Conference Enables Our Nation’s First Responders to get Tactical Strength & Conditioning Training

Military, firefighters and law enforcement will learn the latest safe and effective methods specific to the unique demands of their jobs.

SAN DIEGO - For our nation’s first responders to protect us, they must be able to handle the physical demands of their jobs while minimizing the risk of injury to themselves and those whose lives they are trying to save. On April 15-17, some of the country’s leading experts in this field will gather in at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley for the annual Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference (TSAC) – where they will share cutting edge training information and engage in hands-on sessions with hundreds of first responder trainers from across the country.

Sponsored by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) ( the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, this comprehensive conference encompasses all aspects of tactical strength and conditioning including injury prevention, testing and evaluation, nutrition and load carriage.

Among the valuable sessions available during this Conference are:

Training Specialized Law Enforcement Units: A Proven Approach, Jason Dudley, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F
This session will cover the progression of the strength and conditioning program for the Colorado Springs Police Department SWAT team over the last three years. Injury reduction, resistance training, and conditioning methods will be covered as well as the mistakes made, lessons learned, and the overall results.

Running Sessions with Little or No Equipment, Mick Stierli, MExSc, CSCS, TSAC-F
One common issue in law enforcement is a lack of facilities or equipment with which to do physical training. Using only the human body as the equipment, this session will show that the only restriction on session planning is your imagination. Practical ideas and demonstrations will be provided to attendees to enable them to implement training sessions with little or no equipment in their departments immediately.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: A Step-by-Step Program for Implementing Performance-Based Standards, Paul Davis, PhD
Public safety employees have a duty to protect and serve. This transcends the typical workday of most Americans and comes with expectations beyond just showing up to collect a paycheck. This session will examine the critical tasks and steps of implementing job-related retention standards within the emergency services. While hiring standards are essential in capturing qualified applicants, it is far more important that the individuals who are hired can actually do the job for which they were hired. Real-life case studies from both law enforcement and fire and rescue will serve as the basis for this session.

Everything You Knew About Back Pain is Wrong?, John Hofman, MS, CSCS
Low back pain is common in everyone. It is only a matter of time before we all suffer from it. The funny thing is we all have slips or bulging disks, so the real question is why does it hurt you and not me? This session will cover many common ailments that are specific to firefighters who have low back pain and how they are brought on by overuse, poor compensation, and improper motor patterns. Specific focus will be provided to hip and thoracic mobility and how to properly strengthen the core to help with injury prevention.

Making Exercise Matter- An Evidence-Based Approach to Firefighter Fitness, David Frost, MS, CSCS,*D
Injuries cost the fire service billions of dollars annually. This session will discuss the latest research in exercise program design for occupational athletes. Attendees will learn how to evaluate their capacity, prevent future injury, and improve performance over the duration of a career. An integrated approach to training based on years of research will be introduced so that attendees leave knowing how to become physically prepared for the rigors of firefighting and emergency medical service operations.

The NSCA’s TSAC Conference will be held April 15-17, 2014 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. 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 TSAC 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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