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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.

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 10-12, some of the country’s leading experts in this field will gather at the M Resort and Spa in Las Vegas 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.

Hosted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (, 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.

This year’s keynote speaker will be former U.S. Navy SEAL Stew Smith, CSCS, who will discuss the need for physical training among tactical populations. The author of several fitness books, Smith has trained thousands of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, FBI, ERT and other military, law enforcement and firefighter professions.

Among the valuable sessions available during this Conference are:

  • Physical Training to Optimize Load Carriage, presented by Dr. Paul Henning, CSCS. Dr. Henning is a research physiologist in the Military Performance Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, the Army’s premier research organization for war fighter performance and environmental medicine. He will discuss a task analysis of load carriage for different tactical occupations, and the fitness components needed to improve these tasks.
  • High-Intensity Tactical Training, presented by Ryan Massimo, CSCS. Massimo, the combat fitness program manager for the U.S. Marine Corp, will conduct a hands-on session to allow attendees to participate in movements and exercises that focus on operational combat as it relates to endurance, speed, strength, agility, and power in order to be successful in task- specific situations while reducing the likelihood of injury.
  • The Need for Strength Training Among Tactical Populations, presented by Matt Wenning, MS. One of the best power lifters of his generation, Wenning has worked with NFL players, firefighters and tri-athletes. He will cover strength training and programming for tactical populations, showing why strength is important, how to implement a strength training program, and the best methods for utilizing weight training for tactical purposes.

The NSCA’s TSAC Conference will be held April 10-12, 2012 at the M Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. For a complete list of presentations and additional information about the nonstop activities to be held during this event, visit

Media Note: For additional information, to make arrangements to attend a conference presentation, or to schedule an interview, please 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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