Indianapolis Prepares to Host the Nation’s Top Coaches, and Strength and Conditioning Professionals

Pros will gather for unparalleled opportunities to learn from the industry elite and to master the latest training techniques.

December 8, 2013 - This January, Indianapolis will host the country’s most important gathering of top high school, college and professional coaches, as well as strength and conditioning professionals, sports researchers and physical therapists. The 2014 National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Coaches Conference is where the elite will gather for hands-on training sessions and cutting-edge presentations that they will use to build outstanding programs for athletes of all ages, from those enrolled in children’s soccer leagues to adults competing in college and professional sports.

As the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, the NSCA ( is excited to present a conference program filled with a combination of educational and hands-on training presentations. These presentations include details on the safest programs and exercises for speed, agility and power, as well as presentations on nutrition.

Participants will also hear keynote speaker Joe Ehrmann, the Coach for America. Ehrmann is an inspirational athlete and coach whose truest leadership accomplishments came after his playing days were over. Upon completion of his time as a defensive lineman in the NFL, Ehrmann dedicated his time to promoting growth, teamwork, effectiveness and individual responsibility in a variety of environments from athletics to the corporate world.

Distinctive educational opportunities
This is a national conference like none other. The pros return to their hometowns with skills and knowledge that are shared with students, clients, friends, family and neighbors. Some of the presentations include:

Evaluating Sports Supplements: Which Ones are Effective and Which are a Waste of Money?
Since the advent of the Internet, misinformation can spread at lightning speed. Sports dietitian and three-sport collegiate athlete Maria Spano, MS, CSCS will explain how to cut through the hype and determine which dietary supplements are backed by credible science and have been shown to work safely in real-world examples.

Becoming a Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach
What does it take to achieve this gold standard in coaching professionalism?

Matthew Krause, MA, ATC, CSCS, *D, RSCC*D, is entering his 11th season in the Cincinnati Reds organization and is considered one of the best in this field. He will review the education paths, certification requirements, how to gain experience, how to network and the personal commitment needed to achieve certification.

Torso Training for Performance
From therapy to performance, core/trunk training has been a hot topic of discussion in recent years for its use in decreasing the likelihood of injury. This session will be conducted by Loren Landow, CSCS, *D, who is highly sought after for his ability to analyze and correct biomechanics. He has trained thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities, including over 500 professional athletes in the National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Women’s National Basketball Association and Olympic medalists.

How to Defeat Bigger Schools with Your Strength and Conditioning Program
Randy Vanderbush, MS, CSCS, will discuss proven strategies to close the gap and then pass the bigger schools in competition. Smaller schools must have multiple sport athletes and in this session, Vanderbush will present techniques and ideas for attendees to improve the performance of these athletes in and out of season.

High School Strength and Conditioning FAQ
After 30 years of high school strength coaching, having had coaches from more than 300 different high schools visit his program, and having had the opportunity to speak at national, regional and statewide clinics, Kevin Vanderbush, MS, CSCS, *D, RSCC, *E, has found that there are frequently asked questions concerning the issues faced at the high school level.

The NSCA’s Coaches Conference will be held January 10-11, 2014 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. For a complete list of presentations and additional information about the nonstop activities to be held during this event, visit

Media Note: To schedule an interview or to arrange to cover the NSCA’s Coaches Conference, contact Greg Nockleby at 800.815.6826.

About the National Strength & Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.

Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. These individuals are all in pursuit of achieving a common goal—the utilization of proper strength training and conditioning to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.

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