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    Welcome to the 2014 TSAC Conference

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association invites you to attend the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference in San Diego, CA.

    The way you train shouldn’t be second best and it shouldn’t be an after-thought. The way you train should be the highest priority. 

    And at the NSCA’s TSAC Conference, it is. 

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    TSAC Conference is the most comprehensive event available for military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue training, all in one location.

    It brings together the key elements needed to build a strong, foundational knowledge for training tactical athletes, including scientific exercises and techniques backed by years of research and evidence-based principles.

    Leaders of the industry present on their field-related expertise, and share the safest and most effective methods for strategic implementation of procedures. Developing a substantial training toolbox is made easy with hands-on sessions and specialized tracks geared toward military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue. The unique learning opportunities are endless, so you’ll want to be there.

    Join the NSCA in San Diego to improve THE WAY YOU TRAIN.

    >> Earn CEU Credits! 

    Did you know? 2014 is a recertification year, and you can earn over 1/3 of the total CEUs you need at TSAC Conference! CEUs - NSCA 2.0 | BOC 20 

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    Join Us Before the Conference!

    FMS Pre-Conference Seminar  |  Monday, April 14, 2014

    FMS logoThis pre-conference seminar focuses on implementing the proven method of Functional Movement Systems (FMS) into tactical environments, including occupational exercise and teams and group programs in order to: identify injury risks (risk management), reduce occupational or exercise-related injuries, and increase overall performance and durability. This course is designed organizations that work with or are responsible for individuals in active occupational settings like fire, military, and law enforcement, as well as any other industries that demand physical activity like squatting, lifting, climbing, or carrying heavy loads. 

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    "I researched several organizations who offer CPT certifications, but the only organization that had a bar raised high enough for me to successfully emphasize the need for fitness improvement in my life of work is the NSCA. I feel anything less would be doing my fellow colleagues a short, unearned disservice."

    - Chris Gard, Police Lieutenant, Orting Police Dept, WA 

    Join Us For an FMS Pre-Conference Seminar! | Monday, April 14, 2014

    FMS logoThis pre-conference seminar focuses on implementing the proven method of Functional Movement Systems (FMS) into tactical environments, including occupational exercise and teams and group programs in order to: identify injury risks (risk management), reduce occupational or exercise-related injuries, and increase overall performance and durability. This course is designed organizations that work with or are responsible for individuals in active occupational settings like fire, military, and law enforcement, as well as any other industries that demand physical activity like squatting, lifting, climbing, or carrying heavy loads.

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

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    San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

    8757 Rio San Diego Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92108

    $139 per night (single/double) 

    Please call the Marriott at 619-209-6609 to make reservations! 

    The San Diego Marriott Mission Valley is centrally located among all the popular attractions the warmth and sunshine of San Diego have to offer. Being just minutes from the well-known sights and sounds of Mission Bay and the historical vibrancies of Old Town make your stay at the Marriott Mission Valley ideal. 

    If your time outside the TSAC Conference sessions is better spent doing more active things, then the Marriott’s fitness center and pool, as well as biking and hiking trails, golf courses, and the famous Mission Beach are perfect for you to hit up while there. Want to go exploring like a true Californian? Then using the Rio Vista Trolley, just steps from your hotel room, is great for making a quick stop at Sea World, Qualcomm Stadium or the Gaslamp Quarter.

    Going hungry isn’t an option with the Marriott Mission Valley’s DEN (DineEntertainNetwork) that serves American-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, finding a great sea food meal or a classic, cultural dish just down the road won’t be hard either.

    When reserving your room, please indicate that you wish to be under the National Strength and Conditioning Association room block. Hotel reservations made after March 23, 2014 will only be confirmed on a space-available basis. 

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

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    Conference Rates  

      Now- Thru 2/23/2014    2/24- Thru 3/30/2014   

     After 3/30/2014 

    Registration $315 $365 $415
    One Day Only  $210 $260 $310
    FMS Pre-Con (On Monday)          $150      $150 $150
    Program Book* $35 $35 $35


    Cutoff dates are by postmark

    *All registered attendees will receive the speaker presentations electronically, the $35 is if you would prefer the printed program book. 

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    REFUND POLICY  

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

    Full refunds less $20 if postmarked by February 24, 2014.

    50% refund if postmarked between February 25 thru March 30, 2014.

    NO REFUNDS after March 30, 2014.

    Register and attend the TSAC FMS Pre-Con for just $150 and get the Home Study Course Level 1 Certification for only $150! Regularly priced at $379! Register today! 

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    Join us next year at TSAC Conference 2015!  |  April 6-9, 2014 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL
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    TSAC-F Certification

    Get TSAC-F Certified! Sit for the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator™ (TSAC-F™) exam during the 2014 TSAC Conference on April 14, 2014.  

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    What is a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator?

    Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitators (TSAC-F) apply scientific knowledge to physically train military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel to improve performance, promote wellness, and decrease injury risk. 

    They conduct needs analyses and physical testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide general information regarding nutrition. Recognizing their area of expertise is separate and distinct, TSAC Facilitators consult with and refer those they train to other professionals when appropriate.

    The History of TSAC

    In 2005, the NSCA created the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) program to address the unique concerns of tactical professionals though a variety of educational resources (i.e., TSAC report, facilitator symposia, and TSAC Conference). After consistent and growing interest in TSAC, the NSCA created the TSAC-Facilitator (TSAC-F) certification in 2012. 

    The TSAC-F exam is a tool used to identify individuals who apply scientific knowledge to physically train tactical athletes (i.e., military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel) to improve performance, promote wellness, and decrease injury risk. The TSAC-F program encourages a high level of competence among practitioners and raises the standard for strength and conditioning professionals who train tactical athletes.

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    With that in mind, the NSCA brought together an expert committee of Tactical, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics, and Allied Health professionals. 

    These subject matter experts defined the breadth of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and the degree of cognitive complexity of a TSAC-F to safely and effectively perform their job. The scope of the TSAC-F exam makes it the most comprehensive tactical strength and conditioning certification in the industry.

    The NSCA has been a leader of practical application and research of strength and conditioning for over three decades. In recent years, the focus of the fitness industry has shifted toward greater specialization. The NSCA envisions this trend as an opportunity to expand the development of its members and certified professionals. 

    The TSAC-F was developed to address the unique concerns of tactical athletes. This specialized certification may give TSAC-F certificants a competitive advantage in highly sought opportunities in the tactical community.

    Put your goods and services in front of more than 400 military, police, firefighters, first responders and trainers. Exhibiting at the 2014 TSAC Conference increases your company’s visibility and connects you with qualified buyers. 

    Download the Exhibitor Prospectus for more detailed information regarding pricing, floor plan, contract and sponsorship opportunities. Call 800-815-6826 to reserve your space today. 

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

    Exhibit Hours     
    Monday, April 14 Exhibitor Set-up 8:00am-5:00pm

     
    Welcome Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 15      Early Morning Bootcamp      7:00am-8:30am
      Exhibit Hall Open 11:00am-1:00pm
      Exhibitor Reception      5:30pm-7:30pm
    Wednesday, April 16      Early Morning Bootcamp 7:00am-8:30am
      Exhibit Hall Open      11:00am-1:00pm
      Exhibitor Breakdown 1:00pm-5:00pm

    Thank You to Our 2013 Exhibitors 

    2XU
    5.11 
    8-Ball Nutrition
    AdvoCare
    Athletes' Performance
    BeaverFit
    Columbia Southern University
    Cosmed USA, Inc.
    Cross Rope
    Cybex
    Dartfish
    Deep Muscle Stimulator
    EliteForm
    fitLight Sports Corp.
    Fusion Sport
    Generation UCAN
    Gopher Performance
    The Halo
     
    Hammer Strength/Life Fitness
    HiTrainer
    Keiser
    Marpo Kinetics
    Mondo America, Inc.
    New Balance
    Octane Fitness
    Perform Better
    PLAE
    Power Lift
    Sorinex
    Titin
    TruSpec
    TRX
    VersaClimber
    Woodway
    Zephyr

    Event Sponsorship Opportunities 

    There are numerous sponsorship opportunities for your company to get involved with at the TSAC Conference. Please contact Giselle at giselle.jordan@nsca.com for further information or to sign up for event sponsorship.

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    Speaker Lineup - 2014

    Mark Abel, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F 

    Mark Abel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Abel conducts research to improve the safety, health, fitness, and performance of firefighters and law enforcement officers. He has served as a paid on-call firefighter and has participated in the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Abel has experience in training firefighters, athletes, and the general public.

    Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FACSM, FNSCA 

    Brent Alvar is a Professor/Associate Dean of Research for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. As such, he oversees all areas of research (scholarship of discovery) for the university with a primary emphasis on teaching the area of research methods and guiding young scholars in their dissertation work. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D), and recognized as a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Alvar is considered an expert in the dose-response relationship of resistance training and strength improvement. His research focus is in the area of physical activity related to human performance, occupational preparedness, and health-related benefits from resistance training. He uses this knowledge to alter health/performance-related outcomes relative to differing doses of resistance training including bone mineral density, lipid profiles, stress reduction, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. In the future, Alvar plans to focus on examining how various fitness parameters can be evaluated and/or manipulated to influence job performance, injury prediction/prevention, and premature morbidity and mortality in occupations such as firefighters and the military. 

    Michael Asken, PhD 

    Mike Asken is a psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). In that capacity he works with the PSP’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Tactical and Negotiation Teams. In addition to providing psychological evaluations for cadet candidates and troopers, Asken teaches at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and works with performance issues. He has presented training strategies to various organizations including the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association (NECNA), the Memphis Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to name a few. Asken has written several articles that have appeared in esteemed journals and has authored the books “MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations” and “Emotional Intel: Mental Toughness Skills for Optimal Response in High Stress Crisis Negotiations.” He was also a co-author for the books “Going Deep: Psychoemotional Stress and Survival in Undercover Policing,” and “Warrior MindSet.” 

    Tristen Asken, SPT, CSCS 

    Tristen Asken received his Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science and his Certificate in Pathokinesiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. He holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Currently, Asken is enrolled as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Miami and is set to graduate in May 2015.

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

    Michael Barnes brings 25 years of experience to the ownership of Infinity Personal Training and Fitness. His previous experience includes working in professional athletics, Division I athletics, the National Football League (NFL), fitness management, and professional fitness education. He holds three of the most respected professional certifications in the industry, as well as a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. Additionally, he is a well-recognized presenter and author on optimizing human performance. Barnes has presented to coaches, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts of such organizations as USA Triathlon, USA Rugby, World Class Athlete Program of the US Army, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, USA Judo, U.S. Association of Deaf and Blind Athletes, and many more. He has traveled the world visiting such countries as Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greece, and Denmark educating, training, and interacting with leaders in the fitness industry.

    Nick Barringer, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

    Nick Barringer is an active duty Army dietitian with 10 years of experience working with soldiers on how to optimally fuel for performance. Barringer’s previous assignment was at the 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as the Regimental Nutritionist assisting with the Ranger Athlete Warrior (RAW) program. He has presented on nutrition and the tactical athlete at multiple conferences which include TSAC Conference, International Society of Sports Nutrition conference, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sports Cardiovascular Nutrition (SCAN) conference, the Annual Meeting of Israel Society of Sports Medicine, and the Special Operation Medical Association (SOMA) conference. Barringer is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology at Texas A&M under Dr. Richard Kreider and is a research assistant in the Exercise Sport and Nutrition Lab (ESNL). 
     

    Neal Baumgartner, PhD 

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


    John Bennett, MS, CSCS, PFT, EMT-P

    Lieutenant John Bennett is the Tactical Fitness and Readiness Program Coordinator for Seminole County Fire Department. He chairs the Florida Firefighter Fitness Collaborative where they are advocating agency-to-agency co-ops and focusing on advancing a clear framework for running a readiness program. Bennett also instructs biomechanics, exercise physiology, and final internships at the University of Central Florida when available.

    Hal Breedlove, OD

    Hal Breedlove received his Bachelor of Science degree from Randolph-Macon College and his Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from Southern College of Optometry. He started Coastal Vision in 1984, which has grown to four locations, making it one of the largest private practices in Virginia. Breedlove is an international lecturer to optometric educational organizations, as well as local school and civic groups. He is the past President of the Sports Vision Section of the American Optometric Association, and is a current Board Member of the Joint Commission of Sports Medicine and Science. Breedlove mostly enjoys working and training the law enforcement community in vision-based shooting and survival skills and has been a contributor to many firearms and visual sports performance books and articles. Breedlove has worked extensively with numerous federal and private law enforcement organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Special Forces, Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT), National Rifle Association (NRA), and international and regional police departments. He is the developer of the Trained Observer Program, Dominant Eye Training System, Sight Picture System, Tunnel Vision Trainer, and Vision and Shooting Seminar for Officer Education. He is actively looking for additional ways to help the law enforcement community in developing visual performance programs to help promote success.  

    Lee Burton, PhD, CSCS 

    Lee Burton is currently the Director of Athletic Training at Averett University. He is the President and Co-owner of Functional Movement Systems a consulting and education organization, focusing on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University, and his Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University. Burton received his Doctorate degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). He is currently consulting with a wide variety of organizations and individuals including the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), military/government entities, as well as the Cooper and Mayo Clinics on injury prevention and performance enhancement. 

    Jorge Carvajal, FMS, CSCS, USAW 

    Jorge Carvajal is a 24-year veteran of the fire service and a Captain with Miami Dade Fire Rescue. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Florida. Carvajal is a performance coach for National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), and Olympic athletes.

    Tyler Christiansen, CSCS,*D, USAW, RSCC

    Tyler Christiansen is a veteran soldier currently working as a Human Performance Specialist with 7th Group Special Forces. Christiansen has worked with various tactical athletes in the SOF community as a Human Performance Specialist for Athletes’ Performance, as the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), an Exercise Physiologist at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, and as a contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. Additionally, he has worked with sport athletes at Iowa State University, Illinois State University, and the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball (MLB) organization.

    Michael Contreras, CSCS

    Michael Contreras is a Paramedic Fire Captain and former Wellness and Fitness Coordinator for the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in Irvine, CA. He worked for the OCFA for 25 years and held the rank of Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Captain, and Fire Captain/Paramedic. He has had different assignments for the OCFA, including a Training Officer, Recruit Academy Instructor, Academy Fitness Coordinator, Academy Coordinator, Department Safety Officer, Hazardous Material Technician, Safety Officer, Assistant Public Information Officer, and is a member of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team. Contreras is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Peer Fitness Trainer, a USA Weightlifting Performance Coach, CrossFit Certified Olympic Lifting Coach, a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor, a Functional Movement Screen Instructor, and a Concept II Certified Instructor. Contreras is a highly sought-after speaker on fitness and human performance in the Fire Service and has published several articles on human performance in the Fire Service. He has trained numerous fire departments, fire department personnel, police departments, and the U.S. military, which includes Special Forces.  

    Jill Napoletan Craig, MS 

    Jill Napoletan Craig is the Fitness Program Coordinator and lead exercise physiologist for the Austin Fire Department (AFD). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver and a Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Chapman University (Orange, CA). She conducted her thesis in Vail, CO on the rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in alpine skiers. Craig serves as technical advisor to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), and to the task force that authored the IAFF-International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire Service Wellness-Fitness Initiative. She also participated in the development and validation of the Fire Service Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and the Peer Fitness Trainer Certification curriculum. Since 1996, she has worked to bring a comprehensive wellness and fitness program to the AFD, including medical surveillance, fitness maintenance, behavioral support, and rehabilitation. Craig maintains that the purpose of a fire-based wellness/fitness program is not to determine fitness for duty, but rather to keep firefighters on the job, return them to duty as quickly as possible when ill or injured, and to help them reach retirement fit and healthy. She has authored several articles relating to wellness and fitness in the fire service. Her affiliations and certifications include International Association of Firefighters-International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFF-IAFC) Peer Fitness Trainer Instructor, HardStyle Kettlebell Certified Instructor, CrossFit (CF)-L1 Trainer, TRX-Sports Medicine Trainer, and an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) member.

    Ian Crosby, CSCS

    Ian Crosby is a Lieutenant with the Calgary Fire Department. He served as the Wellness and Fitness Coordinator for the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) from 2005-2014. The CFD has 40 fire stations with 1,400 members and provides on-duty wellness medical/fitness evaluations to all its employees. Crosby has been an instructor for the American Council of Exercise Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) Program. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Calgary.  Mike Asken is a psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). In that capacity he works with the PSP’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Tactical and Negotiation Teams. In addition to providing psychological evaluations for cadet candidates and troopers, Asken teaches at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and works with performance issues. He has presented training strategies to various organizations including the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association (NECNA), the Memphis Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to name a few. Asken has written several articles that have appeared in esteemed journals and has authored the books “MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations” and “Emotional Intel: Mental Toughness Skills for Optimal Response in High Stress Crisis Negotiations.” He was also a co-author for the books “Going Deep: Psychoemotional Stress and Survival in Undercover Policing,” and “Warrior MindSet.”

    Jose Cruz, MS, CSCS, USAW 

    Jose Cruz currently serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Naval Special Warfare-Special Boat Team Twenty in Virginia Beach. He has over 10 years of experience in coaching athletes to improve their strength, power, speed, and agility across a wide spectrum of sports and civil service jobs. Prior to taking the position with Naval Special Warfare, he worked as a Sports Performance Director with Velocity Sports Performance and the Parisi Speed School. He is an Infantry Officer in the Virginia Army National Guard and has over 19 years of combined officer and enlisted service. He served a tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Combat Advisor in 2008. He is currently the Troop Commander for a Dismounted Reconnaissance Troop in the 2-183rd Cavalry Squadron. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at City University of New York-Hunter College and his Masters in Exercise Science and Health Promotion through the California University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USAW Level 1 Weightlifting Coach, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and Functional Movement Screen certified (FMS-1).

    Paul Davis, PhD 

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

    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. Dawes has worked as a strength/performance coach, personal trainer, educator, and post-rehabilitation specialist for over15 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® (CSCS®) and a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®), 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 (FNSCA) in 2009.

    Randy Dreger, PhD, CSCS

    Randy Dreger is the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the City of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services. In addition, he is an instructor/researcher in the School of Health Sciences, Personal Fitness Trainer Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Dreger holds a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Occupational/Work Physiology from the University of Alberta. In addition, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), and a Certified Fire Service Peer Fitness Trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Dreger’s primary area of study involves the physiological demands of emergency response occupations, with particular emphasis on the impact that the self-contained breathing apparatus has on the cardiorespiratory system. Additionally, he has trained numerous fire, police, and paramedic applicants to meet the associated physical test requirements for their occupation. 

    Jason Dudley, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F 

    Jason Dudley is in his first year as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Central Washington University. He came to Ellensburg after serving as the Head Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Coach and Manager for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Dudley, who had been at the NSCA since 2011, oversaw all aspects of strength and conditioning for Special Forces Military groups, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Denver SWAT team, and individual law enforcement and firefighter personnel. Dudley also oversaw all aspects of the NSCA’s TSAC educational program. During his time at the NSAC, Dudley was awarded the Citizens Award by the CSPD for his service with the Police Academy class, which recorded their greatest improvement in physical testing measures. Dudley also served as a member of the TSAC certification development committee, which developed the nationally recognized TSAC-Facilitator™ (TSAC-F™) certification. He also wrote and implemented the first physical testing standard for the CSPD Bomb Squad. Dudley has presented at national and international strength and conditioning conferences for military and law enforcement personnel. Dudley also has experience in the National Football League (NFL) (Indianapolis Colts), Big East Conference (University of Connecticut), National Hockey League (NHL) (Phoenix Coyotes), Pacific-12 Conference (Washington State University), as well as working individually with professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, soccer players, United States Olympic Committee (USOC) judo players, and 2009’s Miss Washington. Dudley earned his Master’s degree in Human Movement and Performance from Western Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from Washington State University.

    Whitfield "Chip" East, EdD 

    Whitfield B. East is a native of North Carolina. Following his childhood in Winston-Salem, he attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor’s degree (1974) and a Master’s degree (1976). In 1979, Dr. East earned a Doctorate in Educational Statistics from the University of Georgia. From 1979 to 1988 Dr. East served as an Assistant/Associate Professor in the School of HPER at the University of Northern Iowa. He was instrumental in initiating the first Legislator’s Fitness Day in Des Moines and served as President of the Iowa HPER Association. From 1988 to 2000 Dr. East served as the Chair of the Department of PEXS at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN where he was promoted to Full Professor. As Department Chair, he led a large multidisciplinary academic department with over 300 undergraduate and graduate majors. At the request of Governor Ned McWherter, he served on first Tennessee Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sport and was instrumental in initiating the first Tennessee State Games. From 1995 to 1997, he served as the President of the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness. From 2000 to 2013, Dr. East served as the Director of Instruction in the Department of Physical Education (DPE) at the United States Military Academy. His primary accomplishment was the development of the Kinesiology major in DPE. The first class of Kinesiology majors graduated in 2010. With over 30 scholarly publications and three book chapters, Dr. East recently completed a major historical review of Army physical readiness training and assessment. A Historical Review and Analysis of Army Physical Readiness Training and Assessment was published by the Combat Studies Institute in 2013. He is currently on temporary assignment to Initial Military Training/TRADOC as the Co-lead of the Baseline Soldier Physical Readiness Requirements Study. 

    Thor Eells, MCJ, TSAC-F 

    Commander Thor Eells has over twenty seven years of law enforcement experience with the Colorado Springs (CO) Police Department. He has served in patrol, investigations, and SWAT. Much of his career has been in tactical operations where he has served as a SWAT operator, Team Commander and Division Commander. Commander Eells helped in the creation of the original TSAC program and is a member of the TSAC Program Advisory Council. He assisted in the creation of the TSAC-F certification and achieved that certification in 2012. He is currently a board member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and was one of the core members in developing the national SWAT Standards. Commander Eells designed and helped implement a physical fitness test/program for his department. Commander Eells is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Center for Creative Leadership.

    Bryan Fass, ATC, LAT, EMT-P, CSCS

    With over 17 years of clinical and on the street experience, Bryan Fass is an expert on public safety and industrial injury prevention. Fass authored the Fit Responder book, used by departments and schools, and is an author for numerous web and peer-reviewed journals. He works nationally with departments, corporations, and state and local governments to design and run targeted injury prevention and wellness programs. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Sports Medicine, was a paramedic for over eight years, and is certified as a Certified Athletic Trainer Strength and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). Fass is the president and founder of the Fit Responder program. 

    David Feltwell, MAJ, PT, OCS 

    Major Feltwell currently serves as the Physical Therapist at United States Army Physical Fitness School, which is the Army’s proponent office for Army Physical Readiness Training. He is the designer and certifying instructor of the Army's Master Fitness Trainer Course; the developer and writer of the Army's physical training doctrine; and the Army’s subject matter expert on standardized approaches to performance improvement and injury control. Feltwell is the author of recent articles on human performance and injury prevention, and frequent presenter at Department of Defense and civilian conferences on leader development and physical training.

    David Frost, PhD, CSCS 

    David Frost is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. He has lectured provincially, nationally, and internationally on topics pertaining to health and wellness, athletic performance, and injury prevention, authored several journal articles and book chapters on firefighter fitness, worked as a performance and injury prevention consultant to numerous private and government organizations across the world, including the International Association of Firefighters, and co-founded a wellness initiative for firefighters titled “Small Steps for Big Change” that will serve as the framework for the IAFF/IAFC Peer Fitness Trainer Curriculum. Frost is an engaging and passionate presenter whose research focuses on the development of training strategies to help firefighters withstand the physical demands of their jobs.

    Patrick Gagnon, MSc 

    Patrick Gagnon is the Senior Manager of Human Performance working for the Canadian Armed Forces’ Directorate of Fitness. He holds a Master of Science degree in physical activity from Laval University in Quebec City, QC. Gagnon was a contributing author in the 2008 “Canadian Forces Health and Physical Fitness Strategy.” He now leads a team of 20 researchers and support staff that have produced an impressive array of projects in a relatively short timeframe. He was the instigator and primary lead of Project FORCE as well as the DFIT.ca website which led to the adoption of a new fitness evaluation and supporting exercise prescription for the Canadian military. Gagnon also oversees all fitness research and development activities with the Canadian Special Forces, military firefighters, divers, search and rescue, close protection, and military police. He has also served and been published in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) research technical groups.

    Paul Goldberg, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD 

    Paul Goldberg earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Western State College of Colorado and his Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Exercise at Colorado State University. Before becoming the Human Performance Coordinator for the 10th Special Forces Group, he worked in Human Performance for Naval Special Warfare for 14 months and was the Head Strength Coach and Dietitian for the Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League (NHL) team for 11 years. Goldberg also served as an assistant strength coach and sports dietitian at Colorado State University for four years and as the Head Strength Coach and Sports Dietitian at Eastern Michigan University for one year.

    John Hofman, MS, 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, 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.  

    Brian Hughes

    1SG Brian Hughes has 16 years of service in the U.S. Army and four years as a Company First Sergeant. His military occupational specialty is infantry, and he has served in various positions at 101st Airborne Division, 25th Infantry Division, 6th Ranger Training Battalion, and is currently assigned as a Basic Combat Training First Sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Hughes is nearing completion of a Master of Science degree in Human Movement - Sports Conditioning through A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.

    Kelly Kennedy, PhD, CSCS, USAW-1

    Kelly Kennedy is one of the nation’s leading experts in fitness training for police. She has physically trained and tested over 3,000 police recruits and officers since 1999. She is a Subject Matter Expert for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and has lectured nationally and internationally. Kennedy has assisted in training camps as an assistant coach at the East Coast Alliance (ECA) Convention and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She has also hosted workshops for the AVON 3-Day Walk, Team Footworks, and was a featured professional in the SOBeReal section of SOBeFiT Magazine. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Health Education with a specialization in Exercise Physiology, she worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Florida International University for five years. She earned a PhD in Educational Leadership from Lynn University Kennedy is certified as a Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a Certified Sport Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), a certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting, a CrossFit Instructor through CrossFit, a Defensive Tactics Instructor, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the NSCA. Kennedy also has a consulting business called Fit-to-Enforce.com and an iphone app called iEatnburn. 

    William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 

    Dr. William J. 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, Storrs, CT. He also holds and joint appointments as a full professor in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology and as a Professor of Medicine at the UConn School of Medicine. He is 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 and the NSCA’s Outstanding Sport Scientist Award was named in his honor in 2006. He was also among the first group of Fellows for the NSCA. Dr. 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 scientists in resistance training by Expertscape's objective world analysis of research.

    Austin Latour, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT 

    Austin Latour is currently an Aerospace Operational Physiologist in the United States Navy. He joined the Navy in December 2003 and started his career in Pensacola, FL. Austin then became an Aeromedical Safety Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 26 and served in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his deployment, he became an Aeromedical Safety Officer at Marine Aircraft 12 in Iwakuni Japan. He is currently a Research Officer for OPNAV N170 and is the Command Fitness Leader (CFL) Program Manager for the Navy. Latour has also develop CFL curriculum and determine policy for all CFL's across the fleet.

    Syl Lemelin, MSc, CSCS

    Syl Lemelin was hired by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1996 as the Division Fitness and Lifestyle Advisor. His primary mandate is the management and delivery of occupational physical abilities testing for active police officers in Division D and V as well as fitness and lifestyle promotion to all employees in those respective divisions. Lemelin is a University of Manitoba graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). One of Lemelin’s passions is related to preparing individuals for optimal human performance during various physical demands related to athletic competition, the activities of daily living, and work-related tactical situations. 
     

    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).

    Brian McGuire, MS, ATC, CSCS 

    Brian McGuire (Colonel, USMCR) serves as Physical Readiness Programs Officer for the Marine Corps at Training and Education Command in Quantico, VA. He is responsible for oversight of programs and policies related to USMCR Physical Fitness Testing/Combat Fitness Testing, Water Survival, and Sports Medicine/Injury Prevention. He has served in this capacity since 2001. Prior to this position, he worked at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, from 1997 to 2001 as Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine. From 1993 to 1997 he was employed by the Emory Clinic Department of Orthopedics as Staff Athletic Trainer. During the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, he was the Chief Athletic Trainer for Rowing and Canoe/Kayak (Sprint) at Lake Lanier. He has been an augment athletic trainer and strength coach for the Indianapolis Colts during summer training camps since 2006. Since 2008, he has worked as a staff athletic trainer for the annual National Football League Scouting Combine. In the Marine Corps Reserve since 1983, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006 and currently is a Political-Military Planner on the Joint Staff (J-5, Africa). He graduated from Salisbury University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and earned a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University in 2001. He has earned certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, American College of Sports Medicine, CrossFit, and as a U.S. Army Master Fitness Trainer.

    Jay Merlino, MS, CSCS, USAW-1

    Jay Merlino began his coaching career at the University of Delaware as an assistant strength coach. Following that, he was an assistant strength coach with the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League (NFL) team for eight seasons. Merlino also opened his own private training company to work with athletes while transitioning towards training tactical athletes such as local police officers and firefighters. This work led to a contracted strength coach position in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid, Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning (THOR3) program to train military soldiers. Merlino currently is a human performance training manager for athletes in their tactical elite division. 

    Brad Nindl, PhD 

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

    Rob Orr, PhD, TSAC-F

    With 23 years of service in the Australian Army, Orr has served as an infantry soldier, physical training instructor, physiotherapist, and human performance officer. After completing his doctoral studies in military load carriage, Orr transferred to the Army Reserve and accepted a position at Bond University. In this new position and as the Co-Chair of TSAC-Australia, he conducts research into optimizing the physical conditioning, reconditioning, and injury prevention of tactical personnel. He is currently the Assistant Editor of the TSAC Report. 

    Jake Owens, MS 

    Jake Owens is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he currently serves as a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operator and investigator assigned to the FBI’s Southern Colorado Joint Terrorism Task Force (SCJTTF). Owens served in the United States Army from 2002-2010 and is a combat veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom. While in the Army, Owens served in a variety of assignments ranging from a Rifle Platoon Leader to Company Commander. Owens is also a graduate of the United States Army’s Ranger School, Pathfinder School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. In 2007, Owens was selected by the 101st Airborne Division to compete in the grueling Best Ranger Competition. Owens entered service with the FBI in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point and a Master of Science from Boston University.

    Willard Peveler, PhD

    Willard Peveler is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Program Director at Northern Kentucky University. He has an extensive background in the study of human performance as well as a strong military background. The vast majority of his published works and presentations cover physiological and biomechanical factors that affect human performance. Peveler served as a Navy Diver on active duty and later as an Army Diver and Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserves. He is the author of “The Complete Book of Road Cycling and Racing” (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and “Triathlon Training Fundamentals” (Globe Pequot Press, 2014).

    Luc Poirier, CSCS, TSAC-F

    Luc Poirier obtained a degree in kinesiology from the University of Sherbrooke in 2001. Poirier joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2003 as a Division Fitness and Lifestyle Advisor (DFLA) for “C” Division (Quebec). Based in Montréal, Poirier works with a population of 1,000 police officers and 600 support employees spread across the province in more than 20 different locations. The role of the DFLA is to administer police occupational tests to members and recruits, to prescribe fitness plans to employees and specialized units, and to create and support initiatives promoting fitness and wellness in the workplace. Poirier also attends various major events in Canada and the United States as a guest speaker on strength and conditioning.

    Mike Prevost, PhD

    Mike Prevost earned a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Louisiana State University (LSU) while specializing in muscle physiology and metabolism. During his time at LSU, he trained athletes for many different sports including triathlon, ultra running, surfing, power lifting, bodybuilding, mixed martial arts, football, basketball, and more. After finishing his PhD, Prevost took a commission in the U.S. Navy as an Aerospace Physiologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps. While serving in the Navy, he developed human performance training material for the U.S. Special Operations Command, new fitness testing standards and fitness programs for Navy rescue swimmers, and served as a consultant to the U.S. Marine Crops (USMC) in designing the USMC Combat Fitness Test. Prevost also served on a Navy committee tasked with proposing alternatives to the Navy physical fitness test. He trained thousands of aviators and aircrew on survival techniques, physiology, and human performance. He currently serves as the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he performs physiological testing of athletes to improve performance, teaches a course on principles of strength and conditioning for midshipmen, and serves as the director of remedial fitness training programs. 

    Matt Rodda 

    Matt Rodda has been a Royal Air Force (RAH) Physical Training Instructor and Exercise Therapist for the past 12 years, serving at home and abroad in a career which has seen him travel from the Falkland Islands to Afghanistan. He is currently serving at RAF Honington developing the Tactical Athlete Program for the RAF Regiment and introducing strength and conditioning protocols and policy doctrine into the basic training for all regiment gunners. This will be his third appearance at the TSAC Conference, as he will be representing the British Military.

    LJ Roscoe, MS 

    LJ Roscoe works with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in Decatur, GA where she has served over 23 years. Roscoe currently holds the rank of Captain and she is also the Director of Training and Development which includes the management and supervision of officer physical standards. 

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

    Katie Sell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Studies and Kinesiology at Hofstra University. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology, physical fitness assessment, and research methods. Sell’s primary research interests lie in the area of physical fitness assessment and exercise programming for wildland firefighters. She is currently on the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Special Interest Group (SIG) Executive Council.

    Ron Sheppard

    Sergeant Ron Sheppard has been a police officer for over 23 years, a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team for 15 years, and is currently assigned as the Team Sergeant. Sheppard has been a lead instructor for Armor Holdings, National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), and the Colorado Springs Police Department. 

    Garth Spendiff, MS, CSCS 

    Garth Spendiff works full-time as an Exercise/Work Physiologist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and part-time as an Adjunct Professor at Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Health Science Department. Spendiff previously served as the Chief Combative and PT Instructor for the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and spent 7 years teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Health at Georgia Southern University. Spendiff is a highly regarded Certified Instructor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Law Enforcement Controlled Tactics, and Modern Army Combative.

    Trisha Stavinoha, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

    Major Trisha Stavinoha has been a Registered Dietitian in the Army for the past 16 years and has served as a Certified Sport Dietitian since 2007. Stavinoha worked with Olympic hopefuls in a variety of sports at the esteemed World Class Athlete program. Her last assignment was in Korea where she was able to work with a variety of Soldiers ranging from those trying to go to the United States Army Ranger School to those trying to avoid being chaptered for weight. She currently works at Joint Base San Antonio, where she sees service members from all branches of the military and works with Wounded Warrior athletes.

    Mick 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 roll as the Associate Editor 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.

    Tony Soika, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F

    Captain Tony Soika has a unique background in both the military and strength and conditioning settings. He is currently in his second tour as a company commander, this time overseeing the headquarters company at Fort Jackson, South Carolina (the army’s largest training installation). Before his nomination to this assignment, he commanded a company of 241 trainees for a year. In his military career, he has been on three combat deployments, was at the World Trade Center on 9/11, and was selected by name to serve at the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School where he worked on redesigning the Army Physical Fitness Test and manual. He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) since 1996, has served as a strength coach in Division I athletics, and trained athletes at every level from high school to the National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA). He currently serves on the Editorial Review Panel for the TSAC Report. He will be assisted by First Sergeant Brian Hughes, a senior infantry non-commissioned officer (NCO) who is currently completing his Master’s degree in Kinesiology.

    Tunde Szivak, MA

    Tunde Szivak is a Doctoral student in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Connecticut, under the advisement of Dr. William Kraemer. She earned her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Szivak’s research interests include stress physiology and performance optimization for tactical athletes, stemming from her background as a United States Army Officer and competitive athlete. Szivak earned her commission from the United States Military Academy in 2003, and competed for the West Point Powerlifting Team from 2000-2003. Her military assignments include two year-long combat deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2007.  

    Mark Toomey, CSCS 

    Mark Toomey is a fitness instructor from Reno, NV. He serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in fitness and conditioning for the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. He is the Chief Executive Officer of StrongFirst, Inc., a producer of cutting-edge material on strength and conditioning, and acts as a Senior StrongFirst Girya (SFG) Instructor for the company. Toomey is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a certified Functional Movement Systems (FMS) practitioner. He has produced material for companies such as 5.11 Tactical, TRX, Cross Core, and Dicks Sporting Goods. Toomey gives lectures nationally on the use of therapeutic exercise as part of a comprehensive patient care model.

    Nick Tumminello

    Nick Tumminello is the owner of Performance University, which provides hybrid fitness training for athletes and educational programs for fitness professionals worldwide. Tumminello has worked with a variety of clients from National Football League (NFL) athletes to professional bodybuilders and figure models to exercise enthusiasts. He also served as the conditioning coach for the Ground Control Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fight Team. Tumminello has produced 15 DVDs and is a regular contributor to several major fitness magazines.

    Bradley Warr, PhD

    Major Bradley Warr joined the Military Performance Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Natick, MA, as a Research Physician Assistant in 2011, after earning his PhD from Arizona State University (ASU). While at ASU, his research evaluated the physical fitness changes and physical activities that occurred in Arizona National Guard Soldiers during deployment and the association with medical resource utilization. Warr has deployed as a physician assistant in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005 with the 1/24th Infantry Battalion (Stryker) and again in 2007-2008 with the 4-6 Air Cavalry. Previous to his work in healthcare, he served as a platoon leader, executive officer, and detachment commander in the 11th Transportation Battalion. As a researching physician assistant in the Military Performance Division, Warr has been involved with a variety of studies covering topics such as foot strike characterization, musculoskeletal injury reporting, and the development of physical employment standards for combat arms occupations. In August 2013 he was appointed as the Deputy Division Chief for the Military Performance Division. 

    Zach Weatherford 

    Zach Weatherford currently serves as the Tactical Athlete Program Manager for Naval Special Warfare Command. He was previously assigned as TAP manager for Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG1) from 2010-2014. Weatherford has also held strength and conditioning position within the US Olympic Committee from 2000-2010 as well as various positions at Universities from 1995-2000.

    Matthew Wenning, MS  

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


     

     

     

    Event Itinerary

    Monday, April 14

    0800-1700FMS Pre-Con
    1800-2000Exhibit Hall/Welcome Reception 


    Session Descriptions
    FMS Pre-Con
    by Mike Contreras, CSCS and Lee Burton, CSCS
    Hands On
    This pre-conference seminar focuses on implementing the proven method of Functional Movement Systems (FMS) into tactical environments, including occupational exercise and teams and group programs in order to: identify injury risks (risk management), reduce occupational or exercise-related injuries, and increase overall performance and durability

    This course is designed for decision makers and wellness coordinators of organizations that work with or are responsible for individuals in active occupational settings like fire, military, and law enforcement, as well as any other industries that demand physical activity like squatting, lifting, climbing, or carrying heavy loads. This course will also benefit coaches, trainers, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in using the FMS to address and streamline the special training needs of individuals and/or large groups.

    This course will provide attendees proven strategies of the FMS that they can immediately implement into their athletic, tactical, occupational, or group training programs. These methods incorporate data collection with targeted analysis to identify injury trends and risks so appropriate strategies can be implemented to mitigate the populations’ specific injury risks. Attendees will learn how to use the FMS in coordination with program design to strategically incorporate corrective exercises into a comprehensive regimen that will improve fundamental movement patterns and the overall performance of the individuals as they train or perform work-related tasks.

    Attendees will be able to rate and rank movement patterns to determine an exercise hierarchy, decide where prioritized exercises should be placed in a program, and establish baseline movement pattern scores through the creation of individual functional movement profiles. This will allow attendees to track and measure progress, and ensure the desired goals are achieved.

     
    Event Itinerary

    Tuesday, April 15

    0700-0830Bootcamp/Warm-up
    0840-0945High-Intensity Tactical Training- Biomechanics of Multidirectional Movements 
    0840-0945Transitioning from the Sport Athlete to the Tactical Athlete 
    0840-0945Training Specialized Law Enforcement Units: A Proven Approach 
    0840-0945Going Back to the Basics- A "New Era" in Firefighter Peer Training
    0955-1100Effectively Utilizing Functional Exercise Progressions 
    0955-1100A System for Assessing Operational Readiness: A Comprehensive Approach to Performance Testing, Screening, and Injury Assessment of the Tactical Athlete
    0955-1100Development of Criterion Task Tests (CTT) for the U.S. Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) Special Operations Group
    0955-1100Periodization Strategies for Firefighters
    1110-1215Are You as Fit as the Royal Air Force Regiment? 
    1110-1215My Team's Bigger than Yours: Physical Training Programming in the U.S. Army
    1110-1215FBI Physical Fitness: An Agents Perspective 
    1110-1215Managing Fatigue for Firefighters
    1215-1345Lunch
    1345-1450How Do You Move: First Responders Mobility & Stability 
    1345-1450An Alternative Conceptual Framework for Tactical Physical Training
    1345-1450A Model for Predicting and Improving Police Officer Occupational Resilience and Performance 
    1345-1450Fitness, Wellness and Medical Surveillance 
    1500-1605Torso Training 
    1500-1605Physiology of Military Deployment: Optimizing Warfighter Performance and Mitigating Health Risk
    1500-1605100% of Physical Performance is 90% Mental: Training Mental Toughness in Police Officers to Maximize Response. 
    1500-1605Fit for Duty 
    1615-1720Strength Complexes for Fat Loss and Conditioning   
    1615-1720Physical Fitness in the Military: State of the Union 
    1615-1720Physical Fitness in Law Enforcement: State of the Union 
    1615-1720Physical Fitness in Fire and Rescue: State of the Union 
    1730-1930Exhibitor Reception 


    Session Descriptions
    Hands On
    This session will focus on training to improve multidirectional movement skills as a warrior athlete. Other topics that will be covered include exercise description, coaching instruction, and designing a sound program to improve the ability to move in all directions and transition between movements with acceleration and deceleration.
     
    Military
    This session will discuss the differences between working with sport athletes and tactical athletes. The presenter will also discuss the challenges that face strength and conditioning professionals working in the military system. Lessons learned will also be covered as well as ways to prepare the strength and conditioning professional to work in the military setting.
     
    Law Enforcement
    This session will cover the progression of the strength and conditioning program for the Colorado Springs Police Department SWAT team over the last three years. Injury reduction, resistance training, and conditioning methods will be covered as well as the mistakes made, lessons learned, and the overall results.
     
    First/ First Responder
    As more and more departments embrace wellness and fitness, a rise in fitness-related injuries is starting to emerge. As a result, some departments are starting to question the benefits of fitness in the face of these rising injury claims. The old adage, “no one moves and no one gets hurt” is not an appropriate solution, nor should a department accept needless injuries as a cost of maintaining fitness. Simply participating in a fitness program is not good enough if the department is suffering preventable injuries in the process of getting fit. This session will discuss a strategy to use peer trainees as movement coaches by shifting their focus to injury prevention along with health promotion.
     
    Hands On
    One of the most important aspects of performance enhancement in the tactical setting is focusing on improving durability. In order to do this effectively, functional exercise should be utilized as a fundamental component of the program design. This session will discuss the importance of utilizing functional exercise in the tactical setting. The focus will be placed on describing and demonstrating how to implement and progress functional exercise effectively.
     
    Military
    This session will present a system to assess and monitor physical requirements needed for tactical personnel. This multidisciplinary approach will provide critical information that is needed by command leadership, command doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches with regard to the physical capabilities required for tactical athletes to acquire and maintain operational readiness.
     
    Law Enforcement
    This session will outline the methods used to develop criterion task tests (CTT) used to determine the minimally acceptable level of physical performance for BORSTAR agents. A summary of the job task analysis and physical abilities test data will be discussed. In addition, an overview of the criterion and construct validation methods used to establish physical ability job standards will be covered. This session will inform attendees of a recent study that was aimed at measuring the physical abilities needed to adequately perform challenging tasks in the field.

     
    Fire/ First Responder
    Firefighters must maintain high levels of functional physical fitness to optimize task-specific performance. To perform fire suppression and rescue tasks, firefighters must possess optimal levels of power, strength, endurance, and anaerobic and aerobic endurance. Training to improve all physical fitness outcomes concurrently may present challenges. Therefore, this informative and applied session will provide theoretical and empirical perspectives to support the design of effective periodization strategies for firefighters.
     
    Hands On
    The Royal Air Force (RAF) Regiment is built for two tasks: weight carriage and contact. To achieve these tasks, they must have the ability to respond instantly and effectively to the physical and psychological demands of combat and return to a normal state once that demand ceases. This session will cover how this is achieved with a high-intensity introduction to physical fitness preparation for the regiment gunner.
     
    Military
    This session will cover the constraints, standardization, and readiness protocols of the United States Army. Additional topics will include the development of industrial-scale training capacity and ability, and the challenges of building compliance with programming.
     
    Law Enforcement
    This session will provide an FBI agent’s perspective on the integration of physical fitness into an already physically demanding profession. The practical side of effectively implementing a physical training program into a demanding profession will also be covered.
     
    Managing Fatigue for Firefighters
    by Jorge Carvajal, BS, CSCS, FMS, USAW
    Fire/ First Responder
    This session will cover the most common types of fatigue encountered by firefighters. It will describe how to measure and manage fatigue for firefighters as well.
     
    Hands On
    This session will cover many common ailments that are specific to first responders and how they are brought on by overuse, poor compensation, and improper motor patterns. Specific focus will be provided to hip and thoracic mobility and how they will help with injury prevention.
     
    Military
    A coherent, conceptual framework is essential for a proper progressive and sequential physical training program. This session will examine an alternative way of looking at the primary components of optimal performance, and how this conceptual framework drives physical training. This framework will help attendees understand the connectivity between the structural, physiological, and metabolic aspects of physical training as we progress through the base-build-peak stages.
     
    Law Enforcement
    A model that has enabled the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force, it optimizes it's ability to train and a sustain personnel through improving musculoskeletal and metabolic screening protocols. Also discussed will be how these protocols have influenced the way in which training programs are implemented in the NSW Police Force.
     
    Fire/ First Responder
    Wellness, fitness, and performance are conditions that exist on a spectrum. Where on that spectrum do we expect firefighters to dwell? And how can we create a culture that motivates them to do so? This session will discuss where, or if, the term “fitness for duty” falls within the purview of the medical and exercise professional.
     
    Torso Training 
    by Michael Barnes, MEd, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
    Hands On
    The following questions all need to be addressed prior to starting a core training program: how much core training is needed, what are the safest techniques, what are the expected outcomes, and what is required of the operator? Having a well-trained neuromuscular system of the torso provides efficient movement, support for the spine, and helps with injury prevention. This hands-on session will provide strategic theory to categorize torso movements and, most importantly, demonstrate a variety of techniques that attendees can use in their program immediately.
     
    Military
    This session will overview the physiological challenges and consequences of military deployment. Specifically, maintenance of physical fitness and body composition, rigors of external load carriage, environmental extremes (heat, cold, and altitude), medical illnesses, musculoskeletal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and environmental exposure hazards (i.e., burn pits, vehicle exhaust, etc.) will be discussed. Training optimization and risk mitigation strategies will be recommended to attendees.
     
    Law Enforcement
    This session will discuss how mental toughness and psychological skills influence physical performance on factors and in areas such as quality, effort, endurance, recovery, and rehabilitation. It will review the typical approaches to training mental toughness (breaking individuals down physically and mentally) and emphasize shortcomings and problems with this approach. Finally, the session will present a rationale and model for training mental toughness when it is understood as a group of psychological skills that can be defined and trained to promote performance excellence.
     
    Fire/ First Responder
    This session will conduct an interactive discussion regarding how law enforcement officers, firefighters, and medics present a balanced set of personal capabilities to deliver safe and effective service. Creating this balance requires focus on the dynamics and challenges of creating and maintaining biological, cognitive, emotional, and social fitness. Being able to physically solve the customer’s problem typically requires a high level of biological and cognitive capability. Effectively resolving the inevitable personal issues that come with delivering that service can also require a high, and many times, very difficult level of emotional and social skill. The organization must establish a plan to develop and support their members on every level.
     
    Hands On

     This session will provide hybrid metabolic complexes that attendees can immediately use with individuals of all levels to maximize fat loss and improve levels of metabolic conditioning. Attendees will leave this session with a take-home metabolic training formula for designing hybrid metabolic sequences along with multitude of new hybrid metabolic protocols that are battle-tested to get anyone into great shape. Sponsored By:
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    Physical Fitness in the Military: State of the Union 
    by Dr. Neal Baumgartner, MS, PhD, Patrick Gagnon, MS, CEP
    Military
    Interact and meet with some of the most highly respected experts in military physical fitness training. Following a brief update from each expert, attendees will have the opportunity to partake in an open discussion on the current status of physical training in the military.
     
    Physical Fitness in Law Enforcement: State of the Union 
    by Kelly Kennedy, PhD, CSCS, CISSN, USA/W Jake Owens, MS, Ron Sheppard, CSPD, Thor Eells, TSAC-F
    Law Enforcement
    Interact and meet with some of the most highly respected experts in law enforcement physical fitness training. Following a brief update from each expert, attendees will have the opportunity to partake in an open discussion on the current status of physical training in law enforcement.
     
    Physical Fitness in Fire and Rescue: State of the Union 
    by Ian Crosby, CSCS, Jill Craig, MS, John Hofman, MS, CSCS
    Fire/ First Responder
    Interact and meet with some of the most highly respected experts in fire and rescue physical fitness training. Following a brief update from each expert, attendees will have the opportunity to partake in an open discussion on the current status of physical training in fire and rescue.
     
    Event Itinerary

    Wednesday, April 16

    0700-0830Bootcamp/ Warmup
    0840-0945Movement Orientated Training in Practice
    0840-0945Reload HITT - "Rebuilding the Warrior Athlete"
    0840-0945Law Enforcement Fitness Policies 
    0840-0945Training to Survive and Thrive 
    0955-1100Simplifying Olympic Lifts: Competency Development for the Tactical Athlete
    0955-1100Correlation of USMC Physical Fitness Test and Combat Fitness Test Events to Physically Demanding Military Occupational Specialty Tasks
     
    0955-1100SWAT Physical Fitness: An Operator's Perspective 
    0955-1100Impact of the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus on Firefighter Performance
    1110-1215Running Sessions with Little or No Equipment
    1110-1215Performance Nutrition for the Tactical Athlete: Information Coaches and Trainers Should Know
    1110-1215Working Towards Wellness
    1110-1215Operating Fitness-Readiness Programs 
    1215-1345Lunch
    1345-1450Front-Line Fitness: Physical Training in Remote Locations, FOB's, PB's and CP's
    1345-1450U.S. Naval Academy Plebe Physical Education Program: A Decade of Success
    1345-1450The Essentials of Functional Program Planning and Design for Law Enforcement 
    1345-1450Everything You Knew About Back Pain is Wrong?
    1500-1605Same, But Different
    1500-1605Modeling Resistance Training Programs to Meet Warfighter Demands
    1500-1605Law Enforcement Physical Training (PT): Lessons Learned 
    1500-1605Making Exercise Matter- An Evidence-Based Approach to Firefighter Fitness
    1615-1720Assessing and Addressing Movement Quality in Small and Large Groups to Improve Performance and Reduce Injury Risk 
    1615-1720Air Force Physical Abilities and Skills Testing for Selection into Battlefield Airmen Career Fields
    1615-1720Holding the Line-Implementing Fitness Standards in Public Safety 
    1615-1720Wildland Firefighter Job Task Analysis and Implications for Fitness Assessment and Programming


    Session Descriptions
    Hands On
    Progressing from the successful “Movement Orientated Training” session last conference, this session will provide a range of practical applications that can be employed for all tactical athletes. For example, what exercises would be appropriate to improve weight acceptance or to improve respiration against thoracic impedance (body armor)? What about for body under-trunk rotation or body over-trunk rotation? These questions and more will be answered and practically applied in this session.
     
    Military
    This session will focus on the recovery phase built into the High-Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) program. This session is designed to educate attendees on proper rest and recovery between bouts of high-intensity training in order to minimize overtraining and ensure recovery for the next training session.
     
    Law Enforcement
    This session will cover physical training policies in the law enforcement arena. Options such as mandatory or voluntary policies, as well as the pros and cons of both will be discussed. Also discussed will be how to ensure the policy is sound from a legal standpoint, especially as it relates to incumbent employees.
     
    Training to Survive and Thrive 
    by Bryan Fass, ATC, LAT, CSCS, EMT-P
    Fire/ First Responder
    As a coach, do you have a problem with 33% of all injuries resulting from training related to job-specific fitness, plus an almost 70% unreported injury rate in fire and EMS responders? This session will take a hard look at responder flexibility, mobility, fitness, and wellness. This session will provide a simple approach that any coach or trainer can use to get responders of all fitness levels and ages to move better and feel better. Finally, this session will examine common injury drivers in the field related to patient and equipment handling, and ultimately beg the question: is there an exercise that can fix that?
     
    Hands On
    This hands-on session will focus on simplifying Olympic lifts into a four-step process to allow the coach to teach the tactical athlete with easy regression and progression patterns.
     
    Military
    The session will provide an overview of the methodology and findings of a study that examined the correlation of the U.S. Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Combat Fitness Test (CFT) to physically demanding tasks. Conference attendees will gain an understanding of how to assess existing fitness tests in their respective agencies and how to apply them to actual physical job demands.
     
    Law Enforcement
    In this session, attendees will hear firsthand about the physical demands that face specialized police units, as well as how the physical training of the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) has evolved.
     
    Fire/ First Responder
    This session will examine the impact a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) has on physiological function and work performance of a firefighter. Specifically, the pulmonary and cardiac systems will be discussed both independently and in combination. In addition, a number of countermeasures will be presented to the attendees.
     
    Hands On
    One common issue in law enforcement is a lack of facilities or equipment with which to do physical training. Using only the human body as the equipment, this session will show that the only restriction on session planning is your imagination. Practical ideas and demonstrations will be provided to attendees to enable them to implement training sessions with little or no equipment in their departments immediately.
     
    Military
    This session will describe the performance nutrition needs and concerns of the everyday active duty population to include wounded warriors. The session will discuss barriers keeping service members from eating a performance diet; certain programs, resources, and initiatives that are in place to help service members improve their diet; and practical tips to get tactical athletes to eat like they should.
     
    Working Towards Wellness
    by Luc Poirier, CSCS, CEP, PES, TSAC-F
    Law Enforcement
    More than just performance, injury prevention and wellness are important factors for the tactical population. This session will discuss an initiative aimed at improving employee health and wellness. The name “Working Towards Wellness” reflects the project’s overall objective to achieve wellness in the division not only from a personal state perspective, but also from a workplace perspective. With this initiative, the division can obtain an important distinction, “Healthy Enterprise—Elite.”
     
    Fire/ First Responder
    Considering both new and established models from across North America, this session will discuss a sample template for how to run a program. Headers such as “What a Program Looks Like” and “How to Apply a Program” proactively address less tangible concerns like sustainability, trainer objectives and commitment, accountability, and economic alternatives. Whether for wellness or performance, the tools outlined in this session can provide attendees a way to provide firm direction and a task-driven framework flexible to various agencies.
     
    Hands On
    Geographical location should not factor into the ability to maintain or develop tactical fitness, there is always an opportunity to train, be it at a forward operating base (FOB), patrol base (PB), or coastal patrol (CP). This session will cover how to develop a repertoire of exercise prescription wherever the tactical athlete is located.
     
    Military
    Despite declining fitness trends and an increase in obesity in the United States, the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Plebe Physical Education Program (PEP) continues to ensure that over 90% of incoming freshmen meet the rigorous USNA physical standards in seven weeks of training. This session will discuss the PEP and statistics from more than a decade of pre- and post-PEP fitness.
     
    Law Enforcement
    This session will outline the essential steps used in the planning and designing of functional strength and conditioning programs for specific tactical populations such as general duty police officers, public order teams, dog handlers, emergency response teams, and SWAT teams. It will also present some of the programs currently being used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for these specialized teams.
     
    Firefighter/First Responder
    Low back pain is common in everyone. It is only a matter of time before we all suffer from it. The funny thing is we all have slips or bulging disks, so the real question is why does it hurt you and not me? This session will cover many common ailments that are specific to firefighters who have low back pain and how they are brought on by overuse, poor compensation, and improper motor patterns. Specific focus will be provided to hip and thoracic mobility and how to properly strengthen the core to help with injury prevention.
     
    Hands-On
    Does your current training program enhance or hinder your on-duty performance? Do the exercises in any given program accomplish your desired training effect without a negative impact in the field? This session will discuss how the traits that allow maximal squats, or other significant lifts while training, could be dangerous in that they could prevent the first responder from optimizing his or her ability to run or jump well. StrongFirst works with professionals to create intelligent training programs that take the off-duty activities done in a gym and use them to maximize on-duty performance and injury prevention.
     
    Modeling Resistance Training Programs to Meet Warfighter Demands
    by William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA & Tunde Szivak, MA, CSCS
    Military
    The performance requirements of the modern-day battlefield require an in-depth task analysis and identification of trainable factors for optimization of warfighter performance. This session will cover task-specific analysis of deployment-related physical performance characteristics to best prepare soldiers for the varied demands of combat environments.
     
    Law Enforcement
    This session will be full of tips and tricks for anyone working in a physical conditioning program for law enforcement populations. Common mistakes in training by instructors, lessons learned in training, and roadblocks to success will all be covered in this session. These tips will also include the most common mistakes made when training for a SWAT school (or any specialized unit) and recommendations on supervision of an academy physical training program.
     
    Firefighter/First Responder
    Injuries cost the fire service billions of dollars annually. This session will discuss the latest research in exercise program design for occupational athletes. Attendees will learn how to evaluate their capacity, prevent future injury, and improve performance over the duration of a career. An integrated approach to training based on years of research will be introduced so that attendees leave knowing how to become physically prepared for the rigors of firefighting and emergency medical service (EMS) operations.
     
    Hands-On
    This session will demonstrate simple and effective protocols and examples of how to implement the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to drive programming for tactical athletes. It will also present case studies and hands-on demonstrations using TRX equipment to positively impact strength and conditioning programming based on group and individual (FMS) data.
     
    Military

    Selection and classification of US Air Force (AF) recruits into Special Operations Battlefield Airmen (BA) career fields is determined by the Physical Abilities Stamina Test (PAST), Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, and medical clearances.  Despite these assessments, BA students continue to experience high rates of attrition in technical training, especially Pararescue which has high attrition primarily due to extensive sub-surface water training.  In this session we will address:  1) PAST standards development and results, 2) the more recent development and results of a unique three part Basic Water Skills Test, 3) an update on AF Tier 1 health and general fitness test results, and 4) a progress update on development of AF Tier 2 occupationally-specific, operationally-relevant tests and standards for BA.  Q & A included. 

     

    Law Enforcement
    This session will focus on the creation and implementation of a physical fitness standard/test into a public safety department. Topics that will be discussed include exercise selection, scoring, and legal considerations.
     
    Firefighter/ First Responder
    Physical fitness is imperative for wildland firefighters. As with all tactical populations, training programs should be implemented with a consideration for individual or population-specific metabolic, biomechanical, and injury risk reduction needs. This session will discuss common job-related tasks undertaken by smokejumpers, hotshot crews, and handcrews. This session will also cover implications this needs analysis has for developing fitness assessment batteries across wildland firefighter disciplines and implementing training programs across the pre-, fire, and post-season.
     
    Event Itinerary

    Thursday, April 17

    0700-0805Mobility Management: Tackling Flexibility and Soft Tissue Problems
    0700-0805Sustain Your Brain: Performance Nutrition to Support the Tactical Athlete's Most Vital Asset
    0700-0805All Service Round Table: Injury Reduction
    0815-0920Team Building Evolution      
    0815-0920Program Design for Tactical Athletes
    0815-0920Hit What You See
    0930-103521st Century Paradigm Shift: Demonstrating the Army's Physical Readiness Training 
    0930-1035Where the Rubber Meets the Road: A Step-by-Step Program for Implementing Performance-Based Standards 
    0930-1035Optimizing the Conditioning of New Recruits 
    1035-1135Lunch 
    1135-1240Programming: Special Forces vs. Athletes
    1135-1240Conducting a Task Analysis: Examples from the Military and Fire Service
    1135-1240How to Train Your Trainers 
    1240-1345Metabolic Conditioning for the Tactical Athlete 
    1240-1345The FORCE Program: From Military Tasks to Operational Fitness Testing and Training- The Canadian Armed Forces Approach 
    1240-1345Human Performance in Combat Operations 
    1355-1500Common Pitfalls in the Execution and Integration of Performance and Corrective Strategies in the Development of the Tactical Athlete 
    1355-1500All Service Round Table      
    1355-1500Development of and Concerns with a Stationary Bike and Elliptical Trainer Aerobic Test in the U.S. Navy 


    Session Descriptions
    Hands On
    This session will cover the most common mobility problems that the tactical athlete may face. It will provide insight into why some of these problems exist and demonstrate techniques which can address many of these issues. This session will focus on how to identify the most dysfunctional areas, thereby allowing a tactical facilitator to most effectively use mobility techniques. Also covered will be techniques that can be easily utilized by the tactical athlete in the field.
     
    Lecture
    This session will cover how nutrition impacts the brain and how to fuel for optimal cognitive performance. This session will also discuss the potential use of nootropics to enhance cognitive function.
     
    All Service Round Table: Injury Reduction
    by John Hofman, MS, CSCS, Jill Craig, MS, Bryan Fass, ATC, LAT, CSCS, EMT-P
    Lecture
    Attendees will be able to interact and meet with some of the most highly respected experts in injury reduction methods within tactical populations during this open discussion.
     
    Team Building Evolution      
    by Kelly Kennedy, PhD, CSCS, CISSN, USA/W
    Hands On
    This session will go over a basic team-building exercise for any group, class, or academy. Aspects of the debriefing and analysis will be discussed as they apply to the tactical facilitator.
     
    Lecture
    This session will provide an in-depth look at how a tactical athlete should approach strength, functional muscle mass, and endurance. All tactical athletes need to be fit and strong under various conditions; this is a way to accomplish the task.
     
    Lecture
    When a tactical athlete encounters a shoot-don’t-shoot scenario, their decision to discharge their weapon is dependent upon their training, their environment, and their sensory input from the situation. The visual system is the dominant determining factor in this decision. This session will demonstrate and describe how the visual sight picture works. It will also cover different ways this sensory system gets information from the scenario and how it is processed into a motor response.
     
    Hands On
    In recent years, the army has transitioned from Physical Fitness Training to Physical Readiness Training. In this presentation, a senior US Army infantry NCO will lead ROTC cadets from San Diego State University as they demonstrate PRT. Tony will narrate and discuss the concepts and evolution of thought that led to the ongoing modernization of army physical training.
     
    Lecture
    Public safety employees have a duty to protect and serve. This transcends the typical workday of most Americans and comes with expectations beyond just showing up to collect a paycheck. This session will examine the critical tasks and steps of implementing job-related retention standards within the emergency services. While hiring standards are essential in capturing qualified applicants, it is far more important that the individuals who are hired can actually do the job for which they were hired. Real-life case studies from both law enforcement and fire and rescue will serve as the basis for this session.
     
    Lecture
    This session will not only discuss how to best develop a periodized physical conditioning program for new recruits, but will also provide the practical model to do so. Additional topics that will be covered include barriers that hinder the optimal conditioning program, informal physical stressing, as well as personal lessons that have been learned.
     
    Hands On
    This hands-on session will address some of the common programming and exercise prescriptions and adjustments used when training Special Forces Operators vs Traditional athletes. Modifications for group, team and individual training, as well as equipment and periodization will be discussed.
     
    Conducting a Task Analysis: Examples from the Military and Fire Service
    by Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC,*D, FNSCA, FACSM, Bradley Warr, PhD, MPAS
    Lecture
    This session will look at the basis for developing an occupational task analysis. Specific examples will be utilized from the fire service and military. Special attention will be paid to relating occupational-specific tasks to the various components of fitness.
     
    How to Train Your Trainers 
    by Jay Merlino, MS, CSCS, FMSC, USAW
    Lecture
    This session covers the what, where, why, and when of how to train a unit’s physical training leaders to provide comprehensive human performance training education. Attendees will learn how to integrate modern theories and ideas of human performance into classic tactical group settings using existing unit personnel. Attendees will also learn what obstacles they may encounter and take-home strategies to maximize success.
     
    Metabolic Conditioning for the Tactical Athlete 
    by Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
    Hands On
    In this hands-on session, attendees will be exposed to a variety of metabolic conditioning methods and learn how to incorporate them into a comprehensive strength and condition program safely.
     
    Lecture
    The session will cover how the new Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) fitness evaluation was developed and implemented. It will also discuss the conceptual framework behind the supporting operational exercise prescription website and give a brief demonstration of the tool. Finally, it will share some of the ideas being considered for the development of a health and fitness incentive program for CAF personnel.
     
    Lecture
    The purpose of this session is to examine the current scientific literature on human performance in combat operations. This session will cover combat readiness, load bearing, and physical fitness testing. Practical application of the scientific findings should be carefully considered.
     
    Hands On
    This hands-on session will demonstrate how to identify and correct common mistakes in the execution of corrective and strength exercises commonly used in performance training programs for the tactical athlete. In addition, this session will briefly discuss the periodization philosophy; concept of program design; and the execution of accommodating resistance, contrast loading, and Olympic-style lifts to maintain and/or increase strength, power, and mobility.
     
    All Service Round Table      
    by Ian Crosby, CSCS, Dr. Neal Baumgartner, Thor Eells, TSAC-F, Alan Brunacini
    Lecture
    Lead by some of the most highly respected experts in their respective fields/careers, this roundtable discussion will cover lessons learned, current challenges, and the road ahead for all tactical populations.
     
    Lecture
    This session will cover the development of a stationary bike and elliptical trainer test for determining cardiovascular fitness. It will also discuss the issues with the current test and the proposed direction for the future.
     

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    Speaker Lineup - 2014

    Mark Abel, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F 

    Mark Abel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Abel conducts research to improve the safety, health, fitness, and performance of firefighters and law enforcement officers. He has served as a paid on-call firefighter and has participated in the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Abel has experience in training firefighters, athletes, and the general public.

    Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FACSM, FNSCA 

    Brent Alvar is a Professor/Associate Dean of Research for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. As such, he oversees all areas of research (scholarship of discovery) for the university with a primary emphasis on teaching the area of research methods and guiding young scholars in their dissertation work. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D), and recognized as a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Alvar is considered an expert in the dose-response relationship of resistance training and strength improvement. His research focus is in the area of physical activity related to human performance, occupational preparedness, and health-related benefits from resistance training. He uses this knowledge to alter health/performance-related outcomes relative to differing doses of resistance training including bone mineral density, lipid profiles, stress reduction, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. In the future, Alvar plans to focus on examining how various fitness parameters can be evaluated and/or manipulated to influence job performance, injury prediction/prevention, and premature morbidity and mortality in occupations such as firefighters and the military. 

    Michael Asken, PhD 

    Mike Asken is a psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). In that capacity he works with the PSP’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Tactical and Negotiation Teams. In addition to providing psychological evaluations for cadet candidates and troopers, Asken teaches at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and works with performance issues. He has presented training strategies to various organizations including the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association (NECNA), the Memphis Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to name a few. Asken has written several articles that have appeared in esteemed journals and has authored the books “MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations” and “Emotional Intel: Mental Toughness Skills for Optimal Response in High Stress Crisis Negotiations.” He was also a co-author for the books “Going Deep: Psychoemotional Stress and Survival in Undercover Policing,” and “Warrior MindSet.” 

    Tristen Asken, SPT, CSCS 

    Tristen Asken received his Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science and his Certificate in Pathokinesiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. He holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Currently, Asken is enrolled as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Miami and is set to graduate in May 2015.

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

    Michael Barnes brings 25 years of experience to the ownership of Infinity Personal Training and Fitness. His previous experience includes working in professional athletics, Division I athletics, the National Football League (NFL), fitness management, and professional fitness education. He holds three of the most respected professional certifications in the industry, as well as a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. Additionally, he is a well-recognized presenter and author on optimizing human performance. Barnes has presented to coaches, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts of such organizations as USA Triathlon, USA Rugby, World Class Athlete Program of the US Army, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, USA Judo, U.S. Association of Deaf and Blind Athletes, and many more. He has traveled the world visiting such countries as Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greece, and Denmark educating, training, and interacting with leaders in the fitness industry.

    Nick Barringer, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

    Nick Barringer is an active duty Army dietitian with 10 years of experience working with soldiers on how to optimally fuel for performance. Barringer’s previous assignment was at the 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as the Regimental Nutritionist assisting with the Ranger Athlete Warrior (RAW) program. He has presented on nutrition and the tactical athlete at multiple conferences which include TSAC Conference, International Society of Sports Nutrition conference, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sports Cardiovascular Nutrition (SCAN) conference, the Annual Meeting of Israel Society of Sports Medicine, and the Special Operation Medical Association (SOMA) conference. Barringer is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology at Texas A&M under Dr. Richard Kreider and is a research assistant in the Exercise Sport and Nutrition Lab (ESNL). 
     

    Neal Baumgartner, PhD 

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


    John Bennett, MS, CSCS, PFT, EMT-P

    Lieutenant John Bennett is the Tactical Fitness and Readiness Program Coordinator for Seminole County Fire Department. He chairs the Florida Firefighter Fitness Collaborative where they are advocating agency-to-agency co-ops and focusing on advancing a clear framework for running a readiness program. Bennett also instructs biomechanics, exercise physiology, and final internships at the University of Central Florida when available.

    Hal Breedlove, OD

    Hal Breedlove received his Bachelor of Science degree from Randolph-Macon College and his Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from Southern College of Optometry. He started Coastal Vision in 1984, which has grown to four locations, making it one of the largest private practices in Virginia. Breedlove is an international lecturer to optometric educational organizations, as well as local school and civic groups. He is the past President of the Sports Vision Section of the American Optometric Association, and is a current Board Member of the Joint Commission of Sports Medicine and Science. Breedlove mostly enjoys working and training the law enforcement community in vision-based shooting and survival skills and has been a contributor to many firearms and visual sports performance books and articles. Breedlove has worked extensively with numerous federal and private law enforcement organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Special Forces, Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT), National Rifle Association (NRA), and international and regional police departments. He is the developer of the Trained Observer Program, Dominant Eye Training System, Sight Picture System, Tunnel Vision Trainer, and Vision and Shooting Seminar for Officer Education. He is actively looking for additional ways to help the law enforcement community in developing visual performance programs to help promote success.  

    Lee Burton, PhD, CSCS 

    Lee Burton is currently the Director of Athletic Training at Averett University. He is the President and Co-owner of Functional Movement Systems a consulting and education organization, focusing on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University, and his Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University. Burton received his Doctorate degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). He is currently consulting with a wide variety of organizations and individuals including the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), military/government entities, as well as the Cooper and Mayo Clinics on injury prevention and performance enhancement. 

    Jorge Carvajal, FMS, CSCS, USAW 

    Jorge Carvajal is a 24-year veteran of the fire service and a Captain with Miami Dade Fire Rescue. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Florida. Carvajal is a performance coach for National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), and Olympic athletes.

    Tyler Christiansen, CSCS,*D, USAW, RSCC

    Tyler Christiansen is a veteran soldier currently working as a Human Performance Specialist with 7th Group Special Forces. Christiansen has worked with various tactical athletes in the SOF community as a Human Performance Specialist for Athletes’ Performance, as the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), an Exercise Physiologist at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, and as a contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. Additionally, he has worked with sport athletes at Iowa State University, Illinois State University, and the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball (MLB) organization.

    Michael Contreras, CSCS

    Michael Contreras is a Paramedic Fire Captain and former Wellness and Fitness Coordinator for the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in Irvine, CA. He worked for the OCFA for 25 years and held the rank of Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Captain, and Fire Captain/Paramedic. He has had different assignments for the OCFA, including a Training Officer, Recruit Academy Instructor, Academy Fitness Coordinator, Academy Coordinator, Department Safety Officer, Hazardous Material Technician, Safety Officer, Assistant Public Information Officer, and is a member of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team. Contreras is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Peer Fitness Trainer, a USA Weightlifting Performance Coach, CrossFit Certified Olympic Lifting Coach, a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor, a Functional Movement Screen Instructor, and a Concept II Certified Instructor. Contreras is a highly sought-after speaker on fitness and human performance in the Fire Service and has published several articles on human performance in the Fire Service. He has trained numerous fire departments, fire department personnel, police departments, and the U.S. military, which includes Special Forces.  

    Jill Napoletan Craig, MS 

    Jill Napoletan Craig is the Fitness Program Coordinator and lead exercise physiologist for the Austin Fire Department (AFD). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver and a Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Chapman University (Orange, CA). She conducted her thesis in Vail, CO on the rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in alpine skiers. Craig serves as technical advisor to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), and to the task force that authored the IAFF-International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire Service Wellness-Fitness Initiative. She also participated in the development and validation of the Fire Service Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and the Peer Fitness Trainer Certification curriculum. Since 1996, she has worked to bring a comprehensive wellness and fitness program to the AFD, including medical surveillance, fitness maintenance, behavioral support, and rehabilitation. Craig maintains that the purpose of a fire-based wellness/fitness program is not to determine fitness for duty, but rather to keep firefighters on the job, return them to duty as quickly as possible when ill or injured, and to help them reach retirement fit and healthy. She has authored several articles relating to wellness and fitness in the fire service. Her affiliations and certifications include International Association of Firefighters-International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFF-IAFC) Peer Fitness Trainer Instructor, HardStyle Kettlebell Certified Instructor, CrossFit (CF)-L1 Trainer, TRX-Sports Medicine Trainer, and an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) member.

    Ian Crosby, CSCS

    Ian Crosby is a Lieutenant with the Calgary Fire Department. He served as the Wellness and Fitness Coordinator for the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) from 2005-2014. The CFD has 40 fire stations with 1,400 members and provides on-duty wellness medical/fitness evaluations to all its employees. Crosby has been an instructor for the American Council of Exercise Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) Program. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Calgary.  Mike Asken is a psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). In that capacity he works with the PSP’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Tactical and Negotiation Teams. In addition to providing psychological evaluations for cadet candidates and troopers, Asken teaches at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and works with performance issues. He has presented training strategies to various organizations including the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association (NECNA), the Memphis Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to name a few. Asken has written several articles that have appeared in esteemed journals and has authored the books “MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations” and “Emotional Intel: Mental Toughness Skills for Optimal Response in High Stress Crisis Negotiations.” He was also a co-author for the books “Going Deep: Psychoemotional Stress and Survival in Undercover Policing,” and “Warrior MindSet.”

    Jose Cruz, MS, CSCS, USAW 

    Jose Cruz currently serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Naval Special Warfare-Special Boat Team Twenty in Virginia Beach. He has over 10 years of experience in coaching athletes to improve their strength, power, speed, and agility across a wide spectrum of sports and civil service jobs. Prior to taking the position with Naval Special Warfare, he worked as a Sports Performance Director with Velocity Sports Performance and the Parisi Speed School. He is an Infantry Officer in the Virginia Army National Guard and has over 19 years of combined officer and enlisted service. He served a tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Combat Advisor in 2008. He is currently the Troop Commander for a Dismounted Reconnaissance Troop in the 2-183rd Cavalry Squadron. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at City University of New York-Hunter College and his Masters in Exercise Science and Health Promotion through the California University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USAW Level 1 Weightlifting Coach, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and Functional Movement Screen certified (FMS-1).

    Paul Davis, PhD 

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

    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. Dawes has worked as a strength/performance coach, personal trainer, educator, and post-rehabilitation specialist for over15 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® (CSCS®) and a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®), 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 (FNSCA) in 2009.

    Randy Dreger, PhD, CSCS

    Randy Dreger is the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the City of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services. In addition, he is an instructor/researcher in the School of Health Sciences, Personal Fitness Trainer Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Dreger holds a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Occupational/Work Physiology from the University of Alberta. In addition, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), and a Certified Fire Service Peer Fitness Trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Dreger’s primary area of study involves the physiological demands of emergency response occupations, with particular emphasis on the impact that the self-contained breathing apparatus has on the cardiorespiratory system. Additionally, he has trained numerous fire, police, and paramedic applicants to meet the associated physical test requirements for their occupation. 

    Jason Dudley, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F 

    Jason Dudley is in his first year as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Central Washington University. He came to Ellensburg after serving as the Head Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Coach and Manager for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Dudley, who had been at the NSCA since 2011, oversaw all aspects of strength and conditioning for Special Forces Military groups, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Denver SWAT team, and individual law enforcement and firefighter personnel. Dudley also oversaw all aspects of the NSCA’s TSAC educational program. During his time at the NSAC, Dudley was awarded the Citizens Award by the CSPD for his service with the Police Academy class, which recorded their greatest improvement in physical testing measures. Dudley also served as a member of the TSAC certification development committee, which developed the nationally recognized TSAC-Facilitator™ (TSAC-F™) certification. He also wrote and implemented the first physical testing standard for the CSPD Bomb Squad. Dudley has presented at national and international strength and conditioning conferences for military and law enforcement personnel. Dudley also has experience in the National Football League (NFL) (Indianapolis Colts), Big East Conference (University of Connecticut), National Hockey League (NHL) (Phoenix Coyotes), Pacific-12 Conference (Washington State University), as well as working individually with professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, soccer players, United States Olympic Committee (USOC) judo players, and 2009’s Miss Washington. Dudley earned his Master’s degree in Human Movement and Performance from Western Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from Washington State University.

    Whitfield "Chip" East, EdD 

    Whitfield B. East is a native of North Carolina. Following his childhood in Winston-Salem, he attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor’s degree (1974) and a Master’s degree (1976). In 1979, Dr. East earned a Doctorate in Educational Statistics from the University of Georgia. From 1979 to 1988 Dr. East served as an Assistant/Associate Professor in the School of HPER at the University of Northern Iowa. He was instrumental in initiating the first Legislator’s Fitness Day in Des Moines and served as President of the Iowa HPER Association. From 1988 to 2000 Dr. East served as the Chair of the Department of PEXS at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN where he was promoted to Full Professor. As Department Chair, he led a large multidisciplinary academic department with over 300 undergraduate and graduate majors. At the request of Governor Ned McWherter, he served on first Tennessee Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sport and was instrumental in initiating the first Tennessee State Games. From 1995 to 1997, he served as the President of the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness. From 2000 to 2013, Dr. East served as the Director of Instruction in the Department of Physical Education (DPE) at the United States Military Academy. His primary accomplishment was the development of the Kinesiology major in DPE. The first class of Kinesiology majors graduated in 2010. With over 30 scholarly publications and three book chapters, Dr. East recently completed a major historical review of Army physical readiness training and assessment. A Historical Review and Analysis of Army Physical Readiness Training and Assessment was published by the Combat Studies Institute in 2013. He is currently on temporary assignment to Initial Military Training/TRADOC as the Co-lead of the Baseline Soldier Physical Readiness Requirements Study. 

    Thor Eells, MCJ, TSAC-F 

    Commander Thor Eells has over twenty seven years of law enforcement experience with the Colorado Springs (CO) Police Department. He has served in patrol, investigations, and SWAT. Much of his career has been in tactical operations where he has served as a SWAT operator, Team Commander and Division Commander. Commander Eells helped in the creation of the original TSAC program and is a member of the TSAC Program Advisory Council. He assisted in the creation of the TSAC-F certification and achieved that certification in 2012. He is currently a board member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and was one of the core members in developing the national SWAT Standards. Commander Eells designed and helped implement a physical fitness test/program for his department. Commander Eells is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Center for Creative Leadership.

    Bryan Fass, ATC, LAT, EMT-P, CSCS

    With over 17 years of clinical and on the street experience, Bryan Fass is an expert on public safety and industrial injury prevention. Fass authored the Fit Responder book, used by departments and schools, and is an author for numerous web and peer-reviewed journals. He works nationally with departments, corporations, and state and local governments to design and run targeted injury prevention and wellness programs. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Sports Medicine, was a paramedic for over eight years, and is certified as a Certified Athletic Trainer Strength and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®). Fass is the president and founder of the Fit Responder program. 

    David Feltwell, MAJ, PT, OCS 

    Major Feltwell currently serves as the Physical Therapist at United States Army Physical Fitness School, which is the Army’s proponent office for Army Physical Readiness Training. He is the designer and certifying instructor of the Army's Master Fitness Trainer Course; the developer and writer of the Army's physical training doctrine; and the Army’s subject matter expert on standardized approaches to performance improvement and injury control. Feltwell is the author of recent articles on human performance and injury prevention, and frequent presenter at Department of Defense and civilian conferences on leader development and physical training.

    David Frost, PhD, CSCS 

    David Frost is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. He has lectured provincially, nationally, and internationally on topics pertaining to health and wellness, athletic performance, and injury prevention, authored several journal articles and book chapters on firefighter fitness, worked as a performance and injury prevention consultant to numerous private and government organizations across the world, including the International Association of Firefighters, and co-founded a wellness initiative for firefighters titled “Small Steps for Big Change” that will serve as the framework for the IAFF/IAFC Peer Fitness Trainer Curriculum. Frost is an engaging and passionate presenter whose research focuses on the development of training strategies to help firefighters withstand the physical demands of their jobs.

    Patrick Gagnon, MSc 

    Patrick Gagnon is the Senior Manager of Human Performance working for the Canadian Armed Forces’ Directorate of Fitness. He holds a Master of Science degree in physical activity from Laval University in Quebec City, QC. Gagnon was a contributing author in the 2008 “Canadian Forces Health and Physical Fitness Strategy.” He now leads a team of 20 researchers and support staff that have produced an impressive array of projects in a relatively short timeframe. He was the instigator and primary lead of Project FORCE as well as the DFIT.ca website which led to the adoption of a new fitness evaluation and supporting exercise prescription for the Canadian military. Gagnon also oversees all fitness research and development activities with the Canadian Special Forces, military firefighters, divers, search and rescue, close protection, and military police. He has also served and been published in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) research technical groups.

    Paul Goldberg, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD 

    Paul Goldberg earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Western State College of Colorado and his Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Exercise at Colorado State University. Before becoming the Human Performance Coordinator for the 10th Special Forces Group, he worked in Human Performance for Naval Special Warfare for 14 months and was the Head Strength Coach and Dietitian for the Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League (NHL) team for 11 years. Goldberg also served as an assistant strength coach and sports dietitian at Colorado State University for four years and as the Head Strength Coach and Sports Dietitian at Eastern Michigan University for one year.

    John Hofman, MS, 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, 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.  

    Brian Hughes

    1SG Brian Hughes has 16 years of service in the U.S. Army and four years as a Company First Sergeant. His military occupational specialty is infantry, and he has served in various positions at 101st Airborne Division, 25th Infantry Division, 6th Ranger Training Battalion, and is currently assigned as a Basic Combat Training First Sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Hughes is nearing completion of a Master of Science degree in Human Movement - Sports Conditioning through A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.

    Kelly Kennedy, PhD, CSCS, USAW-1

    Kelly Kennedy is one of the nation’s leading experts in fitness training for police. She has physically trained and tested over 3,000 police recruits and officers since 1999. She is a Subject Matter Expert for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and has lectured nationally and internationally. Kennedy has assisted in training camps as an assistant coach at the East Coast Alliance (ECA) Convention and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She has also hosted workshops for the AVON 3-Day Walk, Team Footworks, and was a featured professional in the SOBeReal section of SOBeFiT Magazine. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Health Education with a specialization in Exercise Physiology, she worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Florida International University for five years. She earned a PhD in Educational Leadership from Lynn University Kennedy is certified as a Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a Certified Sport Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), a certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting, a CrossFit Instructor through CrossFit, a Defensive Tactics Instructor, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the NSCA. Kennedy also has a consulting business called Fit-to-Enforce.com and an iphone app called iEatnburn. 

    William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 

    Dr. William J. 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, Storrs, CT. He also holds and joint appointments as a full professor in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology and as a Professor of Medicine at the UConn School of Medicine. He is 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 and the NSCA’s Outstanding Sport Scientist Award was named in his honor in 2006. He was also among the first group of Fellows for the NSCA. Dr. 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 scientists in resistance training by Expertscape's objective world analysis of research.

    Austin Latour, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT 

    Austin Latour is currently an Aerospace Operational Physiologist in the United States Navy. He joined the Navy in December 2003 and started his career in Pensacola, FL. Austin then became an Aeromedical Safety Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 26 and served in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his deployment, he became an Aeromedical Safety Officer at Marine Aircraft 12 in Iwakuni Japan. He is currently a Research Officer for OPNAV N170 and is the Command Fitness Leader (CFL) Program Manager for the Navy. Latour has also develop CFL curriculum and determine policy for all CFL's across the fleet.

    Syl Lemelin, MSc, CSCS

    Syl Lemelin was hired by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1996 as the Division Fitness and Lifestyle Advisor. His primary mandate is the management and delivery of occupational physical abilities testing for active police officers in Division D and V as well as fitness and lifestyle promotion to all employees in those respective divisions. Lemelin is a University of Manitoba graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). One of Lemelin’s passions is related to preparing individuals for optimal human performance during various physical demands related to athletic competition, the activities of daily living, and work-related tactical situations. 
     

    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).

    Brian McGuire, MS, ATC, CSCS 

    Brian McGuire (Colonel, USMCR) serves as Physical Readiness Programs Officer for the Marine Corps at Training and Education Command in Quantico, VA. He is responsible for oversight of programs and policies related to USMCR Physical Fitness Testing/Combat Fitness Testing, Water Survival, and Sports Medicine/Injury Prevention. He has served in this capacity since 2001. Prior to this position, he worked at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, from 1997 to 2001 as Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine. From 1993 to 1997 he was employed by the Emory Clinic Department of Orthopedics as Staff Athletic Trainer. During the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, he was the Chief Athletic Trainer for Rowing and Canoe/Kayak (Sprint) at Lake Lanier. He has been an augment athletic trainer and strength coach for the Indianapolis Colts during summer training camps since 2006. Since 2008, he has worked as a staff athletic trainer for the annual National Football League Scouting Combine. In the Marine Corps Reserve since 1983, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006 and currently is a Political-Military Planner on the Joint Staff (J-5, Africa). He graduated from Salisbury University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and earned a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University in 2001. He has earned certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, American College of Sports Medicine, CrossFit, and as a U.S. Army Master Fitness Trainer.

    Jay Merlino, MS, CSCS, USAW-1

    Jay Merlino began his coaching career at the University of Delaware as an assistant strength coach. Following that, he was an assistant strength coach with the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League (NFL) team for eight seasons. Merlino also opened his own private training company to work with athletes while transitioning towards training tactical athletes such as local police officers and firefighters. This work led to a contracted strength coach position in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid, Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning (THOR3) program to train military soldiers. Merlino currently is a human performance training manager for athletes in their tactical elite division. 

    Brad Nindl, PhD 

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

    Rob Orr, PhD, TSAC-F

    With 23 years of service in the Australian Army, Orr has served as an infantry soldier, physical training instructor, physiotherapist, and human performance officer. After completing his doctoral studies in military load carriage, Orr transferred to the Army Reserve and accepted a position at Bond University. In this new position and as the Co-Chair of TSAC-Australia, he conducts research into optimizing the physical conditioning, reconditioning, and injury prevention of tactical personnel. He is currently the Assistant Editor of the TSAC Report. 

    Jake Owens, MS 

    Jake Owens is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he currently serves as a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operator and investigator assigned to the FBI’s Southern Colorado Joint Terrorism Task Force (SCJTTF). Owens served in the United States Army from 2002-2010 and is a combat veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom. While in the Army, Owens served in a variety of assignments ranging from a Rifle Platoon Leader to Company Commander. Owens is also a graduate of the United States Army’s Ranger School, Pathfinder School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. In 2007, Owens was selected by the 101st Airborne Division to compete in the grueling Best Ranger Competition. Owens entered service with the FBI in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point and a Master of Science from Boston University.

    Willard Peveler, PhD

    Willard Peveler is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Program Director at Northern Kentucky University. He has an extensive background in the study of human performance as well as a strong military background. The vast majority of his published works and presentations cover physiological and biomechanical factors that affect human performance. Peveler served as a Navy Diver on active duty and later as an Army Diver and Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserves. He is the author of “The Complete Book of Road Cycling and Racing” (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and “Triathlon Training Fundamentals” (Globe Pequot Press, 2014).

    Luc Poirier, CSCS, TSAC-F

    Luc Poirier obtained a degree in kinesiology from the University of Sherbrooke in 2001. Poirier joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 2003 as a Division Fitness and Lifestyle Advisor (DFLA) for “C” Division (Quebec). Based in Montréal, Poirier works with a population of 1,000 police officers and 600 support employees spread across the province in more than 20 different locations. The role of the DFLA is to administer police occupational tests to members and recruits, to prescribe fitness plans to employees and specialized units, and to create and support initiatives promoting fitness and wellness in the workplace. Poirier also attends various major events in Canada and the United States as a guest speaker on strength and conditioning.

    Mike Prevost, PhD

    Mike Prevost earned a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Louisiana State University (LSU) while specializing in muscle physiology and metabolism. During his time at LSU, he trained athletes for many different sports including triathlon, ultra running, surfing, power lifting, bodybuilding, mixed martial arts, football, basketball, and more. After finishing his PhD, Prevost took a commission in the U.S. Navy as an Aerospace Physiologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps. While serving in the Navy, he developed human performance training material for the U.S. Special Operations Command, new fitness testing standards and fitness programs for Navy rescue swimmers, and served as a consultant to the U.S. Marine Crops (USMC) in designing the USMC Combat Fitness Test. Prevost also served on a Navy committee tasked with proposing alternatives to the Navy physical fitness test. He trained thousands of aviators and aircrew on survival techniques, physiology, and human performance. He currently serves as the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he performs physiological testing of athletes to improve performance, teaches a course on principles of strength and conditioning for midshipmen, and serves as the director of remedial fitness training programs. 

    Matt Rodda 

    Matt Rodda has been a Royal Air Force (RAH) Physical Training Instructor and Exercise Therapist for the past 12 years, serving at home and abroad in a career which has seen him travel from the Falkland Islands to Afghanistan. He is currently serving at RAF Honington developing the Tactical Athlete Program for the RAF Regiment and introducing strength and conditioning protocols and policy doctrine into the basic training for all regiment gunners. This will be his third appearance at the TSAC Conference, as he will be representing the British Military.

    LJ Roscoe, MS 

    LJ Roscoe works with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in Decatur, GA where she has served over 23 years. Roscoe currently holds the rank of Captain and she is also the Director of Training and Development which includes the management and supervision of officer physical standards. 

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

    Katie Sell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Studies and Kinesiology at Hofstra University. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology, physical fitness assessment, and research methods. Sell’s primary research interests lie in the area of physical fitness assessment and exercise programming for wildland firefighters. She is currently on the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Special Interest Group (SIG) Executive Council.

    Ron Sheppard

    Sergeant Ron Sheppard has been a police officer for over 23 years, a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team for 15 years, and is currently assigned as the Team Sergeant. Sheppard has been a lead instructor for Armor Holdings, National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), and the Colorado Springs Police Department. 

    Garth Spendiff, MS, CSCS 

    Garth Spendiff works full-time as an Exercise/Work Physiologist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and part-time as an Adjunct Professor at Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Health Science Department. Spendiff previously served as the Chief Combative and PT Instructor for the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and spent 7 years teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Health at Georgia Southern University. Spendiff is a highly regarded Certified Instructor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Law Enforcement Controlled Tactics, and Modern Army Combative.

    Trisha Stavinoha, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

    Major Trisha Stavinoha has been a Registered Dietitian in the Army for the past 16 years and has served as a Certified Sport Dietitian since 2007. Stavinoha worked with Olympic hopefuls in a variety of sports at the esteemed World Class Athlete program. Her last assignment was in Korea where she was able to work with a variety of Soldiers ranging from those trying to go to the United States Army Ranger School to those trying to avoid being chaptered for weight. She currently works at Joint Base San Antonio, where she sees service members from all branches of the military and works with Wounded Warrior athletes.

    Mick 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 roll as the Associate Editor 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.

    Tony Soika, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F

    Captain Tony Soika has a unique background in both the military and strength and conditioning settings. He is currently in his second tour as a company commander, this time overseeing the headquarters company at Fort Jackson, South Carolina (the army’s largest training installation). Before his nomination to this assignment, he commanded a company of 241 trainees for a year. In his military career, he has been on three combat deployments, was at the World Trade Center on 9/11, and was selected by name to serve at the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School where he worked on redesigning the Army Physical Fitness Test and manual. He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) since 1996, has served as a strength coach in Division I athletics, and trained athletes at every level from high school to the National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA). He currently serves on the Editorial Review Panel for the TSAC Report. He will be assisted by First Sergeant Brian Hughes, a senior infantry non-commissioned officer (NCO) who is currently completing his Master’s degree in Kinesiology.

    Tunde Szivak, MA

    Tunde Szivak is a Doctoral student in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Connecticut, under the advisement of Dr. William Kraemer. She earned her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Szivak’s research interests include stress physiology and performance optimization for tactical athletes, stemming from her background as a United States Army Officer and competitive athlete. Szivak earned her commission from the United States Military Academy in 2003, and competed for the West Point Powerlifting Team from 2000-2003. Her military assignments include two year-long combat deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2007.  

    Mark Toomey, CSCS 

    Mark Toomey is a fitness instructor from Reno, NV. He serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in fitness and conditioning for the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. He is the Chief Executive Officer of StrongFirst, Inc., a producer of cutting-edge material on strength and conditioning, and acts as a Senior StrongFirst Girya (SFG) Instructor for the company. Toomey is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a certified Functional Movement Systems (FMS) practitioner. He has produced material for companies such as 5.11 Tactical, TRX, Cross Core, and Dicks Sporting Goods. Toomey gives lectures nationally on the use of therapeutic exercise as part of a comprehensive patient care model.

    Nick Tumminello

    Nick Tumminello is the owner of Performance University, which provides hybrid fitness training for athletes and educational programs for fitness professionals worldwide. Tumminello has worked with a variety of clients from National Football League (NFL) athletes to professional bodybuilders and figure models to exercise enthusiasts. He also served as the conditioning coach for the Ground Control Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fight Team. Tumminello has produced 15 DVDs and is a regular contributor to several major fitness magazines.

    Bradley Warr, PhD

    Major Bradley Warr joined the Military Performance Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Natick, MA, as a Research Physician Assistant in 2011, after earning his PhD from Arizona State University (ASU). While at ASU, his research evaluated the physical fitness changes and physical activities that occurred in Arizona National Guard Soldiers during deployment and the association with medical resource utilization. Warr has deployed as a physician assistant in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005 with the 1/24th Infantry Battalion (Stryker) and again in 2007-2008 with the 4-6 Air Cavalry. Previous to his work in healthcare, he served as a platoon leader, executive officer, and detachment commander in the 11th Transportation Battalion. As a researching physician assistant in the Military Performance Division, Warr has been involved with a variety of studies covering topics such as foot strike characterization, musculoskeletal injury reporting, and the development of physical employment standards for combat arms occupations. In August 2013 he was appointed as the Deputy Division Chief for the Military Performance Division. 

    Zach Weatherford 

    Zach Weatherford currently serves as the Tactical Athlete Program Manager for Naval Special Warfare Command. He was previously assigned as TAP manager for Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG1) from 2010-2014. Weatherford has also held strength and conditioning position within the US Olympic Committee from 2000-2010 as well as various positions at Universities from 1995-2000.

    Matthew Wenning, MS  

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


     

     

     

    Put your goods and services in front of more than 400 military, police, firefighters, first responders and trainers. Exhibiting at the 2014 TSAC Conference increases your company’s visibility and connects you with qualified buyers. 

    Download the Exhibitor Prospectus for more detailed information regarding pricing, floor plan, contract and sponsorship opportunities. Call 800-815-6826 to reserve your space today. 

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

    Exhibit Hours     
    Monday, April 14 Exhibitor Set-up 8:00am-5:00pm

     
    Welcome Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 15      Early Morning Bootcamp      7:00am-8:30am
      Exhibit Hall Open 11:00am-1:00pm
      Exhibitor Reception      5:30pm-7:30pm
    Wednesday, April 16      Early Morning Bootcamp 7:00am-8:30am
      Exhibit Hall Open      11:00am-1:00pm
      Exhibitor Breakdown 1:00pm-5:00pm

    Thank You to Our 2013 Exhibitors 

    2XU
    5.11 
    8-Ball Nutrition
    AdvoCare
    Athletes' Performance
    BeaverFit
    Columbia Southern University
    Cosmed USA, Inc.
    Cross Rope
    Cybex
    Dartfish
    Deep Muscle Stimulator
    EliteForm
    fitLight Sports Corp.
    Fusion Sport
    Generation UCAN
    Gopher Performance
    The Halo
     
    Hammer Strength/Life Fitness
    HiTrainer
    Keiser
    Marpo Kinetics
    Mondo America, Inc.
    New Balance
    Octane Fitness
    Perform Better
    PLAE
    Power Lift
    Sorinex
    Titin
    TruSpec
    TRX
    VersaClimber
    Woodway
    Zephyr

    Event Sponsorship Opportunities 

    There are numerous sponsorship opportunities for your company to get involved with at the TSAC Conference. Please contact Giselle at giselle.jordan@nsca.com for further information or to sign up for event sponsorship.

    Put your goods and services in front of more than 400 military, police, firefighters, first responders and trainers. Exhibiting at the 2014 TSAC Conference increases your company’s visibility and connects you with qualified buyers. 

    Download the Exhibitor Prospectus for more detailed information regarding pricing, floor plan, contract and sponsorship opportunities. Call 800-815-6826 to reserve your space today. 

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

    Exhibit Hours     
    Monday, April 14 Exhibitor Set-up 8:00am-5:00pm

     
    Welcome Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 15      Early Morning Bootcamp      7:00am-8:30am
      Exhibit Hall Open 11:00am-1:00pm
      Exhibitor Reception      5:30pm-7:30pm
    Wednesday, April 16      Early Morning Bootcamp 7:00am-8:30am
      Exhibit Hall Open      11:00am-1:00pm
      Exhibitor Breakdown 1:00pm-5:00pm

    Thank You to Our 2013 Exhibitors 

    2XU
    5.11 
    8-Ball Nutrition
    AdvoCare
    Athletes' Performance
    BeaverFit
    Columbia Southern University
    Cosmed USA, Inc.
    Cross Rope
    Cybex
    Dartfish
    Deep Muscle Stimulator
    EliteForm
    fitLight Sports Corp.
    Fusion Sport
    Generation UCAN
    Gopher Performance
    The Halo
     
    Hammer Strength/Life Fitness
    HiTrainer
    Keiser
    Marpo Kinetics
    Mondo America, Inc.
    New Balance
    Octane Fitness
    Perform Better
    PLAE
    Power Lift
    Sorinex
    Titin
    TruSpec
    TRX
    VersaClimber
    Woodway
    Zephyr

    Event Sponsorship Opportunities 

    There are numerous sponsorship opportunities for your company to get involved with at the TSAC Conference. Please contact Giselle at giselle.jordan@nsca.com for further information or to sign up for event sponsorship.