Strength & Conditioning and Clinical Practice Webinar

Strength & Conditioning and Clinical Practice Webinar

Strength & Conditioning and Clinical Practice: A Two-Way Street Webinar

The presentation, "Strength & Conditioning and Clinical Practice: a two way street," offers essential insights into how exercise practitioners can incorporate principles of strength and conditioning into clinical rehabilitation settings and vice versa. This presentation will highlight the utility of strength and conditioning approaches in many clinical capacities including when dealing with chronic pain, neurological conditions, and more. Further, the presentation will then explore how the biopsychosocial model, which is becoming ubiquitous in clinical settings, can strengthen our approaches to strength and conditioning.  

Dr Mitchell Gibbs starts by defining the underlying principles of strength and conditioning, such as specificity, the interplay between volume and intensity, and the overarching importance of the dose of exercise. This emphasizes the need for exercise prescriptions to be tailored to an individual's needs and capabilities, whilst still maintaining an appropriate dose to elicit desired adaptations.

Addressing chronic pain, Dr Mitch discusses the role of graded exposure and strength training (Gibbs et al., 2022 Musculoskeletal Care). They illustrate how these methods can improve pain and disability without affecting the magnitude of improvement in pain compared to ‘traditional’ approaches (Gibbs et al., 2022 Clin Rehab), which challenging traditional views that suggest rest and avoidance of activity. Real-life case studies are presented to support these points, demonstrating successful application of strength and conditioning principles in pain management. Dr Mitch then continues with examples of how strength and conditioning principles are able to be applied in a range of clinical settings from neurological to cardiometabolic and more. 

Pivoting, Dr Mitch then applies the same logic to strength and conditioning and the lessons that can be learned from the clinical context. Beginning with the profound similarities between pain and fatigue as experiences not entirely explained by physiological markers, Dr Mitch takes the audience on a thought experiment of how a biopsychosocial lens can enhance our understanding of strength and conditioning in athletic settings. Drawing on key work questioning the historical/traditional approaches to periodisation and performance, Dr Mitch aims to leave the audience with a critical mindset toward ‘following the rules’ in strength and conditioning, moving toward ‘questioning the rules’ toward innovation. 

Presented by Dr Mitchell Gibbs, AES

Dr Mitchell Gibbs is a researcher and lecturer focusing on chronic low back pain. Dr Mitch has published numerous papers on exercise for chronic low back pain, as well as conducted and published on the approaches of AEPs toward pain in practice. Dr Mitch has developed and delivered content on back pain at 3 different universities, across the areas of exercise science, exercise physiology, medicine, nursing, and strength and conditioning. Dr Mitch has worked with people with CLBP since 2014 and still currently consults with patients/clients and with practitioners managing complex cases.


Wednesday, 17 April 2024
2:00pm - 3:30pm AEST

Please note, the times listed are in Australian Eastern Standard Time. 
Your local time will be: 
 ACT:          2:00pm - 3:30pm 
 NSW:    2:00pm - 3:30pm
 NT:    1:30pm - 3:00pm
 QLD:    2:00pm - 3:30pm
 SA:    1:30pm - 3:00pm
 TAS:    2:00pm - 3:30pm
 VIC:    2:00pm - 3:30pm
 WA:    12:00pm - 1:30pm
Please note: This is a live webinar and needs to be watched at the specified time above. If you are unable to watch the webinar live, it will be produced as an online activity and can be purchased within the following month.

Rates per person

ESSA Member   $33.00 
Non-Member       $55.00
ESSA Student Member            $16.50
Student Non-Member    $27.50 
ESSA Member PD+   $29.70
Non-Member PD+   $49.50
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Access to Webinar

You will be emailed a link to access the webinar approximately one hour prior to the scheduled start time.

Target Audience

Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist



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