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Adam Crook, Graduated in 2017
Why did you choose to study our MSc Strength and Conditioning?
Originally from Northern Ireland, I moved to Scotland to study BSc Biomedical Sciences at the University of Dundee. During my final year, I undertook an Exercise Physiology Honours Project, which gave me independence in leading research with athletes. My personal participation in competitive sport, alongside my interest to conduct further research in human performance science, lead me to pursue postgraduate education in the field of Strength & Conditioning.
Tell us about your current role
After undertaking my dissertation with Scottish Rugby Union, I gained part-time employment with their Glasgow & The West Pathway, working with U16-18 squads as an S&C coach (which I love!). The experience I gained at the University of Edinburgh both through the course and voluntary positions have secured me a new role, working with Hearts FC Academy. Here I hope to contribute to the physical and mental development of youth athletes, through coaching and education, in order to progress and prepare them for future competition at professional level.
What was it about the MSc Strength and Conditioning that helped you get there?
Simply put - the abundant opportunities available at the University of Edinburgh through the MSc S&C course. During my degree I undertook three voluntary internships, none of which I would have had access to without the incredible networking opportunities available at the university. In order to supplement the theoretical side of the Masters, I was fortunate in securing practical coaching experience with the Glasgow Warriors Academy, Scottish Rugby Union and high-performance sports teams at the University, in addition to some work with Scottish Student Sport (highly recommend all four!).
What are your future career plans?
- Further postgraduate research with high-level athletes. As a research assistant / PhD candidate
- Gain S&C experience with a range of sports and athletes of various ages & abilities
- Combine an academic role of education through lecturing with practical coaching of athletes & students
What advice would you give to someone who is considering studying Strength and Conditioning at Edinburgh?
Do your research, know why: Edinburgh is the place for you, what you can gain from the Masters, and what you can contribute to the course / University.
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