The NSCA bridges the gap between fitness and healthcare professionals to help those with chronic and temporary health conditions

The NSCA's newest credential encourages a higher level of competence among its certified members.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – With obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions on the rise in the U.S., the importance of regular exercise has never been greater. The demand for a cost-effective, quality health program for Medicare-qualified adults is also rapidly increasing. In response to these needs, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) plans to prepare its members with an advanced program with the NSCA’s Certified Special Populations Specialist (CSPS) certification.

CSPSs, in collaboration with healthcare professionals, are well equipped to work with a wide diversity of individuals regarding their health and fitness needs. CSPSs are distinguishable in the fitness industry by designing safe, effective and preventative exercise programs for clients whose needs range from a hypertension diagnosis to those who have recently been released from medical care.

“The NSCA serves a wide spectrum of members,” says Dr. Steven Fleck, NSCA Board President-Elect, “It’s also important to supply our members with a program that can be used to serve a wide spectrum of clients.” The range of individuals seen by fitness professionals is as vast as the range of patients treated by a family doctor.

For the past couple of years, the NSCA brought together an expert committee of doctors, clinicians, and fitness professionals to develop the CSPS certification. This committee established a list of essential knowledge, skills, and abilities when designing exercise programs for individuals with unique needs. The scope of the CSPS makes it one of the most comprehensive special populations certification in the fitness industry.

“It’s critical to continue increasing our efforts to improve overall health and fitness,” says Dr. Jill Bush, NSCA Board Vice President, “Let’s also give our members who interact with higher-risk clients the best certification to improve lives and increase the healing process of those who have chronic conditions.”

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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 over 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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