• NSCA Webinars
    Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet: Health Implications for the 21st Century
    There is growing awareness that profound changes in the environment (e.g. in diet and other lifestyle conditions) that began with the introduction of agriculture and animal husbandry approximately 10,000 years ago occurred too recently on an evolutionary timescale for the human genome to adjust. In conjunction with this discordance between our ancient, genetically-determined biology and the nutritional, cultural and activity patterns of contemporary western populations, many of the so-called diseases of civilization have emerged. In the U.S. and most western countries, diet-related chronic diseases represent the single largest cause of morbidity and mortality. These diseases are epidemic in contemporary, westernized populations and typically affect 50-65% of the adult population, yet they are rare or non-existent in hunter-gatherers and other less westernized people. The ultimate factor underlying diseases of civilization is collision of our ancient genome with the new conditions of life in affluent nations including the nutritional qualities of recently introduced foods.
    Keys to Career Personal Training Success: Developing a Professional Plan of Action
    Many personal trainers jump into a career with cheeky sales pitches, poor education, and catchy marketing campaigns. Robert Linkul, the NSCA 2012 Personal Trainer of the Year, will take you through the proper steps to developing a professional plan of action that will lead you to a long and successful career as a certified personal trainer.
    Strength Training for Swimmers: A Biomechanical Breakdown
    Jenni Brozena, CSCS, has experience as a competitive swimmer, coach, and biomechanical researcher. This webinar will specifically address some of Jenni's research on the biomechanical analysis of swimming and the strength training methods needed to improve swimming performance and reduce the risk of injury.
    Preventing Sudden Death in Collegiate Conditioning Sessions: Best Practices
    In this webinar, you will learn about a recent task force between the NSCA and the National Athletic Trainers Association designed to address safety measures for strength and conditioning coaches. Dr. Douglas Casa, PhD, CSCS, ATC, presents on best practices for coaches to ensure that their athletes are not overexerted or pushed beyond their limits during training. Serious issues such as sickle cell trait and heat exhaustion are also discussed.
    Resistance Training for the Client with Metabolic Syndrome
    Metabolic syndrome, the term for a cluster of health conditions that significantly increase cardiovascular risk, is becoming increasingly common in today's society. Personal trainers must be aware of the issues related to this syndrome and understand how to properly structure exercise routines. This webinar provides an evidence-based discussion on how resistance training can help clients with metabolic syndrome lose weight and improve metabolic function.
    Improving Athletic Performance with the Clean and Jerk
    This webinar is a review of the Olympic lift, the clean and jerk, and its importance as a training tool. It will cover a strategy for teaching the proper technique and the principles of training this lift. Exercise technique videos are included for the clean and jerk, power clean, behind the neck press, and several other derivative and assistance exercises. This information is gleaned from years of Coach Takano's experience teaching the movement to weightlifters and other athletes, as well as designing the training to improve performance.
    Flexible Non-Linear Periodization
    Explore the concept of non-linear periodization as a model. More specifically, the importance and role of using a “flexible” non-linear model will be discussed. With the many demands on student athletes in today’s world, evaluating the context for optimal training is vital to allowing progress and adaptations. This webinar will help strength and conditioning professionals optimize their athletes’ workouts with the use of a more flexible model of periodization.
    Dynamic Correspondence: Train the Way You Want to Play
    The theory of “sport-specific” training is widely misunderstood by many coaches and personal trainers. This webinar will discuss the theory and proper implementation of dynamic correspondence as well as the problems that one may face while attempting to do so.
    Dietary Supplement Use in Sports: Risks, Benefits and How to Emphasize a “Food First” Approach
    All too often our young, healthy student-athletes fall prey to the “latest and greatest” dietary supplement. Unknowingly, these athletes put themselves at risk of negative side effects, positive drug tests and potential life-threatening situations. For many coaches, strength coaches, athletic trainers and other professionals, it is hard to keep up with the trends. Simple strategies on how to fuel with food first can give many athletes the upper hand that they did not realize was right at their fingertips. Learn about the latest research on popular supplements and how to properly educate student-athletes on the dangers of supplements and the importance of “food first”.
    Pre- and Post-Exercise Fueling
    This presentation will discuss the nutritional demands of athletes before and after exercise, both for strength training as well as endurance exercise. Scientific data and its application will be presented so that coaches, personal trainers, and athletes viewing this webinar can better understand how to appropriately fuel the body for top performance.