Only the Strong, Brain vs. Brawn

Discover how the mental side of strength and conditioning can be leveraged to get the most out of your athletes at the New England ACSM Spring Conference.

April 26, 2019 | New Britain, CT | .5 CEUs Category A


Physical abilities are only one component of an athlete’s performance, so grab a seat with us to share knowledge on the flipside of strength – mental fortitude.

  • Understand how strength influences and relates to cognitive function and academic performance.
  • Explore the interplay between the brain and the body and their relationship to limiting human performance from a 100-m sprint to the marathon.
  • Identify strategies to assess and develop mental toughness as well as apply it to your training and coaching.
  • Understand how to utilize effective leadership strategies from the perspective of sports coaching, strength and conditioning, and the military.
  • Identify a multitude of training strategies to maximize skeletal muscle hypertrophy by manipulating resistance training variables.
  • Earn CEUs (0.5)

Clinic Location

Central Connecticut State University
Please park in the Student Center Parking Garage adjacent to the Student Center. The conference will be held in the Alumni Hall room within the Student Center.
Address: 105 Ella Grasso Blvd, New Britain, CT 06053

Registration Information

When you register, you will need to create a free account or log-in.

  On or Before March 11 March 12 thru April 17 After April 17 (on Site Only)
Professional Registration  $100 $110 $120
Student Registration  $35 $45 $55

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Cancellation and Refund Policy:

All cancellation and refund requests 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 postmarked Present - March 12th. 50% refund if postmarked March 13th to April 12th. No refund will be given after April 12th. All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.


Event Itinerary - Friday April 26th
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
by Jason Melnyk, PhD, CSCS | Past President, NEACSM
9:05 AM - 10:05 AM
Youth Strength Training: Survival of the Strongest
by Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, FACSM, FNSCA

Sponsored by Springfield College

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM
Mind, Muscle, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
by Alex Hutchinson, PhD
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Mental Toughness: What is it? How do We Train it?
by Matthew Nein, CSCS, RSCC*D
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch - Provided
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Military Mindset in Leadership: Observations and Learnings from the Field
by Jay Merlino, MS, CSCS, USAW

Sponsored by Merrimack College

2:35 PM - 3:35 PM
Dissecting the Set and Rep Continuum for Hypertrophy
by Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA

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