Building Buy-In for Army Tactical Training at the Brigade Level

by Carrie Ellis, CSCS
TSAC Report August 2022
Vol 65, Issue 3

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This article gives a firsthand account of working in a few of the United States Army’s earlier human performance and injury reduction programs as a strength coach and active-duty physical therapist.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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Carrie Ellis received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University before becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® ( ...

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