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2021 NSCA National Conference

Ready? We are. Get back to connecting with peers and join us for a dynamic 4-day event. Strengthen your skills, engage with legends, and propel your career forward.

July 07 - 10, 2021 | Online & Orlando, FL | 2.0 CEUs Category A

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On July 7-10, we will come together as a community for the top event of the year. Join strength and conditioning’s seasoned leaders and change-makers and get inspired by the latest research and techniques. With extensive sessions and topics, this event delivers an unparalleled opportunity to connect, learn, and advance your career. 

Keynote Presenters

Keynote Presenter Chris Gizzi

Chris Gizzi, MS, CSCS, RSCC | Green Bay Packers

Thursday, July 8th 10:30-11:30 am

Chris Gizzi enters his eighth season on Green Bay's coaching staff and his third as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Other previous experiences include the University of North Carolina, the Air Force Academy, and the Olympic Training in Colorado Springs. Additionally, he has over a decade of experience in the private sector working with individual athletes, sports teams, and military organizations. 

Keynote Presenter Joe Kenn

Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS, RSCC*E | Big House Power

Friday, July 9th 4:00-4:50 pm

Coach Kenn’s mission as he is in the midst of his 3rd decade as a physical preparation specialist is to make a significant impact in the betterment of the field of strength and conditioning/performance training for like-minded up and coming coaches. He has dedicated his career to paying it forward with his experiences in improving the status of our field. 

Keynote Presenter Bryan Mann

Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*D | University of Miami

Saturday, July 10th 10:30-11:20 am

Bryan Mann is Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Sports Sciences at the University of Miami where he teaches Strength & Conditioning as well as working with the athletics department to help provide the best sports science possible for the Hurricanes.  He has experience working with athletes at all levels, including many Olympians and professional athletes. 

Schedule

Schedule subject to change. A PDF schedule is located in the FAQs notating what sessions will be streamed. 

Event Itinerary - Wednesday, July 7 - Eastern Time
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday, July 6 & Wednesday, July 7

1.5-DAY CSCS EXAM PREP LIVE CLINIC

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

Click HERE to learn more.  

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration Desk Open
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NSCA Store Hours
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
PRE-CON | Toggling the Metabolism: Strategies for the Stubborn Fat Loss Client
by Ali Gilbert, CSCS

Sponsored by Perform Better

When it comes to fat loss, most people think of only two variables: Diet + Exercise. There is only one variable we can control in the one hour we spend with someone in the gym- exercise. Although we know calories matter, sometimes hormones matter more. What happens when someone's metabolic makeup is greatly affected by overtraining, under eating, and hormonal changes? Ali will go over how to tackle everythihg that goes into the other 23 hours of someone's day that greatly affects not only their fat loss efforts, but quality of life. 

4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
PRE-CON | Implementing Circuit Based Restoration in Speed/Power Training Programs
by Boo Schexnayder, CSCS

Sponsored by Perform Better

  1. Attendees will be able to correctly apply lactate based restorative training methods.
  2. Attendees will be able to correctly select exercise circuit parameters for fitness and restorative training.
  3. Attendees will be able to correctly apply circuit training in long-term training design situations.
4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
PRE-CON | Bodyweight Training Workshop
by Juan Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
  1. Develop and appreciation for the efficacy of bodyweight training.
  2. Identify the correct mechanics of the basic bodyweight exercises.
  3. Design a basic bodyweight workout.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
First Timer's Orientation

RSVP required, please do so during the registration process. 

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Kick-Off Party

All attendees and exhibitors welcome.

Event Itinerary - Thursday, July 8 - Eastern Time
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
State/Provincial Directors Assembly
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Yoga-Inspired Training (YIT) Method Morning Warm Up
by Dana Santas, CSCS, E-RYT
  1. Experience the yoga-inspired method of movement training Dana Santas has been successfully using in pro sports for two decades.
  2. Focus on movement patterns that directly translate to mobility, stability, strength, power and balance in athletic performance.
  3. Learn how to leverage breathing as your most fundamental movement pattern while training, influencing exercises and quality of movement in measurable ways.
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Desk Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
NSCA Store Hours
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Advanced Training for Overhead and Rotational Athletes: Combining Old School and New School Training
by Mark Kovacs, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Understand needed assessments for both overhead and rotational athletes.
  2. Improving lower body function to increase upper body performance.
  3. Reduce the likelihood of upper body injury by training the most important areas in overhead and rotational athletes.
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Best Practice Recommendations for Teaching Strength and Conditioning in Large Online Courses
by Blain Harrison, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D
  1. Identify relevant components of a Quality Matters (QM) online course review that promote engagement and accessibility for all students.
  2. Align course learning material and assessments with learning objectives.
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Special Interest Group Chair Meeting
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

8:30 AM | Corey Fitzgerald | College Football Strength & Conditioning
8:45 AM | Shea Connell | RSImod Differences in Division III Athletes

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Speed Based Knee Rehabilitation and Return to Play Protocols
by Boo Schexnayder, CSCS

Sponsored by Perform Better

  1. Attendees will be able to implement neural based training philosophies while implementing rehabilitation.
  2. Attendees will recognize key markers of progress to gauge return-to-play readiness.
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Building Financial Resilience
by Aaron Komarek and Trip Higginbotham
  1. Understand the 4 Foundations of Financial Balance and how to Address them in the Proper Priority
  2. Understand the Major Financial Risks that Could Prevent you from Achieving Success
  3. Understand Key Financial Habits that Produce Measurable Reslults and Still Provide Flexibility
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Rugby Special Interest Group Meeting
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

9:30 AM | Tyler J. Neltner | Mechanomyographic Responses to Maximal, Reciprocal, Isokinetic Fatigue
9:45 AM | Dimitrije Cabarkapa | Kinematic Variables Related to Optimal Free Throw Shooting Performance
10:00 AM | Robert W. Smith | Mechanomyographic Amplitude and Frequency Remain Unchanged Following a Fatiguing Task
10:15 AM | Meghan Magee | Bone Density Differences Between Weight Bearing and Non-weight Bearing Sports

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Presentation: Interdepartmental Collaboration in Elite Sport
by Chris Gizzi, MS, CSCS, RSCC
  1.  Learn how to manage the critical relationship between the performance and medical teams.
  2. Focus on culture formation – how to break down the silos.
  3. Discuss the organizational hierarchies – vertical vs. horizontal leadership.
  4. Consider the future – holistic wellness, fitness and high performance.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch Break

Lunch is not provided

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: The Testosterone Epidemic: Navigating the Inevitable in Men’s Health
by Ali Gilbert, CSCS

Sponsored by Perform Better

  1. Why is testosterone important
  2. The current state of Men's Health
  3. What we cab do as fitness professionals to help our clients ask the right questions, navigate the hard truths and train in a way that allows them to be as resilient as possible to avoid the inescapable realities of hormonal disruption
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Abstract Poster Session A
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
How Hypertrophy and Strength Training Differ, and How You Can Make Sure To Get The Best of Both
by Mike Israetel, PhD
  1. Understand the demands and constraints of strength training.
  2. Understand the demands and constraints of hypertrophy training.
  3. Be able to design a program which knowingly aims for some tradeoff between hypertrophy and strength gains.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Developing A Comprehensive Dynamic Movement Prep To Increase Athleticism and Reduce Injuries
by Micah Kurtz, MS, CSCS,*D
  1. Identify how to rethink your daily warm up and prep period routine.
  2. Develop a trainable menu to address the demands of the workout, practice or game.
  3. Learn the five categories of the Dynamic Movement Prep trainable menu.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Speed Based Knee Rehabilitation and Return to Play Protocols
by Boo Schexnayder, CSCS

Sponsored by Perform Better

  1. Attendees will be able to select, organize, and sequence knee rehabilitation exercises correctly.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify key markers of progress and warning signs while implementing rehabilitation training
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
High School Coaches Special Interest Group Meeting
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Figure Skating Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Gary Dudley Lecture - Muscle Building and Beyond: What is Your Training Doing For You?
by Jill Slade, PhD
  1. Compare and contrast the direct and indirect benefits of resistance training, high intensity interval training and endurance training.
  2. Describe the importance of underlying physiological changes that influence optimal performance.
  3. The remarkable vascular, metabolic and morphological responses and adaptations to various training environments will be explored.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Platelet Rich Plasma: Hope Versus Hype
by Morey Kolber, PhD, PT, CSCS,*D
  1. Recognize the indications for platelet rich plasma.
  2. Identify the potential benefits of platelt rich plasma.
  3. Understand the role of the Strength & Conditioning Specialist following a platelet rich plasma procedure.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Bridge the Gap Practical: The Testosterone Epidemic: Navigating the Inevitable in Men’s Health
by Ali Gilbert, CSCS

Sponsored by Perform Better

  1. Why is testosterone important
  2. The current state of Men's Health
  3. What we cab do as fitness professionals to help our clients ask the right questions, navigate the hard truths and train in a way that allows them to be as resilient as possible to avoid the inescapable realities of hormonal disruption
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Special Populations Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Abstract Poster Session B
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
High Intensity Interval Training - An Updated Application for Old School Sprints
by Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
  1. Discuss updated physiological insight into HIIT.
  2. Provide practical application for nutritional considerations to maximize HIIT adaptations and recovery.
  3. Highlight potential sex specific considerations with the application and effectiveness of HIIT.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Biomechanics of Function
by Juan Carlos Santana, MEd, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
  1. Identify the significant differences between academic biomechanics and functional biomechanics
  2. Select and design exercises specific to the functional biomechanics observed in the field of play
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE) Accreditation Informational Session

The CASCE is working to improve the field of strength and conditioning by establishing and maintaining the highest standards of excellence for degree programs, by ensuring consistent, quality education that prepares graduates to apply the science of human performance and keep athletes safe. This session will include information for strength and conditioning programs interested in applying for CASCE accreditation.  Learn more about the application and accreditation process and requirements.  Opportunity to speak directly with CASCE staff and learn how your program can reach higher with CASCE.  

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Strategies for Dealing with COVID Fatigue and Stress with SIG Business Meeting to Follow

Sponsored by Exercise/Sports Psych Special Interest Group - this meeting will be virtual, all are welcome, please join us on Zoom:  

https://wayne-edu.zoom.us/j/93509123188?pwd=WXVtNzYxY0h5WjYvN2hmUkkydk9rZz09

Meeting ID: 935 0912 3188

Passcode: 919140

One tap mobile

+13017158592,,93509123188#,,,,*919140# US (Washington DC)

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Golf Special Interest Group Meeting
3:00 PM - 4:50 PM
The Anterior Pubic Joint | Demystifying Groin Injuries and Athletic Pubalgia
by Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, MPH
  1. To describe the anatomy of the anterior pubic joint and explain why its uniquely susceptible to compensation.
  2. To identify and assess for common anterior pelvis imbalances presenting in the athlete.
  3. To design integrated programming to restore anterior pelvis function in the athlete.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Sorting Through Nutrition Confusion Around Red Meat, Organic, and Plant-Based Diets
by Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS
  1. Outline how organic, plant-based diets and red meat impact health and athletic performance.
  2. Describe the nutrition value of different types of food (organic vs. conventional, grass-fed vs. conventional).
  3. Identify popular nutrition myths.
  4. Answer your athlete’s questions about food quality and respond with accurate nutrition messaging specific to your audience.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Strategies for Dealing with COVID Fatigue and Stress with SIG Business Meeting to follow

The 2021 Exercise/Sport Psychology Special Interest Group Roundtable will be focusing on sources of stress during the pandemic and COVID fatigue as well as strategies to elevate symptoms among athletes and the general population.  

This will be a Zoom event - please join us.  

https://wayne-edu.zoom.us/j/93509123188?pwd=WXVtNzYxY0h5WjYvN2hmUkkydk9rZz09

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Assessment and Training to Improve Landing Performance and Lower Injury Risk
by Jeremy Sheppard, PhD, CSCS, RSCC*E
  1. Understand the context of landing ability in sport(s) and how this discrete skill relates to improving overall performance in the field of play.
  2. Develop assessments with advanced equipment, or none at all, that allow for an identification of injury risk likelihood.
  3. Identify, and design training interventions aimed at several trainable factors that can reduce the likelihood and severity of injuries in landing and increase performance.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Sport Science and Performance Technology Special Interest Group
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Exhibitor Reception

All attendees and exhibitors welcome

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
RSCC Happy Hour

must be RSCC certified and RSVP required (can do so during registration process)

Event Itinerary - Friday, July 9 - Eastern Time
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Research Consortium Meeting
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Desk Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
NSCA Store Hours
7:30 AM - 8:20 AM
Yoga-Inspired Training (YIT) Method Morning Warm Up
by Dana Santas, CSCS, E-RYT
  1. Experience the yoga-inspired method of movement training Dana Santas has been successfully using in pro sports for two decades.
  2. Focus on movement patterns that directly translate to mobility, stability, strength, power and balance in athletic performance.
  3. Learn how to leverage breathing as your most fundamental movement pattern while training, influencing exercises and quality of movement in measurable ways.
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: The Cognitive/Exercise Intersection in Sport Performance
by Brandon Stone, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Identify differences in types of cognition during exercise.
  2. Impact of cognition and exercise on performance.
  3. Describe the interaction of the brain and the body while "thinking and doing".
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Feet, Fascia & Functional Movement
by Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, MPH
  1. To describe the integration of the foot to the core via fascial connections and how they transfer to dynamicm movement.
  2. To demonstrate the integration of foot, pelvic floor and diaphragm via fascial tension techniques.
  3. To design movement prep programming that establishes from the ground up stability and fascial connections between the foot and core.
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
The Surprising Hydration Properties of Milk
by Bob Murray, PhD
  1. Explain three physiological benefits of staying well hydrated during physical activity.
  2. Describe how the Beverage Hydration Index is used to compare the hydration characteristics of various beverages.
  3. Identify the components of milk that contribute to its hydration efficacy.
  4. Define ultrafiltered deproteinized milk and describe its role as part of the composition of a sports drink.

Sponsored by National Dairy Council

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

8:30 AM | Rawsam Alasmar | Effects of Exercise While Suspended on Back Pain and Step-Activity
8:45 AM | Harry Cintineo | Internal Workload Relates to HRV in Collegiate Athletes
9:00 AM | Alexa Chandler | Internal and External Workloads During Consecutive Volleyball Matches
9:15 AM | Thomas Cardaci | ROTC Cadet Military Performance and Fitness Responses to Training

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
College Coaches Special Interest Group Meeting
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Weightlifting Coaches Special Interest Group Meeting and Roundtable
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Speed/Movement Training for Football, Basketball, Baseball - Overview of the General Training Required for All and Implementation of Specificity
by Pete Bommarito, CSCS, USAW
  1. Identify basic foundation-building drills that emphasize essential movement patterns that is required to successfully move into sport and position specificity.
  2. Learn all sport/position specificity of motions and how and when to implement them based on the foundation base.
  3. Implement drills into long term and short term periodization models and gain knowledge on which types of exercises (general versus specific) and modes (volume, intensity, and load) will apply at various states of the training cycles.
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Practical Implications of Whole-Body Vibration
by Nicole Dabbs, PhD, FNSCA
  1. Describe previous literature that utilizes whole-body vibration treatment for performance enhancement,muscle recovery, and fatigue.
  2. Practical implications of whole-body vibration to specific populations.
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
The Five Levels of Leadership: A Practical Guide for Coaches, Trainers, and Business Owners to Make a Difference
by Ben Wax, PhD
  1. Define leadership in an empowering way that positively impacts student-athletes, clients, employees, and others.
  2. Understand the three questions every subordinate ask of leaders.
  3. Identify the five leadership levels and how they affect team dynamics, business culture, and one-to-one personal relationships.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

9:30 AM | Baykal Altiner | Legitimacy in the Strength & Conditioning Field
9:45 AM | Valerie Smith | Evaluation of Load and Recovery in American Football Players
10:00 AM| Marc Lewis | Monitoring Training Load in American Football
10:15 AM| Bridget McFadden | Performance Changes Across Academic Years in Women Collegiate Soccer Athletes

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Performing Arts Coaches Special Interest Group Meeting
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Special Interest Group Meeting
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
From the Lab to the Field: Using Biomarkers to Enhance Training and Nutrition Programming
by Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Understand how to approprately implement laboratory-based biomarker techniques to enhance performance, nutrition, and overall athlete health, with a unique focus on female athletes.
  2. Recognize the influence of training demands as well as other stressors that may drive physiological changes in physically acticve individuals and athletes.
  3. Effectively evaluate issues related to females and female athletes that may influence phsiological responses and identify ways to promote adequate recovery and overall health, including oral contraceptive use, training loads and iron status, and nutrition to improve recovery.
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Preventing or Reducing Hip and Lower Back Degeneration
by Robert Linkul, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
  1. Attendees will learn about the more common lower back and hip issues that people expeirence as they age.
  2. Attendees will learn 5 exercises that reduce hip and lower back preasure.
  3. Attendees will learn 5 exercises that will build strength and stability for the lower back and hip.
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Practical: The Cognitive/Exercise Intersection
by Brandon Stone, CSCS
  1. Identify differences in types of cognition during exercise.
  2. Impact of cognition and exercise on performance.
  3. Describe the interaction of the brain and the body while "thinking and doing".
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

10:30 AM| John Paul Anders | Resistance Exercise and Cognitive Function
10:45 AM| Sally Paulson | Effects of Muscular Power on Gait Speed
11:00 AM| Patrick Harty | Isokinetic Squat Performance is Associated with Leg Press One-Repetition Maximum

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Baseball Special Interest Group Round Table

Engage with strength and conditioning professionals from private through the professional ranks as we seek to engage through topical conversation on a myriad of topics in the realm of baseball athletic performance. Come and learn more about the NSCA Baseball Special Interest Group and our partnership with the PBSCCS as well as other future initiatives to help create meaningful and impactful opportunities for both us as coaches and our athletes.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Abstract Poster Session A
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Women in Strength & Conditioning: Discuss, Connect, Strategize
  1. Provide a forum to discuss current issues and trends influencing women within the strength and conditioning profession.
  2. Cultivate professional connections and networking opportunities.
  3. Facilitate positive and actionable strategies needed to support NSCA members. 
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch Break

Lunch is not provided

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Abstract Poster Session B
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Assessing and Developing Athletic Motor Skill Competencies in Youth
by Rhodri Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Understand the importance of developing athletic motor skill competencies for long-term athletic development.
  2. Critically examine the available assessment tools that practitioners can use to evaluate athletic motor skill competencies.
  3. Using real-world examples, explore how training can be programmed and modified to develop athletic motor skill competencies.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Training Variables and the Influence of Athletes' Health: How Concerned Should We Be?
by Adam Jajtner, CSCS
  1. Understand the role of acute program variables as the relate to the development of Upper Respiratory Illnesses.
  2. Identify promising countermeasures that may limit the development of URI symptoms in athletes.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Covid-19 Return to Campus Process: From Discussion, to President, to Activity
by Bob Alejo, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E
  1. #1 Concern- Health and Safety. Not Vertical Jumps and fitness tests!
  2. Similarity and differences regarding Covid-19 return and normal conditions.
  3. Enlist one helluva Emergency Operations Center- Environmental Health & Safety, Medical, Sports Medicine, Sports Nutrition, Athletic Performance, Physical Plant, on campus housing, etc.
  4. Create a living document; Phased campus preparation and communication plan.
  5. Like training your athletes, your department, institution, county and state are unique. Comparing is a waste of time!
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Soccer Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Posterior Chain Development: The Aesthetics, Performance, Injury Risk Continuum
by Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS,*D & Nick Ripley, PhD, CSCS*D, RSCC
  1. Differentiate between the adaptations required for aesthetic purposes, performance, and injury risk reduction.
  2. Select appropriate exercises to stimulate the specific adaptations for the individuals’ goals.
  3. Appropriately progress and regress a range of posterior chain exercises.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Diversity Action Plan for High Performance
by Judi Brown Clarke, PhD
  1. I am aware of the importance of knowing my identities and biases
  2. I am aware that some policies/procedures represent bias and/or institutional racism.
  3. I recognize that I have a role in ensuring that my organization is a welcoming, fair, just and inclusive campus/clinic/organizational community.

Sponsored by NSCA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the NSCA Women's Committees

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Speed/Movement Training for Football, Basketball, Baseball - Overview of the General Training Required for All and Implementation of Specificity
by Pete Bommarito, CSCS, USAW
  1. Identify basic foundation-building drills that emphasize essential movement patterns that is required to successfully move into sport and position specificity.
  2. Learn all sport/position specificity of motions and how and when to implement them based on the foundation base.
  3. Implement drills into long term and short term periodization models and gain knowledge on which types of exercises (general versus specific) and modes (volume, intensity, and load) will apply at various states of the training cycles.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Long Term Athletic Development Special Interest Group Meeting
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Muscular Strength: The Foundation of Athletic Performance
by Tim Suchomel, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC

Michael H. Stone Sports Science Lecture

  1. Discuss the impact that muscular strength has on various performance variables and injury risk reduction.
  2. Identify underlying factors and effective training progressions that can influence muscular strength.
  3. Discuss effective training strategies that may benefit athletes throughout the training spectrum.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
The Ketogenic Diet and Ketone Supplementation as Strategies to Improve Athletic Performance and Recovery
by Alexander Hutchison, PhD, CSCS
  1. Gain an basic understanding of how and why we produce ketones.
  2. Learn how the ketogenic diet impacts athletic performance in both endurance and power activities.
  3. Undertand the rationale for, and impacts of, supplementation with ketones.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Transitioning from Collegiate to Tactical Strength & Conditioning
by Mike Caro, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC
  1. The qualifications required for military strength and conditioning positions.
  2. How to prepare professionally for a career in military strength and conditioning.
  3. Differences between private, collegiate, and military strength and conditioning.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
The Adversities Faced by Today's Strength Professional: a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Forum
by Panel Discussion

This panel of experts will discuss the field of Strength and Conditioning from the perspective of both men and women, people of color, and working with diverse athletes in a changing society.

Sponsored by: the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Past President's Meeting
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Track and Field Special Interest Group Meeting
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Keynote: Lessons From a Veteran Strength Coach
by Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS, RSCC*E
  1. Lessons learned on the floor, in the meeting room, and on the practice field.
  2. Learn to focus on things that matter and the realizations of what we do.
  3. Hear the things people are afraid to speak about.
  4. Our goal is to be transparent and fully understand the impact and influence of our roles as performance related coaches.
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
NSCA Awards Banquet

RSVP required, please do so during the registration process. 

Event Itinerary - Saturday, July 10 - Eastern Time
7:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Registration Desk Open
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
NSCA Store Hours
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Performance Interventions and Operationalizing Data
by Clive Brewer, MS, CSCS
  1. Outline the role that scientific expertise plays in the assessment of performance solutions and driving innovation towards the improvement of the decision-making process for day-to-day coaching & other athlete service areas.
  2. Identify the role of derived data has in informing specific decisions that can remove speculation from the process, and also enhance the practitioner’s experiential data set (i.e. learning).
  3. Describe the process of actionable analysis that links the identification of a specific performance question to an evidence-based intervention with the expectation of positively enhancing the athletes capacities.
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Effects of Resistance Training on Fat Metabolism
by Michael Ormsbee, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Describe the role of resistance training in body composition improvements.
  2. Understand the impact of resistance training on fat mobilization (lipolysis) and adipose tissue receptor regulation.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

8:30 AM | Ian Bonder | Occupational Specific Training for Law Enforcement Officers
8:45 AM| David Looney | Energy System Contributions to Supramaximal Exercise in Warfighters
9:00 AM | Brittany Bozzini | Varying Match Demands Across Collegiate Beach Volleyball Competition Weekends

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Strongman Special Interest Group Meeting
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
From Strength Coach to . . . ?
by Pat Ivey, PhD, CSCS, RSCC*E
  1. Develop a plan, path, process, to be prepared for next steps professional steps in Athletics.
  2. Identify the transferable skills of coaching that are useful in other professions.
  3. Design a professional approach to receiving the job offer.
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Essential Amino Acid Supplementation to Maximize Skeletal Muscle Anabolism
by David Church, PhD, CSCS
  1. Identify the properties of a protein source that are associated with anabolism.
  2. Difference between anabolism and synthesis.
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Mobility Training for Strength and Flexibility
by Mike Bracko, EdD, CSCS
  1. Identify how mobility training can enhance range of motion, flexibility, and strength.
  2. Implement 30+ mobility exercises to be used with clients to improve flexibility, range of motion, and strength.
  3. Describe how mobility training is more sustainable and practical for clients compared to static stretching.
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

9:30 AM| Ann Brown | Normal Weight Obesity in Collegiate Dancers
9:45 AM | Michael Polascik | BFR: Effect 1-RM S/C College Football I-AA Athletes
10:00 AM| Lance Bollinger | Quadriceps EMG Activity During Flywheel Squats
10:15 AM | Shana McKeever | Power Production Characteristics of Three Jumping Exercises in Resistance-Trained Women
10:30 AM| Tim Suchomel | Load Effect on Jump Shrug Force and Power

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Abstract Poster Session A
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Keynote: Current Trends in Velocity Based Training
by Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*D
  1. Provide updates to velocity based training based on current research and practitioner applications.
  2. Leave with the best possible understanding of current trends in VBT.

Registration Pricing

Click HERE for downloadable Registration Form (PDF)

 
Now - May 17
May 18 - June 28
After June 28
In-Person event pricing:      
Non-Member $470 $495 $570
Professional Member $215 $315 $365
Student Member $165 $210 $235
Awards Banquet Ticket $30 $50 $70
       
Online event pricing:      
Non-Member $470 $495 $570
Professional Member $315 $345 $405
Student Member $185 $210 $235

Accommodations

The NSCA room block is FULL at the conference hotel - Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort - with limited availability. Please see below for a list of nearby hotels: 

Please note: the NSCA does not have a block of room at the above hotels, we are simply providing alternative options.

map of hotels near conference hotel

Conference Hotel - Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

***NSCA room block full, limited availability at:

$199 rate + $10/night Resort Fee
Parking: $29/day self park, $39/day valet

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Limited access to parks, reservations required

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin offers a dramatic lakeside stay near the center of Walt Disney World® Resort. Enjoy several on-site restaurants, a coffee bar, lounge, and five gorgeous pools. If you want to explore beyond the hotel, Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™ are just a short ride away. Plus, guests are eligible for discounts on Walt Disney World® Theme Park tickets with complimentary transportation throughout the resort.

Attend In-Person or Online

We’re excited to unveil a dual approach to give everyone an option to participate. 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 NSCA National Conference unique. Below are some of the key advantages of each attendance option:

Benefits 

In-person  

Online 

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

Safety 

Per the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort:

"Effective Tuesday 6/15/21, face coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated Guests in most areas. Face coverings will still be required of all Guests on Disney transportation, including buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner. While we will not require proof of vaccination, we expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations and transportation.  As a reminder, physical distancing requirements remain in place in all dining locations and merchandise stores."

Great for those with health or travel restrictions

Engage with Experts

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

Ask questions via the Q& A feature

Convenience 

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. 

Cost savings 

Reduced price for those able to attend in person

No travel expenses to incur

Network & Make Connections 

Career connections, networking and social events, and awards banquet 

 

Exhibit Hall & 2 Exhibitor receptions

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

 

Vacation in Walt Disney World® 

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin offers a dramatic lakeside stay near the center of Walt Disney World® Resort.

 

Awards Banquet (+$30)

Celebrate the accomplishments of some of the best in the industry over dinner and drinks

 

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

FAQS

  • 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.

    Submit Abstracts
  • 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 17
    50% refund if postmarked May 18 - June 28
    NO refund after June 28, 2021

  • 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. 

    View All NSCA CEUs
  • Exhibitors

    The information for the NSCA National Conference 2021 is here! We have missed you all, and look forward to highlighting you to our attendees.

    Email: exhibitors@nsca.com

    Exhibitor Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the event being held?
    At the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort, 1500 EPCOT Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

    As a registered attendee, will I receive a recording of the online, virtual or live streamed event? 
    Yes. You will receive a recording approximately 30 days 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? 
    Click here for the PDF Schedule indicating so.

    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 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.

    Create Account
  • Meeting Safely in Orlando

    Per the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort:

    Effective Tuesday 6/15/21, face coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated Guests in most areas. Face coverings will still be required of all Guests on Disney transportation, including buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner. While we will not require proof of vaccination, we expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations and transportation.  As a reminder, physical distancing requirements remain in place in all dining locations and merchandise stores.

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