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This year, prepare yourself for a first-class conference that delivers the greatest doers of the industry, speaking on the most innovative strength and conditioning topics, all in an unbeatable atmosphere on the Las Vegas strip. It’s strength like you’ve never seen it before – strength innovated. INNOVATION Definedin•no•va•tion /inəˈvāSHən/ The action or process of transformationAs leaders in their field, speakers will deliver the latest information and innovations. From NFL strength coaches and award-winning trainers to decorated researchers and world renowned practitioners, the knowledge and experience they have to share with you is top of the line. INNOVATION Personified
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Taking Education FurtherFrom-the-field hands-on sessions are an ideal way to put your knowledge into action, taking new ideas and information one step closer to innovation for your career. Save your Saturday schedule for practical application. Space is limited.
Developing AnswersDiscussion sparks ideas, and from ideas innovative answers are born. Focus your passion on developing solutions for issues faced by groups in the industry at any of these Solution Sessions hosted by NSCA Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
>> Advising Athletes on the Use of Dietary Supplements and Functional Foods for Performance Enhancement: Practical Guidance for the Coach/Trainer – Hosted by Nutrition and Body Composition SIG
>> Issues Facing the High School Coach – Hosted by High School SIG
>> Issues Facing Personal Trainers – Hosted by Personal Training SIG
>> Hydration of Athletes and Teenagers – Hosted by Hockey SIG
>> Issues Facing the Baseball Coach – Hosted by Baseball SIG
>> Long-Term Athletic Development – Hosted by Youth SIG
Listening to Expert ExperiencesHear directly from top industry innovators on what it takes to progress in your field. Career talks from exemplary speakers include:
>> Ron McKeefery, What Strength and Conditioning Coaches Really Need to Know – What They Didn’t Teach You in School
>> Mike Martino, Using Academia to Advance Your Strength and Conditioning Career
>> Jay Dawes, Opening Your Own Personal Training Facility
>> John Hofman, Developing a Career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Firefighters
Creating Stronger Relationships Getting to know your peers and meeting potential career mentors in the industry is one of the best ways to exercise your mind and evolve. Participate in one or many of the networking events offered at National.
Awards Banquet | Friday, July 11 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Join us in honoring the greatest innovators of our industry. Purchase your ticket now with registration!
First Timer Orientation | Wednesday, July 9 | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Stir up conversation with fellow NSCA Conference newbies at this event, and learn how to get the most out of your experience.
Kick-Off Party | Wednesday, July 9 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Join attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff to start the week of strength innovated off right.
Women’s Luncheon | Thursday, July 10 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Enjoy lunch with Olympic Bobsledder, Emily Azevedo, CSCS, who will be welcoming the most successful and revolutionary women in the industry.
Exhibitor Reception | Thursday, July 10 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Take some time to get to know the exhibitors better and see what they can inspire within you.
The Event! | Thursday, July 10 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Save this time for a laid back opportunity to talk shop (or not) with peers. Students and invited guests only.
Diversity Committee Roundtable Breakfast | Friday, July 11 | 7:30 am – 9:00 am Have breakfast with those who are dedicated to maintaining high performance standards, sharing new ideas, and working together for the industry.
RSCC Luncheon | Friday, July 11 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Be a part of celebrating certified strength coaches who have earned respect with over 20 years of experience. Joe Kenn will be sharing some encouraging words. Invited guests only.
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The NSCA is pleased to announce a call for research abstracts to be presented at the 37th Annual National Conference held July 9-12, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV. Abstracts may be submitted as either poster or podium presentation. The Abstract Submission and Presentation Guidelines for 2014 have changed from last year. More information on how to submit an abstract can be found at http://www.conferenceabstracts.com/NSCA2014.htm. (You must login to the Abstract ScoreCard System to view the guidelines or submit an abstract.) Submissions close March 3, 2014.
Traditional poster board presentations will be held in 2014 in daily two-hour blocks at the National Conference. Additionally, the NSCA has added a new electronic poster gallery which will extend the availability and reach of the National Conference poster presentations. The electronic poster gallery will be searchable in multiple viewing options and will give attendees the ability to filter, rate, and share the information.
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Wednesday, July 9
Training the Low: The Scientific Evidence and the Myth
Numerous studies have reported that exercise training with low carbohydrate availability (“training low”) enhances fat utilization and increases markers of mitochondrial biogenesis, which are potentially advantageous adaptations for endurance athletes. However, there is minimal evidence of improved post-training performance with “training low” regimens, in comparison to when training is completed with higher carbohydrate availability. In addition, “training low” has been associated with elevated perceived effort during exercise and impaired training capacity. Although the strategic implementation of low-carbohydrate strategies may be beneficial under certain circumstances, “training low” may not be desirable as a regular training strategy, or during sustained periods of heavy training. In this session, evidence from “training low” studies will be discussed, including practical considerations and concerns for athletes.
Paleo Diet: Stone Age Nutrition for the 21st Century Athlete
This session will provide a scientific critique of the strengths and weakness of the Paleo diet, particularly with regard to athletes. Positive as well as negative aspects of the diet for athletes will be reviewed. Practical advice will be shared on how those who choose to follow this diet can modify it to avoid low intakes of certain key nutrients. Attendees should bring their specific questions on the Paleo diet to this session.
Thursday, July 10
Strength and conditioning coaches at the collegiate or professional sports level are often required to obtain degrees and certifications as well as engage in hands-on practice, such as internships, to prepare for their position. However, given the variability of strength and conditioning coach or fitness trainer positions within tactical populations (fire service, law enforcement, or military) the career path may necessitate additional and more varied professional development endeavors. This session will discuss recommendations for aspiring tactical strength and conditioning coaches provided by current practitioners.
Friday, July 11
Saturday, July 12
RSCC Recognition and Lunch (Invite Only)
Sponsored by DFS (Direct Fitness Solutions)
This session will cover what we, as an industry, must learn in order to create a complimentary mix of training possibilities to suit the needs of the market as well as create stability and longevity for our business.
Sandy Abney, USAW-1
Abney is the Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of Athletic
Performance at the University of Texas and owner of Power to Perform, LLC. She
also serves as the Director of the Athletic Performance Internship program the
University of Texas where she oversees the development and mentoring of
graduate and undergraduate students. She currently serves as the Head Strength
and Conditioning Coach for women’s varsity crew, women’s novice crew, and the
women’s swimming program. She has over 15 years of experience as a
collegiate strength and conditioning professional. Abney began working at
the University of Texas in 1999 as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
where she oversaw the performance training of five Division IA teams (golf,
varsity crew, novice crew, softball, and swimming) while also assisting with
football. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science from
Texas State University and holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength
and Conditioning Coaches Association (MSCC), United States Weightlifting
Federation (USAW Club Coach Level 1) and USA Track and Field Association. She
also serves on the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association
Certification Council where she helps to oversee the certification process of
strength and conditioning coaches across the United States.
Bob Alejo, CSCS, RSCC,*E
Alejo is the Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Strength and Conditioning,
in which he oversees all of the strength and conditioning efforts of the
department, and coordinates the day-to-day efforts of the men’s basketball team
at North Carolina State University (NC State). Prior to joining the NC State
staff in April, Alejo served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for
the Oakland Athletics (A’s), a position he also held from 1993 – 2001. In that role, he was responsible
for all aspects of the organization’s year-round physical preparation at both
the major league and minor league levels. Prior to rejoining the A’s, Alejo was
the Director of Strength and Conditioning at UC Santa Barbara from 2005 – 2008. During that time, he was also a
member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team as a strength and conditioning coach for
the #1 ranked team in the world and Gold medal-winning men’s beach volleyball
team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. Alejo was also a member of the 2102
Olympic team again coaching the #1 world-ranked Rogers and Dalhausser. From
1984 to 1993, Alejo served as a strength and conditioning coach at UCLA where
he worked with 23 men’s and women’s teams, including men’s basketball. During
his tenure at UCLA, the Bruins racked up 25 National Championships and produced
more than 100 All-Americans. Prior to joining the UCLA staff, Alejo served as a
strength and conditioning coach for football at his alma mater, Chico State. He
earned his Bachelor’s degree in physical education from Chico State in 1982, is
a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®)
through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and holds the
advanced NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E). He
has also been elected to three halls of fame: Chico State Athletics, Chico
State Baseball (inaugural inductee), and the Chico Professional Baseball
“Legends of the Diamond.”
Jonathan Anning, PhD, CSCS, *D
Anning is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the Exercise and
Rehabilitative Sciences Department of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
His specialization is strength and conditioning, and he has been teaching at
the college level for 15 years. His primary research interests focus on sports
performance with an emphasis on assessments and resistance training techniques.
His professional strength and conditioning experience includes college football
and minor league baseball. He has degrees in Exercise Science from Central
Michigan University and the University of Toledo. He has been a member of the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1994, and earned
the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction
(CSCS,*D®) certification through the NSCA.
Alan Aragon, MS
Alan Aragon has over 20 years of success in the fitness
field, and is one of the most influential figures in the movement towards
evidence-based information. He
earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Nutrition, with top
honors. Aragon is a continuing education provider for the Commission on
Dietetic Registration, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and National
Strength and Conditioning Association. His counseling clientele consists of
recreational, Olympic, and professional athletes, including members of the Los
Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings. Aragon is also the nutrition advisor to Men’s Health magazine.
Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS, *D, FACSM
Arent is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science
and Sport Studies at Rutgers University. He is also the Director of the Human
Performance Laboratory and Director of the Center for Health and Human
Performance in the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. Arent is a
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction
(CSCS,*D®) and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
(FACSM). He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia
and his Master of Science and Doctorate degrees at Arizona State University.
His research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and stress
and the implications for health and performance, with an emphasis on underlying
biological and behavioral mechanisms. His recent work has focused on
physiological responses to training-related stressors and their contribution to
optimal performance and recovery. Arent is on the national staff for the United
States Soccer Federation and works closely with a number of teams at Rutgers
University. He also provides performance enhancement advice for youth, high
school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a number of sports, including
soccer, football, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, softball,
gymnastics, rowing, and cycling.
David Behm, PhD
Behm is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the School of
Human Kinetics and Recreation at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Behm
has an extensive research portfolio with over 130 articles published in
peer-reviewed scientific journals that have been cited more than 4,500 times.
He has collaborations with researchers on five continents and presents
internationally on a regular basis. His research focus has been to investigate
neuromuscular responses and adaptations to resistance training, instability,
stretching, and other activities. Behm integrates his theoretical work with a
background as a competitive athlete and coach in a variety of sport such as
football (drafted in the Canadian Football League), hockey (Canadian junior
hockey), baseball, tennis (provincial champion), squash (provincial champion),
Brandi Binkley, MS
Brandi Binkley started personal training over 13 years ago. She started her business out of her garage in Nashville, TN and has expanded to a facility that houses a staff of nine exercise physiologists in a facility over 8,000 sq ft. Since starting her business in 2006, it has more than tripled every year. Binkley is an armed forces veteran and holds a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Louisiana.
Brian Cain, MS
William (Bill) Campbell, PhD, CSCS
Campbell is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and the Director of the
Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory at the University of South
Florida. Campbell’s research is focused on improving exercise performance and
enhancing physique through the synergism of resistance exercise and
nutrition. He has published two books on sports nutrition, including the “NSCA’s
Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition” and the recent publication of “Sports
Nutrition: Enhancing Athletic Performance.” Campbell is a Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is the President of
the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).
Bret Contreras, MA, CSCS
Bret Contreras is widely considered
as one of the leading authorities in the science of exercise. As a personal
trainer and strength coach, Contreras has helped hundreds of clients and
athletes maximize their potential. As a researcher, Contreras is pursuing his
PhD in Sports Science from AUT University in New Zealand. In addition, he has a
research review service that summarizes 50 published journal articles per month
pertaining to sports science. As a writer, Contreras maintains a popular blog
and is the author of two books, “Strong
Curves” and “Bodyweight
Strength Training Anatomy.” His primary research interests are sprint
running and the hip extensor musculature. Contreras is also the Editor of the
newly founded Personal Training Quarterly,
a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal published through the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Pat Cullen-Carroll, MEd, CSCS, USAW, RSCC*E
Pat Cullen-Carroll is
a retired middle school physical education teacher at Nicolet Middle School in Banning,
CA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from California State
University in Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Education from Azusa Pacific
University. The certifications he holds are the Certified Strength and
Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the
National Strength and Conditioning Association, International Coach through USA
Weightlifting. Cullen-Carroll was a physical education teacher for 37 years, 27
at the middle school level. He coached football and strength and conditioning
from middle school to high school levels and through the college level as well.
He was a competitive powerlifter, and coached Olympic weightlifters from
beginner to the international platform. Cullen-Carroll is the Chair of the
Executive Board of Youth Special Interest Group of the NSCA and is on the
Coaches/Education Committee of USA Weightlifting.
Jon Davis, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Davis is a Research and Development Scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science
Institute. Prior to this position, he was an Assistant Professor at the
University of Montevallo for four years. He has authored/co-authored numerous
peer-reviewed publications on clothing related to athletics, military,
firefighters, and Islamic clothing. He holds various certifications through the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of
Sports Medicine (ACSM), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT, *D, FNSCA
Dawes is an Assistant Professor of Strength and Conditioning at the University
of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has worked as a strength/performance coach,
personal trainer, educator, and post-rehabilitation specialist for over 15
years, and continues to act as a performance consultant for a wide variety of
athletes, law enforcement officers, and those in physically demanding
occupations. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®
with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer®
with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D®), the American College of
Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS), USA Weightlifting as
a Club Coach, and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association as a
Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Additionally, Dawes was recognized as
a Fellow of the NSCA in 2009.
Joan Eckerson, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
Joan Eckerson is a Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at Creighton University and has been an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for 16 years. She has over 40 publications in the area of body composition and dietary supplementation. In 2008, she received the NSCA William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award in recognition for her contributions to the field of applied exercise and sport science. She currently serves as the President of the NSCA Foundation and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR) and the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Adam Feit, CSCS
After previously coaching at the Olympic, Division I, and National Football League (NFL) levels, Adam Feit is now the Director of Sports Performance for Reach Your Potential Training, Inc. (RYPT) located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. A former All-American Offensive Lineman for Springfield College (MA), Feit has earned his Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also an active competitor in the sports of powerlifting, strongman, and Olympic weightlifting.
Greg Gatz, CSCS
Gatz recently completed his 15th year as Director of Strength and Conditioning
for Olympic Sports at the University of North Carolina and 30th total year of
coaching. While overseeing the facility management and organization of 21
varsity athletic teams, Gatz is directly responsible for the program design and
installation for several specific teams including baseball, men’s and women’s
soccer, volleyball, and men’s and women’s track sprint/ hurdle groups. Gatz has
worked with several national champion teams at the University of North Carolina
including women’s soccer and men’s soccer, while the volleyball team finished
in the national top 25 for the first time since 2002. The baseball program has
developed into a consistent national contender during the last 10 years,
finishing as national runner-up in both 2006 and 2007, while making a total of
six college world series appearances during that time. Prior to working at the
University of North Carolina, Gatz spent 11 years as a high school physical
education teacher and coach in Florida.
John Gillespie, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Gillespie is a graduate of the school of physical education at West Virginia
University and has been studying human movement since he began his studies in
1991. Johnny is a long-time presenter for the NSCA under Balanced Athlete. He
is the creator of an online video series, Balanced
Runner, through www.runnerworld.com. He
regularly appears on TV and radio as an expert on health, fitness, and yoga.
Johnny is the founder of Plexus Fitness, Empowered Yoga, and the creator of the
Balanced Athlete methodology. Plexus and Empowered Yoga operates public fitness
centers, yoga centers, and offers an array of health and fitness services in
corporations, country clubs, and private homes.
Greg Haff, PhD, CSCS, *D, FNSCA
Gregory Haff is the Course Coordinator for postgraduate studies in strength and
conditioning at Edith Cowan University. He is a Level 2 American Swimming
Coaches Association (ASCA) Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Level 3
Australian Weightlifting Association Coach. He was the NSCA’s William J.
Kraemer Sport Scientist of the Year Award Winner in 2011 and has served as the
Vice President of the NSCA, Assistant Editor in Chief for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning
Research, and is a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. He is also a
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction
(CSCS,*D®), a founding Fellow of the NSCA, and an accredited member
of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a USA
Weightlifting Regional Level Coach and has served as an outside scientist with
the United States Olympic Training Centers Performance Enhancement Teams for
David Hamilton, MSc
Hamilton is currently the Director of Performance Science for USA Field Hockey,
a role he started after a 4-year campaign with the Great Britain (GB) and
England Women’s Hockey team. During his four years as Head of Strength and
Conditioning Coach for the GB hockey team they climbed the world rankings from
No. 7 to No. 3. This culminated with the team achieving a Bronze medal in the
London Olympics games. In his 12 years as a strength and conditioning coach, he
has worked within a contrasting mix of systems and cultures. He has enjoyed
successful experiences in Qatar, Hong Kong, Canada, the UK, and has been
fortunate to work with a mixture of athletic levels, from the elite youth to
current Commonwealth, World, and Olympic medalists. Hamilton’s training
philosophy is focused on unique systems that enable direct assessment of
physical development, readiness, and performance within the complex world of
team sports and concurrent training.
Allen Hedrick, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC*E, FNSCA
Allen Hedrick is the Head Strength
and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Previously, Hedrick
has been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the U.S. Air Force
Academy, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the
U.S. Olympic Training Center. Prior to that, he worked as a graduate assistant
while pursuing his Master’s degree at Fresno State University. Hedrick was
named the NSCA’s Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in
2003. Frequently published in various journals related to strength and
conditioning, Hedrick has authored books on training for football and dumbbell
training, written chapters in three textbooks related to strength and
conditioning, and has spoken at numerous conferences and clinics both
nationally and internationally.
Trent Herda, PhD
Herda is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Neuromechanics Laboratory
at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his Doctorate in Exercise
Physiology at the University of Oklahoma under the mentorship of Dr. Joel
Cramer. Herda received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from
the University of Sioux Falls and his Master of Science degree in Exercise
Physiology from the University of Oklahoma. Herda is a member of the American
College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA). His research interests include the noninvasive assessment
of muscle function with surface electromyography (EMG) and mechanomyography
(MMG) and the effects of aging, vibration, and passive stretching on neuromuscular
function and the biomechanical properties of the muscle-tendon unit.
Steve Hertzler, PhD, RD, LD
Steve Hertzler is presently a Senior Research Scientist at Abbott Nutrition. Prior to joining Abbott Nutrition, Hertzler was a faculty member at Ohio State University in the Division of Medical Dietetics in the School of Allied Medical Professions and the Human Nutrition Department. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Community-Medical Dietetics at Viterbo College in 1988 and his PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota in 1995. He is also a Registered Dietitian (RD) with three years of clinical experience. Hertzler is an author on 20 peer-reviewed scientific research articles and six book chapters. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Central park Dance Skaters Assocation (CPDSA), and the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association.
John Hofman, MS, FMS, CSCS, USAW-1, USATF-1
Hofman is one of leading experts in the field of firefighter health and
wellness. As the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Fire
Department, Hofman oversees the Wellness Centre, coordinates the department’s
medical and fitness assessments, develops recruit fitness training, develops
pre-employment medical and fitness evaluations, and assists the department’s 20
certified Peer Fitness Trainers. In addition, he also works as the strength and
conditioning coach for the California Regional Fire Academy, Sierra Fire
Technology Program, as well as numerous other fire departments in Northern
California. In 2012, Hofman was appointed the Health and Wellness Coordinator
of the Firefighter Cancer Foundation. He is certified by the National Strength
and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist® (CSCS®), USA Weightlifting as a Level 1
Sports Performance Coach, USA Track and Field as a Level 1 Coach, Functional
Movement Screen (FMS), and American College of Exercise (ACE) as a Peer Fitness
Trainer. Hofman is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics such as fire
ground rehabilitation, low back injuries, and developing a health and wellness
program. In an effort to help keep firefighters safe,
Hofman authored “Beyond the Turnouts: A Comprehensive Guide to Firefighter
Health and Wellness,” where he combined the latest research and
his years of experience developing firefighter health and
wellness programs within the fire service.
Rick Howard, MEd, CSCS, *D
Howard is currently working on his Doctorate degree at Rocky Mountain
University of Health Professionals after earning his Master’s degree in
Education in School Leadership from Wilmington University and his Bachelor’s
degree in Exercise Science from Temple University. Howard is an Adjunct
Instructor in Exercise Science/Strength and Conditioning at Delaware State
University, Rowan University, Temple University, and West Chester University of
Pennsylvania. He is very actively involved in the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA), where he serves on the Youth Special Interest
Group (SIG) as a founding member and Immediate Past-Chair, as well as the Chair
of the NSCA State Provincial Director Committee where he is the Mid-Atlantic
Region Coordinator overseeing strength and conditioning clinics in seven
states. Howard is an Associate Editor of the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ), was a guest editor for a
feature edition of the SCJ, and is a columnist for other publications such as
the Performance Training Journal
(PTJ) and NSCA Coach.
Paul Howell, MS, CSCS, USATF-II
Howell has been coaching football, track and field, and strength and
conditioning in South Florida for more than 20 years. A Level II Jump Coach
with the United States of America Track and Field (USATF), Howell is the Head
Track and Field Coordinator and Head Strength Coach at Florida Christian School
in Miami, FL.
Andrea Hudy, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, USAW-1
Andrea Hudy, the Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Performance, joined the University of Kansas (KU) staff in September 2004. Since her arrival at KU, Hudy has handled the strength and conditioning responsibilities for the KU men’s basketball team. Hudy oversees the Anderson Strength and Conditioning Complex for all KU sports. In January 2013, Hudy was named the National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for her dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs. Including the 16 Jayhawks that have been drafted in the National Basketball Association (NBA), she has worked with 35 former student-athletes who went on to play in the NBA. In addition to her success in developing collegiate athletes into professionals, Hudy has helped Kansas student-athletes stay on the cutting edge of performance training. In the summer of 2012, Kansas became the signature school for the EliteForm training system, which integrates technology into workout sessions to enhance the training and sport performances. In November of 2012, she also integrated Sparta Science Technology by installing six Kistler force plates, which monitor and enhance athlete’s ground reaction forces. Hudy came to Kansas after nine and a half years at the University of Connecticut, where she worked closely with the Huskies’ national champion men’s and women’s basketball teams. In all, Hudy was part of eight national championship teams while at Connecticut: two men’s basketball, five women’s basketball, and one men’s soccer. Hudy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Maryland and her Master of Arts and Sport Biomechanics degree from Connecticut. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a USAW Level I Coach. Additionally, Hudy has her national massage certification.
John Ivy, PhD, FACSM
is the Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair Emeritus at the University of Texas at
Austin. He received his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the
University of Maryland, and trained in physiology and metabolism at Washington
University School of Medicine as a National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral
Fellow. Ivy served on the faculty at the University of Texas for 31 years
and as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education for 13
years. Ivy is the author of over 170 scientific papers, numerous book
chapters, and four books on sports nutrition including the very popular “Nutrient Timing,” which has been
published in four different languages. His research has pioneered our
understanding of muscle metabolism and how nutritional supplementation can
improve exercise performance, recovery, and training adaptation. Ivy is a
Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) and the American College of
Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is a recipient of the Colleges Citation Award. He
is also a member of the American Physiological Society (APS) and the American
College of Nutrition (ACN).
Ian Jeffreys PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA
Ian Jeffreys is a Senior Lecturer in strength and conditioning at the University of Glamorgan, and the Proprietor and Performance Director of All-Pro Performance, a performance enhancement company based in Brecon, Mid Wales. A highly experienced coach, he has worked for over 20 years with numerous athletes and teams from a range of sports and at all levels from juniors to professionals. A former professional rugby player, Jeffreys is the author of Gamespeed, Total Soccer Fitness, the Coaches Guide to Enhancing Recovery, NSCA’s Speed Training Text, and has contributed book chapters to a number of publications including the Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning. He has also authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals internationally, and given keynote presentations at conferences around the world. Jeffreys is the Editor of Professional Strength and Conditioning, the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Associaiton’s (UKSCA’s) professional journal, and an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. He is on the Board of Directors for the UKSCA as well as an accredited member, a certification assessor, and coach educator with the organization. He directs the Talented Athlete Development program for Powys in Wales, directs the athletic development program for Cardiff City Football Club Academy, is a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and was the 2006 NSCA High School Professional of the year.
Jason Karp, Phd
Jason Karp is a
nationally-recognized running and fitness expert, 2011 International
Dance and Exercise Association (IDEA)
Personal Trainer of the Year, and owner of Run-Fit. He holds a PhD in Exercise
Physiology. A prolific writer, Karp has more than 200 articles published in
international running, coaching, and fitness magazines; is the author of five
books, including “Running for Women” and “Running a Marathon For Dummies;” is a
frequent speaker at international fitness and coaching conferences; and won a
team silver medal at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC*E
Joe Kenn has been an active Member of the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1986. A Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®)
since 1990, he was named the NSCA 2002 National Strength and Conditioning
Professional of the Year. He was the 2000 Professional of the Year for the
Mountain West Conference as well as the 1998 Professional of the Year for the
Big West Conference. Kenn earned emeritus status as a Registered Strength and
Conditioning Coach (RSCC) in 2012. He has served the NSCA as a State Director
in Idaho, Arizona, and Kentucky. He received the Bronze award from the NSCA
Certification Agency in 1999. Kenn is currently the Head Strength and
Conditioning Coach for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League
(NFL). He has led programs on the collegiate level at Boise State University,
University of Utah, Arizona State University, and University of Louisville.
Kenn has been published numberous times and has authored two books, “The
Coach’s Strength Training Playook” and “Push, Jump, Punch: A Developmental
Process for Teaching the Power Clean to Athletes.”
Chad Kerksick, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
Chad Kerksick is currently an Assistant Professor of
Exercise Physiology in the Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences Department at
the University of New Mexico. He also serves as the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA) State Director for New Mexico and on the
Executive Council for the Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition Special
Interest Group. His current research investigates the impact of acute and
chronic exercise and nutritional interventions on the physiological,
biochemical, and molecular responses that impact muscle function, hypertrophy,
and atrophy in athletes, elderly, and other clinical populations.
Mark Kovacs, PhD, CSCS, *D, FACSM
Kovacs is a performance physiologist, researcher, and strength and conditioning
professional with over a decade of experience working with elite athletes. He
has directed the Sport Science, Coaching Education, and Strength and
Conditioning departments at the United States Tennis Association as well as
being the Director at the Gatorade Sport Science Institute. Kovacs is a
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®)
through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Fellow of
the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a Certified Tennis Performance
Specialist (CTPS), and a Master Tennis Performance Specialist (MTPS) through
the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA).
William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS, *D, FNSCA
Kraemer is a Full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School
of Education working in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of
Connecticut (UConn). He also holds joint appointments as a Full Professor
in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology and as a Professor of Medicine
at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He was a past
President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was
honored by the NSCA with both their Outstanding Sports Scientist Award in 1992
and the NSCA’s highest award, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. The
NSCA’s Outstanding Sport Scientist Award was also named in his honor in
2006. He was among the first group of Fellows for the NSCA. Kraemer serves
on numerous scientific journal editorial boards and is the current
Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Strength
and Conditioning Research, an Editor for the European Journal of Applied Physiology, an Associate Editor for the
Journal of the American College of
Nutrition, and on the Editorial Boards for Medicine and Science in Sports
and Exercise and the Journal of Applied
Physiology. He has authored and co-authored over 400 peer-reviewed
manuscripts in the scientific literature related to sports medicine, exercise
endocrinology, and sport science. He was awarded the University of
Connecticut’s Research Medal in 2005 and recently in 2009 the UConn Alumni
Association’s “Research Excellence Award in Sciences” for UConn faculty. In
2013, he was rated as the number one research scientist in resistance training
by Expertscape’s objective world analysis of research.
Loren Landow, CSCS, *D
Landow is highly sought after for his ability to analyze and correct
biomechanics. His goal is to maximize human performance, while decreasing the
likelihood of injury. Landow has trained thousands of athletes of all ages and
abilities, including over 500 professional athletes in the National Football
League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB),
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Women’s National Basketball Association
(WNBA), and Olympic athletes. He has presented on the national and
international level in the performance field, and serves as a consultant for
professional and collegiate teams across the country. Landow has developed
the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Prevention Program and ACL Return to Sport
Protocols for the world renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver, CO. His
recent accomplishments include the publication of “My Offseason with the Denver
Broncos: Building a Championship Team (While Nobody’s Watching).” This
past summer he served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach on the 16th season
of the Ultimate Fighter Reality TV Show for Team Carwin. Landow’s passion is
assisting athletes to perform at their peak level on the competition field.
Rhodri Lloyd, PhD, CSCS, *D
Lloyd is currently a Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Health at Cardiff
Metropolitan University. His research interests surround the impact of growth
and maturation on long-term athletic development and the neuromuscular
mechanisms underpinning resistance training adaptations in youth. Lloyd is a
member of the Executive Council for the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA) Youth Training Special Interest Group (SIG), a Board
Director for the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA),
and is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC).
Moh Malek, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FACSM, FNSCA
Moh Malek is
currently an Associate Professor at Wayne State University. He is the Director
of the Integrative Physiology of Exercise Laboratory and Fellow of the American
College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) as well as the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (FNSCA). He is a reviewer for a number
of international sport medicine journals as well as on the Editorial Board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
and the Journal of Strength and
Conditioning Research. Malek has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers related to
neuromuscular, as well as molecular/cellular, aspects of muscle fatigue. One of
his recent studies was selected and evaluated by Faculty of 1000 (F1000) which
placed the article in the top 2% of published articles in biology and medicine.
Malek was also the co-editor for the “NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training (2nd
Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS
J. Bryan Mann has been a strength and conditioning professional for the past 14 years at the Division I level. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Missouri as well as being an Assistant Professor in the departments of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.
Mike Martino, PhD, CSCS
Martino is a tenured Full Professor and the Exercise Science Program
Coordinator at Georgia College. He served as the NSCA Georgia State
Director, Southeast Regional Coordinator, and Chair of the State/Provincial
Director Committee. In addition, he was a USA National Team Swimming Coach from
1990 through 2000, and was a member of the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Advisory
Coaching Staff in Barcelona and Atlanta. He has presented at the state,
regional, national and international levels for the NSCA. He currently
works with the conditioning programs for all sports at Georgia College and is
co-owner of Bodyplex Fitness of Milledgeville, a 38,000 square foot facility
with 30 employees and 10 personal trainers on staff. His current research
includes the physiological responses associated with the battling ropes
training system. In 2012, Martino was recognized as the NSCA Educator of the
Jeff McBride, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
McBride is a Professor of Biomechanics at Appalachian State University in the
Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science. He is the Director of the
Neuromuscular and Biomechanics Laboratory and the Director of graduate studies
in Exercise Science. McBride was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of
Jyvaskyla in Finland and he received his Doctorate in Human Movement from
Southern Cross University in Australia. He completed his Master’s degree in
Exercise Physiology at Pennsylvania State University and his Bachelor’s degree
in Exercise Science from West Virginia University. McBride was awarded the
William J. Kraemer Sports Scientist of the Year from the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2012, in addition to being a Fellow of the
NSCA. He has published 76 research studies in scientific journals and has 110
conference abstract presentations. McBride is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning
Research and the International
Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. He is the Biomechanics
Section Editor for the Journal of Sports
Science and Medicine. He has been a consultant for Hendrick Motorsports of
the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), the United States
Army Special Operations Command (Fort Bragg), and for articles on sport and
exercise in Men’s Health Magazine, Shape Magazine, Popular Science Magazine, U.S.
News and World Report, and the New
John McCarthy, PhD, PT, CSCS, *D, CSPS, FACSM, FNSCA
McCarthy is an Associate Professor in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. He has published numerous research
papers and presented at many national and international conferences on the
physiologic, health-related, and performance adaptations associated with
resistance and aerobic exercise. McCarthy is a fellow of both the National
Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports
Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC, USAW
Patrick McHenry is the Director of Strength and
Conditioning at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, CO. He designs the
lifting and speed/agility programs for all of the strength training classes as
well as works with the school’s 23 varsity sports. He earned his Master’s
degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology from the
University of Northern Colorado. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS, *D®) and a Registered
Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) with the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA). McHenry is also a Certified Club Coach with
USA Weightlifting. McHenry has worked with athletes from youth to the elite
level in a wide variety of sports. He has presented at international and
national strength coaches and physical education conferences. He is published
in books, journals, internet manuals, and videos.
Ron McKeefery, MS, CSCS,*D
McKeefery has served as a strength and conditioning coach at both the
professional and collegiate levels, having worked with such professional
organizations as the Kansas City Royals (Major League Baseball), Tampa Bay
Buccaneers (National Football League, NFL), the Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe),
and served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of
Tennessee (UT). Prior to UT, he spent 10 seasons with the University of South
Florida. At South Florida, he coached 27 NFL Draft Picks and was the NSCA State
Director for Florida. Currently, he is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. Additionally, he has worked with
seven All-Americans, numerous NFL free agents, and All-Conference selections.
He earned a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from the University of
South Florida, and Bachelor degrees in Biology and Physical Education from
Ottawa University. While at Ottawa University, he was a two-sport athlete
earning All-Conference honors in football and track. He was also a two-time
Academic All-American. McKeefery is a Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) through the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Strength and
Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) under the Collegiate Strength and
Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). In 2013, he was awarded the Master
Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) distinction by the CSCCA. He is a nationally
recognized leader in the area of sports development, and was recently awarded the
Under Armor Collegiate Strength and
Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and
Larry Meadors, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RSCC*E
Larry Meadors was named State High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2002 by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National High School Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2003, and was awarded the NSCA President’s Award in 2007. Meadors was inducted into the Minnesota Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame in 2008. This will be Meador’s 50th year as a teacher and a coach.
Arianne Missimer, DPT, RD, FMS, RKC, TPI, CSCS
Missimer has spent the past 15 years in the fitness and nutrition industry,
specializing in performance enhancement and injury prevention through proper
assessment and training methods. In 2002, Missimer received her Bachelor of
Science in Dietetics with a fitness concentration at the University of
Delaware. Her passion for performance training led her to pursue and attain her
Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Neumann University. She is currently
the clinic director and Golf Performance Director at Kinetic Physical Therapy
and owns and operates CORE Fitness, a performance training studio for
recreational and competitive athletes of all levels. Additionally, she is a
Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) Instructor, StrongFirst (SFG) Level 2,
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®)
through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Titleist
Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Medical Professional Level 3, K-Vest
Level 2, Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Specialist, and Selective Functional
Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner. Her personal goal is to restore
optimal health to people of all ages and abilities through proper nutrition,
performance enhancement, and rehabilitation. She presents nationally on her
comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that seamlessly integrates all
aspects of optimal performance and overall health in an effort to bridge the
gap between performance and physical therapy.
Jordan Moon, PhD, CSCS, *D
Moon is currently the MusclePharm Sports Science Center Research Institute
Director, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Colorado State Director, as well as a faculty member for the
Department of Sports Exercise Science at the United States Sports Academy. Moon
is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with
Distinction (CSCS,*D®) through the NSCA and a certified Health and
Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine
(ACSM). He has trained all levels of athletes, including professionals in Major
League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League
(NHL), as well as college athletes, youth, and fitness clients. He has
presented at multiple scientific conferences and has published more than 50
research articles and abstracts in the areas of sports nutrition, human body
composition, and changes regarding age and fitness level.
Tim Morrill, MS, CSCS
of the premier coaches in the fields of speed and agility, strength and
conditioning, health, fitness, and movement, Tim Morrill coaches teams and
individuals on a variety of curricula. Morrill Performance (MP) works locally
in the Boston, MA area as well as around the globe under the MP international
consulting template. After finishing his Master’s degree in Exercise Science,
Morrill founded MP in 2011 as a platform in which to share his knowledge
through writing, video, clinics, and seminars. He is a frequent contributor to USA Ultimate Magazine and USA Ultimate
conferences, has presented at over 60 workshops in nine different countries,
and has spent time working as a Division I strength coach and lecturer at the
University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Most recently, Morrill has spent the past
two years as the strength and speed coach for the notorious Boston Ironside
Ultimate team. He trains out the prestigious Mike Boyle Strength and
Conditioning (MBSC) facilities in Boston, which was named 2011 Men’s Health #1
Gym in America.
Greg Myer, PhD, CSCS, *D, FACSM
Myer is currently the Director of Research and the Human Performance Laboratory
for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical
Center and maintains his primary faculty appointment in the departments of
Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University
of Cincinnati. Over the past decade, Myer has published more than 175 articles
(including over 40 in 2013) in peer-reviewed medical journals, and has
published books and several book chapters related to his research on the
biomechanics of knee injury, sports performance, and knee injury prevention
training. Myer was recognized as the National Strength and Conditioning
Association’s Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year, awarded
the distinction of Fellow from the American College of Sports Medicine, was
appointed as the ACL Study Group’s Traveling Scientist. In 2013, the American
Journal of Sports Medicine recognized his research on how to prevent injury in
young athletes for its significant impact to sports medicine. Myer is serving
or has served as an investigator on several nationally funded grants focused on
injury prevention and rehabilitation which have contributed multi-millions of
research dollars in direct costs to his institution. He is a member of and
lecturer to the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and
Conditioning Association, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and
the National Athletic Training Association and serves as an invited lecturer to
the American Physical Therapy Association. Myer’s primary research interests
reside in the fields of biomechanics and injury prevention in sport and
pediatric exercise science. Myer consults with coaches across the world who
seek to update their own injury prevention strategies for athletes from
preadolescence to the professional level. He is currently serving as an
international consultant to the English Institute of Sport who supports the
talent identification, injury prevention, and rehabilitation for the United
Kingdom’s Olympic Teams. In addition, Myer is currently serving as Senior
Research Advisor to the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Boston,
Shawn Myszka, MS, CSCS, *D
Shawn Myszka is currently the Pro Performance Director of
Explosive Edge Athletics in Minneapolis, MN, which trains many of the top
athletes in the state on all levels on an annual basis. Myszka is entrusted
with the personal consulting of numerous NFL players, which solidifies him as
one of the top “go-to” guys across the league for players to take their
performance to the limits of their potential. He also serves as a consultant to
coaches at numerous professional and collegiate athletic programs
nationwide. He is a former National-level competitive bodybuilder who has
become a sought-after clinician and leader in the field of sport-specific power
development, the transfer of training to sport performance, and developing
mastery in the movement of athletes at all levels of qualification. He is a
frequent presenter at strength coach and sports conferences nationwide. At the
beginning of 2014, he introduced a new brand, Movement Mastery, into the
industry which has the purpose of helping training professionals of all kinds
to understand the process involved in attaining optimal movement for athletes
in all sporting disciplines more fully. Finally, he was a founding member of the Minnesota National
Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Advisory Board and was voted the
2008 Minnesota NSCA Trainer of the Year.
Sophia Nimphius, PhD, CSCS, *D
Nimphius is a Senior Lecturer in the subject of strength and conditioning at
Edith Cowan University. She has been recognized by organizations such as, the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Australian Strength and
Conditioning Association (ASCA), and Exercise and Sports Science Australia
(ESSA) for her research efforts. Nimphius has presented at over 20 national and
international conferences on assessment and development of athlete performance,
change of direction and agility performance, bone adaptations in athletes, and
neuromuscular fatigue monitoring. Nimphius has been a strength and conditioning
coach in both the United States and Australia and continues to work with
national and state level softball players in Western Australia. She is
currently involved with several collaborative research and coaching education
efforts at the elite, collegiate, and junior level in a variety of sports.
Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS, *D, RSCC*E
Nitka has served two terms on the Board of Directors for the National Strength
and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has represented the NSCA nationally and
internationally. Nitka’s presentations are based on 35 years of practical
experience with teaching strength and power development classes at Muskego High
School in Muskego, WI.
Robert Panariello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Panariello is a Founding Partner and Chief Clinical Officer with Professional
Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and the Professional Athletic
Performance Center located in New York. He has more than 30 years of experience
in the related fields of sports physical therapy, athletic training, and the
performance training of athletes. Panariello previously held the positions of
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. John’s University of New York (1986
– 1995), the World League of American Football New York/New Jersey Knights
(1991), and the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) New York Power Women’s
Professional Soccer team (2001 – 2002). Panariello has authored more than 60
peer-reviewed articles and book chapter publications. He continues to work with
many professional athletes from the National Football League (NFL), National
Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey
League (NHL), as well as collegiate and university teams, coaches, and
non-professional athletes. He is the former Chair of the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Commission and received the
prestigious NSCA’s Presidents Award in 1998.
Sally Paulson, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D
Paulson is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science at Shippensburg
University of Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports
Medicine from the University of Detroit Mercy; a Master of Arts degree in
Physical Education with an option in Athletic Training Education from
California State University, Chico; and a Doctorate in Kinesiology from the
University of Arkansas. Paulson has been an active member within the National
Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1998 and is a Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®)
and a Certified Athletic Trainer. Paulson’s research interests include gait
analysis of aging adults and adults with developmental disabilities, collegiate
athletes’ acute response to parachute training and various footwear, and the
effects of employer wellness programs in university employees.
Tim Pelot, MS, CSCS
Pelot has been in the strength and conditioning field for the past 15 years,
including working as a strength and conditioning coach in the collegiate
setting. He coached at all three of United States (U.S.) Olympic Training
Centers: Chula Vista, CA; Lake Placid, NY; and Colorado Springs, CO. While
coaching at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, Pelot trained the U.S. National
men’s and women’s teams in the following sport disciplines: bobsled, skeleton,
luge, alpine ski, aerial ski, freestyle ski, canoe, kayak, freestyle and
Greco-Roman wrestling, volleyball, track cycling, judo, speed skating-short
track, swimming (mid- to long-distance), beach volleyball, and water polo.
Recently, Pelot has helped his teams achieve two gold medals, one silver medal,
and one bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Edward, Perlak, CSCS, RSCC
Perlak is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Elon University. His
previous experience includes serving as the Head Strength and Conditioning
Coach at Fordham University, the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Iona
College, and a graduate assistant/assistant strength and conditioning coach at
Temple University. Perlak holds credentials through the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist® (CSCS®) and as a Registered Strength and
Conditioning Coach (RSCC).
Cheryl Richardson, MS, CSCS
Cheryl Richardson serves as the Senior Director of Programs for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). In this role as a subject matter expert, she directs professional program development related to youth physical activity, physical education, sport, and kinesiology. Specific areas of focus include practice of teachers in PK-12 schools and other youth-serving settings, leadership support for youth-service sport and physical activity programs, and professional preparation for those working in such programs. In addition to representing the association to external organizations and the media, she serves as a content expert to members. Richardson has managed several initiatives including the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) Director of Physical Activity Certification program, developed content for AAHPERD’s Let’s Move in School (LMIS) initiative, and raised interest in NASPE national initiatives such as PE2020 which focuses on the future of physical education.
Peter Ronai, MS, CSCS,*D, CSPS, NSCA-CPT,*D, FACSM
Ronai is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy
and Human Movement Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CN. He is
a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is
past-president of the New England Chapter of ACSM (NEACSM), and an Associate
Editor and the Special Populations column editor for the National Strength and
Conditioning Association’s Strength and
Conditioning Journal (SCJ).
Martin Rooney, MHS, PT, CSCS
Martin Rooney is an internationally recognized fitness expert, best-selling author, and highly sought-after presenter. Rooney earned his Master of Health Science and Bachelor of Physical Therapy degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science from Furman University. He is the creator of the Training for Warriors (TFW) System and partner of the Parisi Speed School national franchise. His TFW System is now operated in over 130 facilities worldwide and over 2,500 trainers and coaches have been certified in his TFW certification program. His training programs have been used by over one million athletes and adults. Rooney has delivered presentations to Fortune 500 companies such as Marriott International, Nike and Hasbro, Military Organizations like the Army Rangers and Navy SEALs, and he consulted professional sports teams like the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, and New York Giants. His university clientele has included Arizona State University, University of Alabama, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, and Montana State University. He has trained athletes from the NFL, MLB, UFC, NBA, WNBA, and numerous top Division I colleges across the country. He has also trained numerous Olympic medalists, All-Americans, and World Champions. In addition, he has written three best-selling books “Warrior Cardio,” “Ultimate Warrior Workouts,” and “Training for Warriors” which have sold over 100,000 copies combined.
David Ruiz, DAT, CSCS
Ruiz currently serves as a rehabilitation coordinator at the University of
Idaho. Ruiz has a focus on simplifying laboratory-based movement assessment so
that they can be implemented in the weight room, on the field, and in the
athletic training room appropriately.
Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS, *D, USAW, USATF, FNSCA
Juan Carlos Santana received
his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic
University. He has been a Member of the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1994. In his
18 years with the NSCA, he has served as Vice President, served two terms on
the Board of Directors, was a Conference Committee member, was the Chair of the
Sports Specific Conference, and served as the Florida State
Director. Santana has produced over 70 videos, written 14 books, and
published over 200 articles in the area of strength and conditioning. He now
serves as the CEO and Director of the Institute of Human Performance in Boca
Raton, FL, where he trains over 20 combat athletes, as well as, police, SWAT,
and Special Forces operators from the military. He holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist® (CSCS®) through the NSCA and a certified
Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine
(ACSM). Santana is also certified as a Senior Coach and Club Coach Course
Instructor with USA Weightlifting, and a Level I Coach with the USA Track and
Mike Saunders, PhD
Mike Saunders is a Professor in the Department of
Kinesiology at James Madison University (JMU), and Director of JMU’s Human
Performance Laboratory. His research has investigated the role of nutritional interventions
to promote improved performance and recovery in endurance athletes. He has
conducted numerous studies examining the effects of carbohydrate and protein
(and their co-ingestion) during and following exercise. Saunders was also
a recipient of JMU’s Madison Scholar Award for research excellence.
Leslie Schilling, RD, CSCS
Leslie Schilling specializes
in sports nutrition and eating disorders. She works with teams, trainers,
physicians, and coaches to help identify those at risk for eating disorders.
Schilling owns and operates Schilling Nutrition Therapy, LLC in Memphis, TN and
is a professional speaker.
Brad Schoenfeld, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Brad Schoenfeld is
widely regarded as one of America’s leading fitness authorities. He has been
published or appeared internationally in over 1,000 magazine and newspaper
articles and has been featured on hundreds of television shows and radio
programs across the United States, as well as authoring more than 30
peer-reviewed publications. He is a bestselling fitness author with eight
published books that total more than 400,000 copies in print. Schoenfeld is a
lecturer in the Exercise Science Department at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY.
As a trainer, he has worked with numerous high-level athletes and physique
competitors, including many top professionals. He earned his Master’s degree in
Exercise Science from the University of Texas and is currently pursuing his PhD
in Health Science at Rocky Mountain University. His research focuses on
elucidating optimal resistance training regimens to maximize muscle growth. In
2011, Schoenfeld was named the NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year.
James Schwind, MS, CSCS, USAW-1
Justin Schwind, who previously had worked with head coach Joey Jones at Birmingham-Southern, is beginning his fifth season on the South Alabama staff as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. In his role, Schwind is responsible for designing and implementing football’s strength and conditioning program, supervising the day-to-day operation of the football weight room and overseeing a staff that includes two full-time assistants as well as graduate and student assistants. He also assisted in the design of the weight room facility that is part of the program’s $10 million field house. His efforts with the Jaguar football program led to his being named the 2011 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by Samson Equipment. Schwind was one of nine individuals recognized by the company, which honors recipients each year including strength and conditioning coaches from the National Football League, all college divisions and a pair of high school coaches. Schwind also works directly with the school’s men’s golf team, and he has a hand in supervising the strength and conditioning programs for each of USA’s 17 sports. He was at BSC for two years as the school’s head strength and conditioning coach, where he was responsible for working with all 21 programs. In addition to maintaining a schedule for both teams as well as his student assistant staff, Schwind supervised the day-to-day operations of three weight rooms — he was responsible for helping to design one of those as well. Schwind earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Texas State in 2004, getting his start in the profession as a student assistant for the school as he worked primarily with the Bobcats’ baseball and football teams. After serving as a strength and conditioning intern at Rice, where he also assisted with neuroscience research at Baylor’s College of Medicine on a study involving athletic performance and visualization, he would go on to work as a graduate assistant for two years at Mississippi State. While in Starkville, he designed and maintained strength and conditioning programs for MSU’s track and field, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s golf teams. He would earn his master’s degree from Mississippi State in physical education in 2007. Schwind is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), United States Weightlifting Association (USAW) and the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), and has received his crossfit football certification as well.
Katie Sell, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F
Sell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Professions and
Kinesiology at Hofstra University. She currently teaches undergraduate and
graduate courses in exercise physiology, physical fitness assessment, and
research methods. Her primary research interests lie in the area of physical
fitness assessment and exercise programming for wildland firefighters. She is
currently on the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning SIG Executive Council.
Jeremy Sheppard, PhD, CSCS, *D
Jeremy Sheppard is the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Surfing Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport funded National Sporting Organisation for the sport of competitive surfing. As part of this role, through his position at Edith Cowan University, he mentors graduate students (including PhD students) who work as strength and conditioning coaches and sport scientists in the Surfing Australia Elite Athlete Program. Prior to this, he has worked for the Australian Volleyball Federation, Australian Institute of Sport, Canadian Sports Institute, as well as college and professional teams. Along with his credentials in Olympic lifting and strength and conditioning, Sheppard completed his PhD on vertical jump testing and training methods from Edith Cowan University, his Master’s degree on agility assessment from the University of Ballarat, his post-graduate diploma in Coaching from the National Coaching Institute of Canada, and an undergraduate degree on human movement. He has collaborated on numerous research and educations initiatives, with more than 50 subsequent peer-reviewed research manuscripts and abstracts published and 10 book chapters on strength and conditioning. Sheppard also serves as a reviewer and editorial board member for several journals in the field, and is a board member of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. He has presented on strength and conditioning in Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Australia.
Sean Skahan, CSCS, FMS, USAW-1
Skahan just completed his 12th season as the Strength and Conditioning Coach
for the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League (NHL) team. Joining the club in
2002, Skahan is responsible for the overall strength and conditioning program
for all players in the Ducks’ system. Skahan also coordinates all off-ice
training at the club’s annual prospect conditioning camp. Prior to working with
the Ducks, Skahan was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach at Boston
College for the 2001 – 2002 season. In 2000 – 2001, he
was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of North
Dakota. While earning his Master’s degree in Kinesiology, he worked as a
Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of
Minnesota in 1999 – 2000. Skahan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise
Physiology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1998. Skahan
also holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and USA Weightlifting
(USAW). He is also certified as a Certified Kettlebell Movement Specialist
(CK-FMS) and a StrongFirst Level 1 instructor. Skahan also presents at strength
and conditioning conferences worldwide when his schedule permits.
Emily Splichal, MD
Michael Stierli, MSc, CSCS, TSAC-F
Stierli is a Sergeant with the New South Wales Police Force based in Sydney,
Australia where he is the Health and Fitness Officer, Physical Training
Instructor’s Coordinator, as well as a Weapons and Defensive Tactics
Instructor. He initiated the creation of the Physical Training Instructors
(PTI) program that was designed, developed, and implemented within the
organization and includes curriculum development, training delivery, and
mentoring of PTI’s across the state. Stierli is a frequently sought-after
presenter both in Australia and internationally, on topics such as human
performance and tactical strength and conditioning. He has recently accepted a
role as a member of the Editorial Review Panel for the NSCA’s TSAC Report and is the education
coordinator and international liaison for the Australian Strength and Conditioning
Association (ASCA) TSAC Program. Stierli is the recipient of the 2013 New South
Wales Police Commissioners Award for the best individual contribution to
workplace health and safety. He is also the winner of the 2013 Treasury Managed
Fund Award for Excellence in Injury Management for his prediction and
remediating of police officers at risk of injury through a structured fitness
David Stodden, PhD, CSCS
Stodden is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina in the
Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training. His research focuses on
neuromotor coordination and control development as well as how it relates to
multiple aspects of youth physical development and its application to long-term
athletic development. Previously, Stodden has developed undergraduate and
graduate programs in strength and conditioning at Bowling Green State and Texas
Tech University, served as a minor league baseball strength and conditioning
coach and consultant for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball (MLB)
organization, and worked as a research assistant at the American Sports
Medicine Institute (ASMI).
Thompson is the National Director of Personal Training Services at Wellbridge,
a Denver-based company. She works hands-on with 19 personal training managers
and over 350 personal trainers. In her role, she is involved in all club
operations but primarily on how they integrate and retain members through
personal training, small group programming, and nutrition services. She is a
seasoned business executive and is highly respected in the fitness and
franchise industries. For over 20 years, she has worked in commercial clubs as
Fitness Manager, Sports Director, General Manager, and then National Personal
Training Director. Under Thompson’s leadership, these clubs offered some of the
most sought after internship programs for fitness professionals in the country,
and built the Business Building System that Wellbridge uses to integrate
personal trainers successfully. She also launched the inaugural season of the
National Women’s Basketball League (NWBL) and served as General Manager for the
San Diego Waves team for three years. She is passionate about furthering the
professionalism and expertise for personal trainers and providing opportunities
for development and career advancement. She has been a presenter and author for
franchise and fitness over the last two decades, lecturing on topics of
leadership, management, and health. She currently serves as the Program
Director Committee Chair for IDEA, and is an Industry Advisory Panelist for the
American Council on Exercise (ACE) and was the Co-Chair for the San Diego
Women’s Franchise Network Chapter through the International Franchising
Association (IFA). Thompson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health
Education from George Mason University and multiple National certifications in
strength and conditioning and lifestyle weight management. She was a two-sport
collegiate and semi-professional athlete, which naturally led her to a career
as a fitness professional and health educator.
Michael Tromello, MA, PT, CSCS, USAW-1
Michael Tromello graduated from Occidental College with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. He has spent five seasons as the Strength and Conditioning and Secondary coach for the Occidental College Football team. Tromello took over as the Middle School Strength and Conditioning Coach at Harvard-Westlake School where he was put in charge of the schools developmental strength and conditioning program. In addition to his work at Harvard-Westlake School, Tromello also is an accomplished weightlifting coach, coaching three athletes to the national level. With over 17 different certifications, has a lot of experience working with athletes or just those who are looking to get in shape.
Mark Uyeyama, MEd, CSCS
Uyeyama will be starting his seventh season with the San Francisco 49ers this
fall. It will be his fourth as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach after
having served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2008 to
2010. In 2011, Uyeyama was named Samson Equipment’s NFL Strength and
Conditioning Coach of the Year by American
Football Monthly. Uyeyama is responsible for overseeing the team’s physical
preparation. This includes enhancing the development of bio-motor abilities,
bio-dynamic, bio-energetic, recovery, and regeneration. He brings an
individualized approach to the preparation within a team-based context. Since
joining the 49ers in 2008, Uyeyama has sent 15 players to the Pro Bowl,
including 12 that were selected as All-Pros. Uyeyama served as the Head
Strength and Conditioning Coach at Utah State University from 2004 to 2007. In
May of 2000, Uyeyama graduated from the University of Utah while working as a
student assistant strength coach for two years. He then became a graduate
assistant before moving to another graduate assistant position at Arizona State
from 2001 to 2003, when he was promoted to a full-time assistant. Prior to
working in the strength and conditioning field, Uyeyama played football at
Butte Community College in Oroville, CA and Northern State University in
Aberdeen, SD. He earned a Master’s degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education
in May of 2003.
Ken Vick is the owner of VSP Consulting, owns an 18,000 sq ft training center in Redondo Beach, CA and serves as the High Performance Director for Velocity Sports Performance. With Velocity, he utilizes his decades of experience in strength and conditioning, teams, and sports medicine settings to oversee Integrated Support Teams (sports performance, sports med, nutrition, regeneration, psychology, etc.) deployed to elite teams, organizations, and athletes throughout the U.S. and around the world. He also oversees the franchise’s internal education and program development. Vick has over 20 years of coaching experience in speed, strength, and athletic performance as well as coaching international-level athletes in weightlifting. In recent years, he has lead Velocity’s elite NFL Combination program producing 20 first round draft picks, and over 100 players going to the NFL. Over the course of his career he has coached hundreds of elite athletes representing the NFL, NBA, NHL, UFC, AVP, in eight Olympic games, and over 50 NCAA Division I and NAIA schools. Vick’s expertise has been relied on by numerous sports organizations including the Chinese Olympic Committee, USA Weightlifting, USA Soccer, the Los Angeles Clippers, the British Volleyball Federation, as well as Nike and Under Amour.
Jacob Wilson, PhD, CSCS, *D
Nicholas Winkelman, MSc, CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT, *D
Winkelman is the Director of Training Systems and Education for EXOS (formerly
Athletes’ Performance) located in Phoenix, AZ. He oversees the Performance
Education Department which delivers a 3-phase mentorship program to over 500
participants a year across 6 continents. Winkelman has a parallel role as the
Director of Training Systems where he is responsible for the sustained growth
and development of the EXOS Training System across all facilities and remote
coaching locations. This role also includes program development, product
analysis and integration, and off-site performance consulting. As a strength
and conditioning coach, he oversees the speed and testing component of the EXOS
National Football League (NFL) Combine Development Program. Winkelman received
his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science through Oregon State
University and his Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning through Edith
Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate
degree through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals with a
dissertation focus in Motor Learning and Sprinting. He is an internationally
recognized speaker on all topics pertaining to human performance and has
multiple publications, as well as serving as the NSCA State Director for
Megan Young, MEd, CSCS, USAW-1, USAWTF
Young is in her sixth year at Auburn University. She was promoted to her current
position as strength coach for women’s basketball and soccer in July 2010. As
an intern at Auburn, she worked with championship teams in baseball, football,
women’s soccer, and women’s basketball. A native of Durham, NC, Young came to
Auburn after earning her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology with an
emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from Baylor University. While at
Baylor, Young worked directly with the football and basketball teams while
assisting with other sports in speed, strength, and explosive
training. Prior to her time at Baylor, she served as a strength and
conditioning intern at her alma mater, University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from
UNC-Wilmington, and was a four-year varsity athlete of the track and field team
as a thrower. Currently, Young is working towards her Doctorate in Adult
Education at Auburn University. Young holds certifications from the Collegiate
Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA), USA Weightlifting (USAW), and USA Track and
Michael Zourdos, PhD, CSCS
Michael Zourdos is an Assistant Professor in Exercise Science with a Specialization in Strength and Conditioning and Skeletal Muscle Physiology at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, FL. He earned his PhD in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University (FSU) in 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Jeong-Su Kim. Prior to attending FSU, Zourdos received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Marietta College and his Master of Science degree in Applied Health Physiology from Salisbury University. While at Salisbury, he also served as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for all sports teams. Further, Zourdos served as the Head Powerlifting Coach of FSU’s 2011 and 2012 State Championship teams and currently serves as FAU’s Head Coach in addition to being a faculty member. His research focuses on optimizing periodization and program design methods, along with improving training efficiency, examining skeletal muscle adaptations, and the inflammatory response to exercise.
Jorge Zuniga, PhD
Zuniga received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Cardinal R.
Silva Henriquez Catholic University in 2003, a Master’s degree in Exercise
Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007, and then a Doctorate
in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member
of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and
Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is currently an Assistant Professor at
Creighton University and his main research interests include evaluation of
muscle function, neuromuscular fatigue, and nutritional supplementation.