2023 NSCA National Conference

Learn From Industry Leaders at the Only Conference That Unites the Strength and Conditioning Profession

July 12 - 15, 2023 | Las Vegas, NV & Online | Up to 3.0 CEUs

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The NSCA’s National Conference is a rite of passage for every strength and conditioning professional. Designed for serious educators and practitioners, the 2023 NSCACon summons the smartest minds across the industry to deliver you an outstanding blend of research and application:

 Relevant Topics

» Attend thought-provoking presentations with takeaways you can apply Monday morning

» Dive deeper into your topics of interest and stay up to date on industry advancements

 Authentic Speakers

» Discover the science directly from knowledgeable presenters who hold nothing back

» Engage with industry legends and sport science pioneers through interactive Q&A

 Networking Opportunities

» Form partnerships or catch up with old friends between sessions and at multiple receptions

» Experience an inclusive atmosphere and strong sense of community with other professionals

Plus, explore exciting new products in the Exhibit Hall and secure up to 3.0 CEUs to support your recertification. Register now to join thousands of peers live in Las Vegas for the latest industry insights.

New CEU Opportunity

Earn More CEUs Than Ever 

Joining in person provides you with more opportunities to learn, engage, and advance your education than online. 

And now, for the first time ever, in-person attendees are eligible to earn an extra 1.0 Category D CEUs (equivalent to 10 Contact Hours, a $150 value) by taking an exclusive free quiz

Simply register to attend in person, pass the quiz sent to your registration email 3-4 weeks post-conference, and the additional CEUs will be automatically added to your NSCA account.

NEW 3.0 CEU Opportunity

Keynote Presenters

Keynote Andrea Hudy

Andrea Hudy, MS, MBA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E

Andrea Hudy is in the midst of her 29th year as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach. She directly oversees the sports performance program for the UConn Women’s Basketball program. 

Hudy graduated from Maryland in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. She earned a Master of Arts degree in sport biomechanics from the University of Connecticut in 1999 and completed her MBA from the University of Kansas in May 2019. She has started her PhD in exercise science at the University of Connecticut. Hudy is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA.

Keynote Presenter, Bill Sands

William Sands, PhD

William A Sands, PhD, FACSM is a retired sports scientist.  His accomplishments include sports scientist for the US Ski and Snowboard Association; professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at East Tennessee State University; the USOC Recovery Center Leader, Head of Sport Biomechanics and Engineering and Senior Physiologist; Monfort Family Human Performance Laboratory director; Director Research and Development USA Gymnastics; over 50 years of experience in Olympic sports.   He was an associate professor at the University of Utah and Co-Director of the Motor Behavior Research Laboratory.  Author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, 50 book chapters, 13 books, and over 500 national and international presentations. 

Keynote Presenter, Dan Wathen


Head Athletic Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Supervisor at Youngstown State University from 1976-2008. Member of the NSCA from 1978 to present. NSCA State Director of the Year 1985. CSCS 1985. NSCA-CPT 1993. NSCA BOD 1987-1990. NSCA Strength Coach of the Year 1989. NSCA (Epley) Lifetime Acheivement Award 1996. NSCA President 1998-2000. JSCR Editorial Excellent Award 2000. FNSCA 2007. NSCA Sports Medicine Practitioner Award 2007. NSCA Certificatioon Commission Lifetime Acheivement Award 2007. Youngstown State University Athletic HOF 1995.


Schedule is subject to change.
Live streamed selection is pre-determined. You will receive a recording AFTER the event of all recorded sessions.

Event Itinerary - Wednesday, July 12 - Pacific Time Zone
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
CSCS Exam Prep (Additional Purchase)

2-day CSCS Exam Prep Live Clinic (begins Tuesday, July 11)

This Clinic is a comprehensive review of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully pass the CSCS certification exam.


8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
CPR/AED Classes
by Andy Terrano, CSCS

Need to update your CPR/AED before 12/31/23?  Andy Terrano will be providing 5 2 hr classes throughout Wednesday to help you renew your Red Cross training.  Sign up through registration for only $75 - hurry capacity is limited!

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration Open
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NSCA Store Open
1:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Speed & Quickness Development for a Lifetime
by Ian Jeffreys, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*E, Boo Schexnayder, CSCS Loren Landow, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E & Doug Lentz, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E

Streamed Live

  1. Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of how speed training for “non-speed” people will enhance neural processes.
  2. Attendees will become familiar with age appropriate warm-up strategies for speed/quickness sessions.
  3. Attendees will be able to watch and participate in speed/quickness drills that are appropriate for individuals of all ages and abilities.
  4. Attendees will understand how to infuse speed/quickness training into the overall training process.

Workshop sponsored by Perform Better

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Pre-workout Supplements for Athletes: Considerations for Performance Safety
by Andrew Jagim, PhD, CSCS,*D & Patrick Harty, PhD, CSCS
  1. Identify common ingredient profiles of ingredients in pre-workout supplements and purported benefits.
  2. Understand the user habits and applications of pre-workout supplements
  3. Identify the evidence-based acute performance benefits of pre-workout supplements.
  4. Identify the evidence-based long-term benefits of pre-workout supplements
  5. Describe the risks of adverse events and safety implications of ingesting pre-workout supplements for athletes.


3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Control Issues with Caffeine Research
by Dawn Anderson, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Identify factors that should be considered when selecting a placebo for caffeine.
  2. Describe how the timing and duration of caffeine ingestion may impact performance.
  3. Describe how training status and genetic predisposition affect caffeine's ergogenic potential.


3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Under Construction: Building a Complete Strength, Speed & Conditioning Program
by Justin Lovett, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, RSCC*D
  1. Identify critical components of strength & conditioning program construction.
  2. Describe an integrated hiring process & strength staff onboarding methods.


4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
The Importance of Strength Training for Optimal Basketball Performance
by Dimitrije Cabarkapa, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, USAW
  1. Provide a brief summary of existing scientific evidence supporting the importance of strength training for optimizing on-court basketball performance.
  2. Present findings from recently conducted research studies funded by NSCA focused on examining the acute influence of resistance exercise on basketball shooting mechanics and accuracy.
  3. Provide directions for future research pertaining to bridging a gap in scientific literature and advancing training regimens directed towards optimizing on-court basketball performance.


4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Jump Testing & Iso Strength Testing
by John McMahon, PhD, CSCS,*D & Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS,*D

Streamed Live

  1. Describe the standard operating procedures for force plate testing and the associated underpinning theories to help minimize measurement error.
  2. Demonstrate how to set up and conduct common force plate tests with large groups of athletes.
  3. Critically evaluate popular force plate metrics and create a framework for context-specific metric selection.
  4. Understand how to interpret force plate metrics from multiple tests to optimize their application to athletes' training programs.


4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Using Foot Wedges for Optimal Performance
by Rocky Snyder, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
  1. Participants will gain insight in how foot shape and position affects the kinetic chain and hot to influence a positive outcome.
  2. Attendees will learn how to implement foot wedges for imporved movement, proper loading, and overall function.
  3. Participants will be able to use this methodology immediately with clients, patients, and athletes.

Workshop Sponsored by Perform Better

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
How to Evaluate Dietary Supplements
by Korey Van Wyk, MS, CSCS
  1. Become familiar with dietary supplement regulation.
  2. Identify the red flags of low-quality supplements.
  3. Discover the hallmarks of high-quality supplement companies.
  4. Apply a step by step framework for making informed supplement decisions.


5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Quantifying High-Intensity Functional Training: Potential Solutions for Monitoring Multimodal Workloads and Identifying Training Targets
by Gerald Mangine, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Describe the programming characteristics of high-intensity functional training.
  2. Identify the shortcomings of using traditional methods for quantifying workloads.
  3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions, and how these might be used to minimize risks of over- and under-training.


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
First Timer’s Orientation (RSVP Required)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Kick-Off Party
Event Itinerary - Thursday, July 13 - Pacific Time Zone
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
NSCA Store Open
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Unopposed Exhibit Hall Time

Enjoy breakfast and coffee/tea with the exhibitors in the hall. 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
by Dan Wathen, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA

Streamed Live

  1. A historic and humorous look at my 44 year journey with the NSCA. Don't let the truth spoil a good story.


10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch provided inside Exhibit Hall
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Title to be determined
by Kate Ackerman, MD

Streamed Live

Lecture Sponsored by Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Creating Meaningful Learning Opportunities in Strength and Conditioning Education
by Chris Bailey, PhD, CSCS, RSCC
  1. Discuss the importance of creating meaningful learning opportunities in strength and conditioning education that lead to quick application of course concepts and help students develop crucial problem-solving skills.
  2. Focus on the creation of applied learning opportunities, while providing examples from several courses that are often in academic programs for future strength and conditioning and fitness professionals.


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
How to Train Effectively Without Lower Back Pain or Injury
by Richard Ulm, DC, MS, CSCS

Streamed Live

  1. Cover the pathomechanics of lower back pain, particularly how traditional strength training contributes to the process.
  2. Provide rules to follow so coaches and athletes will be able to effectively train whilst lowering the risk and incidence of lower back pain and injury.


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Forged in Fire: Insights on Coaching and Business
by Annette Zapp, MA, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Provide practical strategies for participants to build a thriving business or coaching practice.
  2. Share lessons learned as a career firefighter and business owner to inspire coaches and entrepreneurs to conquer adversity.
  3. Guide participants in leveraging personal strengths and expertise to stand out in a crowded industry.

Lecture sponsored by NSCA Women's Committee

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Gary Dudley Lecture: Reliability, Validity and Hydration Effect on Body Composition Determined by Bio-electrical Impedance
by Steve Fleck, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA*E

Streamed Live

  1. Explain why hydration might affect body composition determined by bio-electrical impedance.
  2. Explain how increased muscle mass might affect body composition body determined by bio-electrical impedance.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Developing Speed for Team Sport Athletes
by Michael Young, PhD, CSCS
  1. How to coach springing mechanics in a team setting.
  2. How to incorporate jumping, changes of direction, the ball.
  3. Considerations for volume, frequency, recovery, placement relative to games.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
General Strength Circuit Design
by Boo Schexnayder, CSCS
  1. Attendees will be able to design effective general strength circuits.
  2. Attendees will be able to properly utilize general strength circuits in long term training plans.

Hands-On sponsored by Perform Better

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Cryotherapy Reinvented: The Application of Phase Change Material Cooling in Athlete Recovery
by Mal McHugh, PhD
  1. Identify the limitations of cold water immersion and other popular cryotherapy interventions in athlete recovery.
  2. Describe the application of phase change material cooling in athlete recovery highlighting the practical and phsiological advantages.
  3. Describe the basic applied science and field testing evidence base for phase change material cooling in athlete recovery.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
NSCA Weightlifting Position Paper
  1. To discuss the role or weightlifting exercises and their derivatives when training non-weightlifters.
  2. To explore the acute effects of exercise and load selection on force, velocity and power.
  3. To discuss the improvements in athletic performance when appropriately using weightlifting exercises.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
The Youth Physical Development Model 2.0: a 10-year Update
by Rhodri Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA

Streamed Live

  1. Discuss the updated Youth Physical Development model 2.0.
  2. Critically examine the pediatric literature that has helped shape the design of the updated model.
  3. Discuss the ways in which the updated model is being applied within the practical setting.


3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Muscle Fiber Types: What Are They? Why Do We Care?
by Andy Fry, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA*E
  1. Understand the history and methods of human skeletal muscle fiber typing.
  2. Appreciate the differences in fiber typing methods and how that influences interpretation of the data.
  3. Be introduced to how fiber types can influence sport and exercise performance.


3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Reducing the Pressure: Simplifying the BFR Training Screen Process
by Nick Rolnick, DPT, CSCS
  1. Describe the different types of BFR training technologies and their potential impact on the safety of blood flow restriction exercise.
  2. List the three major safety concerns with use of blood flow restriction.
  3. Identify approaches/techniques that can likely enhance blood flow restriction safety before and during BFR training.


4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Testing and Profiling Athletes: Recommendations for Test Selection, Implementation, and Maximizing Information
by Jonathon Weakley, PhD

Streamed Live

  1. Describe and establish the fundamental concepts of physical testing.
  2. Explain how to develop testing batteries that can optimize the physical development of athletes.
  3. Provide recommendations for the selection of tests, outcome measures, technology, and how to maximize associated data.


4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Reverse Engineering in Strength & Conditioning: Determining a High-Performance Roadmap
by Anthony Turner, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Understand the process of reverse engineering and how it can be used to support strength and conditioning planning, programming, and periodization.
  2. Example how reverse engineering can be applied to support the development of an agile athlete.


4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Every Breath You Take: Use of Exhaled Breath Volatile Organic Compounds for Exercise Performance
by Martin Lindley, PhD
  1. Engage in the concept of breath sample collection and analysis as a new non-invasive measurement of metabolism.
  2. Understand potential of VOC analysis as it pertains to their area of research or clinical practice.


4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
NSCA Foundation Data Blitz

The Data Blitz will consist of individuals that the NSCA Foundation has supported with Grant funding and allow them to present their research results from the funded study. The Data Blitz will be a series of 5-minute fast-paced talks, each covering just a bite-sized bit of the NSCA Foundation funded research.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
RSCC Happy Hour (RSCC and RSVP Required)
Event Itinerary - Friday, July 14 - Pacific Time Zone
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration Open
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
NSCA Store Open
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Pronation: A Full Body Experience
by Rocky Snyder, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Streamed Live

  1. Participants will understand how the actions at the foot create a full-body, efficient, neuromuscular chain reaction through all three planes of motion.
  2. Participants will learn how pronation is not exclusive to the foot, but how each joint has a specific role to play in decelerating mass, momentum, and ground reaction force.
  3. Strategies will be shared to reinforce proper joint coupling relationships to help reduce compensations and the likelihood of recurring non-contact injuries.

Lecture Sponsored by Perform Better

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Common Knee Injuries in Youth Athletes and their Implications for the Strength & Conditioning Professional
by Stephanie Svoboda, DPT, MS, CSCS
  1. Describe the anatomy of the knee, growth and development of youth, and common knee injuries sustained by youth athletes.
  2. Identify guidelines for referring athletes to medical staff.
  3. Describe program modifications for youth athletes with knee pain. 


8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Hand Speed & Skills Training Program
by Bruce Lombard, MEd
  1. Learn basic techniques in the MMAFx Hand Speed & Conditioning Training Program.
  2. Learn basic drills in the MMAFx hand skills training program that will help improve coordination and athleticism a coach or trainer's clients and athletes. 
  3. Learn how to initiate and implement the MMAFx program with their clients and athletes.


8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Research & Analysis in Applied Sport: Setting Up a Framework for Communicating Data to Decision-Makers
by Patrick Ward, PhD, CSCS

Streamed Live

  1. Research and analysis in the applied environment is challenging and noisy relative to the sterile environment of the laboratory.
  2. The objective of this talk will be to provide a framework for setting up a research and analysis department within the team sport environment.
  3. The speaker will discuss how to engage decision-makers in the research process and build a system for answering questions and sharing research conclusions, while providing real-world example.


9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Pathways to Leadership
by Lamarr Pottinger, NCAA
  1. Participants will walk away with different startegies on how to get into athletic administration.
  2. Participants will learn more about the NCAA and NSCA resources.

Lecture sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Performance Training Through Three Levels of Fitness
by James McFarland, Med, CSCS,*D
  1. Examine the progressive programming of an initial 3 day per week basic level of fitness circuits, through performance level of fitness training program.
  2. Explore a model of resistance training skills literacy through specific competencies and progressive movement skills.
  3. Consider a progressive series of performance assessments that include the non-linear periodization of traditional lifts and their variations.


9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Crafting a Compelling Bio Sketch & Philosophy Statement: The Importance of Highlighting Your Achievements & Personal Philosophy
by Don Melrose, PhD, CSCS,*D & Scott Caulfield, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D

Do you put the same amount of effort into your Biographical Sketches and Philosophy Statement as you do your research? If not, you may want to reconsider. Grant Reviewers and Hiring Managers take Bio Sketches and Philosophy Statements into high consideration when awarding funding and hiring positions. Use these 50 minutes to learn how to write (or re-write) your bio sketch and philosophy statements to ensure they are an excellent depiction of your abilities so you can secure grant funding, or a job!

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Implementing Eccentric Training: Applications for Improving Hypertrophy, Strength, & Power
by Tim Suchomel, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC

Streamed Live

  1. Discuss the benefits and limitations to eccentric training and how they may impact hypertrophy, strength, and power adaptations.
  2. Highlight previous and current research findings that may influence eccentric training programming decisions.
  3. Provide programming examples of different eccentric training methods to benefit hypertrophy, strength, and power.


10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Profiling Drop Jump Performance: Using Kinetic Analysis to Inform Training Prescription
by Jason Pedley, PhD
  1. Critically examine the kinetic and kinematic determinants of the drop jump.
  2. Process sample kinetic data to extract discrete variables as indicators of injury risk and physical performance.
  3. Discuss suitable training interventions based on the outcome of kinetic analysis of drop jump performance.


10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Common Knee Injuries in Youth Athletes and their Implications for the Strength & Conditioning Professional
by Stephanie Svoboda, DPT, MS, CSCS
  1. Apply the principles of resistance training programing to adolescents with knee pain/injury.
  2. Select, modify, and coach exercises used in the treatment of lower extremity pain/injury in the acute, subacute, and return-to-sport phases of rehabilitation.


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Unopposed Exhibit Hall Luncheon

Enjoy lunch with the exhibitors in the hall.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Effective Decision-Making in Strength & Conditioning
by Duncan French, PhD, CSCS,*D

Streamed Live

  1. Evaluate 'effective' decision-making processes within the strength and conditioning environment.
  2. Identify specific challenges that impact a strength coaches ability to make informed and impactful decisions relating to athlete development and program design.
  3. Review critical decisions that influence the success of training interventions for both strength/power and conditioning.


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Exercise Prescription and Load Monitoring Using the Critical Speed Concept
by Bob Pettitt, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Review the methods of deriving the critical speed, distance prime (D’) and designing prescription equations.
  2. Learn the applications of physiological and psychometric metrics of internal load.
  3. Describe high-intensity interval schemes and their influence on perception of internal load.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
The Continuum of Certainty: Optimizing Communication in Human Performance
by Brian Schilling, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA

Streamed Live

  1. Identify common mistakes in communication among human performance teams.
  2. Identify common mistakes in communication between human performance teams and stakeholders, such as athletes, coaches, and administrators.
  3. Address how poor communication limits the application of research to practice.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Probiotics for Health and Performance: An Update
by Jeremy Townsend, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Learn about various categories of probiotics, how to read a probiotic label, current research regarding the efficacy of probiotic supplementation for the promotion of health and athletic performance in both endurance and strength/power athletes.
  2. Which strains have been shown to be beneficial in healthy athletes/active adults.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Implementing Eccentric Training: Applications for Improving Hypertrophy, Strength, & Power
by Tim Suchomel, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC
  1. Review the characteristics of each eccentric training method discussed in the lecture portion.
  2. Provide live force data collection demonstrations of each eccentric training method.
  3. Provide programming recommendations based on the live demonstrations.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Sex, Gender, and Psychosocial Influences; Research Challenges, Limitations, and Recommendations
by Whitney Moore, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Recognize contextual/psychosocial limitations in prior work.
  2. Learn current norms for data collection, reporting, and acknowledgment of psychosocial influences in research.
  3. Recommendations on measures that can be used to move toward increased specificity and identification of influences on training as being due to sex assigned at birth, self-assigned gender identity, or psychosocial, as well as their interaction will be presented.


3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Strength: The Foundation of Performance - Michael H Stone Sports Science Lecture
by Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS,*D

Streamed Live

  1. To explore how force production underpins athletic performance.
  2. To discuss appropriate methods of evaluating force production to inform training priorities.
  3. To describe approaches to enhance specific force production characteristics.


3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Sleep – Recovery – Adaptation – Client Results: A Practical Coaching Framework
by Nicholas Lambe
  1. Understand the relationship between sleep, recovery and adaptation as they relate to common client goals.
  2. Provide a practical framework to assess and screen for red flags within sleep for coaches.
  3. Introduce a coaching system alongside practical strategies that can be implemented right away.


3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Application of Blood Flow Restriction Training to Maximize Exercise Benefits and Athletic Performance
by Ethan Hill, CSCS
  1. Describe the utility of blood flow restriction in athletic and clinical settings.
  2. Evaluate methodological approaches of blood flow restriction.
  3. Discuss potential neurophysiological underpinnings of blood flow restriction.


4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Keynote: Transfer of Training
by William Sands, PhD

Streamed Live

  1. Identify and characterize the nature of the transfer of training to on-field, -court, and -mat performance.
  2. Learn how to use single-subject (i.e., athlete) analysis to obtain rigorous, valid, and reliable results for enhanced training management.


7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
NSCA Awards Banquet

***Limited availability - additional purchase - RSVP required***

Sponsored in part by Matrix

Event Itinerary - Saturday, July 15 - Pacific Time Zone
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Registration Open
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
NSCA Store Open
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Explosive Power Training Moving Forward
by Jimmy Radcliffe, MS, CSCS

Streamed Live

  1. Identify where training is currently and where it is going.
  2. Explore the influence of new concepts and bridge them with previous ones.
  3. Keep asking "Why" these methods are optimal.


8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Dancers as Athletes: Recommendations for Enhancing Competitive Performance
by Josh Wludyga, DSc, CSCS,*D
  1. Identify previous research in support of strength and conditioning in the dancer population.
  2. Classify components of a needs analysis in dancers who compete in various forms.
  3. Develop general concepts of strength training and conditioning principles to adequately prepare dancers for their competition season.


9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
The Difference Makers - What really Matters in Strength and Conditioning
by Ian Jeffreys, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*E

Streamed Live

  1. To highlight the complex nature of performance and the flaws in our current approaches.
  2. To encourage the development of a systems based approach to performance enhancement.
  3. To highlight how this approach opens up muliple new avenues via which to enhance ones own performance as well as that of the athletes.

Lecture sponsored by Perform Better

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Understanding and Recognizing Relative Energy Deficiency - Sport
by Jana Heitmeyer, MEd, RD, CSCS
  1. Recognize signs and symptoms of RED-S within athletes.
  2. Describe the role of the strength coach on the treatment team.
  3. Define appropriate fueling for athletes.


10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
It's OK to Get Strong
by Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*D

Streamed Live

  1. Attendee's will learn how strength influences performance as well as how to know when other aspects of training should be prioritized. 
  2. Attendees will also learn the most effective methodologies to enhance strength in different time periods, as the time period will often dictate the appropriate methodologies.  


10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Explosive Power Concepts in Action
by Jimmy Radcliffe, MS, CSCS
  1. Distinguish between power rehearsal and training that tends to not be as effective.
  2. Answer the questions to why certain methods are and are not as optimal.


11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Keynote: Controlling Chaos: Implications of Managing Athlete Health and Performance
by Andrea Hudy, MA, MBA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E

Streamed Live

  1. The use of technology and visualization to manage athlete health and performance.
  2. Individual athlete load management and program design.


Registration Pricing

PDF Registration Form
Through May 22
May 23 - June 27
June 28 - On-site
You do not have a current/active membership
$540 $570 $655
Registration + Professional Membership
You would like to register for the event and add a professional membership
$490 $545 $595
Professional Member
You have a current/active professional or CPI membership
$360 $415 $465
Registration + Student Membership
You would like to register for the event and add a student membership
$280 $310 $340
Student Member
You have a current/active student membership
$210 $240 $270
Awards Banquet Ticket
Friday, July 14, 7 PM
$40 $65 $85
Guest Pass 
Access to: Exhibit Hall, Kick-Off Party,  Exhibitor Breakfast & Luncheon. Must accompany a registered guest.
$85 $85 $85

Registration Closes:
In-Person attendance: 7/11, 5:00 PM pacific (on-site registration will remain open throughout the week)
Online attendance: 7/12, 5:00 PM pacific



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Benefits of Attending

NSCA has 2 options for attending. Whichever option you choose, we strive to connect with our attendees in meaningful ways and we look forward to bringing you the features that make the NSCA National Conference unique. Below are some of the key advantages of each attendance option:




Cutting-edge educational sessions 

More sessions and activities available in-person (Additional sessions, round tables, SIG meetings)

Key sessions will be made available online live during the event

Earn more CEUs

For the first time ever, in person attendees can earn an extra 1.0 Category D (equivalent to 10 contact hours, a $150 value) by taking a free quiz only available to in person attendees.  Simply register to attend in person, pass the quiz sent to your registration email three to four weeks post-conference, and the additional CEUs will be automatically added to your NSCA account.


Engage with Experts

Ask questions one-on-one with presenters. Participate in hands-on practical sessions – learn the technique and cues from the experts

Ask questions via the Q&A feature


The largest gathering of strength and conditioning professionals provides the easiest way to connect and share ideas with your peers

Gain knowledge and skills without leaving home

Company Approval Take Home Message

Take your experience, connections, new research, and techniques learned back to your company to share and immediately implement with your athletes and clientele


Network & Make Connections 

Career connections, networking and social events, round table discussions, and awards banquet 


Exhibit Hall & 2 receptions

Explore the latest knowledge and equipment and connect with peers over food and drink


Vacation in Vegas

Known for its food, fun and entertainment.  Add a day onto your visit!


Awards Banquet (+$40)

Celebrate the accomplishments of some of the best in the industry over dinner and drinks (limited availability)


Access to online sessions

1 year of access to online sessions as well as additional sessions recorded at the event

1 year of access to online sessions as well as additional sessions recorded at the event

Justification Toolkit

Whether you’re coming to expand your network, uncover new trends, or earn up to 3.0 CEUs, we want you there—and we’re here to help.

Our updated Justification Toolkit has everything you need to secure funding to attend, from tips for speaking with your supervisor to specific sessions that align with your job tasks.

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  • Abstracts

    Abstract submissions are open yearly from November to March (exact dates change annually). Research abstract presentations are an opportunity to present current research findings to researchers and strength and conditioning professionals at the NSCA National Conference.

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  • Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment
  • Cancellation Policy

    All refund requests must be submitted in writing (email) and should state the reason for cancellation. No refunds will be accepted over the phone.
    Email: conferences@nsca.com

    Full refund less $20 if postmarked by May 22
    50% refund if postmarked May 23 - June 27
    NO refund after June 27, 2023

  • CEU Options

    The NSCA has many options to help you in obtaining the necessary CEUs to recertify.  Please check the CEU Opportunities page for the most current information. 

    For the first time ever, in person attendees can earn an extra 1.0 Category D (equivalent to 10 contact hours, a $150 value) by taking a free quiz only available to in person attendees.  Simply register to attend in person, pass the quiz sent to your registration email three to four weeks post-conference, and the additional CEUs will be automatically added to your NSCA account.

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  • Engagement Opportunities
    • 10 Committee Meetings
    • 1st Timer Orientation
    • 15+ Special Interest Group Meetings
    • Abstract Podium Presentations
    • Abstract Poster Defense
    • Awards Banquet
    • Exhibit Hall
    • Hands-on Sessions
    • Kick-off Party
    • Round table discussions
    • RSCC Happy Hour
    • Research Consortium
    • State/Provincial Assembly meeting         
    • Yoga
  • Exhibitors

    We look forward to highlighting you to our attendees.

    Email: exhibitors@nsca.com

    Exhibitor Information
  • Other Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the event being held?
    Caesars Palace: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

    What does it mean when I see "Streamed Live" on the schedule?
    The sessions labeled "Streamed Live" will be just that, streamed live during the week of the conference. It's what's included with the online registration. All attendees will receive access to all of the recorded main sessions approximately 2 weeks after the event.

    How do I earn all 3.0 CEUs available?
    Whether you choose to join us online or in person, 2.0 Category A CEUs will be automatically applied to your NSCA account.

    To earn the additional 1.0 Category D CEUs available, you must register to attend in person and pass a free quiz sent to your registration email approximately 3-4 weeks after the event. The quiz will cover specific sessions that you may review in advance by watching session recordings.

    How long do I have to register for the In-Person experience? 
    The online registration opportunity (to attend in-person) will close July 11th, 5 PM pacific. Onsite registration will remain open all week.

    How long do I have to register for the Online experience? 
    Registration will close July 12th, 5 PM central.

    As a registered attendee, will I receive a recording of the online, virtual or live streamed event? 
    Yes. You will receive a recording approximately 2-3 weeks after the event to review anything you may have missed. You will have access for one year. 

    How do I know which sessions will be streamed/included with my registration? 
    It will be indicated under the Schedule portion of the page.

    If I miss some of the online, virtual or live streamed event, will this affect my CEUs?
    No. You will receive a recording after the event to review anything you may have missed, therefore receiving the full Category A CEUs. 

    Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance? 
    Yes. A certificate will be emailed to you approximately 2-3 weeks after the event.

    How do I report my CEUs?
    The NSCA will automatically apply the CEUs to your NSCA Account. If you need to report CEUs elsewhere, you may use the Certificate of Attendance.

    Can anyone register for this event? 
    Yes. Anyone who is interested in an NSCA Event can register. 

    Do I need a Membership to register?
    No. You only need an NSCA Account to register. If you do not have one, you can create one for free.

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