Pros will reconvene in San Antonio to discuss safe, effective strength & conditioning training strategies

December 8, 2011 - Top coaches and others will gather to learn the latest on everything from the right nutrition for high school athletes to handling medical emergencies on the playing field.

This January, San Antonio will once again host fitness professionals from around the nation who are anxious to learn about the latest techniques for athletic performance and fitness training. Hundreds of strength and conditioning coaches, sports researchers and others will attend the 2012 National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Coaches Conference. The information they bring back will help them to build outstanding athletes and teams, from Little Leaguers to the college and professional levels.

This year’s conference program is an exciting combination of presentations, including details on the safest programs and exercises for speed, agility and power, as well as presentations on nutrition, recognizing and preventing health emergencies on the field, and post-surgical return to sports.

Participants will also gather to hear keynote speaker Mack Brown, head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Awards honoring the Collegiate Strength Coach and Assistant Strength Coach of the Year also will be presented.

Many coming to prepare for world-class certification

The NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer certifications are the industry’s gold standards. NSCA’s National Conference provides an opportunity for these fitness professionals from around the world to learn what it takes to earn one of these prestigious distinctions. Certification testing is also done during the conference. Others attend to accrue the valuable Continuing Education Units necessary for re-certification.

Incredible educational opportunities

From the morning workout to its many hands-on interactive training sessions, this is a national conference like none other. The pros will return to their hometowns with skills and knowledge that will likely be shared with students, clients, friends, family and neighbors. Some of the presentations include:

Is it too hot for practice?

Each year as temperatures rise, concerns for the welfare of student athletes make headlines. Sourav Podder, MD, NCAA will cover the prevalence, pathophysiology and emergent management of such heat-related issues.

A great new training idea – or just hype?

Al Vermeil, CSCS, will give the coaches a clearer understanding of what should comprise a training program, and what is a waste of time and just hype. With this information, coaches can be more critical of what they glean from the Internet and other information sources and avoid implementing training methods that have little value to improving performance and discourage some of the most valuable and effective methods.

How to avoid overtraining

Yes, your body does need a break now and then. Overtraining has been a concept and perceived problem in athlete training since the beginning of sport. However, today the idea has become confusing and complex. Bill Sands, PhD, FACSM will define overtraining, address various overtraining concepts and examine how to prevent, avoid and treat overtraining.

What to feed your teenage athlete

Basic nutritional needs of children differ from adults, but what about high school students who are in between? Lonnie Lowery, PhD, RD, LD will discuss the nutritional needs and monitoring of young adults to help ensure adequacy and athletic recovery. Coaches will learn about specific monitoring tools that can be used to screen for potential problems. The nutritionist-coach relationship, as well as dietary supplements, also will be discussed.

Cardiac emergencies among younger athletes

Sudden cardiac death is a highly sensitive and tragic topic. It occurs in colleges and high schools at a more alarming rate than most realize. Recently published incident rates, statistics, literature, populations and sports most affected will be addressed by Andrew Smith, MS, ATC, NCAA Health & Safety Committee. Participants will learn about preventive testing; how to recognize signs, symptoms and onset; and what measures to take in response. Smith will also cover the responsibility shared by the sports medicine, and strength and conditioning staffs.

The NSCA’s Coaches Conference will be held January 6-7, 2012 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio. 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 719-632-6722.

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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