This study focused on exploring the lived experiences of student-athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic at a midwestern university in the United States of America. Survey responses from collegiate athletes regarding perceptions of strength and conditioning training during the pandemic uncovered meaningful information to inform practices of strength and conditioning personnel during unexpected disruption to daily operations. Sixteen student athletes from a Midwest university were the respondents providing feedback to open-ended survey questions during fall semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. Student perspectives offer important insight about cares and concerns that athletic administrators, coaches and institutional leaders should consider when developing future contingency plans to navigate large-scale disruption that may prevent teams from gathering to engage in regular routine strength and conditioning training. Specific recommendations for strength coaches to better serve athletes include developing strategies to maintain consistency in individual training, establishing and maintaining ongoing personalized communication with athletes, and monitoring fatigue levels of athletes and making appropriate adjustments.



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