UGA- Education- Strength & Conditioning in Scotland
The University of Georgia and The Department of Kinesiology in association with the University of Glasgow, Scotland is offering a study abroad experience specifically designed for graduate students who are pursuing a Master’s degree in Strength, Conditioning and Fitness. The program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn strength & conditioning principles through interaction with international coaches and exercise physiologists in the country of Scotland. Students will be given opportunities to work with athletes of the Scottish National Rugby, Soccer and Olympic/Paralympic teams while engaging in field experiences with elite athletes. This program will be for 3 weeks and will afford students the opportunities to gain valuable experience from the international coaching community and learn new training/conditioning techniques.
Spend three one-week rotations with each of the identified sports (rugby, soccer, and Olympics sports) and participate in ongoing learning with the faculty at the University of Glasgow in areas such as exercise physiology, nutrition, and sport conditioning. Plus, you will have the opportunity to tour the Scottish country and visit cultural sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands areas.
Cultural trips will take you to Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Castle, and the William Wallace Monument; you will visit the Isle of Skye and ride the Hogwarts Express of Harry Potter fame. These trips take place during the weekends, apart from planned academic programs.
You will live in University of Glasgow housing, which features apartment-style living and is included in the program fee. Apartments feature kitchenettes for cooking and some meals are provided during cultural trips.
Dr. Bud Cooper
330 River Road
Dr. Niall McFarlane, PhD.
Dr. Bud Cooper, ATC, CSCS is an Associate Clinical Professor at The University of Georgia and is the Program Director for the Study Abroad program. Dr. Cooper has held positions with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has been the Head Athletic Trainer for professional sports in tennis and soccer. He has also been on the Georgia State Advisory Board for the NSCA as well as the director of a physical therapy office in the Atlanta area. Dr. Cooper is a licensed athletic trainer and has over 35 years of experience in this field.
Dr. Niall McFarlane, PhD. is the course leader and a professor in the Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences at The University of Glasgow. Dr. McFarlane has worked with many international sports teams such as skiing and rugby in the development of conditioning/strength programs and has an active research agenda in this field. He is also an avid cyclist, runner and triathlete.
The academic program will focus on physiological principles of training and muscle hypertrophy as well as the design and implementation of innovative training strategies. Students will earn 3 graduate credits (2 credits of internship and 1 credit for learning content) for participation in this field experience as well have the opportunity to travel the Scottish countryside visiting castles and museums in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The program is limited to 10 students and the application deadline is December 15, 2016.
Students will have three (3) one week rotations with each of the identified sports (rugby, soccer and Olympics sports). In addition, students will be given the opportunity to participate in on-going learning with the faculty at the University of Glasgow in areas such as exercise physiology, nutrition and sport conditioning. Students will be given the opportunity to tour the Scottish country and visit cultural sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands areas. The study abroad experience will run from July 1 – July 22, 2016.
Housing will be included in the program fees and will be located adjacent to the University of Glasgow. Housing will have kitchen setups available for cooking meals. Some meals will be provided for during cultural trips.
Students will encumber the tuition for 4 graduate credits at The University of Georgia in addition to Program Fees for this study abroad program. Tuition rates should be approximately $1500.00 and the Program fees will be $3,000 - 3500. Program fees will include housing, some meals and cultural excursions. Students will be responsible for international airfare to Glasgow, Scotland and other related expenses during the trip.