2018 NSCA National Conference

Join us for the 2018 NSCA National Conference

July 11 - April 14, 2018 | Indianapolis, Indiana | 2.0 CEUs Category A

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Keep gaining elevation in your strength and conditioning career path at the 41st Annual NSCA National Conference in Indianapolis, IN, July 11-14, 2018! Whether your path has been paved with twists and turns, uphill climbs, or steady straightaways, this top educational event brings you together with colleagues and leaders for one common goal – strength and conditioning industry advancement.

There are no limits to what you can learn from the experiences of others. Researchers, students, trainers, coaches, teachers, and medical professionals alike will have the opportunity to take away something new from innovative presentations, dynamic hands-on sessions, and the most cutting-edge in athletic and exercise performance applications. This high-energy event is guaranteed to stock your toolbox for the road(s) ahead. 

Get to Indianapolis, July 11-14, 2018 for the 41st Annual NSCA National Conference to gain the knowledge and networking you need to set your career path on fire! 


Event Itinerary - Wednesday - July 11th
9:00 PM - 10:50 PM
Hacking Acceleration: Targeted Training for Optimum Impact on First-Step, Acceleration, and Cutting
by Lance Walker, MS, PT
11:00 PM - 1:00 AM
The Art of Reflexive Stabilization in Optimizing Athletic Performance
by Emily Splichal, PhD

Additonal Purchase

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
How to Use the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift as Performance and Assessment Tools
by Matt Wenning, MS, PT

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Event Itinerary - Thursday - July 12th
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Balanced Athlete – Functional Movement Workout
by Johnny Gillespie, CSCS, NSCA-CPT


10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Age-Specific Strength Training: Planning and Programming Resistance Training Specific to Ages 9-18
by Lance Walker, MS, PT

Bridge the Gap Lecture  |  Sponsored by Perform Better

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Integrated Trunk/Spine and Core Work
by Pete Bommarito, CSCS

Bridge the Gap Lecture

10:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Abstract Podium Presentations
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Wearable Resistance Training (WRT): The Future is Light
by Jon Cronin, PhD

Bridge the Gap Lecture

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
What is Pilates and Why are So Many Athletes Using It
by Patrea Aeschliman, CSCS


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
by Brandon Stokley


Keynote Speaker Brandon Stokley 

Hailed by Peyton Manning as “the best teammate [he’s] ever had”, Brandon Stokley did much more than just compile impressive stats during his 15-year career as a wide receiver. Stokley played football collegiately at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, under his father, who was the team’s head coach. He began his professional career in Baltimore in 1999 when the Ravens selected him in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. He quickly became an integral part of the teams success, highlighted when he scored a touchdown in the 2001 Super Bowl, which the Ravens would go on to win. After four seasons in Baltimore, Stokley moved on to Indianapolis, where he spent the next four seasons of his career (2003-06) as the preferred target for Peyton Manning. In 2004, Stokley was the receiver of Manning’s 49th touchdown, which broke the record for most touchdown passes in a single season, previously held by Dan Marino. He added another Super Bowl to his accolades in 2007, when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears. Following stints with the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants, Stokley reunited with Peyton Manning in Denver, compiling an impressive 45 receptions and 544 receiving yards. He spent a final season with the team that drafted him, retiring as a Raven in 2013. Since he has hung up the cleats, Stokley has been inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and began co-hosting his own radio show, “Stockley and Zach”, which airs on 104.3 The Fan.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Abstract Poster Session A
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
The Sumo Deadlift and its Importance in Training for All Populations
by Matt Wenning, MS, CSCS


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Independent Contractor vs Employee: Benefits, Perks & Problems
by Robert Linkul, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA

Career Talk

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Generate Additional Personal Income with Small, Private, Team Training Practive
by Bill Parisi, CSCS


3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Let’s Play Jeopardy with Nutritional Supplements
by Josh Keller, CSCS, Zach Gillen, CSCS and Travis Byrd

Lecture  |  Sponsored by GNC

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Wearable Resistance Training (WRT): The Future is Light
by Jon Cronin, PhD

Bridge the Gap Practical

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
How to Attract New Clients without Selling
by Haley Perlus, PhD
Career Talk
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
What S&C Coaches Need to Know to Prevent Sudden Death in Sports
by Courteney Benjamin, MS, CSCS

Lecture  |  Sponsored by Korey Stringer Institute

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Supporting the Winter Sport Athlete – From Talent Identification to Reaching the Olympic Podium
by Scott Riewald, PhD, CSCS


4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Gary Dudley Lecture: Using Blood and Urine Biomarkers to Manage Athletes Training Stress, Damage and Recovery
by Maren Fragala, PhD, CSCS,*D


4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Integrated Trunk/Spine and Core Work
by Pete Bommarito, CSCS

Bridge the Gap Practical

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Demystifying the Publication Process: learn to Publish in the Strength & Conditioning Journal and NSCA Coach
by Morey Kolber, PT, PhD, CSCS,*D and Brian Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS, RSCC, FNSCA

Career Talk

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Abstract Poster Session B
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
An Applied Research Model; Solutions to Common Problems
by Ben Jones, PhD

Lecture  |  Sponsored by UK S&C

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
The Science of Weight Loss for the Resistance Training Athlete
by Bill Campbell, MS, PhD, CSCS


5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: TBD
by Lance Walker, MS, PT
Bridge the Gap Practical:  |  Sponsored by Perform Better
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
Experience Design of a Personal Training Relationship
by Annette Lang, MS


6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
How to Train With Injury (What You CAN Do)
by Jeff Cavaliere, CSCS


6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
Maximizing Body Composition and Metabolism with Exercise and Nutrition
by Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA


Event Itinerary - Friday - July 13th
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Balanced Athlete – Functional Movement Workout
by Johnny Gillespie, CSCS, NSCA-CPT


Event Itinerary - Saturday - July 14th
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Exercise-Associated Iron Deficiency and the Female Athlete
by Erica Goldstein, MS, RDN, CSCS, CISSN



Conference Location

Indiana Convention Center 
100 South Capitol Avenue 
Indianapolis, IN 46225 

Headquarter Hotel

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown 
350 W Maryland St. 
Indianapolis, IN 46225 
Room Rate: 159.00 

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Secondary Hotel

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
1 S Capitol Ave. 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
Room Rate: 159.00

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Registration Info

2018 NSCA National Conference Rates

Non-Member Conference Registration $460 $485 $560
Current NSCA Member Registration $305 $335 $395
Registration and Join as a Professional Member $425 $455 $515
Student Member Registration $160 $185 $210
Registration and Join as a Student Member $225 $250 $275
Other Rates      
One Day Only - All Categories $235 $260 $285
Awards Banquet $25 $40 $65


Lance Walker 2:00pm-3:50pm    
Emily Splichal 4:00pm-5:50pm    
Matt Wenning 4:00pm-5:50pm    
One Pre-Con: $125      $145 $165
Student Member One Pre-Con $90 $110 $130
Two Pre-Cons  $188 $220 $254
Student Member Two Pre-Cons  $132 $164 $196

* All prices are in USD. Cutoff days are by postmark


There will be no printed program books available for purchase. All materials will be available electronically.


All refunds must be submitted in writing (mail, fax, email) and should state the reason for cancellation. NO REFUND REQUESTS ACCEPTED VIA PHONE. Full refund less $20 if post-marked by May 16, 2018. 50% refund is postmarked May 17-June 27, 2018 No refund will be given after June 27, 2018.

Featured Exhibitor

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Balanced Body logo

Exhibitor Info

Educators, collegiate strength and conditioning coaches, and those in the sport science field will make their way to the National Conference. The exhibitor hall serves as the networking location for attendees. Nearly 80% have authority to purchase your products and keeps our attendees in the exhibit hall for several hours each day of the conference.   

  Steps to exhibit: 

  • Complete Exhibitor Prospectus (editable PDF)
  • Select your top (3) booth choices
  • Submit payment
  • Respond in a timely manner to request for communication to attendees and names for badges  

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Exhibitor Hours For
National Conference 2018
Stages  Times 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Exhibitors Move-in/ Set Up: Pick up badges before entering 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  Exhibitors Break/ Refresh Time 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Exhibitor Hours:  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Kick-Off Party (all exhibitors and attendees welcome) 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  All exhibitors and Attendees must vacate the exhibit hall 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 12, 2018 Walke-Up Workout  7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  Exhibitor Hours  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
*Flexible time for opening
  Opening Ceremony/Keynote Speaker  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Exhibitor Break/ Refresh Time  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  Exhibitor Reception
(all exhibitors and Attendees welcome)

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Exhibitors can enter 15 minutes
early to prep booths if needed

  All exhibitors and attendees must vacate the hall 6:30 PM
Friday, July 13, 2018 Wake-Up Workout 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  Exhibitor Hours  8:30 AM - 2:00 PM 
  Exhibitors Move-out. Work with C1 Tradeshow
on packing/Shipping

Abstract Information

Research abstract presentations are an opportunity to present current research findings to researchers and strength and conditioning professionals at the NSCA National Conference. Learn More about how to submit an abstract and view the poster galleries.

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