• From the Field with Jay Dawes
    Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, is a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He earned his PhD in the School of Applied Health and Psychology Department at Oklahoma State University.
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  • From the Field BannerFrom the Field | Jay DawesJay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCAJay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, is a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He earned his PhD in the School of Applied Health and Psychology Department at Oklahoma State University. 

    1. What tactical population do you currently work with?
    Law enforcement (Police academy, as well as consult for many members of our SWAT, K-9 and Bomb Squad units).

    2. How did you get started in the TSAC (Tactical Strength and Conditioning) field?
    While working as an employee at the NSCA the TSAC program was introduced in 2007 as a new educational initiative by Mark Stephenson, former NSAC PC Director. After having an opportunity to be involved with this program for several years upon leaving the NSCA I pursued opportunities to get more involved in training the within tactical populations.

    3. What resources do you utilize for continuing education? Are there any sources you recommend staying away from?
    I utilize a wide variety of resources. I mostly review the literature regarding high-level performance in athletic populations, and attempt to extrapolate how these techniques may apply to the tactical population. Be very cautious of the Internet. We have access to more information now than at any other time in history. Which has helped our profession advance very rapidly. Unfortunately, it has also provided opportunities for individuals to share information that is not evidence, or even science-based, and in many cases potentially dangerous when used or taken out of context.

    4. If you where hiring someone in your field, what would you look for?
    I would look for education, certification, and willingness to go the extra mile to consistently improve their skills or craft as a strength and conditioning coach.

    5. Please describe the regular duties included in your position?
    I am a consultant for the Corpus Christi Police Department. However, I am a full-time academic. With the CCPD, I am responsible for aiding in the development of S &C programs for the police academy, our full-time officers that participate in the voluntary fitness program, and specialized program designs for special unit members with specific training needs/goals.

    6. What do you believe are the top three physical requirements for this population that must be addressed in a proper TSAC program?
    Power, speed, and resilience.

    7. What steps do you go through when writing a program for the population you work with?
    We conduct a basic needs analysis, similar to what one would do in the development of a training program for an athlete. For our cadets we aim to not only improve their scores on their PFT’s but also provide them with the tools necessary to continue a S&C program after they have graduated from the academy. For the FTO’s and special teams, we always consider training them for successful performance in their job tasks, as well as injury prevention to help them sustain their careers.

    8. What are some critical factors in getting tactical athletes to buy into a strength and conditioning program?
    Helping them develop an understanding that “more” is not always better, and that recovery and strategic planning is critical for improving performance.
     

     
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