Strength and Conditioning
At Northumbria University we offer strength and conditioning support to our performance athletes and selected teams to enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. Our qualified S&C coaches will also work closely with our team of physiotherapist and sport science experts to make sure that athletes are getting the best out of their training programme.
We aim to improve our athletes understanding of strength and conditioning by supporting them to develop their training skills and knowledge in order to increase their capacity for training.
Improvement in these factors will result in development of physical abilities such as:
- Endurance/Durability/Work capacity
- Movement and Mobility
- Stability and Robustness
- Strength and Power
Our programme includes
- One to one or group coaches sessions
- Dedicated strength & conditioning suite with 6 Olympic lifting platforms
- Biomechanical screening
- Individualised gym and pitch based training programmes
- Performance testing and monitoring
Meet the experts
Nick Ridgeon - Head of Strength & Conditioning
Qualifications: BSc Geography and Sport (Northumbria), MSc Strength and Conditioning (Teesside), UKSCA accredited and UK Athletics level 2
Background: Nick has coached S&C for 7 years in various clubs and Universities. Nick has supported student-athletes up to Olympic and Paralympic athletes, Athletics coach for GB under 20s, competed in athletics for English Schools, played Rugby Union for Newcastle Falcons academy, Durham County and the North of England, played Rugby League for the North East of England.
Lisa Cockburn – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Qualifications: MSc Strength and Conditioning (Northumbria), BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy, working towards UKSCA accreditation
Background: Lisa has coached S&C for 3 years including a two-year internship with Northumbria University and a one-year position at Sheffield Hallam University. Lisa also plays Rugby Union for Darlington Mowden Park Sharks and Scotland.