Integrating Mental and Physical Strength and Conditioning for the Tactical Athlete: What the Research Says

by Katie Sell, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, Tyler J Christiansen, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, RSCC*D, and Michael Asken
TSAC Report May 2016
Vol 40, Issue 1


The path to actual integration of mental and physical training for the tactical athlete is paved with growing empiricism. The current challenge is to sustain creative development of functional approaches and demonstrate that integration can deliver potential benefits.

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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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