Pennsylvania State Clinic

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.

March 27, 2020 | West Chester, PA | 0.8 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 reschedule this event. As soon as a new date is determined, we will notify you.


The NSCA wants to assure you that your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.  The CDC is currently recommending to not hold large in-person events if at all possible.  Keri Kulik (NSCA PA State Director) and the NSCA have determined it best to reschedule the NSCA Pennsylvania State Clinic that was planned for March 27, 2020 to late September/early October.  As soon as a new date is secured, we will notify you. 

West Chester University
Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
Room 102 A and B
855 S New St
West Chester, PA 19383

Keri Kulik, PhD, CSCS


Event Itinerary - Friday, March 27
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Functional Strength Through Strongman Event Training
by Art Boss, NSCA-CPT

This hands-on session will introduce strongman competition, events and training. Participants will learn to apply these training techniques and movements to improve functional strength.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Welcome to Division I! Lessons Learned from Division III and High School
by Cory Walts, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC and Jeremy Weeks, CSCS, RSCC*D

Every transition provides inherent opportunites and challenges.  This past year, the strength and conditioning staff of six at the Unviersity of Pennsylvania experienced such a transition.  Navigating this process are two individuals who received the bulk of their experience at the Division III and High Schoo level.  Hear how the many lessons learned at these 'lower' levels prepared them for the process, how a staff of almost 60 years of combined experience works as a team for the first time, and how a new culture is being established.  Plans for advancing the program from an applied research and sports performance perspective will also be discussed. 

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Movement Games from the ADR Speed System
by Dave Brixius, CSCS,*D

The purpose of this hands-on event is to instruct coaches and fitness professionals how to incorporate games, competition and challenges into each workout. The games and challenges will increase motivation and are adaptable to meet the needs of a variety of clients. Games to be included in this presentation are Calf Tag, Cat and Dog, and Bronco Tag. These games may be modified to align with the specific training goals of each session.

The games presented will also have an emphasis on the ADR Speed System. Incorporating games into training sessions will allow coaches and fitness professionals the opportunity to develop game speed in a fun and engaging way.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Achieving Training Accountability in the Tactical Population
by John Llewellyn, TSAC-F

We all know about the need for personal fitness in the tactical populations. We also know the means to achieve it. However, in many cases we lack the ability to motivate our peers and subordinates into healthy lifestyles. There are many causes that contribute to this: organizational factors, personal attitudes, and "lack of time". We take for granted the most important component the important work we do: OURSELVES! This presentation looks at motivating tools and strategies to help achieve organizational fitness and wellness goals. We will explore the common traps that cause failures in fitness programs in tactical populations, organizational dynamics, and influence strategies to achieve compliance without punitive action. This presentation aims to arm you with the tools to achieve a successful fitness program, improve diet and nutrition, and create an environment that produces healthy, happy tactical athletes.

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch (provided) / 15 Minute Presentations
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Transition From Injury: Minimizing Re-Injury Risk by Improving Communication Between Physical Therapists and Strength Trainers with Athletes
by Dominic Violi, DPT, CSCS

Your athlete returns to training following an injury and thorough rehabilitation. What now? Full steam ahead with strength and conditioning? Return to sport criteria testing? The bridge between rehabilitation and training after injury is a direct one, but often becomes occluded through poor communication between the rehabilitation team and coaching staff. This presentation will educate the NSCA professional about important return to sport criteria that will allow for safe training after a rehabilitation stint. Interdisciplinary communication and sharing of objective goals between rehabilitation and strength staff is currently undervalued and needs to be developed further.

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
Glorious You
by Ellen Poe, MEd, NSCA-CPT

Taking a look at ways to be the best YOU professionally. The presentation will include a biographical approach to describing how to navigate finding an ideal profession and taking all opportunities as learning situations.

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
The Characteristics that Differentiate Expert and Competent Strength and Conditioning Coaches
by David LaPlaca, PhD, CSCS, RSCC

A presentation of a research study that identified the skills, knowledge, and experiences differentiating expert and competent strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches. The participants were 87 elite-level head S&C coaches with an average of over 18 years of coaching experience. These coaches were employed by teams from the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NCAA Division 1 FBS "Power Five" Conferences, United States National Teams, and the Australian Football League. This study used both a qualitative and quantitative research design through the use of the Delphi method, which incorporated three rounds of surveys. Characteristics that reached a level of consensus were placed on the final list of characteristics. A total of 46 characteristics reached a level of consensus and were placed on the final list of characteristics.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Exercise Science, Exercise Technique, Program Design
by Bo Hickey, MS, CSCS

Swimming, triathlon, and open water swimming have seen a fast increase in strength & conditioning participation. These athletes are often exposed to intervals, heart rate training, and discussions on seasonal training volumes at an early age. This makes them very curious athletes in the weight room. Being able to articulate a connection between a gym-based movement and their sport is a critical step in creating buy-in. Attend this session to learn about some specifics of movement that you can utilize to your advantage when working with these athletic populations.

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Doing More With Less (Maximizing Athlete and Staff Performance with Limited Resources)
by Jason Brader, CSCS

This presentation is for any coach looking to maximize their athlete and staff performance when working with limited resources. I will walk the attendees through a proven system that I utilized to create my sports performance facility and begin my college coaching career. Each participant will learn to create a system that helps create a championship culture that will bring out the best in everyone.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Assessment and Exercise Prescription of the Shoulders for Overhead Athletes to Average Joe’s
by Robert Rabena, MS, CSCS

During this presentation Rob will discuss the overhead athlete sport physical demands. Attendees will witness 1 or 2 subjects tested in Shoulder IR, ER Flexion, Horizontal Abd, Ribcage position, breathing mechanics, scapula humeral rhythm, resting posture and t-spine mobility testing. These tests will provide the strength coach or trainer more information to better design programs and help decrease the epidemic of elbow and shoulder injuries in the overhead athlete.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Pitfalls and Practical Applications of Movement Screening
by Travis Pollen, MS

Movement screening has the potential to significantly improve the assessment process. It can identify painful and/or limited movements, which in turn can be used to guide exercise selection. It can also facilitate communication with sports medicine professionals. But it can be a waste of time if it's not done well and its limitations are not well understood. In this presentation, I would synthesize the vast body of research on movement screening and break down the strengths, limitations, do's, and don'ts of movement screening in practice. I would also recommend ways to improve upon existing screens to maximize the usefulness of the information gathered for the strength and conditioning professional.

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Closing Comments


Thru March 17 After March 17*
NSCA Member Rate $85 $125
Student Rate $30 $40
Non-Member Rate $105 $145

*If sufficient quantities are unavailable, onsite and late registrants may not receive lunch, t-shirt, etc. (if applicable).


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 3-17-20. NO REFUNDS will be given after 3-17-20.

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