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Athletic Muscle Strengthening

Course name: Athletic Muscle Strengthening
Course number: will be added
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact Hours: 23
Term: Fall 2015
Course meeting times: Will be updated
Course meeting place: Theory will be updated, Practice in Gym

Professor: Assist. Prof. Vladimir Hojka, Ph.D.; Radim Jebavý, Ph.D.

Contact Information: ;
Office address: D122
Office hours: Will be updated

Course Description

The aim of the theoretical part of the course is to provide knowledge and understanding of the neuro-physiological background of strength abilities, the basics of adaptation physiology in strength conditioning, and the use of strengthening methods in building specific training programs.
Students will gain understanding about safety issues in the execution of strength training, and will get practical experience both of leading groups in the gym, and with chosen exercises and their variations during practical lessons in the faculty gym. Other elements of the course include study visits to Jaromír Jágr’s ice hockey club (HC Rytíři Kladno) and elite Czech athletes’ (Slavia) strength training sessions.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
– Learn method-forming factors of strengthening
– Learn how to manipulate them to achieve specific training goals.

Course Prerequisites
Although the course does not have any prerequisites, it is recommended to take the course Sport Training Principles (taught by Assoc. Prof. Perič) or otherwise have some basic knowledge of sport training and physiology.

Methods of Instruction
PowerPoint presentations are used in theory lessons. Some topics are presented as DVD movies (on core-training, balance exercises, etc.). Practical lessons are organized in smaller groups, with students following the teacher’s instructions. Students gain experience with chosen exercises and their variants. Students have practical example, how strength should be measured or evaluated in lab. A part of the course is a study visit to a top Czech ice-hockey team’s off-ice preparation. Finally, students go through the role of the coach/teacher to present their topics and specific training plans.
Each lesson begins with monitoring the knowledge and understanding of previous topics and their application.

Assessment and Final Grade

List three or more methods of assessment in addition to attendance and participation, indicating the percent of final grade below totaling 100%:

1. Assessment Type 1: Written test 40%

2. Assessment Type 1: Credit work 1 20%

3. Assessment Type 2: Credit work 2 20%

4. Assessment Type 3: Credit work 3 20%

Course Requirements

Credit works

Students will prepare three written credit works during the course, concerning the proper application of strengthening methods, and exercises for the specific training goals of the specific group. Each credit work is evaluated by points (1-10; 1-worst, 10-excellent). 20+ points constitute a “Pass”.

Written test

The written test is classified by 0-15 points. Students need to score 8 or more points to pass.

Attendance is mandatory.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1 – Theory

Session 1: Neorophysiological basis of muscle strengthening (2 hours)
Introduction, physiology of adaptation, strengthening methods, training plan preparation, aims of strength training, diagnostics

Session 2: Core training (2 hours)
Functional strength, core stabilization, static and dynamic exercises, balance aids

Week 2 – Practice – led by teachers

Session 3: Exercises for development of muscles of upper extremities and shoulder girdle
Methods used for development of hypertrophy
Patterson (2011), Brown (2007), Delavier (2010)

Session 4: Stabilization exercises, Balance aids, circuit training
Methods for development of strength endurance

Delavier and Gundill (2010), Cheng (2008), Quinn (2015)

Week 3 – Methods for development of strength endurance

Session 5: Exercises for development of lower limb muscles
Maximum strength development

Chapters in Zatsiorski (2006), Patterson (2011), Brown (2007)

Session 6: Olympic drills and complex strengthening exercises
Explosive (power) and reactive strength development
Bagget, Epley (2004), Remedias (2007)

Week 4 – Practice – led by students

Session 7: Practice 1
Training plan presentation, group organization, equipment management

Session 8: Practice 2
Training plan presentation, group organization, equipment management

Week 5

Session 9: Practice 3
Training plan presentation, group organization, equipment management

Session 10: Study visit – off-ice preparation of elite Czech ice hockey players*

Week 6 Exams – written test


Bagget, K. Plyometric Ability – React Like A Cat And Explode Like Lightning! Available at:

Bean, A. (2005). The complete guide to strength training. 3rd ed. London: A & C Black.

Brown, L. E. (c2007). Strength training. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, vii, 359 p. ISBN 978-0-7360-6059-2.

Cheng, Mark. (2008). Kettlebells from the ground up: the kalos athenos. S.l.: FMS, 35 p.

Delavier, F. and Gundill, M. (c2010). Delavier’s core training anatomy. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics, 144 p. ISBN 978-1-4504-1399-2.

Delavier, F. (2010) Strength training anatomy. 3rd Edition. Champaign: Human Kinetics, 124 p. ISBN 0-7360-4185-0.

Epley, B. (c2004). The path to athletic power: the model conditioning program for championship performance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, viii, 319 p. ISBN 0-7360-4701-8.

Goss, K. (2001). Modern trends in strength training: championship coaching methods. Chicago: Charles Poliquin, 58 p. ISBN 0-9701979-1-8.

Patterson, B. (2011). Strength 101: Part II – The Methods of Strength Development. Available at:

Quinn, E. (updated 2015) The Best Core Exercises. Available at:

Remedias, R. (c2007). Power training. Rodale Inc., NY, USA. ISBN 139781594865848.

Roggers, R. (2006). Neuromuscular activation techniques. S.l.: Sbcoachescollege, 62 p., fot.

Scientific American building the elite athlete. (c2007). Guilford, Conn.: Lyons Press, viii, 192 p. ISBN 978-1-59921-116-9

Zatsiorsky, V. M and Kraemer, W. J. (c2006). Science and practice of strength training. 2nd ed. Champaign: Human Kinetics, xii, 251 p. ISBN 0-7360-5628-9

* The exact time of this session is subject to change, depending on the upcoming event.

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