North Central Regional Conference

Learn, participate and network with colleagues while earning CEUs. Hosted by the state/provincial directors and regional coordinators, this local event brings cutting-edge research and application to your backyard.

May 16, 2020 | 0.9 CEUs Category A



The NSCA wants to assure you that your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority. We have determined it best to hold the event online via Zoom. We will notify you by e-mail with more details. Please visit the link below for Zoom Instructions.

Registration will close May 15th, 12pm Mountain Time. 

Zoom - Instructions HERE

Hosted by:
Jed Smith, MS, CSCS


Event Itinerary - Saturday, May 16 - Central Time Zone
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Online Check-in
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Essential Flexibility Concepts for Performance and Health
by Sean Vigue

This session will be a hands on training session by one of the top minds in the United States in yoga.  This session will go over what, in the presenter’s mind, are the best stretching practices to be done for all for improved performance in sport as well as an enhanced quality of life.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Game Changers – The Game, Unchanged?
by Layne Norton, PhD

The Game Changers film took the world by storm in late 2019. The film made really large claims regarding the performance enhancing effects of plant based diets, but do the claims stand up to the science?

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM
Powerlifting Training and Programming Techniques to Enhance Sports Performance
by Brad Gillingham, CSCS

The sport of Powerlifting has evolved greatly over the last decade. Athletes and coaches alike use time tested and researched strength training protocols, recovery methodology, as well as biomechanical analysis to gain a competitive advantage. Strength cures a lot of issues in sport. Powerlifting methods have long been associated with creating stronger athletes. Coach Brad Gillingham will go through what he has learned through his career as an athlete and a coach and apply those lessons to the strength development of all athletes.

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM
Training for Speed: Teaching Progressions and Drills for Developing Proper Mechanics for High Performance Speed
by Joe Puleo & Karan Kanchan

This session will be a hand on practical going over progressions for teaching athletes to run in a biomechanically correct fashion, as well as drills/plyometrics for increasing the athlete's ability to maximize force, running efficiency, acceleration, and top end speed.

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM
Lunch Break
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM
The Effects of Consuming a High Protein Diet on Body Composition and Performance in Resistance Trained Individuals
by Jose Antonio, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA

A trend in fitness, weight loss, as well as strength training has been the use of high protein diets. What do we know about the long term effects of using such nutritional methodologies? In this presentation, Dr. Antonio will discuss the current effects associated with high protein diets and what results individuals engaging in these nutritional plans can expect to see.

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM
Strength Development for Optimal Sports Performance
by Dane Miller

Research highlights the use of Olympic Weightlifting techniques for greater development of power and rate of force development in athletes. Coach Miller will cover his philosophies on the utilization of the Olympic Weightlifting movements as well as assistance exercises he deems appropriate for the development of all athletes.

2:50 PM - 3:50 PM
Practical Application of NFL Combine Drills to High Level Athletic Performance
by Bill Welle, MS

NFL Combine preparation has become a big business for performance improvement specialists. No physical tests have been more analyzed and scrutinized for biomechanic efficiency and output than the drills used in the NFL Combine. What have we learned through the years of examination and exploration of these tests? This presentation will break down the most effective techniques for developing acceleration, deceleration, and change of direction and apply these concepts towards developing general athleticism.

3:50 PM - 4:50 PM
Grain Brain? Wheat Belly? Not in This Loaf: The Science, Practice and Culinary Art of Whole and Heritage Grains
by Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD

The practice of sports nutrition is at a crossroads. Carbohydrate is an essential fuel for high intensity athletic training. Yet many of our clients are retreating from including the "staff of life" and one of our most convenient food sources of carbohydrate and other essential nutrients, the loaf of bread, in their diets. Concerns for the health of the public and our planet around commodity wheat and highly refined milling and processing is growing. While there are some unfounded fears, experts from the plant sciences, environmental sciences and nutritionalsciences can confirm the reality of other evidence-based claims. The answer is not to eliminate all grains from the diet, but to reach back to the whole and heritage grains and processing methods of old, bring them forward with the benefits of current plant breeding and engineering techniques, blending historic and modern knowledge to enhance both wellness, access and community. This presentation will introduce the participants to the visionary evidence-based work occurring in plant breeding and nutrition science, grain processing and sourdough baking of whole and heritage grains, with the purpose of enlightening and educating, tasting and bringing actionable recommendations to consult with clients and the sports nutrition industry.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Power of Back Squat
by Dan Ogborn, PhD, CSCS

This presentation will cover the many uses of the back squat. The squat is beneficial in a multitude of areas from postural correction to athlete strength and power development. Discussed will be the proper biomechanical approaches to teaching the back squat as well as current empirical evidence as to the benefits of implementing the squat into regular exercise routines.


Thru May 5 After May 5
NSCA Member Rate $95 $140
Student Rate $40 $50
Non-Member Rate $115 $160


All refund requests must be submitted in WRITING and should include the reason for cancellation. NO refunds will be accepted via phone.  A 50% refund will be granted on or before 5-5-20. NO REFUNDS will be given after 5-5-20.

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