National Conference 2014

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    Strength Innovated at the 37th Annual National Conference and Exhibition

    This year, prepare yourself for a first-class conference that delivers the greatest doers of the industry, speaking on the most innovative strength and conditioning topics, all in an unbeatable atmosphere on the Las Vegas strip. It's strength like you've never seen it before - strength innovated. 

    Strength innovated means we’re raising the bar on the cutting-edge. It’s an ode to making things happen and then stepping that up a notch – in research, in the classroom, at the gym, or on the field. And at the 37th Annual National Conference, we want your mind and your muscles ready to learn from leaders in strength and conditioning as they share their well-earned badges of knowledge with over 70 hours of lecture and hands-on sessions. It’s an experience unlike any other, and you don’t want to miss it!

    Register to join us in Las Vegas and discover strength innovated. 

    Click through the "Speakers" and "Schedule" tabs to see the entire line-up of notable experts who will be presenting on a wide range of innovative topics. 

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    July 8-11, 2015  |  Swan Dolphin Resort, Orlando, FL
    July 6-9, 2016  |  Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
    July 12-15, 2017  |  Paris Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

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    Conference Overview

    Click on the links in the left sidebar to view the event schedule by day. 

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

    Future National Conference Dates and Locations 
    July 8-11, 2015        Swan Dolphin Resort - Orlando, FL
    July 6-9, 2016   Hyatt Regency New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
    July 12-15, 2014   Paris Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas, NV

     

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    The Paris Hotel and Casino 

    3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

    $125 Sunday-Thursday
    $135 Friday-Saturday
      

    Reserve Now!

    Your stay in Las Vegas couldn't get any more convenient or comfortable than it will be at the Paris- located just above the lights and sounds of the Strip and the knowledge of the National Conference. 

    It has everything you love about Paris right in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world.

    When you're not attending sessions or networking with other S&C professionals, you can sunbathe in the two-acre pool by a replica of the Eiffel Tower, relax in the hotel spa, workout at the fitness center, or dine in one of the many gourmet restaurants.

    Reserve Now or call 877.603.4389 and indicate that you want to be under the National Strength and Conditioning 2014 room block

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

     


     

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    Conference Rates

    Cutoff days are by postmark

      Thru 5/18/2014 5/19-6/22/14  After 6/22/14 
    (on-site only)
    Conference Registration (Non-Member) $420 $445 $520
    Professional Member Registration $265 $290 $355
    Registration and Join as a Professional Member $385 $410 $475
    Associate Member Registration $320 $345 $420
    Registration and Join as an Associate Member $367 $392 $467
    Student Member Registration $205 $230 $245
    Registration and Join as a Student Member $270 $295 $320
    Pre-Conference Symposia Rates       
    One Pre-Con      $95 $115 $135
    Student One Pre-Con      $60 $80 $100
    Two Pre-Cons $152 $184 $216
    Student Two Pre-Cons $96 $128 $160
    Three Pre-Cons $199.50 $241.50 $283.50
    Student Three Pre-Cons $126 $168 $210
    Other Rates        
    One Day Only - All Categories $195 $220 $245
    Guest Pass (Exhibit Hall ONLY) $50 $55 $60
    Program Book (Print Version) $35 $40 $45
    Awards Banquet $25 $25 $25

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

    All attendees will be receiving an electronic version of the conference program/speaker handouts before the conference. If you would like to reserve a printed version of the conference program/speaker handouts there will be a $35 charge and you will receive it when you check-in. 

    REGISTRATION HOURS  

    Wednesday, July 9   11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, July 10     6:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Friday, July 11   7:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Saturday, July 12   7:30 am - 4:00 pm

    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 May 18, 2014.

    50% refund if postmarked May 19 through June 22, 2014.

    NO REFUNDS after June 22, 2014.

     

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     2014 NSCA National Conference Call for Abstracts

    The NSCA is pleased to announce a call for research abstracts to be presented at the 37th Annual National Conference held July 9-12, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Abstracts may be submitted as either poster or podium presentation.

    The Abstract Submission and Presentation Guidelines for 2014 have changed from last year. More information on how to submit an abstract can be found at http://www.conferenceabstracts.com/NSCA2014.htm. (You must login to the Abstract ScoreCard System to view the guidelines or submit an abstract.)

    Submissions close March 3, 2014.

    Expanded Exposure for 2014 with Online Poster Gallery

    Traditional poster board presentations will be held in 2014 in daily two-hour blocks at the National Conference. Additionally, the NSCA has added a new electronic poster gallery which will extend the availability and reach of the National Conference poster presentations. The electronic poster gallery will be searchable in multiple viewing options and will give attendees the ability to filter, rate, and share the information.
     

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    2014 National Conference Exhibitor Information 

    Put your brand, products and services in front of more than 2,000 professionals in the fields of exercise science, sports medicine, personal training and strength and conditioning. Exhibiting at the 2014 National Conference increases your company’s visibility and connects you with qualified buyers. 

     Call 800-815-6826 to reserve your space today!! 

    For more information regarding the contract, pricing, and sponsorship opportunities, please download the Exhibitor Prospectus.

    Download Exhibitor Prospectus 

    For an updated floor plan, or if you would like to exhibit, please contact Giselle at giselle.jordan@nsca.com 

    New Exhibitor Hours

    Wednesday, July 9        8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
        Exhibit Set-Up
    Exhibit Hall Open
    Kick Off Party
    Thursday, July 10    7:00 am - 8:30 am 
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
      Wake-up Workout
    Exhibit Hall Open
    Exhibitor Reception
    Friday, July 11    7:00 am - 8:30 am
    11:00 am - 2:30 pm
    2:30 pm - 8:00 pm
      Wake-up Workout
    Exhibit Hours
    Exhibitor Tear Down
    Saturday, July 12        Exhibit Hall CLOSED

    Event Sponsorship Opportunities  

    There are numerous sponsorship opportunities for your company to get involved with at the National Conference. Please contact Boyd at boyd.epley@nsca.com for further information or to sign up for event sponsorship. 

    Thank You to Our 2013 Exhibitors!

    4D PRO       Lactate.com
    5.11   Wolters Kluwer Health
    adidas Training   MARC PRO
    AdvoCare   Matrix Fitness
    Athletes' Performance    M-Core
    A.T. Still University   Muscle Pharm
    BioPharma Scientific   Neogenis Labs
    BioSpace   New York Chiropractic College
    BiPro USA   Nordic Naturals
    Black Iron Strength   Perform Better
    Cell Science Systems/ALCAT   Performance Training Solutions, LLC
    Christian Sports Performance   PLAE
    Core Stix   PowerICE
    COSMED USA, Inc.   Power Lift
    CSMi   Power Plate
    Cybex International   Power Systems
    CytoSport   RBD Power Solutions
    Daily Scheduling and Design   ReebokONE
    Dartfish   The Right Stuff
    Deep Muscle Stimulator   Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals
    EAS   RPI of Atlanta/The Stick Division
    EC3D   SBT
    EliteForm        secca Corporation
    Everlast Worldwide, Inc.   Shuttle Systems
    I.Q. Massager   Sport Testing Inc.
    fitLight   Texas Chiropractic College/University of Houston- Clear Lake
    Fusion Sport   Thera-Band & Biofreeze
    Gatorade   Titin
    General Nutrition Center   Trigger Point Performance
    Gopher Performance   Turbo Sports Recovery
    Human Kinetics   UCS, Inc.
    Infinity Flooring   US Figure Skating
    Informed-Choice   Vega
    IntelliSkin   VersaClimber
    The Iron Neck   VPX Sports/Redline
    Johnson Sports Training   WebExercises, Inc.
    Keiser   Werksan
    KoreFit   Woodway
    Korr Medical Technologies    
    Event Itinerary

    Wednesday, July 9

    11:00am-5:00pmRegistration Opens
    12:00pm-2:00pmTier System Strength Training: Laying the Foundation
    12:00pm-2:00pmThe Impact of Technology on Improving Long-Term Athletic Development      
    12:00pm-2:00pmAgility Training for ACL and Lower Extremity Prevention      
    2:00pm-4:00pmTier System Strength Training: Assimilation of Means      
    2:00pm-4:00pmThe Training for Warrior System      
    3:00pm-6:00pmExhibit Hall Hours 
    4:00pm-6:00pmGame Conditioning      
    4:00pm-6:00pmCore Power 
    4:00pm-6:00pmHot Topics in Nutrition     
    5:00pm-6:00pmFirst Timer Orientation 
    6;00pm-7:30pmKick-Off Party (Exhibit Hall)


    Session Descriptions
    An NSCA staff member will be available in the registration area to provide information between opening and closing hours.
     
    The Impact of Technology on Improving Long-Term Athletic Development      
    by Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC, Rick Howard, M.Ed, CSCS,*D, Cheryl Richardson, Rhodri Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D, ASCC, Pat Cullen-Carrol, CSCS, RSCC*E, Larry Meadors, Ian Jeffreys
    Pre-Con
        
    Game Conditioning      
    by Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA & Mick Stierli, CSCS, TSAC-F
    Pre-Con
    Core Power 
    by Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    Pre-Con
    Hot Topics in Nutrition     
    by Mike Saunders, PhD- Training Low: The Scientific Evidence and the Myth & Steve Hertzler, PhD- Paleo Diet: Stone Age Nutrition for the 21st Century Athlete
    Pre-Con  |  Sponsored by EAS

    Training the Low: The Scientific Evidence and the Myth

    Paleo Diet: Stone Age Nutrition for the 21st Century Athlete 

    Event Itinerary

    Thursday, July 10

    6:30am-4:00pmRegistration Open
    7:00am-8:30amWake-Up Workout
    7:00am-8:30amBalanced Athlete- Functional Movement Workout 
    7:30am-8:20amCareer Development in Tactical Strength and Conditioning 
    8:30am-9:20amTraining the Post-Rehabilitated Shoulder      
    8:30am-9:20amImpact of Clothing on Exercise in the Heat      
    8:30am-9:20amFree Communication 
    9:30am-10:20amCrossFit: Friend or Foe      
    9:30am-10:20amExercise and Nutrition Strategies to Prevent the Negative Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Resistance Training Adaptations 
    9:30am-10:20amFree Communication 
    10:30am-11:20amOpening Ceremonies/Keynote Speaker 
    11:30am-12:20pmDeveloping a Career in Academic Strength and Conditioning     
     
    11:30am-1:00pmWomen's Luncheon/ Lunch 
    11;30am-2:00pmExhibit Hall/Exhibitor Showcase Sessions 
    12:30pm-1:20pmDeveloping a Career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Firefighters
    1:00pm-1:50pmAvoiding Falls in the Aging Population: Ways to Improve Balance and Function Fitness Through Exercise 
    1:05pm-1:30pmNutritional Supplementation to Increase Muscle Mass
    1:45pm-2:10pmNutritional Supplementation to Decrease Muscle Breakdown
    2:25pm-2:50pmNutrition Supplementation, Resistance Exercise and Body Composition     
    1:00pm-1:50pmComparison of Vo2 Max and 1RM Estimation Techniques     
    1:30pm-2:20pmWhat Strength and Conditioning Coaches Really Need to Know: What They Didn't Teach You in School     
    2:00pm-2:50pmThe Art and Science of Small Group Training: How Energy and Education Can Increase Your Impact and Income      
    2:00pm-2:50pmGary Dudley Lecture: Program Design in Resistance Training: Why All the Confusion     
    2:30pm-4:00pmAdvising Athletes on the Use of Dietary Supplements and Functional Foods for Performance Enhancement: Practical Guidance for the Coach/Trainer- Offered by: Nutrition and Body Composition SIG
    3:00pm-3:50pmWhat We Say Matters: Uncovering the Truth About Cueing 
    3:00pm-3:50pmInjury Prevention Strategies for First Responders      
    3:00pm-3:50pmConcurrent Strength and Endurance Training      
    4:00pm-4:50pm TBD     
    4:00pm-4:50pmWhen Diets Don't Work     
    4:00pm-4:50pmPeriodization and Technology Considerations for Team and Power-Endurance Sports     
    5:00pm-6:30pmExhibitor Reception      
    6:30pm-8:30pmIssues Facing the High School Coach- Offered by: High School SIG
    6:30pm-8:30pmThe EVENT! (Students and Invited Guests Only) 


    Session Descriptions
    An NSCA staff member will be available in the registration area to provide information between opening and closing hours. 
    Lecture
    Opening Ceremonies/Keynote Speaker 
    by Lt. Pete Scobell, Former Navy SEAL
    Lecture  |  Sponsored by GNC
    Lecture   |  Sponsored by GNC
    What We Say Matters: Uncovering the Truth About Cueing 
    by Nick Winkelman, MSc, CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT, *D, USAW, USATF
    Lecture
    Concurrent Strength and Endurance Training      
    by John McCarthy, PhD, PT, CSCS,*D, CSPS, FNSCA
    Research
    TBD     
    by Mark Uyeyama, CSCS
    Lecture
    Lecture
    Event Itinerary

    Friday, July 11

    7:00am-4:00pmRegistration Hours
    7:00am-8:30amWake-Up Workout
    7:00am-8:30amBalanced Athlete: Functional Movement Workout
    7:30am-8:20amDeveloping a Career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with Military Forces     
    8:30am-9:30amIssues Facing Personal Trainers- Offered by: Personal Training SIG
    8:30am-9:50amPower Transfer
    8:30am-9:50amHorizontal Trumps Vertical for Acceleration and Speed Development 
    8:30am-9:50amFree Communication 
    8:30am-9:50amWhen to Initiate Neuromuscular Training to Reduce Sports-Related Injuries and Enhance Health in Youth?
    10:00am-11:20amTraining the Overhead Athlete: Training Beyond the Upper Extremities 
    10:00am-11:20amThe Skillful Art of Effective Strength and Conditioning 
    10:00am-11:20amFree Communication 
    10:00am-11:20amHigh Intensity Training in Youth 
    10:00am-11:30amHydration of Athletes and Teenagers- Offered by: Hocky SIG
    11:00am-2:00pmExhibit Hall/ Exhibitor Showcase Sessions 
    11:30am-1:00pmLunch
    11:30pm-12:20pmUsing Academia to Advance Your Strength and Conditioning Career      
    12:30pm-1:20pmCareer Development for Personal Trainers 
    1:00pm-1:50pmThe Impact of Player Management and Monitoring Strategies on Team Sport Performance
    1:00pm-1:50pmTracking Body Composition Changes During Nutrition and Exercise Interventions: Why Your Favorite Methods May Be Letting You Down
    1:00pm-1:50pmForce Plate Testing for Determination Performance Characteristics 
    1:30pm-2:20pmCareer Development for Women as a Strength and Conditioning Coach 
    2:00pm-2:50pmEvidence-Based Nutrient Timing: A New Paradigm 
    2:00pm-2:50pmBarefoot Training for Speed & Agility 
    2:00pm-2:50pmMichael H. Stone Sports Science Lecture: Improving Coaching and Performance with Integrated Sports Biomechanics 
    2:00pm-2:50pmBuilding a Foundation for Long-Term Athletic Development 
    3:00pm-3:50pmTBD     
    3:00pm-3:50pmJumping and Landing 
    3:00pm-3:50pmWriting an Off Season Strength and Conditioning Program: The Entire Process 
    3:00pm-3:50pmIntegrating Middle School and High School Strength Programs 
    4:00pm-4:50pmThe Million Dollar Fitness Expert: How to Make More Money as an Expert in the Field of Strength & Conditioning/Personal Training: Business Strategies for Success That Work!
    4:00pm-4:50pmExercise Considerations for Persons with the Metabolic Syndrome 
    4:00pm-4:50pmChallenging Current Thoughts and Practices of Periodization- A Scientific Critique
    4:00pm-4:50pmTeaching Strength, Power and Speed Progressions in Physical Education 
    6:30pm-9:00pmNSCA Awards Banquet 


    Session Descriptions
    An NSCA staff member will be available in the registration area to provide information between opening and closing hours.
    Power Transfer
    by Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    High Intensity Training in Youth 
    by Rhodri Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D, ASCC
    LTAD Coaching Track  |  Sponsored by Gatorade
    Force Plate Testing for Determination Performance Characteristics 
    by Jeff McBride,PhD, CSCS, FNSCA & Greg Haff, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    Research
    Evidence-Based Nutrient Timing: A New Paradigm 
    by Brad Schoenfeld, MS, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT & Alan Aragon
    Lecture
    LTAD Coaching Track  |  Sponsored by Gatorade
    TBD     
    by Brandon Brazier,
    Lecture
    Jumping and Landing 
    by Jeremy Sheppard, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Lecture
    LTAD Coaching Track  |  Sponsored by Gatorade
    LTAD Coaching Track  |  Sponsored by Gatorade
    Awards Keynote- The Top 10 Things World Champions Know, That You Don't
    Event Itinerary

    Saturday, July 12

    7:30am-2:00pmRegistration Opens
    7:00am-8:30amIssues Facing the Baseball Coach- Offered by: Baseball SIG
    8:00am-8:50amThe Future of Personal Training; Where is the Industry Headed
     
    8:30am-9:20amThe Movement Perfection Process 
    8:30am-9:20amProgram Design of a Successful DII College Football Program 
    8:30am-9:20amFree Communication
    9:00am-9:50amThe Promises and Perils of Academic Life: Perspectives of Women in Science 
    9:30am-10:20amAnalyzing and Coaching Mulit-Directional Movement From Science to Practice 
    9:30am-10:20amInjury Prevention Strategies for Hockey 
    9:30am-10:20amFree Communication 
    10:00am-10:50amOpening Your Own Personal Training Facility      
    10:00am-10:50am TBD
    10:00am-10:50amSquat Progressions 
    10:00am-10:50amTraining on a Budget 
    10:00am-10:50amTeaching Sprint Mechanics
    10:30am-11:20amUsing Tablet Devices for Biomechanical Assessment in the Weight Room
    10:30am-11:20amBuilding a Program From Scratch 
    10:30am-11:20amFree Communication
    11:00am-11:50amBuilding a Successful Long-Term Strength & Conditioning Coaching Career      
    11:00am-11:50amTBD
    11:00am-11:50amSquat Progressions      
    11:00am-11:50amTraining on a Budget      
    11:00am-11:50amTeaching Sprint Mechanics      
    11:30am-1:00pmLunch      
    1:00pm-1:50pm41 Inch Bands      
    1:00pm-1:50pmBarefoot Training      
    1:00pm-1:50pmAgility Progressions      
    1:00pm-1:50pmTeaching Progressions for the Snatch 
    1:00pm-1:50pmTBD
    1:00pm-1:50pmPower Clean Variations: What They Do and How They Can Benefit Your Athletes 
    2:00pm-2:50pm41 Inch Bands 
    2:00pm-2:50pmBarefoot Training      
    2:00pm-2:50pmAgility Progressions      
    2:00pm-2:50pmTeaching Progressions for the Snatch 
    2:00pm-2:50pmTBD      
    2:00pm-2:50pmMeal Frequency to Optimize Metabolism and Resistance Training Adaptations     
    3:00pm-3:50pmBreathing and Postural Control: The Missing Link in Your Training Program 
    3:00pm-3:50pmNorth Carolina Baseball Athletic Development Program 
    3:00pm-3:50pmThe Influence of Resistance and Endurance Training on Motor Unit Control Properties 
    4:00pm-4:50pmUnderstanding Interval Training 
    4:00pm-4:50pmWhat Does it Mean to Compete Year Round 
    4:00pm-4:50pmEffective Training Modalities, Olympic Weightlifting, Plyometrics & Traditional Resistance Training in Children


    Session Descriptions
    An NSCA staff member will be available in the registration area to provide information between opening and closing hours.
    Coaching   |  Sponsored by Gatorade
    Coaching   |  Sponsored by Gatorade
    Career
    TBD
    by Adam Feit, CSCS
    Hands-On
    Squat Progressions 
    by Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC,*E
    Hands-On
    Training on a Budget 
    by Mick Stierli, CSCS, TSAC-F
    Hands-On
    Teaching Sprint Mechanics
    by Paul Howell, MS, CSCS, USATF
    Hands-On
    Coaching   |  Sponsored by Gatorade
    TBD
    by Adam Feit, CSCS
    Hands-On
    Squat Progressions      
    by Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC,*E
    Hands-On
    Hands-On
    Hands-On
    41 Inch Bands      
    by Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Hands-On
    Hands-On
    Hands-On
    Lecture
    41 Inch Bands 
    by Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Hands-On
    Hands- On
    Hands-On
    TBD      
    by Megan Young, MEd, CSCS
    Coaching   |  Sponsored by Gatorade
    Coaching   |  Sponsored by Gatorade
    Lecture   |  Sponsored by Gatorade

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    Speaker Lineup - 2014

    Everett Aaberg 

    Sandy Abney, USAW-1 

    Sandy Abney is the Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of Athletic Performance at the University of Texas and owner of Power to Perform, LLC. She also serves as the Director of the Athletic Performance Internship program the University of Texas where she oversees the development and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. She currently serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for women’s varsity crew, women’s novice crew, and the women’s swimming program. She has over 15 years of experience as a collegiate strength and conditioning professional. Abney began working at the University of Texas in 1999 as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach where she oversaw the performance training of five Division IA teams (golf, varsity crew, novice crew, softball, and swimming) while also assisting with football. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science from Texas State University and holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (MSCC), United States Weightlifting Federation (USAW Club Coach Level 1) and USA Track and Field Association. She also serves on the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Certification Council where she helps to oversee the certification process of strength and conditioning coaches across the United States.  

    Bob Alejo, CSCS, RSCC,*E 

    Bob Alejo is the Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Strength and Conditioning, in which he oversees all of the strength and conditioning efforts of the department, and coordinates the day-to-day efforts of the men’s basketball team at North Carolina State University (NC State). Prior to joining the NC State staff in April, Alejo served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Oakland Athletics (A’s), a position he also held from 1993 2001. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s year-round physical preparation at both the major league and minor league levels. Prior to rejoining the A’s, Alejo was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at UC Santa Barbara from 2005 2008. During that time, he was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team as a strength and conditioning coach for the #1 ranked team in the world and Gold medal-winning men’s beach volleyball team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. Alejo was also a member of the 2102 Olympic team again coaching the #1 world-ranked Rogers and Dalhausser. From 1984 to 1993, Alejo served as a strength and conditioning coach at UCLA where he worked with 23 men’s and women’s teams, including men’s basketball. During his tenure at UCLA, the Bruins racked up 25 National Championships and produced more than 100 All-Americans. Prior to joining the UCLA staff, Alejo served as a strength and conditioning coach for football at his alma mater, Chico State. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in physical education from Chico State in 1982, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and holds the advanced NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E). He has also been elected to three halls of fame: Chico State Athletics, Chico State Baseball (inaugural inductee), and the Chico Professional Baseball “Legends of the Diamond.” 

    Elisa Angeles 

    Jonathan Anning, PhD, CSCS, *D 

    Jonathan Anning is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences Department of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. His specialization is strength and conditioning, and he has been teaching at the college level for 15 years. His primary research interests focus on sports performance with an emphasis on assessments and resistance training techniques. His professional strength and conditioning experience includes college football and minor league baseball. He has degrees in Exercise Science from Central Michigan University and the University of Toledo. He has been a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1994, and earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) certification through the NSCA. 

    Alan Aragon, MS 

    Alan Aragon has over 20 years of success in the fitness field, and is one of the most influential figures in the movement towards evidence-based information. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Nutrition, with top honors. Aragon is a continuing education provider for the Commission on Dietetic Registration, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and National Strength and Conditioning Association. His counseling clientele consists of recreational, Olympic, and professional athletes, including members of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings. Aragon is also the nutrition advisor to Men’s Health magazine.  

    Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS, *D, FACSM 

    Shawn Arent is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University. He is also the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory and Director of the Center for Health and Human Performance in the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. Arent is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his Master of Science and Doctorate degrees at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and stress and the implications for health and performance, with an emphasis on underlying biological and behavioral mechanisms. His recent work has focused on physiological responses to training-related stressors and their contribution to optimal performance and recovery. Arent is on the national staff for the United States Soccer Federation and works closely with a number of teams at Rutgers University. He also provides performance enhancement advice for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a number of sports, including soccer, football, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, gymnastics, rowing, and cycling. 

    David Behm, PhD 

    David Behm is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Behm has an extensive research portfolio with over 130 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals that have been cited more than 4,500 times. He has collaborations with researchers on five continents and presents internationally on a regular basis. His research focus has been to investigate neuromuscular responses and adaptations to resistance training, instability, stretching, and other activities. Behm integrates his theoretical work with a background as a competitive athlete and coach in a variety of sport such as football (drafted in the Canadian Football League), hockey (Canadian junior hockey), baseball, tennis (provincial champion), squash (provincial champion), and others. 

    Brendan Brazier 

    Brian Cain, MS 

    William (Bill) Campbell, PhD, CSCS 

    Bill Campbell is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and the Director of the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory at the University of South Florida. Campbell’s research is focused on improving exercise performance and enhancing physique through the synergism of resistance exercise and nutrition. He has published two books on sports nutrition, including the “NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition” and the recent publication of “Sports Nutrition: Enhancing Athletic Performance.” Campbell is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is the President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). 

    Bret Contreras, MA, CSCS 

    Bret Contreras is widely considered as one of the leading authorities in the science of exercise. As a personal trainer and strength coach, Contreras has helped hundreds of clients and athletes maximize their potential. As a researcher, Contreras is pursuing his PhD in Sports Science from AUT University in New Zealand. In addition, he has a research review service that summarizes 50 published journal articles per month pertaining to sports science. As a writer, Contreras maintains a popular blog and is the author of two books, “Strong Curves” and “Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy.” His primary research interests are sprint running and the hip extensor musculature. Contreras is also the Editor of the newly founded Personal Training Quarterly, a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal published through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). 

    Pat Cullen-Carroll, MEd, CSCS, USAW, RSCC*E 

    Pat Cullen-Carroll is a retired middle school physical education teacher at Nicolet Middle School in Banning, CA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from California State University in Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. The certifications he holds are the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, International Coach through USA Weightlifting. Cullen-Carroll was a physical education teacher for 37 years, 27 at the middle school level. He coached football and strength and conditioning from middle school to high school levels and through the college level as well. He was a competitive powerlifter, and coached Olympic weightlifters from beginner to the international platform. Cullen-Carroll is the Chair of the Executive Board of Youth Special Interest Group of the NSCA and is on the Coaches/Education Committee of USA Weightlifting.  

    Jon Davis, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT 

    Jon Davis is a Research and Development Scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Prior to this position, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Montevallo for four years. He has authored/co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on clothing related to athletics, military, firefighters, and Islamic clothing. He holds various certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). 

    Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT, *D, FNSCA 

    Jay Dawes is an Assistant Professor of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has worked as a strength/performance coach, personal trainer, educator, and post-rehabilitation specialist for over 15 years, and continues to act as a performance consultant for a wide variety of athletes, law enforcement officers, and those in physically demanding occupations. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D®), the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM-HFS), USA Weightlifting as a Club Coach, and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association as a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Additionally, Dawes was recognized as a Fellow of the NSCA in 2009. 

    Joan Eckerson, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA 

    Adam Feit, CSCS 

    Greg Gatz, CSCS 

    Greg Gatz recently completed his 15th year as Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of North Carolina and 30th total year of coaching. While overseeing the facility management and organization of 21 varsity athletic teams, Gatz is directly responsible for the program design and installation for several specific teams including baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, and men’s and women’s track sprint/ hurdle groups. Gatz has worked with several national champion teams at the University of North Carolina including women’s soccer and men’s soccer, while the volleyball team finished in the national top 25 for the first time since 2002. The baseball program has developed into a consistent national contender during the last 10 years, finishing as national runner-up in both 2006 and 2007, while making a total of six college world series appearances during that time. Prior to working at the University of North Carolina, Gatz spent 11 years as a high school physical education teacher and coach in Florida. 

    John Gillespie, CSCS, NSCA-CPT 

    Johnny Gillespie is a graduate of the school of physical education at West Virginia University and has been studying human movement since he began his studies in 1991. Johnny is a long-time presenter for the NSCA under Balanced Athlete. He is the creator of an online video series, Balanced Runner, through www.runnerworld.com. He regularly appears on TV and radio as an expert on health, fitness, and yoga. Johnny is the founder of Plexus Fitness, Empowered Yoga, and the creator of the Balanced Athlete methodology. Plexus and Empowered Yoga operates public fitness centers, yoga centers, and offers an array of health and fitness services in corporations, country clubs, and private homes.  

    Greg Haff, PhD, CSCS, *D, FNSCA 

    G. Gregory Haff is the Course Coordinator for postgraduate studies in strength and conditioning at Edith Cowan University. He is a Level 2 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Level 3 Australian Weightlifting Association Coach. He was the NSCA’s William J. Kraemer Sport Scientist of the Year Award Winner in 2011 and has served as the Vice President of the NSCA, Assistant Editor in Chief for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and is a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), a founding Fellow of the NSCA, and an accredited member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a USA Weightlifting Regional Level Coach and has served as an outside scientist with the United States Olympic Training Centers Performance Enhancement Teams for weightlifting.    

    David Hamilton, MSc 

    David Hamilton is currently the Director of Performance Science for USA Field Hockey, a role he started after a 4-year campaign with the Great Britain (GB) and England Women’s Hockey team. During his four years as Head of Strength and Conditioning Coach for the GB hockey team they climbed the world rankings from No. 7 to No. 3. This culminated with the team achieving a Bronze medal in the London Olympics games. In his 12 years as a strength and conditioning coach, he has worked within a contrasting mix of systems and cultures. He has enjoyed successful experiences in Qatar, Hong Kong, Canada, the UK, and has been fortunate to work with a mixture of athletic levels, from the elite youth to current Commonwealth, World, and Olympic medalists. Hamilton’s training philosophy is focused on unique systems that enable direct assessment of physical development, readiness, and performance within the complex world of team sports and concurrent training. 

    Allen Hedrick, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC*E, FNSCA 

    Allen Hedrick is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Previously, Hedrick has been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Prior to that, he worked as a graduate assistant while pursuing his Master’s degree at Fresno State University. Hedrick was named the NSCA’s Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2003. Frequently published in various journals related to strength and conditioning, Hedrick has authored books on training for football and dumbbell training, written chapters in three textbooks related to strength and conditioning, and has spoken at numerous conferences and clinics both nationally and internationally. 

    Steve Hertzler, PhD 

    Trent Herda, PhD 

    Trent Herda is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Neuromechanics Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology at the University of Oklahoma under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Cramer. Herda received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Sioux Falls and his Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma. Herda is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). His research interests include the noninvasive assessment of muscle function with surface electromyography (EMG) and mechanomyography (MMG) and the effects of aging, vibration, and passive stretching on neuromuscular function and the biomechanical properties of the muscle-tendon unit. 

    John Hofman, MS, FMS, CSCS, USAW-1, USATF-1 

    John Hofman is one of leading experts in the field of firefighter health and wellness. As the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Fire Department, Hofman oversees the Wellness Centre, coordinates the department’s medical and fitness assessments, develops recruit fitness training, develops pre-employment medical and fitness evaluations, and assists the department’s 20 certified Peer Fitness Trainers. In addition, he also works as the strength and conditioning coach for the California Regional Fire Academy, Sierra Fire Technology Program, as well as numerous other fire departments in Northern California. In 2012, Hofman was appointed the Health and Wellness Coordinator of the Firefighter Cancer Foundation. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®), USA Weightlifting as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, USA Track and Field as a Level 1 Coach, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and American College of Exercise (ACE) as a Peer Fitness Trainer. Hofman is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics such as fire ground rehabilitation, low back injuries, and developing a health and wellness program. In an effort to help keep firefighters safe, Hofman authored “Beyond the Turnouts: A Comprehensive Guide to Firefighter Health and Wellness,” where he combined the latest research and his years of experience developing firefighter health and wellness programs within the fire service

    Rick Howard, MEd, CSCS, *D 

    Rick Howard is currently working on his Doctorate degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals after earning his Master’s degree in Education in School Leadership from Wilmington University and his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Temple University. Howard is an Adjunct Instructor in Exercise Science/Strength and Conditioning at Delaware State University, Rowan University, Temple University, and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He is very actively involved in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), where he serves on the Youth Special Interest Group (SIG) as a founding member and Immediate Past-Chair, as well as the Chair of the NSCA State Provincial Director Committee where he is the Mid-Atlantic Region Coordinator overseeing strength and conditioning clinics in seven states. Howard is an Associate Editor of the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ), was a guest editor for a feature edition of the SCJ, and is a columnist for other publications such as the Performance Training Journal (PTJ) and NSCA Coach 

    Paul Howell, MS, CSCS, USATF-II 

    Paul Howell has been coaching football, track and field, and strength and conditioning in South Florida for more than 20 years. A Level II Jump Coach with the United States of America Track and Field (USATF), Howell is the Head Track and Field Coordinator and Head Strength Coach at Florida Christian School in Miami, FL. 

    John Ivy, PhD, FACSM 

    John Ivy is the Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin.  He received his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland, and trained in physiology and metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine as a National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral Fellow. Ivy served on the faculty at the University of Texas for 31 years and as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education for 13 years. Ivy is the author of over 170 scientific papers, numerous book chapters, and four books on sports nutrition including the very popular “Nutrient Timing,” which has been published in four different languages. His research has pioneered our understanding of muscle metabolism and how nutritional supplementation can improve exercise performance, recovery, and training adaptation. Ivy is a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is a recipient of the Colleges Citation Award. He is also a member of the American Physiological Society (APS) and the American College of Nutrition (ACN).  

    Jason Karp, Phd 

    Jason Karp is a nationally-recognized running and fitness expert, 2011 International Dance and Exercise Association (IDEA) Personal Trainer of the Year, and owner of Run-Fit. He holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology. A prolific writer, Karp has more than 200 articles published in international running, coaching, and fitness magazines; is the author of five books, including “Running for Women” and “Running a Marathon For Dummies;” is a frequent speaker at international fitness and coaching conferences; and won a team silver medal at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel. 

    Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC*E 

    Joe Kenn has been an active Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1986. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) since 1990, he was named the NSCA 2002 National Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. He was the 2000 Professional of the Year for the Mountain West Conference as well as the 1998 Professional of the Year for the Big West Conference. Kenn earned emeritus status as a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) in 2012. He has served the NSCA as a State Director in Idaho, Arizona, and Kentucky. He received the Bronze award from the NSCA Certification Agency in 1999. Kenn is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He has led programs on the collegiate level at Boise State University, University of Utah, Arizona State University, and University of Louisville. Kenn has been published numberous times and has authored two books, “The Coach’s Strength Training Playook” and “Push, Jump, Punch: A Developmental Process for Teaching the Power Clean to Athletes.” 

    Chad Kerksick, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D 

    Chad Kerksick is currently an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences Department at the University of New Mexico. He also serves as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) State Director for New Mexico and on the Executive Council for the Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition Special Interest Group. His current research investigates the impact of acute and chronic exercise and nutritional interventions on the physiological, biochemical, and molecular responses that impact muscle function, hypertrophy, and atrophy in athletes, elderly, and other clinical populations. 

    Mark Kovacs, PhD, CSCS, *D, FACSM 

    Mark Kovacs is a performance physiologist, researcher, and strength and conditioning professional with over a decade of experience working with elite athletes. He has directed the Sport Science, Coaching Education, and Strength and Conditioning departments at the United States Tennis Association as well as being the Director at the Gatorade Sport Science Institute. Kovacs is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist (CTPS), and a Master Tennis Performance Specialist (MTPS) through the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA).  

    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 (UConn). He also holds joint 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. He was a past 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. The NSCA’s Outstanding Sport Scientist Award was also named in his honor in 2006. He was among the first group of Fellows for the NSCA. Kraemer serves on numerous scientific journal editorial boards and is the current Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, an Editor for the European Journal of Applied Physiology, an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and on the Editorial Boards for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Journal of Applied Physiology. He has authored and co-authored over 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the scientific literature related to sports medicine, exercise endocrinology, and sport science. He was awarded the University of Connecticut’s Research Medal in 2005 and recently in 2009 the UConn Alumni Association’s “Research Excellence Award in Sciences” for UConn faculty. In 2013, he was rated as the number one research scientist in resistance training by Expertscape’s objective world analysis of research.  

    Loren Landow, CSCS, *D 

    Loren Landow is highly sought after for his ability to analyze and correct biomechanics. His goal is to maximize human performance, while decreasing the likelihood of injury. Landow has trained thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities, including over 500 professional athletes in the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and Olympic athletes. He has presented on the national and international level in the performance field, and serves as a consultant for professional and collegiate teams across the country. Landow has developed the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Prevention Program and ACL Return to Sport Protocols for the world renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver, CO. His recent accomplishments include the publication of “My Offseason with the Denver Broncos: Building a Championship Team (While Nobody’s Watching).” This past summer he served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach on the 16th season of the Ultimate Fighter Reality TV Show for Team Carwin. Landow’s passion is assisting athletes to perform at their peak level on the competition field. 

    Rhodri Lloyd, PhD, CSCS, *D 

    Rhodri Lloyd is currently a Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Health at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research interests surround the impact of growth and maturation on long-term athletic development and the neuromuscular mechanisms underpinning resistance training adaptations in youth. Lloyd is a member of the Executive Council for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Youth Training Special Interest Group (SIG), a Board Director for the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), and is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC). 

    Moh Malek, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FACSM, FNSCA 

    Moh Malek is currently an Associate Professor at Wayne State University. He is the Director of the Integrative Physiology of Exercise Laboratory and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (FNSCA). He is a reviewer for a number of international sport medicine journals as well as on the Editorial Board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Malek has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers related to neuromuscular, as well as molecular/cellular, aspects of muscle fatigue. One of his recent studies was selected and evaluated by Faculty of 1000 (F1000) which placed the article in the top 2% of published articles in biology and medicine. Malek was also the co-editor for the “NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training (2nd edition).” 

    Mike Martino, PhD, CSCS 

    Mike Martino is a tenured Full Professor and the Exercise Science Program Coordinator at Georgia College. He served as the NSCA Georgia State Director, Southeast Regional Coordinator, and Chair of the State/Provincial Director Committee. In addition, he was a USA National Team Swimming Coach from 1990 through 2000, and was a member of the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Advisory Coaching Staff in Barcelona and Atlanta. He has presented at the state, regional, national and international levels for the NSCA. He currently works with the conditioning programs for all sports at Georgia College and is co-owner of Bodyplex Fitness of Milledgeville, a 38,000 square foot facility with 30 employees and 10 personal trainers on staff. His current research includes the physiological responses associated with the battling ropes training system. In 2012, Martino was recognized as the NSCA Educator of the Year. 

    Ryan Massimo, CSCS, TSAC-F, USAW 

    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 at Semper Fit. Massimo served as the Fitness Director at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA. 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 graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a Health and Fitness specialization from East Carolina University (ECU). Out of ECU, he played professionally with the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. 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 Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitator (TSAC-F) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and a Club Level 1 Coach from United States of America Weightlifting (USAW). 

    Jeff McBride, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA 

    Jeff McBride is a Professor of Biomechanics at Appalachian State University in the Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science. He is the Director of the Neuromuscular and Biomechanics Laboratory and the Director of graduate studies in Exercise Science. McBride was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland and he received his Doctorate in Human Movement from Southern Cross University in Australia. He completed his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Pennsylvania State University and his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from West Virginia University. McBride was awarded the William J. Kraemer Sports Scientist of the Year from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2012, in addition to being a Fellow of the NSCA. He has published 76 research studies in scientific journals and has 110 conference abstract presentations. McBride is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. He is the Biomechanics Section Editor for the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. He has been a consultant for Hendrick Motorsports of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), the United States Army Special Operations Command (Fort Bragg), and for articles on sport and exercise in Men’s Health Magazine, Shape Magazine, Popular Science Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Times. 

    John McCarthy, PhD, PT, CSCS, *D, CSPS, FACSM, FNSCA 

    John McCarthy is an Associate Professor in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. He has published numerous research papers and presented at many national and international conferences on the physiologic, health-related, and performance adaptations associated with resistance and aerobic exercise. McCarthy is a fellow of both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). 

    Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC, USAW 

    Patrick McHenry is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, CO. He designs the lifting and speed/agility programs for all of the strength training classes as well as works with the school’s 23 varsity sports. He earned his Master’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS, *D®) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). McHenry is also a Certified Club Coach with USA Weightlifting. McHenry has worked with athletes from youth to the elite level in a wide variety of sports. He has presented at international and national strength coaches and physical education conferences. He is published in books, journals, internet manuals, and videos. 

    Ron McKeefery, MS, CSCS,*D 

    Ron McKeefery has served as a strength and conditioning coach at both the professional and collegiate levels, having worked with such professional organizations as the Kansas City Royals (Major League Baseball), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (National Football League, NFL), the Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe), and served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Tennessee (UT). Prior to UT, he spent 10 seasons with the University of South Florida. At South Florida, he coached 27 NFL Draft Picks and was the NSCA State Director for Florida. Currently, he is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. Additionally, he has worked with seven All-Americans, numerous NFL free agents, and All-Conference selections. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from the University of South Florida, and Bachelor degrees in Biology and Physical Education from Ottawa University. While at Ottawa University, he was a two-sport athlete earning All-Conference honors in football and track. He was also a two-time Academic All-American. McKeefery is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) under the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). In 2013, he was awarded the Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) distinction by the CSCCA. He is a nationally recognized leader in the area of sports development, and was recently awarded the Under Armor Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society. 

    Arianne Missimer, DPT, RD, FMS, RKC, TPI, CSCS 

    Arianne Missimer has spent the past 15 years in the fitness and nutrition industry, specializing in performance enhancement and injury prevention through proper assessment and training methods. In 2002, Missimer received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics with a fitness concentration at the University of Delaware. Her passion for performance training led her to pursue and attain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Neumann University. She is currently the clinic director and Golf Performance Director at Kinetic Physical Therapy and owns and operates CORE Fitness, a performance training studio for recreational and competitive athletes of all levels. Additionally, she is a Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) Instructor, StrongFirst (SFG) Level 2, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Medical Professional Level 3, K-Vest Level 2, Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Specialist, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner. Her personal goal is to restore optimal health to people of all ages and abilities through proper nutrition, performance enhancement, and rehabilitation. She presents nationally on her comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that seamlessly integrates all aspects of optimal performance and overall health in an effort to bridge the gap between performance and physical therapy. 

    Jordan Moon, PhD, CSCS, *D 

    Jordan Moon is currently the MusclePharm Sports Science Center Research Institute Director, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Colorado State Director, as well as a faculty member for the Department of Sports Exercise Science at the United States Sports Academy. Moon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) through the NSCA and a certified Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has trained all levels of athletes, including professionals in Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), as well as college athletes, youth, and fitness clients. He has presented at multiple scientific conferences and has published more than 50 research articles and abstracts in the areas of sports nutrition, human body composition, and changes regarding age and fitness level. 

    Tim Morrill, MS, CSCS

    As one of the premier coaches in the fields of speed and agility, strength and conditioning, health, fitness, and movement, Tim Morrill coaches teams and individuals on a variety of curricula. Morrill Performance (MP) works locally in the Boston, MA area as well as around the globe under the MP international consulting template. After finishing his Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Morrill founded MP in 2011 as a platform in which to share his knowledge through writing, video, clinics, and seminars. He is a frequent contributor to USA Ultimate Magazine and USA Ultimate conferences, has presented at over 60 workshops in nine different countries, and has spent time working as a Division I strength coach and lecturer at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Most recently, Morrill has spent the past two years as the strength and speed coach for the notorious Boston Ironside Ultimate team. He trains out the prestigious Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC) facilities in Boston, which was named 2011 Men’s Health #1 Gym in America.

    Greg Myer, PhD, CSCS, *D, FACSM

    Greg Myer is currently the Director of Research and the Human Performance Laboratory for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and maintains his primary faculty appointment in the departments of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Over the past decade, Myer has published more than 175 articles (including over 40 in 2013) in peer-reviewed medical journals, and has published books and several book chapters related to his research on the biomechanics of knee injury, sports performance, and knee injury prevention training. Myer was recognized as the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year, awarded the distinction of Fellow from the American College of Sports Medicine, was appointed as the ACL Study Group’s Traveling Scientist. In 2013, the American Journal of Sports Medicine recognized his research on how to prevent injury in young athletes for its significant impact to sports medicine. Myer is serving or has served as an investigator on several nationally funded grants focused on injury prevention and rehabilitation which have contributed multi-millions of research dollars in direct costs to his institution. He is a member of and lecturer to the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Training Association and serves as an invited lecturer to the American Physical Therapy Association. Myer’s primary research interests reside in the fields of biomechanics and injury prevention in sport and pediatric exercise science. Myer consults with coaches across the world who seek to update their own injury prevention strategies for athletes from preadolescence to the professional level. He is currently serving as an international consultant to the English Institute of Sport who supports the talent identification, injury prevention, and rehabilitation for the United Kingdom’s Olympic Teams. In addition, Myer is currently serving as Senior Research Advisor to the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Boston, MA.

    Shawn Myszka, MS, CSCS, *D 

    Shawn Myszka is currently the Pro Performance Director of Explosive Edge Athletics in Minneapolis, MN, which trains many of the top athletes in the state on all levels on an annual basis. Myszka is entrusted with the personal consulting of numerous NFL players, which solidifies him as one of the top “go-to” guys across the league for players to take their performance to the limits of their potential. He also serves as a consultant to coaches at numerous professional and collegiate athletic programs nationwide. He is a former National-level competitive bodybuilder who has become a sought-after clinician and leader in the field of sport-specific power development, the transfer of training to sport performance, and developing mastery in the movement of athletes at all levels of qualification. He is a frequent presenter at strength coach and sports conferences nationwide. At the beginning of 2014, he introduced a new brand, Movement Mastery, into the industry which has the purpose of helping training professionals of all kinds to understand the process involved in attaining optimal movement for athletes in all sporting disciplines more fully. Finally, he was a founding member of the Minnesota National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Advisory Board and was voted the 2008 Minnesota NSCA Trainer of the Year. 

    Sophia Nimphius, PhD, CSCS, *D 

    Sophia Nimphius is a Senior Lecturer in the subject of strength and conditioning at Edith Cowan University. She has been recognized by organizations such as, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), and Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) for her research efforts. Nimphius has presented at over 20 national and international conferences on assessment and development of athlete performance, change of direction and agility performance, bone adaptations in athletes, and neuromuscular fatigue monitoring. Nimphius has been a strength and conditioning coach in both the United States and Australia and continues to work with national and state level softball players in Western Australia. She is currently involved with several collaborative research and coaching education efforts at the elite, collegiate, and junior level in a variety of sports.

    Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS, *D, RSCC*E 

    Mike Nitka has served two terms on the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has represented the NSCA nationally and internationally. Nitka’s presentations are based on 35 years of practical experience with teaching strength and power development classes at Muskego High School in Muskego, WI.

    Robert Panariello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS

    Robert Panariello is a Founding Partner and Chief Clinical Officer with Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and the Professional Athletic Performance Center located in New York. He has more than 30 years of experience in the related fields of sports physical therapy, athletic training, and the performance training of athletes. Panariello previously held the positions of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. John’s University of New York (1986 – 1995), the World League of American Football New York/New Jersey Knights (1991), and the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) New York Power Women’s Professional Soccer team (2001 – 2002). Panariello has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapter publications. He continues to work with many professional athletes from the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), as well as collegiate and university teams, coaches, and non-professional athletes. He is the former Chair of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Commission and received the prestigious NSCA’s Presidents Award in 1998.

    Sally Paulson, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D

    Sally Paulson is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Detroit Mercy; a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education with an option in Athletic Training Education from California State University, Chico; and a Doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas. Paulson has been an active member within the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1998 and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a Certified Athletic Trainer. Paulson’s research interests include gait analysis of aging adults and adults with developmental disabilities, collegiate athletes’ acute response to parachute training and various footwear, and the effects of employer wellness programs in university employees.

    Tim Pelot, MS, CSCS

    Tim Pelot has been in the strength and conditioning field for the past 15 years, including working as a strength and conditioning coach in the collegiate setting. He coached at all three of United States (U.S.) Olympic Training Centers: Chula Vista, CA; Lake Placid, NY; and Colorado Springs, CO. While coaching at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, Pelot trained the U.S. National men’s and women’s teams in the following sport disciplines: bobsled, skeleton, luge, alpine ski, aerial ski, freestyle ski, canoe, kayak, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, volleyball, track cycling, judo, speed skating-short track, swimming (mid- to long-distance), beach volleyball, and water polo. Recently, Pelot has helped his teams achieve two gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

    Edward, Perlak, CSCS, RSCC 

    Ted Perlak is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Elon University. His previous experience includes serving as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fordham University, the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Iona College, and a graduate assistant/assistant strength and conditioning coach at Temple University. Perlak holds credentials through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and as a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC).  

    Martin Rooney, CSCS

    Peter Ronai, MS, CSCS,*D, CSPS, NSCA-CPT,*D, FACSM

    Peter Ronai is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CN. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is past-president of the New England Chapter of ACSM (NEACSM), and an Associate Editor and the Special Populations column editor for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ). 

    David Ruiz, DAT, CSCS 

    David Ruiz currently serves as a rehabilitation coordinator at the University of Idaho. Ruiz has a focus on simplifying laboratory-based movement assessment so that they can be implemented in the weight room, on the field, and in the athletic training room appropriately.

    Juan Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS, *D, USAW, USATF, FNSCA 

    Juan Carlos Santana received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University. He has been a Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1994. In his 18 years with the NSCA, he has served as Vice President, served two terms on the Board of Directors, was a Conference Committee member, was the Chair of the Sports Specific Conference, and served as the Florida State Director. Santana has produced over 70 videos, written 14 books, and published over 200 articles in the area of strength and conditioning. He now serves as the CEO and Director of the Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton, FL, where he trains over 20 combat athletes, as well as, police, SWAT, and Special Forces operators from the military. He holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the NSCA and a certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Santana is also certified as a Senior Coach and Club Coach Course Instructor with USA Weightlifting, and a Level I Coach with the USA Track and Field Association.

    Mike Saunders, PhD

    Mike Saunders is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at James Madison University (JMU), and Director of JMU’s Human Performance Laboratory. His research has investigated the role of nutritional interventions to promote improved performance and recovery in endurance athletes. He has conducted numerous studies examining the effects of carbohydrate and protein (and their co-ingestion) during and following exercise. Saunders was also a recipient of JMU’s Madison Scholar Award for research excellence. 

    Leslie Schilling, RD, CSCS 

    Leslie Schilling specializes in sports nutrition and eating disorders. She works with teams, trainers, physicians, and coaches to help identify those at risk for eating disorders. Schilling owns and operates Schilling Nutrition Therapy, LLC in Memphis, TN and is a professional speaker.

    Brad Schoenfeld, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT 

    Brad Schoenfeld is widely regarded as one of America’s leading fitness authorities. He has been published or appeared internationally in over 1,000 magazine and newspaper articles and has been featured on hundreds of television shows and radio programs across the United States, as well as authoring more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. He is a bestselling fitness author with eight published books that total more than 400,000 copies in print. Schoenfeld is a lecturer in the Exercise Science Department at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY. As a trainer, he has worked with numerous high-level athletes and physique competitors, including many top professionals. He earned his Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Texas and is currently pursuing his PhD in Health Science at Rocky Mountain University. His research focuses on elucidating optimal resistance training regimens to maximize muscle growth. In 2011, Schoenfeld was named the NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year.

    James Schwind, MS, CSCS, USAW-1

    James Schwind, who previously had worked with Head Coach Joey Jones at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC), is beginning his fifth season at BSC as the program’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. In his role, Schwind is responsible for designing and implementing football’s strength and conditioning program, supervising the day-to-day operation of the football weight room, and overseeing the staff. Schwind earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Texas State University in 2004, getting his start in the profession as a student assistant for the school as he worked primarily with the baseball and football teams. After serving as a strength and conditioning intern at Rice University, where he also assisted with neuroscience research at Baylor College of Medicine, he would go on to work as a graduate assistant for two years at Mississippi State University (MSU). While there, he designed and maintained strength and conditioning programs for MSU’s track and field, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s golf teams. Schwind earned his Master’s degree from MSU in Physical Education in 2007. Schwind is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), United States of America Weightlifting (USAW), and the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), and CrossFit.

    Pete Scobell

    Katie Sell, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F

    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 research methods. Her primary research interests lie in the area of physical fitness assessment and exercise programming for wildland firefighters. She is currently on the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning SIG Executive Council.

    Jeremy Sheppard, PhD, CSCS, *D 

    Sean Skahan, CSCS, FMS, USAW-1

    Sean Skahan just completed his 12th season as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League (NHL) team. Joining the club in 2002, Skahan is responsible for the overall strength and conditioning program for all players in the Ducks’ system. Skahan also coordinates all off-ice training at the club’s annual prospect conditioning camp. Prior to working with the Ducks, Skahan was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach at Boston College for the 20012002 season. In 20002001, he was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of North Dakota. While earning his Master’s degree in Kinesiology, he worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Minnesota in 1999 – 2000. Skahan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1998. Skahan also holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and USA Weightlifting (USAW). He is also certified as a Certified Kettlebell Movement Specialist (CK-FMS) and a StrongFirst Level 1 instructor. Skahan also presents at strength and conditioning conferences worldwide when his schedule permits.

    Emily Splichal, MD 

    Michael Stierli, MSc, CSCS, TSAC-F

    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 (PTI) program that was designed, developed, and implemented within the organization and includes curriculum development, training delivery, and mentoring of PTI’s across the state. Stierli is a frequently 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 a member of the Editorial Review 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. Stierli is the recipient of the 2013 New South Wales Police Commissioners Award for the best individual contribution to workplace health and safety. He is also the winner of the 2013 Treasury Managed Fund Award for Excellence in Injury Management for his prediction and remediating of police officers at risk of injury through a structured fitness reconditioning program.

    David Stodden, PhD, CSCS 

    David Stodden is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training. His research focuses on neuromotor coordination and control development as well as how it relates to multiple aspects of youth physical development and its application to long-term athletic development. Previously, Stodden has developed undergraduate and graduate programs in strength and conditioning at Bowling Green State and Texas Tech University, served as a minor league baseball strength and conditioning coach and consultant for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball (MLB) organization, and worked as a research assistant at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI).

    Amy Thompson 

    Amy Thompson is the National Director of Personal Training Services at Wellbridge, a Denver-based company. She works hands-on with 19 personal training managers and over 350 personal trainers. In her role, she is involved in all club operations but primarily on how they integrate and retain members through personal training, small group programming, and nutrition services. She is a seasoned business executive and is highly respected in the fitness and franchise industries. For over 20 years, she has worked in commercial clubs as Fitness Manager, Sports Director, General Manager, and then National Personal Training Director. Under Thompson’s leadership, these clubs offered some of the most sought after internship programs for fitness professionals in the country, and built the Business Building System that Wellbridge uses to integrate personal trainers successfully. She also launched the inaugural season of the National Women’s Basketball League (NWBL) and served as General Manager for the San Diego Waves team for three years. She is passionate about furthering the professionalism and expertise for personal trainers and providing opportunities for development and career advancement. She has been a presenter and author for franchise and fitness over the last two decades, lecturing on topics of leadership, management, and health. She currently serves as the Program Director Committee Chair for IDEA, and is an Industry Advisory Panelist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and was the Co-Chair for the San Diego Women’s Franchise Network Chapter through the International Franchising Association (IFA). Thompson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from George Mason University and multiple National certifications in strength and conditioning and lifestyle weight management. She was a two-sport collegiate and semi-professional athlete, which naturally led her to a career as a fitness professional and health educator. 

    Michael Tromello, MA, PT, CSCS, USAW-1

    Michael Tromello graduated from Occidental College with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. He has spent five seasons as the Strength and Conditioning and Secondary coach for the Occidental College Football team. Tromello took over as the Middle School Strength and Conditioning Coach at Harvard-Westlake School where he was put in charge of the schools developmental strength and conditioning program. In addition to his work at Harvard-Westlake School, Tromello also is an accomplished weightlifting coach, coaching three athletes to the national level. With over 17 different certifications, has a lot of experience working with athletes or just those who are looking to get in shape.

    Richard Ulm, DC, MS, CSCS 

    Richard Ulm is a former nationally competitive track athlete and Division I strength coach, who is utilizing this experience in the medical field. Currently, he runs a sports rehabilitation clinic in Columbus, OH where he treats a wide range of patients from elite athletes to the severely dysfunctional. Ulm has studied at the Prague School of Rehabilitation and is one of the few physicians in the world certified in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)—a world leading functional approach to rehabilitation and performance training. Ulm also consults and designs programs for athletes and universities around the country. He is also a certified CrossFit coach.

    Mark Uyeyama, MEd, CSCS 

    Mark Uyeyama will be starting his seventh season with the San Francisco 49ers this fall. It will be his fourth as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach after having served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2008 to 2010. In 2011, Uyeyama was named Samson Equipment’s NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly. Uyeyama is responsible for overseeing the team’s physical preparation. This includes enhancing the development of bio-motor abilities, bio-dynamic, bio-energetic, recovery, and regeneration. He brings an individualized approach to the preparation within a team-based context. Since joining the 49ers in 2008, Uyeyama has sent 15 players to the Pro Bowl, including 12 that were selected as All-Pros. Uyeyama served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Utah State University from 2004 to 2007. In May of 2000, Uyeyama graduated from the University of Utah while working as a student assistant strength coach for two years. He then became a graduate assistant before moving to another graduate assistant position at Arizona State from 2001 to 2003, when he was promoted to a full-time assistant. Prior to working in the strength and conditioning field, Uyeyama played football at Butte Community College in Oroville, CA and Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. He earned a Master’s degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education in May of 2003. 

    Ken Vick

    Ken Vick is the owner of VSP Consulting, owns an 18,000 sq ft training center in Redondo Beach, CA and serves as the High Performance Director for Velocity Sports Performance. With Velocity, he utilizes his decades of experience in strength and conditioning, teams, and sports medicine settings to oversee Integrated Support Teams (sports performance, sports med, nutrition, regeneration, psychology, etc.) deployed to elite teams, organizations, and athletes throughout the U.S. and around the world. He also oversees the franchise’s internal education and program development. Vick has over 20 years of coaching experience in speed, strength, and athletic performance as well as coaching international-level athletes in weightlifting. In recent years, he has lead Velocity’s elite NFL Combination program producing 20 first round draft picks, and over 100 players going to the NFL. Over the course of his career he has coached hundreds of elite athletes representing the NFL, NBA, NHL, UFC, AVP, in eight Olympic games, and over 50 NCAA Division I and NAIA schools. Vick’s expertise has been relied on by numerous sports organizations including the Chinese Olympic Committee, USA Weightlifting, USA Soccer, the Los Angeles Clippers, the British Volleyball Federation, as well as Nike and Under Amour.

    Jacob Wilson, PhD, CSCS, *D 

    Nicholas Winkelman, MSc, CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT, *D 

    Nick Winkelman is the Director of Training Systems and Education for EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) located in Phoenix, AZ. He oversees the Performance Education Department which delivers a 3-phase mentorship program to over 500 participants a year across 6 continents. Winkelman has a parallel role as the Director of Training Systems where he is responsible for the sustained growth and development of the EXOS Training System across all facilities and remote coaching locations. This role also includes program development, product analysis and integration, and off-site performance consulting. As a strength and conditioning coach, he oversees the speed and testing component of the EXOS National Football League (NFL) Combine Development Program. Winkelman received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science through Oregon State University and his Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning through Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals with a dissertation focus in Motor Learning and Sprinting. He is an internationally recognized speaker on all topics pertaining to human performance and has multiple publications, as well as serving as the NSCA State Director for Arizona.

    Megan Young, MEd, CSCS, USAW-1, USAWTF

    Megan Young is in her sixth year at Auburn University. She was promoted to her current position as strength coach for women’s basketball and soccer in July 2010. As an intern at Auburn, she worked with championship teams in baseball, football, women’s soccer, and women’s basketball. A native of Durham, NC, Young came to Auburn after earning her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from Baylor University. While at Baylor, Young worked directly with the football and basketball teams while assisting with other sports in speed, strength, and explosive training. Prior to her time at Baylor, she served as a strength and conditioning intern at her alma mater, University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from UNC-Wilmington, and was a four-year varsity athlete of the track and field team as a thrower. Currently, Young is working towards her Doctorate in Adult Education at Auburn University. Young holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), USA Weightlifting (USAW), and USA Track and Field (USAWTF).

    Michael Zourdos, PhD 

    Jorge Zuniga, PhD

    Jorge Zuniga received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Cardinal R. Silva Henriquez Catholic University in 2003, a Master’s degree in Exercise Sciences from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007, and then a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is currently an Assistant Professor at Creighton University and his main research interests include evaluation of muscle function, neuromuscular fatigue, and nutritional supplementation.