High School Athletic Directors’ Resources

As strength and conditioning programs support both athletes and the general high school population, the decisions made around both the structure and staffing of these efforts have significant impact on the following areas:

•  Athletic performance
•  The occurrence of sports-related injuries
•  The level of health, well-being and confidence of the student population
•  The degree of liability and exposure a high school faces in its implementation of health and sports-related activities
•  The execution of gender-appropriate strength and conditioning programs

Impact on the School

Why Your High School Needs a Qualified Strength and Conditioning Professional
Legal Benefits of Certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Should your high school have a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist® on staff?
7 Athletic Directors Discuss Their Strength Program
‘Doing right by kids’: certified strength coach a boost to Catawba Ridge athletics
Roles of Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Identify areas of risk and liability in your weight room.

Impact on the Students

Certified Coach Gives Young Athletes Skills That Are Bigger Than Sports
The Case for High School Strength Coach Hires
"I am Here to Keep Your High School Athletes Safer"
Why High School Athletes Need Strength & Conditioning Coaches
The Significant Change Quietly Taking Place in High School Athletics
The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance

Creating a Position

Creating a Strength and Conditioning Program for Your High School or College
Ways to Structure a High School Strength and Conditioning Position
Guide to Hiring a Strength and Conditioning Coach
What are the Competencies of a Qualified Strength and Conditioning Professional?
Sample job description for a full-time strength and conditioning coach.
Download sample documents and information to use when you create a new position.

Improving Your Existing Program

NSCA's Guide to High School Strength and Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines
The Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics Programs: Best-Practices Recommendations
Youth Training and Long-Term Athletic Development
10 Pillars of Successful Long-Term Athletic Development
Foundations of Coaching Lifts certificate course

Information for Parents

The 10 Pillars for Successful Long-Term Athletic Development
Implications for Training in Youth: Is Specialization Benefiting Kids?
Injury Prevention in Youth Athletes: A Summary in 9 Key Points
Youth Performance and Fitness—Strength and Conditioning Information for Parents
An Introduction for Parents: What is Long-Term Athletic Development?
LTAD, Youth Resistance Training, and Early Sport Specialization: What It All Means
How to Choose the Right Sports Performance Program
3 Smart Questions Every Concerned Parent of a Teen Athlete Should Ask
Youth who play multiple sports tend to be healthier, become better athletes, and have a lot more fun
Case Study: How safe is your teen’s strength and conditioning program?
Are outdated weight training techniques increasing your child’s injury risks?
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