1. Biomechanical Concepts

Module author: Dan Pfaff

Editors: Ellie Spain & PJ Vazel

This course deliberately includes multiple references to real-life experiences in addition to current and important historical research. It is also filled with anecdotal and empirical findings and discussions – do not accept these as dogma or fact, but as a point of view to complement your arsenal of understanding. In cases where medical discussion results, always refer cases with athletes to the proper medical authorities in a timely manner. Whatever your coaching experience, a key part of building a deep understanding is becoming a critical consumer of research, and resources.

Selected elements of this Biomechanics section also reference the landmark writings and work of my close friend and colleague, Irving ‘Boo’ Schexnayder. Boo is a world renowned coach and in my opinion one of the best applied biomechanists currently in the business of sport.


2. Applied Physiology

Module author: Dan Pfaff

Module editors: PJ Vazel & Ellie Spain

Guest contributor: Athletigen

5. Planning & Organization

Module authors: Derek Evely & PJ Vazel

Editor: Ellie Spain

Welcome to Semester Two of the Foundation Course! We are excited to be able to continue working with you to develop your understanding of the planning and organization process.

This Planning & Organization module aims to build on the foundation of understanding you will have developed from Semester One’s Methodology module. It includes a number of explanatory videos which will take you step by step through the various processes required to successfully plan for different populations, as well as templates and resources required to create your own plans. Whatever your sport – once you have mastered and understood these steps – you will be able to apply the concepts to the athletes you work with.

You will find this module has fewer specific learning checks than in previous modules. This is deliberate – as certain sections instead ask you to use the templates and resources provided to spend time building your own version of the planning processes outlined. We really hope you take the time to go through these valuable steps, as it will hugely increase your understanding of the content.

6. Progressions

Module Authors: Derek Evely & PJ Vazel

Editor: Ellie Spain

7. Cueing

Module author: Dan Pfaff

Editor: Ellie Spain

8. Athlete Management

Module authors: Dan Pfaff, Andreas Behm, Stuart McMillan, Ellie Spain

Guest contributors: Brett Bartholemew, Derek Evely, Greg Hull

Module editor: Ellie Spain

9. Strength Development Fundamentals

Module Authors: Stuart McMillan & Dr Matt Jordan

Guest Contributors: Dr Angus Ross, Brett Bartholomew, Martin Bingisser, and Shawn Myszka.

Editor: Ellie Spain

The foundation of this module has been written over the course of the last 15 years by Stuart McMillan and Matt Jordan; of which, excerpts have been shared on both Matt’s and Stu’s personal blogs. Since then, all content has been updated: it now features a greater depth of discussion, as well as relevant related references. We have also asked some of our most influential friends in the industry to share their thoughts on their own specific areas of expertise. Our thanks therefore goes out to Dr Angus Ross, Brett Bartholemew, Martin Bingisser, and Shawn Myszka for their excellent and valued contributions to this module.

Module introduction

The young strength coach in the early 90s had a few journals they could read in the library (remember those?), a few good books, and – if they were lucky – some good conversations with experts in the field.

… and that’s about it.

The internet was not around yet, DVDs were not available, and S&C Conferences were few and far between. It was pretty easy because of this sparseness of information. Most of us had access to the same material, and coming up with a training philosophy based on this limited volume of information was not the potential web of mass confusion that it is now.

Besides the almost infinite amount of information at our fingertips, today’s coaches have the added (often contradicting) influences of Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Crossfit, etc. So, where do we start? And especially – where do coaches who do not necessarily have a background in Strength & Conditioning start?

We don’t envy these coaches, for while it’s great that we now have so much information at our fingertips – without context, and a foundation of the necessary background knowledge, it is nigh on impossible to know where to begin.

It’s great that we now have so much information at our fingertips – but without context, and background knowledge, many people are confused as to where to begin.

Through the combination of this Strength Fundamentals module and the next module – Strength Exercise Inventory our aim is to provide you with the underpinning knowledge which gives you the ability to think creatively, individually, and to best program for the athletes in your training environment. This information will also complement what you have learned so far in Derek Evely’s modules on Planning & Organization and Progressions, and the the knowledge you will have gained from Coach Pfaff’s Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology modules.

Now, before you get started, spend a couple of minutes with Matt as he shares more on the purpose of this module.


Finally, if you have any questions as you work through this module, please connect with us on the ALTIS AGORA Facebook Page.

Stu & Matt.

10. Strength Exercise Inventory

Module Author: Jason Hettler

Contributor: Dr Jas Randhawa

Editor: Ellie Spain

This module is designed to provide you with practical exercise suggestions to support your implementation of the principles covered in the Strength Fundamentals module.

Through the course of the next seven sections, we will endeavor to provide you with a range of exercises covering the foundational movement patterns that we include in our program, namely:

  1. Pushing movements
  2. Pulling movements
  3. Squatting movements
  4. Lifting or hinging movements
  5. Rotational movements

These movements can also be modified according to the stance (unilateral vs. bilateral), the force vector (e.g. lateral lunge vs. forward lunge), and the type of resistance used.

You will notice there is no specific learning check for this module, due to the descriptive nature of the content. We therefore encourage you to spend time after each section considering how and why the suggested inventories may be incorporated into your program, or if not, confirming your rationale for what you already use.

Finally, as always, if you have any questions on anything you see in this module, drop us a message via ALTIS Agora.