2022 NSCA Tactical Annual Training

Maximize readiness and resilience for tactical professionals. Advance your strength & conditioning career in this fast-growing field.

August 23 - 26, 2022 | San Antonio, TX & Online | 2 CEUs Category A

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Join hundreds of tactical professionals and all who support them at the nation’s premier gathering of the tactical strength & conditioning industry: the 2022 NSCA Tactical Annual Training, August 23-26, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. The hands-on, educational gathering is filled with professional development opportunities, including these: 

  • Connect with experts, leaders, coaches, and researchers in military, law enforcement, and fire & rescue environments.
  • Stay on the leading edge of research, training techniques, and best practices specifically tailored to tactical environments.
  • Learn and gather practical tools through evidence-based lectures, practical application sessions, and roundtable discussions.
  • Network with hiring managers and program administrators in tactical settings.
  • Earn 2.0 CEUs toward NSCA certification requirements.
  • Benefit from the NSCA’s long history and expertise in advancing the strength and conditioning industry and sport science professionals since 1978.

Plus, you will get to enjoy the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio. Bring the whole family and hit the 9-acre water park, luxurious spa, and two championship golf courses — all at Government room rates.

Keynote Presenters

Keynote Presenter Nate Boyer

Nate Boyer

Nate Boyer is a U.S. Army Green Beret, philanthropist, humanitarian, and former football player for the University of Texas Longhorns - despite never playing a down of organized football prior to joining the Special Forces, and later for the Seattle Seahawks becoming the oldest rookie in NFL history at age 34. Being a member of both the military veteran and athlete community, he saw an opportunity to team up both populations to tackle their transition struggles together through Merging Vets & Players (MVP), a charity he cofounded with Jay Glazer. Nate currently works in Film and TV as a producer, director, actor, and host. Among several other projects he recently directed his first narrative feature film based on the genesis of MVP.

Keynote Presenter Neil Gang

Neil Gang

Police Chief Neil H. Gang is Chair of the California Police Chiefs Association Officer Wellness Committee and was named a Public Safety Hero of the Year by the United States House of Representatives in 2020. He has served in law enforcement for over 30 years and has been the Police Chief for the Pinole Police Department since 2014. His innovative work as a law enforcement leader has been featured by the IACP in Police Chief magazine. He is a graduate of the prestigious Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, where he was both the president of the class and the recipient of the Franklin M. KremelAward for excellence in the field of leadership. 


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 - Tuesday, August 23 - Central Time Zone
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Registration Open
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NSCA Store Open
4:30 PM - 5:50 PM
Opening Ceremonies, Awards, & Keynote Address
by Nate Boyer
  1. Turning obstacles into opportunities.
  2. Avoid placing limitations on yourself.
  3. Doing what you love to fight what you hate.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Kick-Off Party

all exhibitors and attendees welcome

Event Itinerary - Wednesday, August 24 - Central Time Zone
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

light breakfast served

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
NSCA Store Open
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Keynote Presentation: Asher Model- 7 Point Approach to Creating a Culture of Wellness: Turning Tragedy Into HOPE
by Neil Gang
  1. Attendees will learn seven keys to developing successful organizational wellness programs and creating a culture of wellness within their organizations.
  2. Attendees will learn from past practices and events and identify ways to improve their agency's response to these tragic events.
  3. Attendees will learn strategies for enhancing employee safety, wellness, recruitment, and retention.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Career Connections Panel Discussion With Leading Government Employment Contractors
by TBD
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM
Lunch Break

lunch not provided

1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
More Calluses, Less Blisters - Building Resiliency in Tactical Operators
by Joel Raether, MAEd, CSCS*D, TSAC-F,*D, RSCC*D
  1. Understand underlying factors of physical stress demands for operators.
  2. Identify trainable factors to heighten integrity.
  3. Demonstrate strategies for enhancing physical resiliency.
1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Where does human performance optimization begin and end? The importance of physical activity for national security
by Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA, Dan Bornstein, Joseph Alemany, CSCS, TSAC-F
  1. Describe the talent pool for DoD and first responder populations.
  2. Understand current physical activity efforts to characterize during initial military and academy training.
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Coaching Tactical Professionals To Lift Terribly... Well
by Chris McQuilkin, CSCS & Levi Garrett, CSCS
  1. Identify foundational and transitional movements required of tactical professionals and discuss where these are found in the weight room.
  2. Apply different manipulations to exercise set up and execution to challenge posture and positions found while on duty.
  3. Analyze the transfer of training from weight room to challenging environments maintaining a high level of performance where it matters most, on duty.
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
What Heart Rate Variability Can Teach Us About Readiness
by Jan Redmond, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D
  1. Understand heart rate variability as a physiological measure.
  2. What can we learn from heart rate variability?
  3. Can rate variability be applied in the tactical environment to evaluate readiness?
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Building Resilience to Stress and Trauma Through Lifting Heavy Things: Part 1- Concepts
by Becky Swan, CSCS, TSAC-F & Anna Sedory, MS, ATC, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Participants will be able to define what it means to take a trauma-informed approach.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the ways that trauma impacts the nervous system.
  3. Participants will be able to describe how they may take a trauma-informed approach to working with their operators.
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Chalk Talk Continue the Conversation: Where Does Human Performance Optimization Begin and End? The Importance of Physical Activity for National Security
by Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA, Dan Bornstein, Joseph Alemany, CSCS, TSAC-F
  1. Describe the talent pool for DoD and first responder populations.
  2. Understand current physical activity efforts to characterize during initial military and academy training.
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Adapting the Athletic Model to the Tactical Operator
by Robb Rogers, MEd, CSCS
  1. At the end of the lecture - the attendee will understand the difference between preparing and sustaining athletes and operators. 
  2. The attendee will be shown how in-season and off-season models of periodizaiton must be adapted to the active operator training world.
  3. The attendee will be exposed to common types of injuries, common mistakes made by tactical operators in training and how to adapt training over a career.
  4. The attendee will see how programming can be managed with the time constraints of the real world and job of being a tactical professional.  

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3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Back the Blue: Implementing and Analyzing the Effectiveness of Health and Wellness Programs for Police Departments
by Robert Lockie, PhD, TSAC-F, and Marci Guzman
  1. Identify the process of implementing a health and wellness program for police officers, the challenges that need to be overcome, and what strategies can be used to overcome these challenges. 
  2. Recognize approaches that could be used to encourage officer participation in a health and wellness program and support from leadership within the police department. 
  3. Comprehend the health and fitness data recorded from police officers who participate within a health and wellness program, acknowledge what this data shows relative to program effectiveness, and understand how this data could be used to provide an evidence-base for a health and wellness program in a police department.
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Bridging the Gap: Adapting Traditional S&C Frameworks to the Tactical Environment
by Alex Morrow, CSCS, TSAC-F
  1. Identify S&C Frameworks vs Templates.
  2. Identify Challenges to Implementation in Tactical.
  3. Provide Strategies for Adapting Traditional S&C Experience to Tactical Jobs.
  4. Discuss How To Train/On-Board New Tactical Coaches.
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Chalk Talk Delve Deeper: Building Resilience to Stress and Trauma Through Lifting Heavy Things
by Becky Swan, CSCS, TSAC-F & Anna Sedory, MS, ATC, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Exhibitor Reception

all attendees and exhibitors welcome

Event Itinerary - Thursday, August 25 - Central Time Zone
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open
7:00 AM - 7:50 AM
Tactical Strength & Conditioning SIG Meeting
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Light Breakfast in Foyer
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
NSCA Store Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Resorting the Brain-Body Connection to Improve Office Resilience and Critical Decision-Making Under Duress
by Jason Shea, CSCS & Annette Verpillot
  1. To help law enforcement officers incorporate a nervous-system based approach into resilience training and rehabilitation programs.
  2. To allow law enforcement officers to improve the cognitive skills necessary to achieve the overarching goal of enhancing critical decision-making under duress.
  3. To offer law enforcement officers with easy-to-implement intervention methods in the aim of increasing officer career longevity.
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Everyone Loses When . . .
by John Hofman, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Identifying the best assessments specific to firefighters to improve success and reduce injuries.
  2. Understand the Risk management model and how it applies to injury prevention.
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Police Academy Physical Preparation: Expectation vs Reality
by Michael Oldham & Hussein Jabai, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, TSAC-F
  1. Discuss real world data regarding police academy cadet physical preparation.
  2. Analyze comparisons of expectations of academy goals and actual outcomes.
  3. Compare standards of assessment in departments with and without physical ability entry parameters.
  4. Analyze comparisons of expectations of academy goals and actual outcomes.
  5. Compare standards of assessment in departments with and without physical ability entry parameters.
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Biomechanical Analysis of the Tactical Athlete
by Donny Bigham, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, RSCC
  1. Identify top deficiency in the Strength MVMT of the Tactical Athlete.
  2. Provide a Prescription to Resolve the Tactical Athletes major weakness.
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Your Shoulder Health Is In Your Hands: How the hand impacts upper extremity mobility and performance in the tactical athlete
by Matt Zanis
  1. Understand the functional anatomy of the wrist and hand and how sensory input dictates elbow and shoulder health and function.
  2. Discover the common upper extremity functional limitations related to the tactical athlete and operator and understand the patterns that lead to various pain presentations related to operating a firearm. 
  3. Practically apply new strategies of working with the wrist and hand to enhance performance and reduce risk of injury during training and field work.
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Evolution through Evaluation: a Program’s Personnel and Practice Can Mitigate Injury Risks, Enhance Operational Readiness, and Ultimately Pay for Itself
by Andrew Thompson, PhD, Darin Peterson, Lacey Jahn Lyrla, CSCS, TSAC-F, Josh Hagen
  1. Provide a blueprint for human performance program evaluation.
  2. Detail the organizational structure, objectives, and marriage of O&M with S&T R&D.
  3. Identify steps for selecting tools, technologies, and techniques based on staff/SME recommendations.
  4. Outline assessment and monitoring strategies to address program goals.
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Movement Orientated Strength and Conditioning for Tactical Personnel
by Rob Orr, PhD, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Compare the strengths and limitations of current functional and core training concepts.
  2. Explain the six degress of movement freedom in relation to anatomical, biomechanical, and phsiological strength and conditioning requirements.
  3. Defend an evidence-based strength and conditioning program approach for differencet tactical populations to increase neuromusculoskeletal performance and resilience.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch Break

lunch not provided

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
The FBI Academy Physical Training Unit’s Human Performance Principles for the Tactical Athlete
by EJ O’Malley, CSCS
  1. Define the FBI Performance Principles that drive the training.
  2. Execute the drills to enhance the human weapon system.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Identifying Appropriate Trainee Workload Tracking Tools for Military and Tactical Decision Makers
by John Mata, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, RSCC
  1. Identify valid and context-appropriate measures of individual and group workload induce stress.
  2. Determine the differences between Internal-, External-, and Mechanical-stressors to guide technology integration planning. 
  3. Discern operationally relevant technology tools to incorporate and avoid misusing time, money, and manpower within a tactical human performance team.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
National, Regional, and Local Law Enforcement Injury Trends
by Joe Dulla, TSAC-F & Hope Tiesman, PhD
  1. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to list national, regional, and local sources and trends of law enforcement injury data.
  2. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will recall at least three gaps in law enforcement injury research and potential viable mitigation actions for their operating environment.
  3.  At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will evaluate and prioritize the three most important stakeholders for their unique injury identification and mitigation efforts.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Don’t Smoke Your Joints: Nutritional Tactics to Conserve Your Cartilage
by Nick Barringer, PhD, RD, CSCS,*D
  1. Describe how typical duties of the tactical athlete can be harmful to joint health.
  2. Identify nutritional compounds that have demonstrated the potential to conserve cartilage.
  3. Employ an effective dietary strategy to preserve joint health.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Performance Under Threat: Lessons Learned from SOF
by Mark Stephenson, MS, ATC, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Spark Firefighter Wellness in Every Career Stage
by Megan Lautz, MS, RD, TSAC-F & Katie Dennison, MS, TSAC-F
  1. Recognize the challenges that present at each phase of a firefighter’s career.
  2. Identify why firefighters need adjustable nutrition and fitness goals.
  3. Recall realistic interventions designed to improve firefighter health at any stage.
Event Itinerary - Friday, August 26 - Central Time Zone
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Registration Open
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Light Breakfast in Foyer
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
NSCA Store Open
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
H2F Implementation at Echelon
by Rick Warren, CSCS, TSAC-F & Joe Cruz, CSCS & David Siu, CSCS, RSCC*D
  1. Develop a human performance implementation approach nested with higher headquarters.
  2. Evaluate and prioritize initiatives based on return on readiness.
  3. Utilize existing organizational systems to accelerate human performance implementation.
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Musculoskeletal Injury Risk Among Firefighters: Movement Quality Isn’t the Only Factor
by David Cornell, PhD, DT, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Attendees will be provided with evidence-based information regarding measures of health, fitness, and movement quality which have been related to MSKI risk among firefighters
  2. how health, fitness, and movement quality of firefighters changes during the course of their careers; and
  3. example programming that can be utilized to improve functional movement quality of firefighters within firehouses.
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Respiratory Muscle Power and Critical Speed: Underappreciated factors that influence Load Carriage Performance
by Mark White, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F & Robert Pettitt, PhD, CSCS
  1. The impact of Respiratory Muscle Power (or Power of Breathing) on heavy- or severe-intensity exercise, e.g., Critical Velocity/Speed?   
  2. Types of occupational personal protective equipment could influence RMP.
  3. Different kinds of Respiratory Muscle Training to improve RMP.
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Program Improvement Strategies Based on Police Chief Opinions Regarding Body Composition & Fitness
by Michael Harper & Matthew Wagner
  1. Attendees will secure an understanding of overall attitudes and values place on physical fitness and obesity in law enforcement from Police Chiefs.
  2. Attendees will learn three different levels of programming for an agency in order to meet attitudes and values from leadership where they are.
  3. Attendees will learn different implementation strategies for programs addressing wellness and fitness attributes in various agencies and be provided program components that can be utilized at any stage of support within an agency.
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
The Soldier's Dilemma: Training with Pain, Fatigue, and the Rigors of High Operational Tempo
by George Pulvermacher, CSCS, TSAC-F
  1. Attendees gain applicable regression and progression alternatives for common exercises.
  2. Attendees learn variables to adjust in order to modify for pain and fatigue.
  3. Attendees learn common barriers to physical training.
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Body Composition Assessment in Tactical Populations: a How-To-Guide
by Guy Leahy, MEd, CSCS,*D
  1. Benefits of Body Composition Assessment.
  2. Practical Applications on Setting up a Body Composition Program.
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Psychological Skills for Tactical Professionals
by Brent Moore, CSCS, TSAC-F, RSCC
  1. Understand what psychological skills are and how they apply to tactical athletes.
  2. Develop a practical approach to utilizing psychological skills in and out of the tactical setting.
  3. Learn to apply psychological skills to improve tactical performance.

Registration Pricing

Through July 15
July 16 - August 1
After August 1
In-Person & Online Event Pricing $400 $450 $500
Guest Pass 
Access to: Exhibit Hall, Kick-Off Party, & Exhibitor Reception. Must accompany a registered guest.
$75 $75 $75



23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261
$124 rate + taxes + $10 resort fee

Resort Fee includes:

  • 2 Welcome Drinks Per Stay at Crooked Branch
  • Enhanced High Speed Internet in Room and Meeting Space
  • Complimentary Access to All Fitness Classes and Fitness Centers
  • Basketball, Tennis, and Pickle Ball Court Access with Complimentary Racquet Use
  • Access to River Bluff Water Experience
  • Complimentary Golf Storage
  • 1 Year Complimentary Subscription to Golf Digest
  • Unlimited Local and Domestic Long Distance Phone Calls

JW Marriott Hill Country


  • Anti-Discrimination & 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 July 15
    50% refund if postmarked July 16 - August 1
    No refund after August 1, 2022

  • 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. 

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  • Engagement Opportunities
    • Fitness Challenge
    • Kick-off Party
    • Career Connections
    • Chalk Talks
    • Exhibit Hall
    • Breakfasts
  • 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? 
    JW Marriot Hill Country Resort and Spa: 23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261

    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 long do I have to register for the In-Person experience? 
    The online registration opportunity will close August 22, 5 PM central. Onsite registration will remain open all week.

    How long do I have to register for the Online experience? 
    Registration will close August 24, 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 30 days after the event to review anything you may have missed. You will have access for one year. 

    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.

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