NSCA Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • NSCA Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
    The NSCA is a diverse community of thousands of strength and conditioning professionals. Make the most of your membership by engaging with other NSCA members who share your interests through one or more of NSCA’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs). From sports-specific interests to broader topics like sports psychology and nutrition, SIGs provide a way to connect, converse and contribute to the growth of the strength and conditioning professions.
  • Become a member of one of the NSCA’s 17 SIGs, listed below. To join, please visit the Groups & Committees section of the My Account page, or email NSCA’s Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@nsca.com. You can also visit the SIGs on Facebook, or contact the appropriate SIG chair to get connected.

    Baseball
    Basketball
    Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition
    College Coaches
    Exercise/Sport Psychology
    Figure Skating
    High School
    Ice Hockey
      
        Lacrosse
    Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD)
    Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition 
    Personal Trainers 
    Soccer 
    Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
    Tactical Strength and Conditioning
    Track and Field 
    Weightlifting 
     

    Are you interested in starting a SIG? Download NSCA’s Volunteer Handbook (PDF) and contact NSCA’s Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@nsca.com for more information.


    Baseball

    Purpose Statement: Our purpose is to connect NSCA members with an interest in the sport of baseball and/or who work with baseball athletes. We want to share best practices and increase the performance levels of our athletes and clients.

    SIG Chair: Christopher Bailey, PhD, CSCS, RSCC, bailey8112@gmail.com

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    Basketball

    Purpose Statement: Our purpose is to connect NSCA members with an interest in the sport of basketball and/or who work with basketball athletes. We want to share best practices and increase the performance levels of our athletes and clients.

    SIG Chair: Aaron Scanlan, a.scanlan@cqu.edu.au

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    Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition

    Purpose Statement: The purpose of the Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition SIG is to allow members who either compete in bodybuilding and fitness or who train clientele who compete to share and disseminate strength and conditioning best practices and research in the sport of bodybuilding and fitness.

    SIG Chair: Rodney P. Gaines, PhD, CSCS, rodney.gaines@hamptonu.edu

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    College Coaches

    Purpose Statement: The purpose of the College Coaches SIG is 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. 

    SIG Chair: J. Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, RSCC*D, mannjb@missouri.edu

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    Exercise/Sport Psychology

    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 and 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.

    SIG Chair: Whitney Moore, PhD, CSCS, whitneymoore@wayne.edu 

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    Figure Skating

    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.

    SIG Chair: Lee Cabell, EdD, lee.cabell@gmail.com

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    High School

    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.

    SIG Chair: Patrick Mediate, MEd, CSCS,*D, fitpat@optonline.net

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    Ice Hockey

    Purpose Statement: To promote safe and effective 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.

    SIG Chair: Joseph Sawicki, CSCS, joezsaw@yahoo.com

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    Lacrosse

    Purpose Statement: 1. To further the growth of lacrosse by uniting the field of strength and conditioning and the game. 2. To facilitate further development of practical and scientific research to allow growth within the sport. 3. To provide an avenue for members to exchange ideas and knowledge to help develop the sport from the youth to the professional levels. 4. To provide continuing education opportunities for both members and coaches for greater sport development.

    SIG Chair: Matthew Nein, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, manein@salisbury.edu
    SIG Vice Chair: Edward Smith Jr, MS, CSCS, RSCC, esmith5207@gmail.com

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    Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD)

    Purpose Statement:   Promote and disseminate good practice and scientific research relevant to the long-term athletic development of children and adolescents.  

    SIG Chair: Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD, CSCS*D, rlloyd@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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    Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition (NMBC)

    Purpose Statement: The purpose of the NMBC SIG 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.

    SIG Chair: Robert Wildman, rwildman@dymatize.com
    SIG Vice Chair: Chad Kerksick, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, ckerksick@lindenwood.edu

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    Personal Trainers

    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.

    SIG Chair: Robert Linkul, MS, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, robertlinkul@gmail.com

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    Soccer

    Purpose Statement: To further grow the strength and conditioning field in soccer. Provide an avenue for members of NSCA who have an interest in soccer to exchange ideas and knowledge to help develop the sport from the youth to the professional level. Provide continuing education for coaches and NSCA members to continue to develop the sport.

    SIG Chair: Julian Sisman, CSCS, jsisman10@gmail.com

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    Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation

    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.

    SIG Chair: William J. Hanney, DPT, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, william.hanney@ucf.edu  

    SIG Vice Chair: Morey J. Kolber, PT, PhD, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS*D, kolber@nova.edu


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    Tactical Strength and Conditioning

    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.

    SIG Chair: John Hofman, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F, jho618@comcast.net

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    Track and Field

    Purpose Statement: The NSCA Track and Field Special Interest Group will allow NSCA members who share an interest and passion in Track and Field to share strength and conditioning programs along with research to benefit fitness runners along with competitive track and field amateur and professional athletes. The group will be an advocate for the NSCA by providing scholarly research and applied articles on strength and conditioning for fitness Track and field for fitness and athletic performance. The Track and Field Special Interest Group will discuss ways to form affiliations and alliances with running groups along with organizations that provide leadership for Track and Field, such as the United States Track and Field (USTAF) Organization.

    SIG Chair: Kelvin King, Jr, creativeathleticmovement@gmail.com
    SIG Vice Chair:
    Nicholas Longo, MS, CSCS, nick.longo@colostate.edu  

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    Weightlifting

    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.

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