Midwest Regional Conference

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    Midwest Regional Conference

    Date: April 26-27, 2014

    Texas Christian University Recreation Center
    3005 Stadium Dr.
    Fort Worth, TX 76109

    Hosted by:
    Jonathan Oliver, PhD

    Co-hosted by:
    Don Melrose, PhD, CSCS, *D
    (361) 825-2811

    CEUs: NSCA 1.2, BOC 12

    Important Information 

    Topics and speakers subject to change without prior notification. 

    This clinic may have hands on sessions. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and only participate within their physical limitations.

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    Midwest Regional Conference

    April 26-27, 2014


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

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

    Speaker, topic, and format subject to change without prior notification

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    Cutoff days are by postmark
      Now-Thru April 15
    After April 15
    Onsite Only
    NSCA Member Rate $75 $85
    NSCA Student Member Rate $35 $45
    Non-Member Rate $100 $110


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

    50% refund if postmarked through April 15, 2014

    NO REFUNDS after April 15, 2014

    Event Itinerary

    Saturday, April 26

    8:00am-8:50amAnabolic Responses to Acute and Chronic Resistance Exercise Are Enhanced When Combined With Aquatic Treadmill Exercise

    9:00am-9:50amCluster Sets
    10:00am-10:50amTeaching the Clean: Proper Progression for High School and Collegiate Athletes
    11:00am-11:50amAccommodating Resistance: Methods and Current Research
    12:00pm-1:00pmThe Science of Recovery- Getting the Scoop on Sports Nutrition and the Workout Recovery Process
    1:00pm-1:50pmBridging the Gap Between the End of Rehab and Return to Sport
    2:00pm-2:50pmUnlocking the Performance Code
    3:00pm-3:50pmReevaluating the Use of Power and Plyometric Training Techniques

    Session Descriptions
    The preservation of skeletal muscle mass, strength, and aerobic capacity have been demonstrated to be essential for maintaining one's health, preventing a wide range of cardio-metabolic diseases, and improving quality of live. However, previous investigators have reported that aerobic training may interfere with skeletal muscle hypertrophy and strength development when performed concurrently with resistance training as opposed to performing resistance training in isolation. However, we recently observed that compared to standard resistance training (RT)a alone, aquatic treadmill (ATM) running was found to enhance skeletal muscle mass gains and muscle protein synthesis when performed immediately following resistance exercise compared to standard land treadmill (LTM) exercise. Importantly, neither concurrent RT-LTM nor RT-ATM training resulted in interference with strength or hypertrophy compared to the RT alone. The results of this investigation challenge the view that training for both strength and endurance are universally incompatible when highlighting the importance of exercise mode selection when prescribing exercise programs for specific health or performance outcomes. In combination with RT, the novel use of ATM running may benefit those who desire to preserve strength and muscle mass while also promoting aerobic fitness.
    Cluster Sets
    by Jonathan Oliver, PhD, CSCS
    Traditional training results in a decrease in velocity and power over a set of successive repetitions. In sports where power is a necessary aspect of performance, this is counterintuitive. Cluster sets offer a novel method for maintaining power output throughout training. This session will discuss how cluster sets maximize power output and discuss where to implement them into your current athlete's program throughout the training session.
    This hands-on session will demonstrate proper movement patterns for the development of the Clean exercise. In addition, teaching strategies and cues to identify and correct poor mechanics will be covered. Progression of the movements will be highlighted in an effort to develop coaching strategies to incorporate into any lifting program for athletes at all skill levels.
    This session will review the current methods and research on the use of chains and elastic bands in conjunction with traditional resistance training for the development of maximal strength and power.
    Lunch Time Presentation
    EAS 75x55


    This session will focus on determining when an athlete is ready to return to sport. More importantly, this session will consider things like transitioning out of PT and into strength and conditioning taking into account the factors necessary for proper progression, including prehab exercises and communication between the PT and S&C Coach.
    Whether you are a sports athlete or a fitness athlete being able to build better movement and then express them with power will most likely define your level of performance. Here we will breakdown some key movements used in performance and then rebuild the functional strength needed for purpose-driven power. Through following the progression in these key exercises you will learn applications that will carry over into your everyday training programs.
    We will discuss the purpose and process of training athletes to improve power. Specifically, we will determine appropriate program design to elicit the desired results and avoid crossing over into a conditioning program. Finally, we will perform a selection of movements and techniques to be included in these programs.  
    Event Itinerary

    Sunday, April 27

    8:00am-8:50amSuspension Exercise: Recent Research and Application for Training
    9:00am-9:50amPreventing and Recognizing Exertional Rhabdomyolysis
    10:00am-10:50amHydration for Performance
    11:00am-11:50amThe High School Strength and Conditioning Program

    Session Descriptions
    This presentation will provide a review of recent research on suspension exercise systems, and how to interpret the information for the practitioner.
    Exertional Rhabdomyolysis is a life threatening condition for the physically active population. We will be discussing ways to structure strength and conditioning training sessions to avoid development of the condition, as well as present the signs and symptoms associated with recognizing the condition to ensure early treatment.
    The focus of this talk will be to prove general guidelines for hydration practices before, during and after exercise, with an emphasis on enhancing performance. In addition, attention will be paid to the research findings that provide the rationale for these recommendations.
    We will be discussing how to safely and effectively develop the high school athlete, and the role of the strength and conditioning coach in the high school setting. For many young athletes, high school will be the first time they are introduced to a strength training program. In order to endure a long athletic career, they must be taught how to properly train and develop a solid strength base.