High School Coaches’ Resources

High school coaching is a rapidly-growing area of strength and conditioning, and can be an exciting career choice for strength and conditioning professionals who want to have a lifelong positive impact on young people. Join NSCA's High School Coaches Professional Development Group and get connected to strength coaches and other professionals working in youth athletics.

How to Launch Your Career as a High School Strength and Conditioning Professional

Description of High School Strength and Conditioning Profession
Becoming a High School Strength and Conditioning Coach
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 16: Micah Kurtz

Resources to Help You Advocate for a Position at a School

Why Your High School Needs a Qualified Strength and Conditioning Professional
Download sample documents and information to use when you propose a new position.
Request a free information packet designed to be shared with ADs and school administrators.
Identify areas of risk and liability in a weight room.
What are the Competencies of a Qualified Strength and Conditioning Professional?
Legal Benefits of Certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Roles of Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches
How safe is your teen’s strength and conditioning program?
Are outdated weight training techniques increasing your child’s injury risks?
Certified Coach Gives Young Athletes Skills That Are Bigger Than Sports
"I am Here to Keep Your High School Athletes Safer"
The Significant Change Quietly Taking Place in High School Athletics
Creating a S&C Program for Your High School or College
The Case for High School Strength Coach Hires
Why High School Athletes Need Strength & Conditioning Coaches

Improving Your Existing Program

Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines
The Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics Programs: Best-Practices Recommendations
Articles, videos, and podcasts for high school coaches.
NSCA's Guide to High School Strength and Conditioning
NSCA Position Statement on Youth Resistance Training
NSCA Position Statement on Long-Term Athletic Development
Youth Training and Long-Term Athletic Development
10 Pillars of Successful Long-Term Athletic Development
Foundations of Coaching Lifts: Hands-on Approach to Coaching Lift Progressions
Strength of America Award

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
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
How to Choose the Right Sports Performance Program
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