Special Interest Groups

  • Special Interest Groups 

    There are currently fourteen NSCA Special Interest Groups. Select an Interest Group to view information, news, and current Executive Council members.

    Special Interest Groups
    NSCA Special Interest Groups (SIG) provide members who share a common interest, the opportunity to network, share ideas, and address issues relating to their area of expertise and/or interest. If you currently work in these areas, or simply have an interest, contact the appropriate SIG Chair.

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    Baseball Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: To advance the field of strength and conditioning for baseball through shared knowledge, empirical evidence, and applied research.

    Baseball Articles of Interest

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    Methods for Training Baseball Players
    Injury Prevention for Throwing Athletes Part I: Baseball Bat Training to Enhance Medial Elbow Dynamic Stability
    Injury Prevention for Throwing Athletes Part II: Critical Instant Training
    Baseball Athletic Test: A Baseball-Specific Test Battery
    NSCA's Performance Training Journal - May 2011 - Baseball

    Baseball News

    March 2013

    Call for Leadership

    The Baseball SIG is currently seeking to fill a minimum of three (3) Executive Council positions. SIG Executive Council members will serve a three-year term.

    The SIG Executive Council is responsible for:

    • Maintaining regular communication between the SIG and the NSCA Staff Liaison. 
    • Filling out an annual report for the NSCA Board of Directors.
    • Hosting at least one (1) SIG meeting at an NSCA national-level event per year.
    • Following, and adhering to the specific SIG Purpose Statement, SIG Guidelines, and Volunteer Handbook and Reference Manual.
    • Working on, and developing SIG goals and objectives.

    Qualified candidates must be current NSCA Members and be involved with the sport of baseball. Chair and Vice Chair/Secretary positions will be voted on by selected Executive Council candidates.

    The three positions and direct responsibilities are:


    • Provide SIG direction, coordination, and leadership
    • Primary contact between SIG and NSCA Staff Liaison
    • Host of annual meeting at National Conference

    Vice Chair/Secretary

    • Generates and compiles Bulletin and e-newsletter copy
    • Assists with member communications
    • Assists in annual meetings and submits meeting minutes


    • Assists Chair and Vice Chair in fulfilling duties
    • Baseball web forum moderator

    If you are interested in serving as an Executive Council member, please email the following information to christina.klingensmith@nsca.com

    1. Full name, address, contact number, email address, and customer/member ID #
    2. Resume
    3. Brief bio – 2 or 3 short paragraphs (include how/why you see yourself qualified for an Executive Council position, previous volunteer experience, publications, and presentations)
    4. Goals and objectives for the SIG 

    Nominations will be accepted until positions are filled. 


    Basketball Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: To create a forum to communicate basketball specific networking, opinions, protocols, performance related topics, and administrative techniques. This information will be used to create a reference source to service and educate NSCA members engaged in enhancing all levels of performance. The continued support and expansion of this process will provide a platform that will promote and improve the professional status and recognition of the NSCA and all its participants.

    Basketball Articles of Interest 

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    Various Jump Training Styles for Improvement of Vertical Jump Performance 
    Task Complexity and Jump Landings in Injury Prevention for Basketball Players 
    The Use of Strongman Type Implements and Training to Increase Sport Performance in Collegiate Athletes  

    Basketball news

    There is no current news at this time.

    College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: To monitor the status of the collegiate strength and conditioning profession, to represent the collective voice of its members, and to create and disseminate information related to enhancing the profession and the careers of collegiate strength and conditioning professionals.

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    SIG Executive Committee

    J. Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS—Chair

    Scott Fisher

    Lew Porchiazzo

    College Coaches SIG Meeting Minutes

    Saturday, January 11th from 11:30am-12:30pm
    Coaches Conference, Indianapolis, IN, Room 304-306 

    1. Mike Favre
      1. Introduction to the Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting and brief review of the agenda for the meeting
      2. Introduction of Boyd Epley
    2. Boyd Epley
      1. Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC)
        1. Would like every coach to be a part of the registry
        2. Helps to sort through applicants
        3. Recognition of experience and knowledge
        4. Required to be qualified for coaches awards
      2. Mike Favre
        1. Encourage RSCC because it identifies practitioners
        2. Separates those who possess merely the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®)
    3. Jon Jost – News from the Board
      1. RSCC
        1. Selective and specific to practicing strength and conditioning professionals
        2. Create separation between being just certified and being qualified
      2. Board meetings cancelled due to weather
      3. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) legislation to be voted on in next few weeks regarding required accredited certifications for strength and conditioning coaches
        1. Communication between NSCA and NCAA is improving
      4. NCAA is pushing for sports performance
        1. Director of Strength and Conditioning, Director of Sports Medicine, and Director of Nutrition report on the same level to the same administrator
      5. NSCA establishing relationships with sport governing bodies (i.e., American Football Coaches association (AFCA))
        1. Develop relationships and educate coaches
      6. Any agendas or topics should be sent to Jon Jost so he can communicate that message to the Board of Directors
        1. A strong voice from this group is important for staying on the forefront of the NSCA’s work
    4. Scott Caulfield
      1. Attended last year’s National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Conference
      2. NSCA wants feedback from members with where they should have a presence or representation
    5. Dr. Carwyn Sharp
      1. NCAA relationship improving over the last year
      2. In last 6 weeks, the NSCA Executive Director has a monthly phone call with NCAA Chief Medical Officer, Brian Hainline
      3. NCAA is looking for “nationally recognized certificate” 
      4. John Parsons NCAA Sport Science Institute Director is looking for input from NSCA
      5. NCAA Sport Science Institute will be updated and improved
        1. The strength and conditioning info is limited on the website currently
      6. This morning, NSCA was invited to be a part of NCAA and NFL Summit
      7. Question from the group about paper on sudden death and pushing NCAA to be involved with NSCA
        1. Carwyn didn’t believe so, but he believes it is impactful for hiring certified and qualified coaches
        2. Trying to determine the role of strength and conditioning, medical professional, or skill specific (i.e., sport coach)
          1. Especially with concern of safety
      8. Encourages members to speak up
        1. Steve Rassel, Weber International University
          1. Question regarding National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) status and legislation carryover to NCAA
            1. Carwyn suggested to meet with him afterwards
            2. NCAA relationship was established when Carwyn arrived, will look to improve relationship and continue moving forward
        2. Question from member regarding various divisions of NCAA competition
          1. Division II deferred vote on legislation
          2. Division I will vote on legislation
          3. Clearly three different divisions, so we will address specific concerns in the future
        3. Question from member regarding administrators meeting and the view of the weight room versus a program and actual coaching
          1. Scott Caulfield said establishing relationships with key people is important
        4. Question from Jon Jost from Florida State University (FSU) regarding the best route to communicating to NSCA
          1. Carwyn suggested change needs to be made and conversations need to be started with key influential individuals
        5. Based on this morning’s presentation, clear they need a better understanding on our role and what we do
        6. Question from Kyle Skinner from Western Michigan University about a position statement to provide our message to NCAA and administration
          1. Carwyn agrees that it is important for the creation of these statements to communicate our message; he is looking to move forward on that
        7. Question from member about player-to-coach ratio and safety concerns for increasing staff size
          1. Carwyn agrees, it is important to move forward
        8. Steve Plisk’s Standard and Safety Guidelines Policy was brought up by a member
          1. Scott Caulfield said it is available on the NSCA website
        9. Mike Favre said NCAA Guideline are as well
      9. Carwyn is looking for feedback on “Essential Lifts Certificate Course”
        1. No practical component to CSCS
        2. Should we have this certificate as a stand-alone?
        3. Other groups have these certificates (i.e., United States Weightlifting (USAW), but it would not compete with that certification or powerlifting certifications because it is separate)
        4. Target audience
          1. Those with limited background (i.e., youth coaches)
          2. Would it have been helpful early in the career of collegiate strength and conditioning coaches?
        5. Proposal is put together
          1. Open for input and suggestions
          2. Include experts such as:
            1. Weightlifting and/or powerlifting coach
            2. High school strength and conditioning coach
            3. College strength and conditioning coach
            4. Professional strength and conditioning coach
            5. Biomechanist with experience in the lifts
            6. Exercise science researcher
            7. National office coaching representative
          3. Course work
            1. Day 1
              1. Safety, coaching cues, anatomy of lifts, biomechanics, and hands-on lifting
            2. Day 2
              1. Programming of learned lifts (including charts) and Q and A
          4. Looking to establish what the lifts cover
            1. Level 1
              1. Hang clean
              2. Deadlift and Romanian deadlift (RDL)
              3. Back and front squat
              4. Overhead press and military press
              5. Bench press 
            2. Level 2 and level 3 are more advanced movements
          5. Other topics to cover:
            1. Testing protocol
            2. Spotting
            3. Weight belts
            4. Limb positioning
            5. Range of motion (ROM)
            6. Breathing
            7. Safety
            8. Handgrip variations
          6. Instructors
            1. Need to be knowledgeable and experienced coaches, RSCC and USAW and/or United States Power Lifting (USAPL) certified
            2. Continuing Education Unites (CEU) eligible
            3. Small capacity courses
          7. Question from the crowd to differentiate between Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and this Essential Lift Certificate (ELC)?
            1. Carwyn said NSCA looked at certificates; ELC would have a certification test, but believes this would have a high demand
            2. This fills the niche of being certified without needing to complete CEUs, which could be beneficial especially for Division III as it requires a national recognized certificate
          8. Question from member regarding the Fly Solo Program and pushing to regional and state directors
            1. Carwyn said it would keep cost down and bring local strength and conditioning communities together
            2. Carwyn addressed Fly Solo Program, it was killed off two years ago, but this is a similar idea
            3. Carwyn said it is not about making money, but providing knowledge and resources
          9. Statement from member about gearing this ELC toward athletes as well
            1. Carwyn thinks it is a good idea and suggested parents as well, or potentially a variation on that
          10. Question from member regarding instructor requirements and standardizations
            1. Carwyn said input from USAW is helpful in creating a standard teaching protocol, high standards, and maintenance of standards
          11. Statement from member regarding levels of ELC high school coach monitoring, progression for screening deficiencies 
            1. Carwyn said he likes the point of discrepancies in physical traits and abilities amongst athletes even within the same team/program
          12. Statement and question from member on teaching the lift versus implementation of the lift, believes that it needs to have a component of programming
            1. Carwyn said it is addressed in “Day 2,” but a clear distinction between the ELC and USAW and USAPL should be made
              1. ELC is geared toward teaching these lifts to athletes of a variety of sports, not just weightlifting and powerlifting
          13. Statement from crowd on the importance of teaching quality in the lifts and emphasizing those points, not entirely necessary in the youth
          14. Scott Caulfield wants to get away from “certificate” term and move towards a “course”
            1. Will not replace CSCS, but certified in “essential lifts”
            2. These are the lifts essential for athletic development, but recommend USAW and/or USAPL for further detail and instruction in those lifts
        6. Mike Favre
          1. Closed with a thank to Dr. Carwyn Sharp, Jon Jost, and Boyd Epley
          2. Asked for any other topics or issues
        7. Carwyn said NSCA is looking to “kill” the SIG forums
          1. Will help to allocate resources elsewhere
          2. Videos and articles for the website would be helpful
    6. Close meeting: Mike Favre

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    Exercise/Sport Psychology (ESP) Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: As the NSCA represents the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning research, the Exercise/Sport Psychology SIG (ESP) will support and disseminate research based knowledge and its practical application to improve athlete performance and fitness specifically related to concepts associated with sport and exercise psychology. The SIG will also discuss leadership development in coaches and personal trainers, sharpening the relationships between coaches, strength coaches, athletic directors, interns, graduate students. Other increased benefits will enable our membership to better train and lead student-athletes, special populations, military personnel, firemen/women, police and general population. Some of the areas of concentration of study by this SIG will include motivation, socialization, mental imagery, goal setting, leadership, focus, stress management and arousal, depression, anxiety, concentration, visualization, adherence to exercise, rehabilitation, and theories that support these constructs.

    ESP Articles of Interest 

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    Empowering Athletes To Self-regulate: A Guide For Enhancing Athletes' Learning 

    Maximizing Strength Training Performance Using Mental Imagery 

    Outcomes of Confidence in Sport Training Settings 

    ESP News
    There is no current news at this time.

    ESP Past Minutes

    2013 Coaches Conference Meeting Minutes 

    Figure Skating Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: To provide information on strength training as it pertains to the sport of figure skating and to create a liaison between NSCA and USFSA.

    Figure Skating SIG News

    Figure Skating 2015 National Conference Meeting Minutes 
    July 10, 2015
    Orlando, FL, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, Oceanic 7

    1. Welcome and introductions
    2. Future direction of SIG
    3. S.T.A.R.S. Program
    4. Camps and curriculum

    Official Minutes
    • Ken: welcome
    • Individual introductions
    • Ken: reading of SIG Purpose Statements
    • Lindsay: S.T.A.R.S. Program publishing, next phase of S.T.A.R.S. Program, including screening
    • Peter: athlete association versus cognition, curriculum, and what do off-ice trainers need to know?
    • Jessica: trainer awareness of specificity
    • Michael L: on-ice coach involvement and awareness off-ice programs
    • Ken: bringing together NSCA, USFS, and PSA as avenues to help promote off-ice programs, what kind/type of studies should we perform? What do we want to know? What do coaches, athletes and parents need to know? How can we further study areas?
    • Carwyn (NSCA): listed all NSCA publications, Strength and Conditioning Journal screaming for papers, NSCA Coach for basic information
    • Carl: a paper he published, journaling and tracking workouts of high level skaters, forces of jump landing
    • Steve: movement analysis
    • Lindsay: next goals of S.T.A.R.S. of tracking on-ice performance with off-ice performance, Functional Movement Screening
    • Peter: Dexa Data, Skating Magazine (basic information), developing a widely-accepted curriculum for off-ice coaches
    • Jessica: importance of injury prevention and injury prevention research
    • Ken: possibilities of state skating camps, S.T.A.R.S. national invite camps
    • Michael L: touring fitness camps, “Spartan” camps, entrepreneur assistance
    • Peter: S.T.A.R.S. considered national invite camp, budget concerns, outline logistics of “Spartan” camps
    • Carl: the SIG needs an NSCA National Conference Presentation on Figure Skating Training
    • End of meeting: 2pm

    Figure Skating Meeting Minutes

    2012 National Conference Meeting Minutes

    High School Strength and Conditioning Coaches Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: Allow SIG members to discuss their professional concerns, interests and ideas, and to share solutions to common problems. The group consists of professionals who teach and coach in the high school setting.

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    SIG Executive Committee

    Kevin Vanderbush, MS, CSCS, RSCC*E—Chair
    Strength Coach
    Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, IN
    Coach Vanderbush is in his 32nd year as the strength and conditioning coach for all sports at Ben Davis H.S. in Indianapolis. He teaches an advanced weight training class that involves both strength training and athletic enhancement activities to athletes on all 20 boys and girls teams. Kevin has been named the National High School Strength Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly (2008), the NSCA (2007), and by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (2001). He has had the opportunity to speak at the NSCA National or Coaches Conferences eight times.

    Gary Schofield, Jr., ATC/L, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D—Vice-Chair
    Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and PE Department Chair
    Greater Atlanta Christian School, Atlanta, GA
    Gary Schofield is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Greater Atlanta Christian. Schofield’s unique background of athletic training and strength and conditioning has allowed him to coach and assist in the development of athletes with teams and organizations such as the Atlanta Hawks (National Basketball Association), Georgia Force (Arena Football), Gwinnett Gladiators (East Coast Hockey League), Atlanta Trojans (United States Basketball League), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Atlanta Silverbacks (Professional Soccer A-League), Georgia State Olympic Development Program, United States of America Track and Field Indoor Championships, and many other professional and amateur organizations. Schofield was named the NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2012.

    Fred Eaves, MAEd, CSCS, RSCC, USAW
    Director of Wellness, Wellness Dept. Chair, and Assistant Football Coach
    Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, TN
    Fred Eaves is the Director of Wellness and Athletic Performance at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. He has 17 years of experience in the field, including stops at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee, and Louisiana State University, as well as multiple high schools in the state of Tennessee. Eaves was voted the 2013 Samson Equipment and American Football Monthly Central Region High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

    John Girton, MS, ATC, CSCS, RSCC
    Director of Strength & Conditioning
    Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
    John Girton currently serves as the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, VA. John has worked as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach and Certified Athletic Trainer for 12 years with stops at Jacksonville University, and Northern Michigan University before developing the program at Lee. He is a Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach and certified through USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach. John graduated with a Bachelors in Athletic Training from University of North Florida, and a Master’s in Exercise Science form Northern Michigan University.

    Ryan Johnson, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
    Director of Strength and Conditioning
    Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN
    RJ teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. He is the Minnesota NSCA State Director and serves on the High School Special Interest Group Executive Board. In 2010, he was named the NSCA Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. In 2013, he was named the NSCA State Director of the Year. He also volunteers in the Rockford School District where he and his wife and four children reside by serving as the Rockford Area Athletic Association President and Youth Football Director.

    Lee Weber, CSCS
    Head Football Coach and Teacher
    Wamego High School, Wamego, KS
    Lee Weber is the Strength & Conditioning Instructor, Gifted Facilitator, and Head Football Coach at Wamego (KS) High School. He has worked with high school athletes in the classroom environment, sport performance, and as a head football coach, head track coach, head softball coach, head powerlifting coach, and head basketball coach at multiple high schools in his 15 years as a certified physical education and health teacher. Lee is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education and is seeking a Master's of Science in Educational Administration as well as a Master's of Science in Gifted Education.

    Ty Nordic, CSCS
    Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
    Bartlesville Public Schools, Bartlesville, OK
    Ty Nordic is Head Strength Coach for Bartlesville High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Previously he was Head Strength Coach for the Green Bay Blizzard (Arena League Football), Director of Athletic Performance for Bellin Sports Medicine in Green Bay WI, and Head Strength Coach for the Colorado Chill (Women’s Pro Basketball). Ty Continues to work with some individual clients, including college football and volleyball players, as well as a professional boxer (Jarrett The Legacy Rouse). Ty graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA.

    Recent Activity

    November 2015

    After Coaches Conference 2014 the HS Coaches SIG contacted the NSCA to suggest that the NSCA provide time/room for a panel or roundtable type atmosphere to discuss issues that face the HS coach. This idea is what ended up being called a solution session. At the NSCA National Conference in 2014 we had a solutions session for the HS Coaches SIG which was attended by about 50 coaches. Now we are looking at different ways to market solutions sessions to draw more coaches to attend.

    At the Solutions Session those in attendance were broken up into groups of 6 – 8 and discussed some of the issues presented. The most talked about issues were: 1. How can we find a way to do a better job of sharing things that pertain to the high school strength coach? 2. How can we develop a directory of high school coaches? 3. What steps do we need to go through to add to the Executive Council?

    In August 2015, we launched a Facebook group to allow for greater communication between the conferences. We felt that there was a void when it came to communicating at times other than Coaches Conference and National Conference. We still hope to get more/all of the NSCA members to join the HS Coaches SIG Facebook group, as well as hope anyone interested in HS strength and conditioning joins the Facebook group. There is no cost to join the group, making it a good way to reach out to HS strength and conditioning coaches who may not be familiar with the NSCA.

    Our intent in creating a directory was to have available an email list of all coaches to help with getting news out—creating surveys to see what the members wanted from the council and what they wanted to see at conferences. We would like to publicize the Facebook page with all of those working with HS age athletes. We also see this as a way to get more communication among members in a particular state, with the hopes of possibly starting state communication/organizations.

    The High School track at the 2015 National Conference, sponsored by Gatorade, was a big push in the right direction with our hopes of adding more HS speakers. We felt like that was a big success—both the speaker track and the luncheon. Look for videos of the sessions to be posted on the NSCA web site in January 2016. We continue to have conversations with Gatorade about keeping that sponsorship going. The council continues to discuss the possibility of HS only conferences (all HS speakers), most likely starting in a regional format.


    Ice Hockey Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement:
      To promote safe and affective strength and conditioning in the growing sport of ice hockey.
      To provide a representative voice for hockey conditioning coaches.
      To form a cohesive group that will constantly evolve its ideas for the purpose of organized growth in ice hockey.
      To address the educational needs of both hockey players and coaches.
      To serve as a liaison between hockey conditioning coaches, creating a network through which information and ideas can be shared, and to promote this field and facilitate job creation.

    Ice Hockey News 

    Fall 2013

    Ice Hockey SIG Newsletter

    The season has kicked off. A full season that is, and teams are ready to go. As for our Ice Hockey Special Interest Group (SIG), we have finally been able to set up an Executive Committee from the NSCA Annual Conference in 2013. I would like to thank all the members who attended and joined us early that Saturday morning.

    One of our main agendas this summer was to vote and complete the Executive Committee for this SIG. Below you can find the short bios of our Vice Chair Joe Sawicki, and the two Members at-Large, Dave Harackiewicz and Maria Mountain. The four of us look to continue our goals to help make this SIG more interactive and informative with the many resources we can all share. Also included in this newsletter is an article written by Maria Mountain. The title is specific to goaltenders, however, its information can be applied to all positions. Happy read and good luck in the beginning of the season.

    Joe Sawicki, MA – Vice Chair
    Joe Sawicki is the Athletic Director and Director of Sports Performance at Bridgton Academy, North Bridgton, ME. His professional career includes working at Westborough High School in Massachusetts, Vermont Academy, and 2 stints at Bridgton Academy, where he has been for the last 12 years. His experience with hockey began as a student Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) at Merrimack College. In 1996, Sawicki was fortunate to help serve on the medical support staff for the World Junior Hockey Championships in Boston, MA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Merrimack College and a Master of Education degree in Health Education from Worcester State University. During his time as a graduate assistant at Worcester State University, he was in charge of leading the strength and conditioning program as well as overseeing medical needs for the hockey team. Since then, he has worked with players at the high school, preparatory school, and now junior level. Each year, Sawicki works with approximately 45 hockey players along with 130 other athletes in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse.

    Dave Harackiewicz, PhD – Member at-Large
    Dave Harackiewicz has been teaching in the Exercise Science Department for the past 20 years at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). His area of expertise is sport and fitness testing and he has been involved in testing all levels of hockey players from professionals to youth hockey players. Harackiewicz has coached the Newington High School Ice Hockey team for the past 20 years and also serve as an assistant coach of the USA National Standing Amputee Ice Hockey Team.

    Maria Mountain, MSc – Member at-Large
    Hockey strength and conditioning coach Maria Mountain specializes in off-ice training for hockey goalies. As the founder of www.GoalieTrainingPro.com, www.HockeyTrainingPro.com, and the owner of Revolution Sport Conditioning in London, Ontario, Mountain has trained Olympic Gold medalists, a Stanley Cup Champion, and athletes from Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), Canadian Hockey League (CHL), Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), and more. 

    The Top Three Goalie Training Questions I Get Asked

    By Maria Mountain, MSc

    I was looking through the special inbox I have set up for training questions I get from goalies and I figured I would share the top three questions (and their answers of course).

    1. How do I get a wider butterfly flare?

    This one has quite a few different versions, but the essence of the question is how to get a wider butterfly flare to take away more of the net. I am often amazed by how many of the goalies who ask this question do not stretch at all. Stretching is a good place to start. Some of the goalies who regularly stretch are stretching the wrong areas, such as focusing on stretching their groins. In actuality, it is the hip external rotators that should be given the most attention since they influence femoral internal rotation.

    It also worth looking at the use of self-myofascial release like foam rolling as well as consistency with stretching. Another are to pay attention to is the frequently of the goalie performing self-myofascial release (e.g., on a daily on weekly basis). This video, with over 17,000 views, will give you some more specific ways to get a wider butterfly flare https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsS13rMwINY.

    2. I just tweaked my groin and I have a game in two days, how do I make it better?

    Many people think there is a secret way to make an injury better in a short amount of time—this is a myth. The only thing you can do is provide an optimal environment for healing, but you cannot speed the rate of healing. I think we get this rapid healing idea from seeing professional players return to the ice just days after an injury. The thing to bear in mind is the fact that these are professional players who have a lot to lose by sitting out games for a “tweak” and giving another player an opportunity to step into the line-up in their stead.

    So here is my advice to get you back on the ice as quickly as possible:
    • Do not irritate it. This means, if it is sore, do not go out on the ice “just to test it out and see how it feels”
    • Ice it especially within the first 48 hours
    • Gentle stretching is fine as long as it is pain free (or does not increase the baseline discomfort you have from the tweak)
    • Get it checked out by a professional sport physiotherapist; they have some tools that can help increase blood flow to the injured area leading to better quality healing, but they will also help figure out why the injury occurred in the first place and how to prevent it from becoming a recurring injury
    • You should be pain free in your off-ice movements before you step back on the ice
    3. How often should I stretch?

    There was a scientific study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research where subjects stretched every day for four weeks (this study looked specifically at hamstring stretching). The stretch was held for 30 seconds and subjects completed two repetitions on each side. After four weeks everyone improved their range of motion and then the group was divided. Half the subjects stopped stretching while the other half of the subjects continued with intermittent stretching for two or three times per week. After another four weeks, the group that stopped stretching altogether lost seven degrees of hamstring mobility (hip mobility), whereas the intermittent stretching group maintained the gains from the initial four-week intervention (1).

    So here are some take home points:
    • If there is an area that really needs improvement, then stretch that area on a daily basis holding each stretch for 30 s for two repetitions
    • If you have areas with sufficient flexibility, then stretching them 2-3 times per week will help you maintain the flexibility you have
    • Remember this study just looked at four weeks, so you will want to monitor that you are maintaining your mobility beyond that time frame
    • This video explains the study in a little more detail and shows some stretches you can do at home to improve your hamstring flexibility https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRw8_9MkEfU
    So those are the three goalie training questions I get more than any others. Hopefully this helped to answer some of the questions you have had on these topics.

    1. Rancour, J, Holmes, C, and Cipriani, D. The effects of intermittent stretching following a 4-week static stretching protocol: A randomized trial. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 23(8): 2217-2222, 2009.



    Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition (NMBC) Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: NMBC’s purpose is to help fellow NSCA members apply research based information within the fields of nutrition, metabolism and body composition as it relates to improving athletic performance and fitness.
    As a constructive member of the NSCA SIG community, NMBC will aid fellow NSCA members in their efforts to provide well-informed advice to their clients.
    NMBC will also work to help fellow NSCA members identify educational and certification opportunities that will allow them to further their scope of practice in these very popular areas that are rapidly approaching reimburse-ability.
    While NMBC has no desire to monitor fellow NSCA Member qualifications for scope of practice, NMBC will help fellow NSCA members recognizing the state-by-state liabilities associated with Medical Nutritional Therapy Licensure that legally limits scope of practice with diseased populations.

    NMBC Articles of Interest 

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    The Impact of High-Intensity Interval Training on Metabolic Syndrome
    Exercise as a Management Strategy for the Overweight and Obese: Where Does Resistance Exercise Fit in? 
    Protein Requirements for Strength Training
    NSCA's Performance Training Journal - December 2012 - Nutrition 

    NMBC Related Videos 

    The Vitamin D and Testosterone Connection 

    NMBC News 

    Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition (NMBC) SIG

    NMBC Annual Meeting
    2012 NSCA National Conference, Providence, RI
    Friday, July 13, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Attendance: 23

    Executive Council in attendance:
    Bill Campbell - Chair
    Dawn Anderson -Vice Chair and Secretary
    Theo Tutkaluk - Member at Large
    Andrew Shao - Member at Large

    Executive Council not in attendance: Ashley Walter

    NSCA Education Department Liaison in attendance: David Barr

    1. Call to order by Chair, Bill Campbell, at 10:00 am

    2. Introduction of the Executive Council members to the attendees – Bill Campbell

    3. Overview of the meeting agenda – Bill Campbell
        • NMBC SIG Forum is up and functional
        • The Executive Council set a goal to create two newsletters over the next year
        • The NMBC SIG will be getting our own web page over the next few months
        • We can post some items on the NMBC web page once it is created, but other modes of information dissemination are the responsibility of the Research & Education Committee

    4. What can we as a SIG do during the next year? Suggestions from the group included:

        • Information gap between the therapist/medical doctor and coaches/kids
        • Overtraining and nutrition information with high school athletes
        • Student/client misinformation: How to separate the truth from fiction
        • Some use training videos for exercises and wonder if the nutrition information could be presented in that manner also
        • Technology-based method to provide information (cheapest suggested: method would be voice over with PowerPoint presentation)
        • Stated goal to build awareness of the SIG to NSCA Members and get them involved

    5. Introduction of the speaker (Andrew Shao) – Bill Campbell

    6. Presentation “Current State of Dietary Supplement Regulation in the US: Impact on Coaches and Athletes” by Andrew Shao

    7. Held a random drawing for a copy of the new textbook, “Nutrition for Health, Fitness & Sport” by Williams, Anderson, & Rawson. The winner was Justin Kompf.

    8. Nominations for two new Executive Council members. Five attendees were nominated for two positions. The five individuals nominated were:
        o Brett Flynn
        o Pat Koch
        o Paul Luebbers
        o Krissy Kendall
        o Paul La Bounty

    After the attendees voted, it was determined that Paul Luebbers and Krissy Kendall were elected to the Executive Council.

    Meeting adjourned at 11:25 am

    Minutes submitted by Dawn Anderson


    Personal Trainers Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: Serves as the collective voice of NSCA members engaged in the profession of personal training; and supports the education, careers, professional networking, and involvement with the NSCA of its members.

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    Special Interest Group (SIG) – Certified Personal Trainers - Newsletter (February 2015)



    Dear CPT-SIG Members,

    The personal training industry is fast on the rise and the NSCA is proud to have certified professionals like you continue to hone your skills and take your career to the next level. Many great opportunities for you to get involved with the NSCA and continue your education will become available in the upcoming months. These opportunities include the NSCA's National Conference in Orlando, Florida which is stacked full of fantastic speakers.

    Also, the development of a new clinic called "Building the Personal Trainer’s Toolbox" which will feature next level education, hot-topic hands-on sessions, and improved business practices. The NSCA’s Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ) is in its second year of publication and features many great articles specifically geared toward the CPT. Plus, the release of the New NSCA's Personal Training Model.

    We are very excited to announce that a member of our executive committee, Mark Nutting (Personal Trainer SIG Vice-Chairman) will be running for the Personal Trainer position with the Board of Directors (BOD) along with current BOD member and the 2011 Personal Trainer of the Year award winner Brad Schoenfeld. Please be sure to cast your vote, as one of these two individuals will be the voice of the personal training program for the years to come.

    We will be hosting our annual Personal Trainers Special Interest Group meeting at the National Conference; however, we will be pairing up with a few of the other SIGs as we collaborate on the long-term healthcare issues facing our country today. At the National Conference, don't forget to sign up for the "First Timer Orientation" on Wednesday night, the professional social called "the Event" on Thursday night as well as purchase your tickets for the Awards Banquet on Friday night! As always, the National Conference is going to be fantastic and we look forward to seeing you there!

    Please remember, we are here for YOU! If you have questions or need assistance in any way please feel free to email the Personal Trainer SIG Executive Committee at their information below:

    Executive Committee:

    Chairman: Robert Linkul

    Vice-Chairman: Mark Nutting

    Secretary: Joe Drake

    Robert Linkul, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
    2012 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year
    NSCA South-West Regional Coordinator
    NSCA CPT-SIG Chairman
    NSCA PTQ Career Development Columnist

    Available Tools and Career Guides:

    The NSCA Personal Training Program Page

    Becoming a Personal Trainer with Amy B. Thompson

    The Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ



    Soccer/Rugby Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: To help develop practitioners to be more effective with the players and coaches they work with.
    To begin to build a body of evidence based work in soccer and rugby that can be shared among members of the NSCA and other national governing bodies that can benefit from the opportunity of working with strength and conditioning professionals.
    To provide effective continuing education offerings for NSCA members that enhances their knowledge, skills and abilities.

    Soccer/Rugby Articles of Interest 

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    Female Soccer: Part 1-A Needs Analysis
    Female Soccer: Part 2-Training Considerations and Recommendations 

    Soccer/Rugby News 

    NSCA Soccer and Rugby SIG Meeting Minutes 

    July 11, 2013 | 1:00 - 2:30pm | Bordeaux Room, Paris Hotel
    SIG Executive Council present: Staci Wilson (Chair) and Rob Wilson
    NSCA Staff: Carwyn Sharp

    Agenda Topics
    1:00 - 1:25pm | NSCA Resources & Support | Carwyn Sharp

    Discussion: Introduction of NSCA Education Director, description of initiatives to increase Member support, and question posed as to how headquarters can better serve SIG members.
    Conclusion: Structure is trying to be receptive to membership needs; there are many new ways to become involved.
    Action items
    1) Distribute SIG Website Contributions Author Guidelines to Membership

    • Person responsible: NSCA
    • Deadline: ASAP

    2) Survey Membership – how would you like to be involved?

    • Person responsible: NSCA
    • Deadline: August newsletter

    1:25 - 1:50pm | SIG Background & Goals | Staci Wilson
    Discussion: The history, challenges, and successes of past years leading to current vision and goals.
    Conclusion: A variety of talent and enthusiasm exists within the group that can create a positively unique environment for idea exchange.
    Action items
    1) Newsletter – produce template, if interest exists, then delegate and facilitate its production

    • Person responsible: Staci Wilson
    • Deadline: August Newsletter

    2) Survey Membership – what would you like from the SIG?

    • Person responsible: NSCA
    • Deadline: August newsletter

    1:50 - 2:30pm | Open Discussion
    • Desire to see presentations during SIG meetings at the next coaches and annual conferences
    • Desire to see hands-on presentations
    • Questions as to the guidelines for speaking in front of the group
    • How to advertise and promote Membership
    Conclusion: Must be more sensitive to and productive in meeting Membership needs.
    Action items
    1) Survey – presenters for NSCA Coaches SIG meeting

    • Person responsible: Staci Wilson
    • Deadline: ASAP

    2) Organize and delegate to see that this goal is met

    • Person responsible: Staci Wilson
    • Deadline: August (ASAP)




    January 4, 2013
    NSCA Coaches Conference, Nashville, TN

    Meeting leader: Howard Gray, Member-at-Large

    Meeting call to order

    Introductions and interest areas of meeting attendees

    Topics of interest:

    • Need for a NSCA presence at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national convention each year
      • Buy-in and relationships between private, youth, and collegiate strength and conditioning coaches
      • Strength and conditioning coach alongside soccer coach could be a way to “break the ice” and move from there
      • Presentation further down the road: on-field and cost effective strength and conditioning in youth soccer
    • Overall challenges facing the organization and finances of rugby in the US
      • Previous SIG meetings dominated by soccer discussions

    Meeting closed


    Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: To promote this specialty area to NSCA members who are involved in Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation or individuals interested in related issues. Membership may include, but not limited to, physical therapists, athletic trainers, students of related fields, and other health related professionals (e.g., sports trained physicians and chiropractors). The Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation SIG will serve its members and members of the NSCA, as well as the public and consumers by working within the mission of the NSCA to bridge the gap not only between research and practice, but between traditional rehabilitation concepts and strategies that take advantage of strength and conditioning principles.



    Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation News
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    Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Meeting Minutes

    July 12, 2013 | 8:30 - 10:00am | Burgundy Room, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

    Welcome and introduction by Daniel Preusser, MS, ATC, LAT

    Presentation by Jon Torine – A system approach

    • Discussed being a problem solver
    • Discussed identifying client/athlete needs
    • Discussed the importance of a system that works to best benefit the client/athlete
    • Discussed how the system can contain multiple specialized personnel (strength coach, nutritionist, athletic trainer, sports psychologist), but they must all work within the system for the benefit of the client/athlete
    • The system is not defined by any one method, it is an organized and purposeful structure
    • Methods within a system can be flexible and revisable
    • Multiple professionals working together in a purposeful system can accomplish more than any single professional can accomplish on their own

    Member survey distributed to all attendees


    2012 National Conference SIG Meeting Minutes 


    Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: The Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Special Interest Group’s primary purpose is to organize NSCA Members who work with or have interest in working with military, law enforcement, or fire/rescue personnel. The TSAC SIG will focus on the exchange of ideas, methods, and implementation of tactical strength and conditioning as it relates to operational fitness and performance. TSAC SIG will promote and share scientific training concepts and methodologies throughout the NSCA Membership as it relates to training the tactical athlete.

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    TSAC Articles of Interest

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    Hot Topic: Physical Training to Optimize Load Carriage in the Tactical Operator
    Check out the latest issue of the TSAC Report.

    TSAC Related Videos

    History of TSAC
    Olympic-Style Lifting for Firefighters

    TSAC Meeting Minutes

    The 2015 TSAC SIG Annual Meeting Minutes
    Friday, 10th July 2015 (12:30-2pm; Orlando, FL, Swan and Dolphin; Room: Australia 3)

    Overall attendance: approximately 30 (including SIG council members and speakers)

    I. Moment of silence for the firefighters, rescue personnel, Military personnel, and law enforcement officers who have been lost in the line of duty and as a thank you for those who continue to serve.

    II. Introduction – Purpose of TSAC SIG
    o Executive council members and TSAC Manager

    III. TSAC Program Update – Tyler Christiansen
    o Purpose and population
    o TSAC-F Certification progress
    o Website
    o Additional items

    IV. TSAC Textbook update

    V. TSAC SIG Forum – purpose and movement toward Facebook page
    o Suggestions for future topics (please email: Katie.Sell@hofstra.edu or write on back of attendance sheets)

    VI. Special Topic Discussion: Discuss role of performance psychology and resiliency training in promoting wellbeing in tactical athletes (Special Operations Forces, Military, Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue).

    Introduction to topic: Dr. Michael Asken

    Roundtable discussion:
    • What value does mental toughness have for athletic endeavors/performance?
    • Why is it important to you as a coach or athlete? How might it be important for tactical populations?
    • How have you seen or heard about mental toughness/resiliency/psychological performance training implemented with tactical populations? Have you been involved in implementing this type of training with your clients (tactical or other populations)?
    • Have you utilized this type of training yourself, in tandem with other professionals?
    • Would you have any reservations (or concerns) with using this type of training with tactical populations?

    Concluding comments provided summarizing topics discussed, future endeavors, and other related presentations at the conference.

    VII. Related presentations and events at this conference:
    o “Mindsighting: Applying mental toughness skills from athletic competition for optimal police performance” – Friday, 2-2:50pm, Pacific Hall A
    o Exercise/Sport Psychology SIG – Friday, 3:30pm, Australia 3
    o “Self-directed strength and conditioning program for large federal, provincial, and municipal police force” – Saturday, 9:30-10:20am, Pacific Hall B

    TSAC Purpose - The Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Special Interest Group’s primary purpose is to organize NSCA members who work with or have interest in working with Military, law enforcement, or fire/rescue personnel. The TSAC SIG will focus on the exchange of ideas, methods, and implementation of Tactical Strength and Conditioning as it relates to operational fitness and performance. The TSAC SIG will promote and share scientific training concepts and methodologies throughout the NSCA membership as it relates to training tactical athletes.


    The 2013 TSAC SIG Annual Meeting Minutes
    Friday, 12th July 2013 (10-11:30am), Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

    Overall attendance: approximately 50-55 (including SIG council members and speakers)

    I. Moment of silence for fallen military, law enforcement, and fire personnel and thoughts to those currently serving.

    II. SIG questionnaire and itinerary distributed to attendees

    III. Introductions:

    • Executive Council members in attendance (Katie Sell) and recognition and thanks to Mark Abel (TSAC SIG Chair) and John White (Executive Council member)
      • Brief introduction of TSAC SIG purpose and relationship to TSAC Program.
      • Discussion of forum – updates on past 6 months success and emphasis on attendees completing the feedback form for 2013-2014 topic ideas following breakout session later in meeting.
      • Thanks given to moderators of TSAC SIG forum for last 6 months.
    • NSCA representative and TSAC Program Manager – Jason Dudley
      • Jason discussed current status of TSAC Program, TSAC Conference, TSAC-F certification and accompanying textbook (due out next year), TSAC Conference 2014 dates and location, and TSAC-Facilitators course.
      • Discussion on TSAC Report. Invitation for articles and for assistance with writing from NSCA and TSAC SIG Executive Council members.

    IV. Hot Topic Discussion (60 min) – breakout session with moderators

    Purpose: To provide a forum to discuss issues related to fitness and assessments within each tactical discipline.

    Breakout Session Groups (40 min) followed by brief summary from each group (20 min):

    • Guy Leahy, MEd, CSCS,*D, ACSM-HFS, Exercise Physiologist, HAWC Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, AZ
    • Captain Tony Soika, Company Commander, Fort Jackson, SC

    Law Enforcement
    • Sgt. Mick Stierli, Health and Fitness Officer, NSW Police Force, Sydney, Australia
    • Jason Dudley, MS, CSCS, USAW-1, NSCA – Tactical Strength and Conditioning Manager NSCA Headquarters, Colorado Springs, CO

    • Katie Sell, PhD, CSCS, HFS, Department of Health Studies & Kinesiology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

    V. Concluding Comments/Opportunities

    • Networking opportunities – TSAC Conference and internships in the field of TSAC.
    • Collaboration and outreach – benefits of using the forum and program utilities (e.g., TSAC Report) used to bring research to practitioners and tactical personnel.
      • Availability of forum has been much better this last year and hopefully will continue to grow over next year.
    • Members and non-members in attendance exchanged information and contact information. 

    TSAC News


    March 2013 News 

    2012 National Conference SIG Meeting Minutes



    Weightlifting Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: The purpose of the WL-SIG is to bring together NSCA members interested in promoting weightlifting in strength and conditioning. The WL-SIG provides a forum for interested individuals to learn and share their experiences and knowledge in the study and practice of weightlifting in strength and conditioning.

    Weightlifting News
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    Youth Special Interest Group

    Purpose Statement: To improve fitness and human performance of all school-aged children and youth, through the application and dissemination of research-based knowledge, advocacy, and the unified efforts of NSCA members.

    Youth Articles of Interest 

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    Coaching Kids to be Active Adults
    Long-Term Athletic Development and Its Application to Youth Weightlifting
    Injury Trends and Prevention in Youth Resistance Training 

    Youth Related Videos 

    Energy Tip for Youth Athletes
    Good Fats and Proteins for Youth Athletes 

    Youth Executive Council and Advisory 

    Patrick Cullen-Carroll, MEd, CSCS, RSCC*E
    Cheryl Richardson, MS, CSCS
    Rhodri Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D
    Jessica Graziano, PT, DPT, CSCS (Communication and Articles)
    David Stodden, PhD, CSCS
    Toby Brooks, PhD, ATC, CSCS
    Disa Hatfield, PhD, CSCS
    Larry Meadors, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RSCC*E
    Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS,*D, CSPS, FNSCA
    Whitney Moore, MS, CSCS
    Christine Vega, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
    Rick Howard, MEd, CSCS,*D
    Board Liaison:
    David Szymanski, PhD, CSCS*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA