training. Muscle is not the only tissue that has a role in force production. Forty percent of muscle is connective tissue, which is hugely significant in the transmission of forces. The tendon is also hugely significant in the storage of elastic energy and transmission of forces. The tendon lies in series with the muscle and mysial tissues, and connects these tissues to bone to produce movement. In this block course, you will learn about the contribution of the contractile component from muscles to myofilaments, the role of parallel elastic component (mysial tissues as well as the titin filament) and how to assess and improve their contribution to force. Finally, you will learn about the role of the series elastic component and how to assess and improve tendon contribution to force production and transmission.

Each topic (Contractile component, parallel elastic component and series elastic component) is comprised of three units of work.

1.   A Masterclass that introduces you to the physiology of the topic and introduces you to assessment, programming and adaptations related to the component of interest.

2.   An assessment Zone that takes you through different types and ways to assess the component of interest, as well as key points for collecting strength and power data for improved accuracy and reliability. These assessment zones finish with a case study where you practice the techniques covered and your interpretation of the data,

3.   An Exercise Zone where you will learn how to preferentially target the component of interest via simple exercise, progressions and programming considerations.

This course will contain a total of 11 units of work (1x Introduction to the three component model, 3x Masterclasses, 3x Assessment Zones, 3x Exercise Zones and 1x Bonus Titin Module).

What's Included In This Course

What you get when you enrol in this course:

  • 11-mini video lectures
  • Masterclass presentations
  • Assessment & Exercise Zone presentations
  • Quizzes and case studies
  • Extra resource and readings
  • Bonus webinar presentation 
  • CPD Certificate
  • Unlimited access to the course for the lifetime of the site

Owner of Vital Strength, Exercise Physiologist MKin, BKin CSEP-CEP High Performance Specialist

Carla Robbins

John Cronin's course, "Optimizing Strength and Power - A Connective Tissue Approach" is a science-driven, video-supported, well-organized, and clear course that will help strength and conditioning and physical therapy professionals take their practical application of knowledge to the next level. I will recommend this course, and John's additional "Research Bytes" to those who want to elevate their practice through a thorough understanding of the science and how to transfer that to sport and training applications!

Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Chennai Super Kings (IPL Cricket Team).

Greg King

I have enjoyed the structure of the 3 sections within each topic. I feel the way this is set out gives a great balance between the theory, methods and considerations around assessment and how to practically train it. The content itself within the course is brilliant, there is sufficient detail but not so much that it overwhelms you. Your courses have stimulated a great deal of thought as to how I currently assess and train my athletes. Particularly getting me to think about how I can improve what I have been doing for many years.

Head of Women's High Performance at New Zealand Cricket

Ant Sharp

The most amazing resource for all those applying their trade in human performance. His website is full of high quality research letting you digest it at your own pace, opportunities to collaborate and connect in blogs with like minded practitioners, or even grow your knowledge through his online courses. This is such a great opportunity to learn from a leader in this field who has done everything in both research and application through coaching with international sports teams.

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Founder of JC Online - PhD (Auckland), Bed, MA (Canada), Dip High Performance Coaching (Canada), Dip PE, Dip Tchng.

Professor John Cronin

Hi, I am John Cronin, AKA JC and I am a Professor in Strength and Conditioning. I am primarily an educator, researcher, and mentor. I have two passions – one related to improving human movement, athleticism and sporting performance via strength and conditioning, and the other related to sharing this information with others.

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