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Welcome to the 2013 TSAC Conference

The National Strength and Conditioning Association invites you to attend the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference in Norfolk, VA.

The NSCA’s 2013 Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference is set to bring you an outstanding conference packed with cutting-edge research and direct application for tactical professionals. Join us in Norfolk, VA and engage in specialized tracks geared toward the demands of military, law enforcement and fire/rescue personnel. You’ll learn from leaders in their respective fields including Mark Stephenson, Mick Stierli and Jill Napoletan Craig, to name a few.

Firefighter

Break a sweat in hands-on sessions with topics like:  

  • Training with Limited Resources & Space   
  • High-Intensity Training  
  • Speed & Power Development    

Lectures cover important subjects like improving Health, Safety & Performance, Development of Self-Directed Programs, Heart Rate Variability & Recovery, and more to promote fitness and wellness when training tactical professionals.

Get certified! Sit for the new Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator™ (TSAC-F™) exam.

Paul Davis  Creator of the Firefighter Combat Challenge (in its 19th season) and the Army’s Best Ranger Competition
Syl Lemelin  Manages and administers occupational physical abilities testing for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Frank Palkoska   Director of the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School and developed the physical readiness training doctrine for the Army
Gray Cook  Creator of the Functional Movement Screen, a widely used assessment tool with Tactical populations
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2013 NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference

Tuesday, April 16 - Thursday, April 18, 2013   

Use the links on the left to view the conference event schedule by day. 

All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.   

Norfolk 

Marriott Norfolk Waterside

235 E. Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

$129 per night  

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OVERFLOW HOTEL INFORMATION: 

Courtyard Norfolk Downtown

520 Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510 

$89.00 per night (rate good until March 26th) 

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The Norfolk Waterside Marriott is a staple of the Elizabeth River skyline and offers prime access to riverside fun. Located in the heart of the historic district, it combines striking river views with classic, old-world comforts. Stay in and dine at one of three on-site restaurants, including the world-famous Shula’s 347 Steakhouse, or explore the neighborhood fare with a variety of eateries within walking distance.

Outside the TSAC Conference, look for adventure at Busch Gardens Old Country, Virginia Beach, or First Landing State Park. Interested in history or science? Visit the Nauticus Maritime Museum/USS Wisconsin or Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Take in some art and culture at the Chrysler Museum of Art or the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Indicate that you wish to be under the National Strength and Conditioning Association 2013 room block. Hotel reservations made after March 24, 2013 will only be confirmed on a space available basis.

All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to change location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice. 

Conference Rates

  Before 2/22/2013    2/22-3/29/2013   

 After 3/29/2013 

Registration $315 $365 $415
One Day Only  $210 $260 $310
Program Book* $25 $25 $25


Cutoff dates are by postmark

*All registered attendees will receive the speaker presentations electronically, the $25 is if you would prefer the printed program book.

REFUND POLICY  

All refund requests must be submitted in WRITING and should include the reason for cancellation. NO refunds will be accepted via phone.

Full refunds less $20 if postmarked by February 22, 2013.

50% refund if postmarked February 23 through March 29, 2013.

NO REFUNDS after March 29, 2013.

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TSAC-F Certification

Be the first to be certified in your field! Sit for the new Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator™ (TSAC-F™) exam during the 2013 TSAC Conference.

What is a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator?

Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitators (TSAC-F) apply scientific knowledge to physically train military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel to improve performance, promote wellness, and decrease injury risk. They conduct needs analyses and physical testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide general information regarding nutrition. Recognizing their area of expertise is separate and distinct, TSAC Facilitators consult with and refer those they train to other professionals when appropriate.  

The History of TSAC

In 2005, the NSCA created the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) program to address the unique concerns of tactical professionals though a variety of educational resources (i.e., TSAC report, facilitator symposia, and TSAC Conference). After consistent and growing interest in TSAC, the NSCA created the TSAC-Facilitator (TSAC-F) certification in 2012. The TSAC-F exam is a tool used to identify individuals who apply scientific knowledge to physically train tactical athletes (i.e., military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel) to improve performance, promote wellness, and decrease injury risk. The TSAC-F program encourages a high level of competence among practitioners and raises the standard for strength and conditioning professionals who train tactical athletes.

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With that in mind, the NSCA brought together an expert committee of Tactical, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics, and Allied Health professionals. These subject matter experts defined the breadth of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and the degree of cognitive complexity of a TSAC-F to safely and effectively perform their job. The scope of the TSAC-F exam makes it the most comprehensive tactical strength and conditioning certification in the industry.

The NSCA has been a leader of practical application and research of strength and conditioning for over three decades. In recent years, the focus of the fitness industry has shifted toward greater specialization. The NSCA envisions this trend as an opportunity to expand the development of its members and certified professionals. The TSAC-F was developed to address the unique concerns of tactical athletes. This specialized certification may give TSAC-F certificants a competitive advantage in highly sought opportunities in the tactical community.

Put your goods and services in front of more than 400 military, police, fight fighters, first responders and trainers. Exhibiting at the 2013 TSAC Conference increases your company’s visibility and connects you with qualified buyers. Download the Exhibitor Prospectus for more detailed information regarding pricing, floor plan, contract and sponsorship opportunities. Call 800-815-6826 to reserve your space today. 

For an updated floor plan or if you would like to exhibit please contact Casey at casey.vanderham@nsca.com  

Exhibit Hours     
     
Monday, April 15     12:00pm-5:00pm (Set Up)
Tuesday, April 16    
8:00am-5:00pm (Exhibit Hours)
5:00pm-6:30pm (Exhibitor Reception)
Wednesday, April 17    
8:00am-5:00pm (Exhibit Hours)
Thursday, April 18    
8:00am-12:00pm (Exhibit Hours)
12:00pm (Tear Down)


Thank You to Our 2012 Exhibitors 

2XU
5.11 Tactical (Event Sponsor)
8 Ball Nutrition
AccelerWare
Accufitness
AdvoCare
Black Iron Strength
Bodyfit Sport Sciences, LTD
Camelbak
Cybex
Dartfish
Deep Muscle Stimulator
Dynavision
EAS
EliteForm Strength
GE Healthcare
GNC
Gopher
Handmaster Plus
HAVYK.net
Keiser Corporation
Louka Tactical Training
Milo Fitness, LLC
Muscle Glide
New Balance
NTOA (Program Supporter)
Octane Fitness
Perform Better
Power Lift
Power Systems
Rage Fitness Supply
SBT Extreme
Sorinex
SPRI
Superfeet
The Right Stuff
TRX Force
VersaClimber
ViPR  

Event Sponsorship Opportunities:  

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities for your company to get involved with at the TSAC Conference, to view the sponsorship opportunities click here. Please contact Casey at casey.vanderham@nsca.com for further information or to sign up for event sponsorship.

A number of distinguished speakers will be presenting at TSAC Conference 2013.  

Speakers: 

 

Mark Abel, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F 

Mark Abel is a former firefighter and currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Abel is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®. He conducts research to improve the health and performance of firefighters. He has served as a paid-on-call firefighter and has participated in the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Abel has experience training firefighters, athletes, and the general public, and is the Chair of the NSCA’s TSAC Special Interest Group (SIG). 

Brent Alvar, PhD 

Brent Alvar holds the rank of Full Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU) in Provo, UT. Alvar is also the Associate Dean of Research overseeing all areas related to the scholarship of discovery at RMU. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction, Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction and recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His research focus is in the areas of physical activity related to human performance, occupational preparedness (sports, firefighting and military) and health-related benefits from resistance training. 

Michael Barnes, MEd, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D 

Michael Barnes has vast experience as a practitioner and educator in the field of strength and conditioning over the past 25 years. He is a contributing author to the NSCA’s upcoming “Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning” textbook. Additionally, his previous experience includes working in Division I athletics, the National Football League (NFL), and professional fitness education. He holds three of the most respected professional certifications in the industry, as well as a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. He has presented to coaches, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts of such organizations as USA Triathlon, USA Rugby, the World Class Athlete Program of the U.S. Army, the NCAA, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, USA Judo, the U.S. Association of Deaf and Blind Athletes, and many more. He has visited such countries as Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greece, and Denmark educating, training, and interacting with leaders in the fitness industry.

Nick Barringer, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, CSCS 

Nick Barringer is an active duty Soldier with nearly 10 years of service in the Army. He has deployed in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served as the primary nutrition consultant for the 75th Ranger Regiment from 2007 – 2012. Barringer is currently attending Texas A&M University pursuing a PhD in Exercise Physiology as part of the Army’s Long-Term Health Education Training Program.

Neal Baumgartner, PhD 

Neal Baumgartner is an Air Force (AF) exercise physiologist currently serving as the Exercise Physiology/Physical Fitness Consultant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel (HAF/A1) for the AF Fitness Program. He provides exercise physiology, human performance, and physical fitness research, consultation, guidance, and training instruction to HQ AF leadership and staff to include development of criterion-based physical fitness testing requirements and standards. Additionally, he serves as Program Director for Force Fitness responsible for managing human performance physical fitness initiatives for HQ Air Education and Training Command (AETC) to improve and maintain optimal physical fitness of USAF Airmen to include Special Operations Battlefield Airmen. Baumgartner served as an active duty Air Force Aerospace Physiologist and retired in 2001. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the USAF Academy, and Master of Science and PhD degrees in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

John Bennett, MS, EMT-P, CSCS 

Lieutenant John Bennett is the Tactical Fitness & Readiness Program Coordinator for Seminole County Fire Department and chairs the 12-agency Central Florida Firefighter Fitness Collaborative, where they promote agency-to-agency mentoring and focus on advancing a clear framework for running a readiness program. He instructs Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology at the University of Central Florida. He also co-owns The Playground, a local challenge race and alternative sport training company that also operates the TACFIRE Program in military-fire-law enforcement fitness training. 

Hal Breedlove, OD 

Hal Breedlove is a life-long resident of Virginia Beach, graduated from First Colonial High School, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College. He attended the Southern College of Optometry where he earned his Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. He started Coastal Vision in 1984, which has grown to four locations, making it one of the largest private practices in Virginia. He is the developer of the Trained Observer Program, the Dominant Eye Training System, the Sight Picture System, and the Tunnel Vision Trainer. He is also the developer of the Vision and Shooting Seminar for Officer Education. He is currently looking for additional ways to help the law enforcement community develop visual performance programs to help promote successful scenarios.

Jonathan Carlock, MS, CSCS,*D 

Jonathan Carlock currently serves as the Human Performance Coordinator for 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Prior to his time working with these tactical athletes, he worked for eight years as a strength and conditioning professional for the United States Olympic Committee. 

Jeff Carroll 

Jeff Carroll is an employee with Vesa Health and implements programs and progressive methodologies for the THOR3 Program, 2/75 Army Ranger Battalion. His main duties are to support the focus of optimizing the physical and mental conditioning of Army Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel. He is responsible for training over 800 SOF personnel. Previously, he was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Eastern Washington University from 2008 – 2010 and was a Strength and Conditioning Assistant with the Seattle Seahawks from 2005 – 2008.  

Michael Contreras, CSCS, USAW 

Michael Contreras is a Paramedic Fire Captain and former Wellness and Fitness Coordinator for the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in Irvine, CA. He worked for the OCFA for 23 years and held the rank of Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Captain, and Fire Captain/Paramedic. He has had different assignments for the OCFA, including a Training Officer, Recruit Academy Instructor, Academy Fitness Coordinator, Academy Coordinator, Department Safety Officer, Hazardous Material Technician, Safety Officer, Assistant Public Information Officer, and is member of the department’s USAR team. Contreras is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, an ACE Certified Peer Fitness Trainer, a USAW Performance Coach, CrossFit Certified Olympic Lifting Coach, a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor, a Functional Movement Screen Instructor, and a Concept II Certified Instructor. Contreras is a highly sought after speaker on fitness and human performance in the Fire Service and has published several articles on human performance in the Fire Service. He has trained numerous fire departments, fire department personnel, police departments, and the U.S. military, which includes Special Forces. 

Gray Cook, PT, CSCS 

Gray Cook is an influential figure in both rehabilitation and exercise. His career started with an undergraduate degree in sports medicine and exercise science with minors in athletic training and psychology. His interest took him to the University of Miami where he studied physical therapy and furthered his strength and conditioning development. It is no accident that he became a certified strength coach and licensed physical therapist in the same year because his work has targeted fundamental errors in the way that exercise and rehabilitation have been practiced. Cook has introduced a systems approach to understanding, training, and rehabilitating movement. Professional evolution is often geared toward specialization but most highly specialized professions hit a plateau and adopt an approach that incorporates systems that protect the user against fundamental errors. Cook’s work cuts to the core of problems like low back pain, obesity, and the general physical decline of a modern culture. By revisiting the natural developmental principles that all infants employ as they learn to walk, run, and climb, Cook forces us the rethink motor learning, corrective exercise, and modern conditioning practices. 

Amy Crawley, MS, CSCS 

Amy Crawley is an Affiliate Professor in the Movement Science Department at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). She did her undergrad specializing in exercise science and psychology at University of Nebraska Omaha and her Master’s degree in Heath Science at GVSU. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® and currently serves as a consultant to the GVSU’s police academy. She has been training athletes for over 12 years as individuals and in team settings.

Ian Crosby, CSCS 

Ian Crosby is in his 20th year with the Calgary Fire Department in Alberta, Canada and currently serves as the Wellness and Fitness Coordinator for the department’s more than 1,300 firefighters. He developed the department’s Wellness Center which opened its doors in February 2005 becoming Canada’s 1st such facility. His department accomplishments include five years as a rescue diver on the Aquatic Specialist Team and five years as High Angle Rope Rescue Specialist. Crosby is a Wellness Fitness Initiative technical committee member for the IAFF and is an instructor for the IAFF/IAFC WFI PFT program. He obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Calgary in 1990. He served two years as the Provincial Director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) and member of the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and he is an instructor and faculty member for the American Council on Exercise.

Paul Davis, PhD 

Paul Davis is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health and is the creator of the Firefighter Combat Challenge®, the 22-year old sports competition touted by ESPN as the “Toughest Two Minutes in Sports.” An internationally renowned expert witness with over 60 appearances in state and federal courts, Davis was heralded by the sitting federal judge in the seminal Lanning v SEPTA case as, “...preeminent in his field” of physical and medical standards. He is a former firefighter-paramedic and co-author of the definitive textbook, “Hard Work: Defining Physically Demanding Jobs” with Dr. Brian Sharkey. 

Thor Eells, MCJ 

Commander Thor Eells has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience with the Colorado Springs, CO Police Department. He has served in patrol, investigations, and SWAT. Much of his career has been in tactical operations where he has served as a SWAT operator, Team Commander, and Division Commander. Commander Eells helped in the creation of the original TSAC program and is a member of the TSAC Program Advisory Council. He is currently a Board Member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and was one of the core members in developing the National SWAT Standards. Commander Eells is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice (MCJ). He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Center for Creative Leadership.

Darin Elkins 

Sergeant First Class Darin Elkins is a native of Los Angeles, CA. He entered the Army in June 1989. He attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, OK and completed AIT as a Physical Therapy Technician, 91J at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has served one combat tour in the Republic of Iraq in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Before coming to The Office of The Surgeon General to serve as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Rehabilitation and Reintegration Division, he served as the BGE S3 Operations NCO at 65th MED BDE in Yongsan, Korea. Elkins has served as a Combat Physical Therapy Technician, Clinical NCOIC, and Operations NCO. He has served in various leadership positions that include, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant. He has performed as a Combat Medic AIT Instructor, Physical Therapy Technician Instructor/NCOIC, Physical Disability Liaison, Human Resource Command Reserve Component Transition Liaison and Basic Officer Leadership Course Enlisted Advisor. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from Touro University and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree through the University of California-Pennsylvania. He earned an Associate degree in Applied Science from Houston Community College. He has also been licensed since 1996 as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Texas. 

Chris Frankel, MS 

Chris Frankel is an exercise physiologist, teacher, and strength and conditioning coach with over 30 years experience in the field. Before taking the position of Head of Human Performance for TRX, he was an instructor in the department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences at the University of New Mexico. Frankel consults with collegiate and professional sports team and branches of the U.S. military on topics related to fitness, performance, and exercise testing.

David Frost, PhD 

David Frost received his PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo and currently lectures in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Having worked as a strength and conditioning coach and an injury prevention and performance consultant to organizations in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, Frost’s teaching and research activities are directly informed by the challenges faced by practitioners. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles pertaining to the physical preparation of tactical athletes and written a book on injury prevention and human performance for the International Association of Firefighters. His current work focuses on the development of training strategies to enhance and maintain the capacity of the tactical athlete such that they can withstand the physical demands of their lives.

Gaëtan Girard, MS 

Gaëtan Girard had been in charge of the RCMP National Fitness & Lifestyle Program since 2003. He works with a team of Certified Exercise Physiologists in promoting “Fitness for Duty” for police officers across Canada. He is also a part-time professor in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. He joined the RCMP in 1996 as a Fitness & Lifestyle Advisor for the Quebec Division. Girard holds a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Montréal and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Bowling Green State University.

Brad Hartman

Brad Hartman has been a part of the FMS team since December 2009. He was first introduced to FMS at Averett University, where received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Masters in Business Administration. Currently, Brad handles many positions within FMS; however, he is most passionate being the Human Performance Manager, which has locations in both Virginia and New Jersey.


Paul Henning, PhD, CSCS 

Captain Paul Henning is a research physiologist in the Military Performance Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), Natick, MA, the Army’s premier research organization for warfighter performance and environmental medicine. Henning’s research supports medical research and material command task area: Physiological mechanisms of musculoskeletal injuries. Henning received his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University in December 2010. His research at Florida State University focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate myofiber size in response to aging, catabolic stress, and nutritional interventions. His prior active duty experience was as a field medical officer while assigned to the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX. He completed various assignments with the Cavalry and completed two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004 – 2005 and 2006 – 2008).

John Hofman, MS, CSCS, USAW-1 

John Hofman is one of the leading experts in the field of firefighter health and wellness. As the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Fire Department (SFD), Hofman oversees the SFD Wellness Center, coordinates the department’s medical and fitness assessments, develops recruit fitness training, completes pre-employment medical and fitness evaluations, and assists the department’s 20 certified Peer Fitness Trainers. In addition, Hofman also works as the strength and conditioning coach for the California Regional Fire Academy, Sierra Fire Technology Program, Rocklin Fire Department, and South Placer Fire District. He also consults with the Fire Authority Self Insurance System of California. 

Zar Horton

Zar is a 23 year member of the Albuquerque Fire Department and currently a Battalion Chief. He has helped implement Albuquerque Fire Department Health and Wellness Initiative, reformed his department’s Academy Cadet P.T. Program to better prepare firefighters for job conditions. Since 2004 he has trained hundreds of firefighters on the use of kettle bells and their tactical relevance. He is the Senior Instructor for Pavel Tsatsouline’s StrongFirst organization and owner of FIREBELLZ Russian Kettlebell studio.


Travis Ireland, MS, ATC, CSCS 

For the last 14 years, Travis R. Ireland has managed the Physical Fitness Program for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Protective Force. He has implemented several successful programmatic improvements with the most recent being a Sports Medicine Program for the Protective Force. He has 20-years of experience with Human Performance and Athletic Training supporting high school, collegiate, professional baseball, and Olympic athletes. He has earned certification from the NATA, NSCA, ACSM, and FMS, and holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from The University of Memphis, and a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from New Mexico State University.

William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D FNSCA 

William Kraemer is a Full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School of Education working in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut. He also holds appointments as a Full Professor in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology and as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Center on Aging. He was President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was honored by the NSCA with both their Outstanding Sports Scientist Award in 1992 and the NSCA’s highest award, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 for his contributions of bringing science into the field of strength and conditioning. He was named the “Educator of the Year” by the NSCA in 2002. He was also among the first group of Fellows for the NSCA. Kraemer is the current Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning. He has authored and co-authored over 360 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the scientific literature on sport science, resistance training, and endocrinology of exercise. In addition, he has authored or co-authored 10 books in the areas of strength training and physiology of exercise. He was awarded the University of Connecticut’s Research Medal in 2005. He was also honored by the NSCA with a named award in 2006, the “William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award.” 

Melissa Laughlin

Melissa joined the FMS team in July of 2011. She received her bachelors degree in business administration from Roanoke College. Since graduating she has gained valuable experience working in the fitness industry. As the FMS communications coordinator, Melissa handles any questions pertaining to the website, seminars, and general knowledge of the FMS.


Guy Leahy, MS, CSCS,*D 

Guy Leahy is currently serving as the exercise physiologist at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ. Leahy is a member of the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), and is CSCS® certified. Leahy is the author/co-author of over 30 professional articles, including original research which has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, TSAC Report, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Nature, Science, and Scientific American. Leahy is also a columnist for the TSAC Report. He has presented at several conferences, most recently at the 2012 NSCA and ACSM Annual Meetings. He was also a guest speaker at the 2012 TSAC Conference. Leahy holds a Master of Education degree from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon.

Syl Lemelin, MSc 

Syl Lemelin is a University of Manitoba graduate. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1992, and his Master of Science degree in Biomechanics in 1995. He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1996 as a Division Fitness & Lifestyle Advisor for “D” Division (Manitoba). In 2004, he expanded his service to “V” Division (Nunavut). Based in Winnipeg, Lemelin works with 1,230 police officers, and 450 support employees who are located in 112 different locations across Manitoba and Nunavut. His mandate is to manage and administer occupational physical abilities testing on both incumbents and recruits, and develop fitness plans for all employees, including specialized units. In addition, he manages fitness facilities, and develops resources and initiatives to promote and facilitate fitness for duty and workplace wellness. 

Kevin Malley, MS 

Kevin Malley served on the New York Fire Department as a Firefighter/Fire Officer from 1979-1996, and in 1996, he became FDNY’s Director of Human Performance. Malley was on the World Trade Center Investigation (Team 8). He was a guest researcher for the Physical & Physiological Consequences of Firefighting. He earned Master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology and Applied Physiology from Queens College and Columbia University.

Joe Martin, PhD 

Joe Martin’s elite fitness level started in 1978 when he joined the U.S. Navy. Shortly after joining the Navy, he successfully completed the Navy’s SEAL training program. After spending six years in the Navy, Martin pursued his fitness career by getting an undergraduate education in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He then continued his education in the healthcare field by attending Life Chiropractic–West in Hayward, CA, and getting his Doctorate in Chiropractic. Since graduating from Chiropractic College, Martin has continued excelling in the sports rehabilitation field. He has worked on all levels of athletes from professional and Olympic-level to collegiate and elite high school-level athletes. Martin has presented nationally and internationally, and received numerous awards for Faculty Doctor of the Year and Quarter. He has over six years working experience within the military field, teaching suspension training, functional fitness, and injury prevention to various military branches including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corp Special Forces groups. 

Ryan Massimo, CSCS, USAW-1 

Ryan Massimo has been coaching for more than 13 years with a direct emphasis on improving functional fitness performance with regard to speed, power, agility, strength, and injury prevention. Massimo is currently the Combat Fitness Program Manager for the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Headquarters, Semper Fit. Massimo was recently the Fitness Director at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA prior to joining the USMC in September of 2010. Prior to his stint at GMU, Massimo was the Sports Performance Director and Center Director at Velocity Sports Performance in Ashburn, VA where he was in charge of all sports performance training and was the main provider of sports performance training for all professional and elite-level athletes. Prior to joining the Ashburn team, Massimo was at Duke University where he was the Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. In this capacity, he supervised and coached more than 300 athletes competing in 15 of the Blue Devil Olympic sports. Massimo is a native of Bradenton, FL and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a Health and Fitness specialization from East Carolina University (ECU), where he was also captain of their baseball team. Out of ECU, he played professionally with the Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Atlanta Braves. He then worked as the strength and conditioning coach for the Cincinnati Reds’ double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts. Massimo is a recognized Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), and Club Level 1 Coach from USAW. 

Brian McGuire, MS, ATC, CSCS 

Brian McGuire (Colonel, USMCR) serves as Physical Readiness Programs Officer for the Marine Corps at Training and Education Command in Quantico, VA. He is responsible for oversight of programs and policies related to USMC Physical Fitness Testing/Combat Fitness Testing, Water Survival, and Sports Medicine/Injury Prevention. He has served in this capacity since 2001. Prior to this position, he worked at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, from 1997 – 2001 as the Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine. From 1993 – 1997 he was employed by the Emory Clinic Department of Orthopedics as the Staff Athletic Trainer. During the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, he was the Chief Athletic Trainer for Rowing and Canoe/Kayak (Sprint) at Lake Lanier. He has been an augment Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) during summer training camps since 2006. Since 2008, he has worked as a Staff Athletic Trainer for the annual NFL Scouting Combine. In the Marine Corps Reserve since 1983, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005 – 2006 and currently is the Officer-in-Charge of the Reserve Detachment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the U.S. Pentagon. He graduated from Salisbury University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and earned a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University in 2001. He has earned certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), CrossFit and as a U.S. Army Master Fitness Trainer.

Jay Merlino, MS, CSCS 

Jay Merlino is currently a contracted strength and conditioning coach for the United States Army Special Operations Command. He was formerly a strength coach in the National Football League (NFL) with the Philadelphia Eagles for eight years, and prior to that, he was a strength coach at the University of Delaware for two years. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Promotion, and a Bachelor’s degree and Associate degree in Exercise Science. He has presented at numerous NSCA conferences and has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® since 2003, and is also a Certified Functional Movement Screening Specialist. Merlino has also owned and operated his own performance training company in the private sector where he has worked with and consulted tactical athletes and government agencies on human performance.

Jill Napoletan Craig, MS, IAFF-PFT 

Jill Napoletan Craig is the Wellness/Fitness Coordinator and lead exercise physiologist for the Austin Fire Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver and a Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Chapman University (Orange, CA). She completed her graduate work in Colorado Springs, CO, home of the Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy. She conducted her thesis in Vail, CO on the rehabilitation of ACL reconstruction in skiers. Craig serves as technical advisor to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and to the task force that authored the IAFF-IAFC Fire Service Wellness-Fitness Initiative. She also participated in the development and validation of the Fire Service Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and the Peer Fitness Trainer Certification curriculum. Since 1996, she has worked to bring a comprehensive wellness and fitness program to AFD, including medical surveillance, fitness maintenance, behavioral support, and rehabilitation. She has authored several articles relating to wellness and fitness in the fire service, and conducted and published research on the metabolic cost of water vs. land exercise, the metabolic cost of firefighting tasks, a comparison of four methods of estimating body composition, and most recently on the prediction of maximum VO2 by submaximal treadmill and stepmill tests for firefighters. Her affiliations and certifications include IAFF-IAFC Peer Fitness Trainer Instructor, Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified Instructor, CF-L1 Trainer, TRX-Sports Medicine Trainer and ACSM member.

Brad Nindl, PhD 

Brad Nindl is currently the scientific advisor at the Army Institute of Public Health for the Army Public Health Command. Nindl formerly served as a research physiologist with responsibility as the Performance Physiology Team Leader in the Military Performance Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, MA and as Task Area Manager for Physiological Mechanisms of Musculoskeletal Injuries for the United States Army Medical Research and Material Command (MRMC) in Fort Detrick, MD. Nindl graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH in 1985, received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY in 1989, a Master’s degree in Physiology of Exercise from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in 1993, and a Doctorate in Integrative Physiology with a focus in endocrine physiology in 1999. Nindl is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and holds Adjunct Professor positions at Springfield College, the University of Connecticut and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and recently was an invited visiting professor at the Department of Biology of Physical Activity Neuromuscular Research Center at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland where he participated in physiological studies in muscle damage and recovery with the Finnish Defense Forces in 2009.

Rob Orr, PhD 

Having served in the Australian Army as a uniformed infantry soldier, physical training instructor, physiotherapist, and human performance officer, Rob Orr recently accepted a position at Bond University. While still serving as a reserve officer, his academic fields of research include physical conditioning and injury prevention for military and protective services spanning from the initial trainee to the elite warrior. Currently focusing on tactical load carriage, Orr is exploring means of reducing injuries associated with load carriage tasks and improving the mobility and lethality of soldiers and tactical police. Published in newspapers, magazines, and peer-reviewed journals, Orr is regularly invited to present at conferences both nationally and internationally.

Randy Park, PhD

Randy Park is an Industrial/Organizational psychologist with the U.S. Customs & Border Protection.  Over the past 20 years, he has conducted job studies, validation studies and built assessments for Federal law enforcement occupations.  For the last five years, his work has focused on integrating the methodology to simultaneously support the development of legally-defensible cognitive and physical assessments.   Prior to this, he worked as a civilian researcher for the Departments of the Air Force, Army, and Defense, in support of entry-level military personnel policies.


CDR David Peterson, MS  

David Peterson has served in the U.S. Navy for 15 years, active duty. He earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is currently working toward an EdD in Sports Management. He was previously assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Physical Readiness Program (OPNAV N135) as the Command Fitness Leader (CFL), Program Manager, and Research Officer. As the OPNAV N135 Research Officer, Peterson spearheaded several new Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and Body Composition Analysis (BCA) initiatives to include the PRT beta test. Commander Peterson is now assigned as the Director of the Aviation Survival Training Center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. The purpose of aviation survival training is to prepare current and prospective flight crews for the dangers associated with flying. 

Luc Poirier, CSCS 

Luc Poirier obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Sherbrooke in 2001. After working as a weight trainer, teaching physical education in college, and working in a hospital in rehabilitation, Poirier joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2003 as a Division Fitness & Lifestyle Adviser (DFLA) for “C” Division. Based in Montreal, he worked with a population of 1,000 police officers and 600 support employees spread across the province in 28 different locations. The role of the DFLA is to administer police occupational test to members and recruits, prescribe fitness plans to employees and specialized units, take care of the 28 fitness rooms in the division (buy/maintain equipment), and create a support initiative to promote fitness and wellness in the workplace.

Matthew Rodda 

Sergeant Matthew Rodda is a Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructor and Exercise Therapist currently based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, the home of the RAF Regiment. His current role is Senior NCO in which he delivers physical education to trainee gunners, junior officers, and a plethora of further training courses including the arduous pre-para selection course. He is instrumental in the research and development for strength and conditioning for the RAF Regiment, and one of the primary instigators of the RAF Tactical Athlete Program. This has allowed him to work alongside the Royal Marines and RAF Regiment with various deployments across the world. His educational background includes an Honours degree in Sports Science and Coaching which has assisted in his development and programming of trainee courses at his current unit. Personal achievements include being the first Cornishman to swim solo across the English Channel, being a Navy Novice Heavyweight Boxing Champion, RAF Heavyweight Novice Judo Champion and partaking in various ultra-endurance events. 

Sergio Rojas, CNS, CSCS 

In addition to being the owner of Redefined Fitness and Physical Therapy, Sergio Rojas is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® through the NSCA, and is one of less than 100 fitness trainers that have completed the Fellowship of Applied Functional Science (FAFS), which was used in redesigning much of the training for the U.S. Navy SEALs as an injury prevention and performance enhancement model. He has worked with professional and collegiate athletes, as well as Coral Gables police officers, Chicago police officers, and Illinois State Troopers with injury prevention and peak performance programs. He is the former Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports, as well as the former strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Sky (WNBA). He has a regular fitness segment on NBC in Chicago, and is a regular contributor for Men’s Fitness magazine.

Katie Sell, PhD, CSCS,*D 

Katie Sell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology at Hofstra University. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology, physical fitness assessment, and exercise programming. Her primary research interests lie in the area of physical fitness assessment and exercise programming for wildland firefighters and law enforcement personnel. She is currently on the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning SIG Executive Council.

Ross Sherman, PhD 

Ross Sherman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University. He received his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University, UK, and his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Bath, UK. Sherman is a regular presenter, both nationally and internationally, on topics related to exercise and sport in environmental extremes, hydration, and performance. He has extensive experience with physiological testing of amateur and elite athletes in a range of sports, and is currently acting as a consultant to a number of collegiate sports teams and also to Grand Valley State’s police academy.

Rob Skinner, MS, RD, CSSD

Rob Skinner is the performance dietitian/exercise physiologist for NSWDG. Previously he was the Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Virginia Athletics for three seasons and spent ten years working with student-athletes at Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Mr. Skinner has authored/co-authored several publications, including the chapters on Ergogenic Aids and Working with the Collegiate Athlete in the ADA publication, Sports Nutrition: A Guide for the Professional
Working with Active People, and Working with the Collegiate Athlete and Weight and body focused sports.


Stew Smith, CSCS 

Stew Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness books such as, “The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness” and “SWAT Fitness and Fire Fighter CPAT/Occupational Assessment Workouts.” Smith has trained thousands of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, FBI, ERT and many other military, law enforcement and firefighter professions. He is currently the Special Ops team coach at the U.S. Naval Academy that prepares future candidates for SEAL, EOD, and MARSOC training and runs a non-profit called Heroes of Tomorrow where he trains people seeking tactical professions.

Tony Soika, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F 

Captain Tony Soika has a unique background in both the military and strength and conditioning settings. He currently commands a company of 241 soldiers at Fort Jackson, SC. Prior to this assignment he served as the Training Management Officer at the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School where he worked on redesigning the Army Physical Fitness Test and rewriting the army fitness manual. He has been a CSCS® since 1996, has served as a strength coach in Division I athletics, and trained athletes at every level from high school to the NFL and NBA.
 

Garth Spendiff, MS, CSCS 

Garth Spendiff works as an Exercise Physiologist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Spendiff previously served as the Chief Combatives and PT Instructor for the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, and spent eight years teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Health at Georgia Southern University and Armstrong Atlantic State University. He is a highly regarded Certified Instructor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Law Enforcement Controlled Tactics, and Modern Army Combatives.

Jason Steere, DPT, ATC, CSCS 

Jason Steere is a contract employee of MedTrust, LLC for the THOR3 Program, 2/75th Ranger Battalion. He collaborates with strength and conditioning coaches and other rehabilitation specialists to provide the 2/75th Battalion with optimal rehabilitation and conditioning for operational readiness. Prior to his work with the military, Steere worked side-by-side with strength and conditioning professionals and athletic trainers as a member of various sports medicine teams in professional baseball, collegiate, and high school environments.

Mark Stephenson, MS, ATC, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F 

Mark Stephenson has been in the field of human performance for over 23 years. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Human Performance Program at a special operations unit for the Department of Defense (DoD). He is responsible for all aspects of human performance that include strength and conditioning, nutrition, mental conditioning, research, and sports medicine. Stephenson serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in tactical physiology to various components of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He has served in many areas that include high school, collegiate, and professional sports. He was formerly the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Providence College before accepting the position of Director of the Performance Center at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). While at the NSCA, he served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Colorado College Men’s Ice Hockey. Also, while at the NSCA, Stephenson created and founded the NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) program and is currently a member of the TSAC Report Editorial Review Board. Stephenson is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology. 

Mick Sterli, CSCS 

Mick Stierli is a Sergeant with the New South Wales Police Force based in Sydney, Australia where he is the Health and Fitness officer, Physical Training Instructor’s Coordinator as well as a Weapons and Defensive Tactics Instructor. He initiated the creation of the Physical Training Instructors program that was designed, developed, and implemented within the organization including curriculum development, training delivery, and mentoring of PTI’s across the state. He has extensive experience working with elite athletes and is a member of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs NRL high performance unit where he is a strength and conditioning coach. Stierli is frequently a sought after presenter both in Australia and internationally, on topics such as human performance and Tactical Strength and Conditioning. He has recently accepted a role as member of the Editorial Panel for the NSCA’s TSAC Report and is the education coordinator and international liaison for the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) TSAC program.

John Sullivan, PhysD 

John Sullivan is a leader in the field of Clinical Sport Psychology and Applied Sports Science. He has worked in the National Football League for 12 years coordinating clinical care, human performance technology, and facilitating the League’s Rookie Success Program. He also provides clinical care and performance psychology for athletes at Providence College, the University of Rhode Island, and within the professional/elite ranks of the NBA, WNBA, MLS, Olympics, and the Elite Performers of Military. Sullivan has worked as a mental health professional for nineteen years and has provided professional services in a wide variety of settings, and to a broad variety of athletes. He is an active member of the Big East Conference Sports Medicine Society, and a frequent collaborator with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He is currently one of five national experts tapped by the NCAA to provide expert oversight for new guidelines for the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook (to be revised for the spring of 2012). In the fall of 2012, Sullivan will be part of a team of sports medicine professionals writing the first consensus statement regarding the treatment of mental health issues with student-athletes. 

Tunde K. Szivak, MS 

Tunde Szivak is a Doctoral student in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Connecticut, under Dr. William Kraemer. She earned her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Prior to that, Szivak served as an active duty officer in the Unites States Army from 2003 to 2009 after earning her commission from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 2003. During her time on active duty, she served on two yearlong combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While at the Academy, she also competed for the West Point powerlifting team, placing fifth in her weight class at collegiate nationals in 2002 and 2003. She went on to place first in her weight class at military nationals in 2004. Her past experiences give her unique insight into the extraordinary demands placed on soldiers and the physical capabilities required to meet them. 

Mark Taysom, MS, CSCS 

Mark Taysom is currently a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with the Iron Horse Performance Optimization Program of the U.S. Army. Taysom has co-created the Tactical Athlete Program (TAP) for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, CO. The TAP team trains 200+ soldiers a day in all aspects of weight training. The TAP team has conducted 1,000s of fitness performance tests with the 4th Infantry Division soldiers, as well as fitness screenings including the Functional Movement Screening (FMS). Taysom has worked with professional athletic teams including the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche. He has also worked with Olympic athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Personally, Taysom is a top-ten Strongman competitor in the world. Combining his years of experience with top athletes and soldiers, Taysom adds his expertise of Strongman events to give a unique perspective on utilizing strongman style training with tactical populations.

Maria Urso, PhD, FACSM 

Maria Urso is a principal investigator in the Military Performance Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, MA. Her research focuses on the molecular basis of skeletal muscle injury and performance and ways to mitigate relevant pathways. Urso conducts research protocols in both animals and humans to test and validate therapeutic efficacy, potency, selectivity, and mechanism of action of specific therapeutics (pharmacological, nutritional, exercise-based, and gene therapy). These therapeutics are planned for use in response to various insults including damaging exercise, ischemia reperfusion (e.g., use of tourniquets, surgical procedures), and blunt trauma. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 

Bradley Warr, PhD, MPAS 

Major Bradley Warr joined the Military Performance Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Natick, MA, as a Physician Assistant (PA) Researcher in 2011, after earning his PhD from Arizona State University. His work covers topics such as physical fitness changes, training and medical resource utilization that occurs during deployment, foot strike characterization, musculoskeletal injury reporting, and establishing valid fitness-for-duty standards for the U.S. Army. He has deployed as a PA in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice (2004 – 2005, and 2007 – 2008).

Matt Wenning 

Matthew Wenning is one of the best powerlifters of his generation, totaling over 2,600 lb on various occasions, and winning top national and world-level competitions. He was one of the youngest lifters to squat 900 lb, and one of the youngest lifters to break an all-time world record 2,665 lb total and a world squat record of 1,196 lb in the 308-lb weight class. Both his squat and total are some of the best all-time records regardless of weight. He owns a performance center in Columbus, OH called Ludus Magnus, and has worked with multiple National Football League (NFL) players, U.S. Army Rangers, firefighters, triathletes, and general populations. His experiences with firefighters include being a Strength and Wellness Coordinator for Washington Township Fire Department in Dublin OH, where he implemented a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning program for over 130 firefighters. He lowered injury rates and increased performance significantly for the department from 2008 to present. He also has current contracts with the U.S. Army Special Forces to aid them in training optimally. This led into major contracts with the Army itself, and he served Ft. Carson 4th Brigade as the Director of Mountain Athlete Warrior (MAW) program and is a co-founder of the program. Along with training firefighters, and the U.S. Army, he also works with children with disabilities, seniors to slow the aging process and give a higher quality of life, and others seeking performance increases both on the field and on the sidelines. He currently trains a handful of NFL players and is a consultant for many colleges, and some professional sports teams. He has over 12,000 hr of experience as a Division I college strength coach in a variety of sports including football, track, swimming, and baseball. Through his 6-year college term, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in 2003, and a Master of Science degree in Sport Biomechanics 2005.

Leonard Zaichkowsky, PhD 

Leonard Zaichkowsky is a licensed psychologist who specializes in sport, exercise, and performance psychology. For 37 years, he was a Professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry, and Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. From 2010 to 2012, he was Director of Sport Science for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. Currently, he is a sport science consultant for a number of organizations. He was president of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (1997– 1999), a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and is currently section editor on psychology for the International Journal of Health & Sport Science. He has authored or edited six books including, “Medical and Psychological Aspects of Sport & Exercise,” (2002). Zaichkowsky has published over 90 papers on sport and performance psychology, sports medicine, research design, and related topics in scholarly journals or books as well as numerous magazine and newspaper columns. Additionally, he has made more than 300 professional presentations worldwide and has made frequent expert commentary on television, radio and the print media such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Edmonton Journal, Globe & Mail, and El Pais. His current research interests are in psychophysiological self-regulation of performance stress using biofeedback/neurofeedback, understanding the neural basis of elite performance using fMRI methodology, and the development of “expert” performance across domains. He has consulted with the U. S., Canadian, and Australian Olympic Organizations, the NBA (Boston Celtics), MLB Players Association, NFL, NHL Players Association, New England Patriots, Calgary Flames, Sydney (Australia) Swans, and most recently with the Spanish World Cup Soccer Team, and Real Madrid soccer club.

Event Itinerary

Tuesday, April 16

0800-0930Physical Fitness in the Military: State of the Union
0800-0930Physical Fitness in Law Enforcement: State of the Union
0800-0930Physical Fitness in Fire and Rescue: State of the Union
0940-1045HITT Biomechanics of Speed Development
0940-1045Movement Orientated Training for the Kinetic and Cyber Warrior
0940-1045Quality over Quantity: Understanding and Changing the Tactical Training Culture
0940-1045Recruit Academy PT: It’s More Than Working Out
1055-1200Tactical Speed and Agility
1055-1200Occupational Preparedness– Research and Practice
1055-1200Firefighting: The Last Bastion of Physically Demanding Occupations
1200-1320Lunch
1325-1430High Intensity Training for Tactical Athletes
1325-1430Occupational Load Carriage: Formal and Informal Conditioning
1325-1430Police Academy Cadets: Methods of Fitness Training (Lab vs. Field)
1325-1430Protecting our Public Protectors
1440-1545Training a Brigade
1440-1545Fueling the Fight: Performance Nutrition for the Tactical Athlete
1440-1545Physical Fitness Programming For The Department of Energy Protective Force
1440-1545Physical & Physiological Conditioning for Optimal Health & Job Performance in the Fire Service
1555-1700Functional Movement Systems Overview: A Systematic Attack on Tactical Durability
1555-1700Air Force Physical Fitness Tests and Standards - Science Rationale
1555-1700Injury Prevention and Peak Performance for Law Enforcement
1555-1700Firefighter Training: Same but Different


Session Descriptions
Physical Fitness in the Military: State of the Union
by Col Brian McGuire, CDR David Peterson, Mark Stephenson, Dr. Brad Nindl and Tony Soika
Military
Interact and meet with some of the most highly respected experts in Military physical fitness training in this session. Following a brief update from each expert, attendees will have the opportunity to partake in an open discussion on the current status of physical training in the Military.
Physical Fitness in Law Enforcement: State of the Union
by Thor Eells, Gaetan Gerard, Mick Stierli and Dan Carter
Law Enforcement
Interact and meet with some of the most highly respected experts in Law Enforcement physical fitness training in this session. Following a brief update from each expert, attendees will have the opportunity to partake in an open discussion on the current status of physical training in the Law Enforcement.
Physical Fitness in Fire and Rescue: State of the Union
by Ian Crosby, Jill Napoletan Craig, Dr. Katie Sell, Dr. Mark Abel and John Bennett
Firefighter/First Responder
Interact and meet with some of the most highly respected experts in Fire physical fitness training in this session. Following a brief update from each expert, attendees will have the opportunity to partake in an open discussion on the current status of physical training in the Firefighter/First Responder.
Hands-On
Attendees will be introduced to correct biomechanical movements with optimal progression techniques in order to increase linear speed development with relation to starts/acceleration and top speed sprinting mechanics.
Military
Information packed, the session will commence with the underlying theories of movement orientated training and progress to practical application frameworks for individuals and units. Employing a ‘how to think’ not ‘what to think’ approach. Currently popular training methods like ‘functional training’ will be explored and their limitations identified.  Fields of discussion will span from recruit training to elite forces for both kinetic and cyber warriors.
Law Enforcement
Gain valuable insight into the mind of the tactical athlete to better facilitate long-term change in training ideology in this session. For tactical facilitators, learn how to motivate tactical athletes by exploring what makes them tick. For the officer, learn where the tactical strength and conditioning field is headed and how new theories and concepts can benefit your population right now.
Firefighter/First Responder
This session will show the three phases of a complete recruit academy PT program. How to set and run a program that prepares recruit firefighters for the rigors of firefighting, while accounting for physical and mental stresses of the recruit academy environment, will be covered in this session.
Tactical Speed and Agility
by Michael Barnes, MEd, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
Hands-On
If you are either implementing or ready to take your speed and agility program to the next level, this session is for you. The presenter will demonstrate fundamental and advanced hands-on speed and agility training techniques for tactical athletes. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to identify the three fundamental stages of speed and agility learning, implement a speed and agility program, and be ready to coach their athletes to higher levels of tactical fitness.
Occupational Preparedness– Research and Practice
by Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA & Bradley Warr, PhD, MPAS, MAJ, SP
Law Enforcement
Terms such as “occupational preparedness” and “tactical strength and conditioning” are relatively new to the field of exercise science. Occupations such as firefighters, police officers, and military personnel all share a unique need for higher levels of physical fitness in specific areas than the general population. This session will explore the rationale and need for occupational-specific strength and conditioning as well as share some research relative the this burgeoning field of study.
Firefighter/First Responder
Applied research studies of the ergonomics and metabolic demands of structural fire suppression demonstrate a requirement for above average levels of fitness, particularly muscular strength and power. The physical demands of carrying with you your personal protective environment (SCBA and protective clothing ~25 kg) exacts a toll that immediately eliminates for employment the majority of the population. However, the sedentary nature of most of the daily activities can create a false sense of readiness. The daunting challenge for fitness professionals is not the science for structuring preventive and rehabilitative physiology, but the psychology to motivate these public safety professionals.
Visit the Exhibit Hall
Hands-On
Tactical athletes must possess aerobic fitness, muscular endurance, strength, agility, flexibility, coordination, power, and speed to successfully complete their missions while deployed. One major challenge faced by tactical athletes to acquire such varied, yet important training prowess is lack of time, both downrange and at their home bases. One training method which has been successful in improving athletic performance in a time-efficient manner is high-intensity interval training (HIIT). This training consists of alternating intervals of rigorous cardiovascular exercise (90 – 95% of maximal capacity) with intervals of active rest. This session will discuss/demonstrate evidence-based training strategies for utilizing HIIT to increase tactical fitness.
Military
This session merges the science and the occupational nature of load carriage tasks to optimize load carriage conditioning. Factors influencing occupational load carriage, from load weight to environment will be examined, and the means to provide a ready-to-go optimized conditioning program through formal and informal training will be established.
Law Enforcement
This session will cover current fitness testing methods traditionally used during the police academy, and how they might be augmented with other lab based testing measures. Data will also be presented that looks at the effectiveness of current police academy training methods, and how the application of current strength and conditioning principles and strength and conditioning coaches could benefit this unique population.
Firefighter/First Responder
Physically preparing tactical athletes to perform safely and effectively requires an appreciation for the many factors that influence an individual’s movement behavior and the transfer of training. This session will highlight recent advances in our understanding of injury prevention, movement screening, and program design as it pertains to the preparation of occupational groups such as firefighters, soldiers, and police officers.
Training a Brigade
by Mark Taysom, MS, CSCS, HFI
Hands-On
This hands-on session will discuss the effective usage of strongman style training with the tactical population. Proper technique and progressions for different strongman events (including Yoke Walk, Farmer’s Walk, Atlas Stone, and others) will be covered by a strength and conditioning specialist with the U.S. Army and top World Strongman Fitness competitor.
Military
This session will cover fueling tactical athletes during training, pre-mission, during, and post-mission. The presenter will discuss available foods and some of the potential benefits and pitfalls of ergogenic aids currently used by tactical athletes.
Law Enforcement
The mission of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Protective Force and contractor Protective Force personnel is to prevent theft, diversion, sabotage, unauthorized control, and destruction of vital national assets, which may cause adverse impacts on national security, program continuity, the health and safety of department/contractor employees, the public, or the environment. This session will provide an overview of the stringent medical and physical fitness components required of the Protective Force in order to meet the demanding physical needs of routine and emergency security operations. Details of the Protective Force Physical Fitness Program will be discussed to include administration of mandated physical fitness standards, and physical fitness assessments used to categorize the Protective Force. In addition, discussion will include the need to apply the TSAC mission to this population.
Firefighter/First Responder
This session will cover training for success with entrance-level physical ability tests, training for high-level performance in the fire field, and training for optimal health and job performance. This session will also explore the effect of circuit-type resistance training on autonomic modulation of firefighters.
Hands-On
The session will cover both the scope and utility of the Functional Movement Screen and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. This session will incorporate a demonstration of the Functional Movement Screen, and end with a question and answer portion.
Military
This session will cover the background and basis for the current Tier 1 AF physical fitness assessment and ongoing efforts for the next generation Tier 2 physical fitness tests and standards. The session will then describe our move beyond the traditional-historical normative model to criterion, science-based tests, and standards for both Tier 1 health-based fitness for the total force, and Tier 2 performance-based fitness for occupational specialties.
Law Enforcement
This session will discuss common injuries among law enforcement, and identify which are preventable. In addition to identifying these injuries, attendees will learn the most common musculoskeletal imbalances that often lead to these injuries, as well as key exercises to help prevent these injuries and enhance performance.
Firefighter/First Responder
We know as firefighters and first responders we must be physically fit. Are we doing the right kind of training? Is the current training of our brothers and sisters addressing all of their needs? Is the training we are currently doing hampering us becoming the best tactical athlete we can be? This session will address certain factors to consider in modern day programming for the tactical athlete. It will also provide food for thought regarding many of the current training methods and modalities and share tried an true practical transitions, implementations and programming for today’s firefighter and first responder.
Event Itinerary

Wednesday, April 17

0800-0905Creating Your Own Off-season in Tactical Professions
0800-0905Scientific Evidence of Program Optimization: Determining Training Loads
0800-0905Fitness Testing in Law Enforcement: An Operators Perspective
0800-0905Heart Disease and Firefighters
0915-1020Speed and Power Development
0915-1020Overview of Injuries in Military Personnel
0915-1020Obesity in Law Enforcement: The Elephant in the Room
0915-1020Current Research on Firefighter Wellness and Areas for Future Investigation and Collaboration
1030-1135British High Intensity Tactical Training
1030-1135Nutrition and the Military Tactical Athlete: Intentions, Initiatives and Lessons Learned
1030-1135Creating a Department Wide Fitness Culture
1030-1135Wellness Programs for the Fire Service: Strategies for Implementation
1135-1320Lunch
1320-1425Pulling Movements for the Tactical Athlete
1320-1425Field Test Considerations for Military Populations
1320-1425Development of a Self Directed Strength & Conditioning Program for a Federal, Provincial and Municipal Police Force
1320-1425After the Movement Analysis: Making Sense in Tactical Athletes—Interpretation, Response, & Application
1435-1540Tactical Training with Limited Resources and Space
1435-1540The Army's Musculoskeletal Action Plan and Strategic Initiatives in IP/HPO
1435-1540Development and Validation of the US Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) Physical Abilities Test (PAT) Battery
1435-1540Training Firefighters: Considerations for Improving Health, Safety, and Performance
1550-1700Use of the Sled as a Tool to Address Operational Readiness
1550-1700Army Physical Readiness: A Current Perspective
1550-1700Implementation of the FMS in the NSW Police Force
1550-1700Fit to Serve: Managing your Department’s Fitness Trainers


Session Descriptions
Hands-On
Through the use of yearly periodization programming, this session will present ideas to aid in recovery and increase performance in necessary job skills for tactical populations.
Military
This session will discuss the science behind of various methods used to determine a tactical athlete’s neurophysiological state of readiness. Heart rate variability can be used to assess an operator’s autonomic nervous system (ANS). The strength and conditioning coach can advise on proper training loads, intensities, and duration of training. The state of the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest and recovery) nervous systems play key roles in optimizing the physiological response to performance training in association with tactical workloads.
Law Enforcement
This session will discuss fitness testing in law enforcement.  This session will include techniques / movements used by law enforcement officers and how physical testing may relate to those movements, and the different methods of conditioning that should be utilized to optimize performance in the law enforcement field.
Heart Disease and Firefighters
by John Hofman, MS, CSCS, USAW-1
Firefighter/First Responder
Heart disease is the top killer among firefighters, but many do not understand why. This session will focus on how the job impacts the health of firefighters, what specific areas affect firefighters’ health, and how a comprehensive health and wellness program can help prevent heart disease.
Speed and Power Development
by Tony Soika, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F, USATF
Hands-On
Development of power, speed, and agility specific to the tactical demographic will be covered in this session. Starting with a proper warm-up, this session will include exercise selection both with and without equipment as well as correct techniques, coaching cues, and alternative exercise selections to match your specific population.
Military
This session will review several studies that report on injuries in Military personnel. This will enable TSAC professionals who work with this population to structure effective strength and conditioning programs.
Police officers begin their careers slimmer and fitter than the population they are hired to “serve and protect.” Within 10 – 15 years of service, 30 – 50% of law enforcement officers become obese and less fit than the general population. We all know how to help one person become physically fit and lose weight; but how do we do it with hundreds or thousands of police officers in one organization? This session will look at the challenges at hand, along with the combined approaches needed to effect change individually and globally.
Firefighter/First Responder
Population-specific research helps guide evidence-based practice in the form of safe, appropriate, and efficient physical training and wellness program development. This research is an important tool given the potential for confusion with the wide variety of possible training approaches publicized in the popular media. This type of research necessitates collaboration between researchers, health and fitness professionals, and firefighting departments (including administrators and firefighters).This session will highlight current trends in popular areas of research across firefighter disciplines including physical training approaches, injury and illness trends, and injury risk reduction. It will also identify understudied and emerging areas in need of further (or initial) study, and offer suggestions for building collaborative relationships between the aforementioned professional groups.
Hands-On
By implementing the latest cutting-edge training methods and fundamental scientific training principles we can optimize performance in preparation for combat. This hands-on-session will include training geared towards operational fitness and give attendees an insight into how the British view high-intensity tactical training.
Law Enforcement
Firefighter/First Responder
The cost of firefighter injury and death is staggering. While we can no longer afford to accept this as “the cost of doing business,” implementing a wellness/fitness program can be fraught with apprehension on the part of both labor and management. This session will explore strategies to progress beyond these obstacles, and focus on the business of saving lives and prolonging careers.
Visit the Exhibit Hall
Hands-On
The Olympic-style lifts are some of the most powerful movements found in sport. Unfortunately, the complexity of the Olympic-style lifts often deters professionals and their clients from utilizing the clean and jerk and snatch in their programs. This session will provide detailed teaching progressions for the pulling portions of the Olympic-style lifts to mitigate risk and maximize return for these powerful exercises. Variations of the lifts will also be demonstrated so they may be performed in any gym with a barbell.
Military
This session will introduce some of the latest and greatest field tests available in the field of exercise testing and assessment, and to accurately and easily measure body composition, aerobic power, muscular strength, muscular endurance, power, speed, agility, and balance on a variety of populations. Multiple test options will be discussed for each key component of fitness to provide participants with a range of testing options to meet the needs of specific athlete populations, reach training objectives, choose from available equipment, and work within established budgets.
Law Enforcement
The RCMP is the largest police force in Canada. Its 19,000 police officers and 10,000 civilian members and public service employees work in over 750 detachments which are located in urban, rural, and isolated communities. As a result, the opportunities for physical activity can be very different from one community to the next. There are 13 designated fitness and lifestyle advisors to service the needs of 29,000 employees, making one-on-one coaching/training very challenging, if not impossible. In order to address this challenge, we recently developed a self-directed, four-level strength and conditioning program that can be used in any location in the country, which requires a small space and minimal equipment. The four-level program ensures that the spectrum is broad enough that it can be used by the majority of the employee population (from sedentary to elite). This session will present the conceptual framework and development of the four-level strength and conditioning program, as well as present the entry/exit criteria for all four levels.
Firefighter/First Responder
Using visual highlights, this session will outline a guide that will help trainers understand the findings in any kind of movement assessment, and, more importantly, how to respond to it. Thinking beyond corrective actions alone, it takes a whole-body approach to correct practices and consider metabolics. The session will also cover prioritizing your response, just what to do with the information you gather, and integrating it into an ongoing strength and conditioning program. The goal is to provide benchmarks to start and grow from, making use of the tools across the tactical spectrum at all levels and needs.
Hands-On  |  Sponsored by TRX
This hands-on session begins with a brief overview on requirements for tactical athletes and expeditionary fitness to promote resiliency and performance. Simple and effective tools can be used to evaluate and train functional fitness within confined spaces and  limited budgets.  The majority of the hands on session will go through a series of mobility, strength and conditioning exercises and sequences. Foundational movement patterns and a systematic teaching progression will be demonstrated.
Military
Evidence-based health promotion (HP), injury prevention (IP), and human performance optimization (HPO) will address two major factors that impact Soldier medical readiness; Injuries and physical fitness/performance. Within the operational Army, injuries and physical fitness will be targeted in this session through a combination of evidence-based health promotion, injury prevention, and human performance optimization efforts. The key task is to coordinate, synchronize, and integrate health promotion, injury prevention, and human performance optimization programs across the Army with an objective of improved health and fitness, and reduced injury rates.
Law Enforcement
This session will outline the legal requirements, research methodology, empirical results, and final recommendations set forth in the development and validation of a Physical Abilities Test (PAT) battery for the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit. This session will detail the lessons learned while conducting a job task analysis and physical abilities study on a highly skilled and fit special operations group. Attendees will gain valuable information on the job task analysis, physical abilities testing, research methods, and statistical analysis used to complete this study. Detailed descriptive statistics on the physical abilities of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tactical Unit will be shared.
Firefighter/First Responder
Preparing firefighters to meet the physical demands of the fire ground can be challenging given the constraints of firefighters’ schedules. This informative and applied session will discuss strategies to maximize functional performance safely while minimizing occupational fatigue. Furthermore, exercise prescriptions focused on improving health outcomes in firefighters will be discussed.
Hands-On
The sled is a versatile tool that has a high correlation with movement in the field (not just for law enforcement, but for all tactical operators). This session will teach attendees several drills that can be executed with the sled. With the sled, tactical operators can train lateral movement and acceleration, use a harness, rope or TRX, sprint, race, perform arm work, leg work, metabolic conditioning, and even work the core. All of these training methods will be addressed in the session. A short PowerPoint presentation will cover a few key points to illustrate the high correlation between sled use and tactical activities.
Military
This session will provide attendees with a perspective on the current Army physical training program, discussion of unit-based training programs, an update on proposed changes to the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), and re-establishment of the Army Master Fitness Trainer Course.
Law Enforcement
This session will provide an overview of how the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force started its Health and Fitness Unit, growing from one person to a total of 250 Physical Training Instructors. This enabled the NSW Police Force to have the ability to implement the Functional Movement Screening across the entire organization. This session will cover the implementation, lessons learned, tips, and tricks that may assist the implementation of a health and fitness unit for other departments. This session will also cover future directions and the current research being conducted by the Health and Fitness Unit, and conclude with an open forum.
Firefighter/First Responder
We all know that firefighting is a physically demanding occupation. Even though firefighters cannot predict when a call will occur, they can prepare their bodies just as they prepare other equipment used on the job. Proper preparation is the key for firefighters in handling strenuous job demands and repeated bouts of exposures. The solution is to keep your firefighters fit and healthy. This sounds simple, right? Keeping firefighters healthy and fit requires a well coordinated wellness program. Simply having fitness trainers is not enough. To be truly effective, you need a sustainable program that engages your members. Your department needs a coordinator with a clear objective that will satisfy all the stakeholders. This session will examine strategies to ensure that all your trainers are pulling in the same direction and that your personnel are becoming healthy and fit. It is not just about participation; your program won’t likely last for long if your firefighters are getting injured in the process of becoming fit.
Event Itinerary

Thursday, April 18

0800-0905Kettlebell Training for Firefighters
0800-0905Physical Training Optimization for Women in Combat-Centric Occupations
0800-0905Bridging the Gap: An approach to help the Transition from Rehabilitation to Performance Training
0915-1020Tactical Vision
0915-1020Individualizing Conditioning Programs for Large Tactical Groups
0915-1020Weak Point Training to Reduce Injury Risk
1030-1135Firehouse Injury Prevention Strategies
1030-1135Integration of Women into the World of the Modern War fighter
1030-1135Second Generation Sport Psychology: Merging of Technology, Neuroscience & Analytics


Session Descriptions
Kettlebell Training for Firefighters
by Jill Napoletan Craig, MS, IAFF-PFT
Hands-On
Kettlebells may appear simple, even primitive. While learning to use them is not difficult, nor intuitive. Used correctly, kettlebells train habits that can protect backs, knees, and shoulders (coincidentally the sites of most firefighter injuries). This session will focus on the foundational exercises, as well as the benefits, of kettlebell training.
Lecture
This session will provide a state-of-the-art science overview on what is known about performance training preparation for women in physically demanding occupations. Specific guidelines on optimizing performance and reducing injury risks will also be provided.
Lecture
The session will discuss an integrated group model for rehabilitation of tactical athletes from injury to optimal performance. Strategies for working with rehabilitation and strength and conditioning specialists will also be examined.
Hands-On
The eyes lead the body and direct the aim of your weapon and your physical reaction to a threat.  This course will show the relationship between the visual system and the instinctive shooting response.  Main issue will be how stress responders affect the sensory inputs needed for the shoot-don't shoot decision.  Discussion on dominant eye, tunnel vision, visual reaction time, shooting stances and aiming points, surveillance, and visual fatigue will be included.
Lecture
This lecture covers the common skeletal muscular injuries associated with tactical populations, and how to develop a strength/wellness program in order to help alleviate these problems.
Hands-On
Functional exercises (squats, lunges, etc.) are used in everyday life, but specific exercises that focus on fire suppression are needed for a successful injury prevention program. This session will focus on select exercises that will help reduce injuries on the fire ground, while at the same time, improve performance.
Integration of Women into the World of the Modern War fighter
by William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA and Tunde K. Szivak, MS
Lecture
Women are an integral part of today’s military. The Middle Eastern conflicts of the past decade have changed the definition of the modern battlefield and have redefined the role of women in combat. The battle lines on the modern battlefield are blurred; there no longer exists a clear front line. Women have served in war in nearly every capacity, ranging from combat medics, to gunners, to more recently, female engagement team members. Because of this, regardless of job specialty, many women have been exposed to the same physical demands as male soldiers, and experienced similar hardships. The debate as to whether women are physically able to withstand the hardships of war and meet the performance parameters of certain military job specialties continues, regardless of the fact that women have been doing what many say they cannot for much of the past decade. On the modern battlefield, every soldier is a potential target, further highlighting the need to consider the role of women in a broader capacity. This session will focus on identifying key performance demands of today’s military and identifying (resistance) training strategies best suited towards meeting those demands, particularly in a female population. This session will clearly demonstrate that resistance training provides a performance-enhancing benefit for female soldiers to fill military job specialties that have been historically male-dominant. Women are physically capable of meeting the demands of these specific skill areas, provided they have the requisite physical preparation.
Lecture
This session will provide an overview of the following: Advances in science and technology that currently gave us a ways to monitor and train the mind as well as the body in concert, resilience and recovery as an integral part of training and systemic approaches to training and tracking analytics for consistency and mastery. In today’s age of accountability in sport and the military, it helps to provide data differentiating what enhances and what debilitates performance. Mastery in performance environments requires three critical factors: practice, benchmarking current abilities, and consistent feedback. Without benchmarking and consistent feedback, performance is often erratic and unexplainable.

Put your goods and services in front of more than 400 military, police, fight fighters, first responders and trainers. Exhibiting at the 2013 TSAC Conference increases your company’s visibility and connects you with qualified buyers. Download the Exhibitor Prospectus for more detailed information regarding pricing, floor plan, contract and sponsorship opportunities. Call 800-815-6826 to reserve your space today. 

For an updated floor plan or if you would like to exhibit please contact Casey at casey.vanderham@nsca.com  

Exhibit Hours     
     
Monday, April 15     12:00pm-5:00pm (Set Up)
Tuesday, April 16    
8:00am-5:00pm (Exhibit Hours)
5:00pm-6:30pm (Exhibitor Reception)
Wednesday, April 17    
8:00am-5:00pm (Exhibit Hours)
Thursday, April 18    
8:00am-12:00pm (Exhibit Hours)
12:00pm (Tear Down)


Thank You to Our 2012 Exhibitors 

2XU
5.11 Tactical (Event Sponsor)
8 Ball Nutrition
AccelerWare
Accufitness
AdvoCare
Black Iron Strength
Bodyfit Sport Sciences, LTD
Camelbak
Cybex
Dartfish
Deep Muscle Stimulator
Dynavision
EAS
EliteForm Strength
GE Healthcare
GNC
Gopher
Handmaster Plus
HAVYK.net
Keiser Corporation
Louka Tactical Training
Milo Fitness, LLC
Muscle Glide
New Balance
NTOA (Program Supporter)
Octane Fitness
Perform Better
Power Lift
Power Systems
Rage Fitness Supply
SBT Extreme
Sorinex
SPRI
Superfeet
The Right Stuff
TRX Force
VersaClimber
ViPR  

Event Sponsorship Opportunities:  

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities for your company to get involved with at the TSAC Conference, to view the sponsorship opportunities click here. Please contact Casey at casey.vanderham@nsca.com for further information or to sign up for event sponsorship.

Put your goods and services in front of more than 400 military, police, fight fighters, first responders and trainers. Exhibiting at the 2013 TSAC Conference increases your company’s visibility and connects you with qualified buyers. Download the Exhibitor Prospectus for more detailed information regarding pricing, floor plan, contract and sponsorship opportunities. Call 800-815-6826 to reserve your space today. 

For an updated floor plan or if you would like to exhibit please contact Casey at casey.vanderham@nsca.com  

Exhibit Hours     
     
Monday, April 15     12:00pm-5:00pm (Set Up)
Tuesday, April 16    
8:00am-5:00pm (Exhibit Hours)
5:00pm-6:30pm (Exhibitor Reception)
Wednesday, April 17    
8:00am-5:00pm (Exhibit Hours)
Thursday, April 18    
8:00am-12:00pm (Exhibit Hours)
12:00pm (Tear Down)


Thank You to Our 2012 Exhibitors 

2XU
5.11 Tactical (Event Sponsor)
8 Ball Nutrition
AccelerWare
Accufitness
AdvoCare
Black Iron Strength
Bodyfit Sport Sciences, LTD
Camelbak
Cybex
Dartfish
Deep Muscle Stimulator
Dynavision
EAS
EliteForm Strength
GE Healthcare
GNC
Gopher
Handmaster Plus
HAVYK.net
Keiser Corporation
Louka Tactical Training
Milo Fitness, LLC
Muscle Glide
New Balance
NTOA (Program Supporter)
Octane Fitness
Perform Better
Power Lift
Power Systems
Rage Fitness Supply
SBT Extreme
Sorinex
SPRI
Superfeet
The Right Stuff
TRX Force
VersaClimber
ViPR  

Event Sponsorship Opportunities:  

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities for your company to get involved with at the TSAC Conference, to view the sponsorship opportunities click here. Please contact Casey at casey.vanderham@nsca.com for further information or to sign up for event sponsorship.