MId-Atlantic Regional Conference / IN-PERSON

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.

December 03, 2022 | Aston, PA | 0.8 CEUs Category A


Neumann University
1 Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014

Hosted by:
Sean Collins, PhD, CSCS,*D


Event Itinerary - Saturday, December 3
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Considerations for the Female Barbell Athlete
by Arianne Missimer, DPT, RD, CSCS

Knowing that increased muscle mass is one of the most beneficial biomarkers for women, encouraging strength training from an early age is vital. Barbell training is one of the most effective means of doing that, but we must respect the physiological differences in women such as hormone fluctuations, menstrual cycles, and pelvic floor function. We will explore these concepts and leave you with a better understanding of how to not only encourage barbell training in your female patients, clients, and athletes, but how to maximize their potential.

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
The Athlete’s Pelvic Floor: From Dysfunction to Performance
by Tamara Rial, PhD, CSPS

Conditioning of the pelvic floor is of importance for the athletes performance and overall health. However, this topic remains underrecognized and undertreated in the sports and health community. In the specific case of the athlete, several sport factors could place them in a higher risk than the non-athletic population to suffer specific pelvic floor disorders. In this lecture, we will explain the critical importance of pelvic floor fitness for the female and male athlete. We will also discuss preventative and modification strategies as well as program design consideration for enhancing pelvic floor muscle condition in the athlete.

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Systemizing Program Design for General Population Clients
by Wesley Showalter, CSCS

Regardless of the population a coach works with or how long they have been in the fitness game, many struggle with how to efficiently write training programs. Not having a system for programming can lead to second guessing yourself, frustration, and taking too much time writing up training phases and blocks. You can go to whoever you consider the best three coaches in the industry and have the same goals, movement capabilities, training age and you will get three different programs. The reality is there is more than one way to get folks where they want to be, but regardless programs will include variables such as power, strength, conditioning, warm ups, rep schemes, etc. Having a system that includes things such as; training templates, training menus, and strength standards based on the population you train, equipment, spacing, and time available can save you time and energy while delivering results.

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Deceleration & Landing: Building the Brakes
by Matthew Ibrahim, MS

The field of strength & conditioning receives a lot of attention for the expression of power and force production in the form of plyometrics and speed. However, the precursor to these elements is what represents the first steps toward improving athletic performance. Deceleration, force absorption and landing are all performance-based skills that make up the essential building blocks that, when trained properly, can help your athletes build strength and durability for long-term athletic development.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Assessing the Athlete: A Simple Approach
by Matthew Ibrahim, MS

Coaches in strength & conditioning and athletic performance often overcomplicate the athlete assessment process in a field that is saturated with several different screening and assessment certifications and courses. To that end, this presentation focuses on a simple, hands-on approach that actually shows you what to look for in an assessment, the "why" behind it all, and most importantly, which valuable insights to take away with you as you begin to use this information create the training program for the athlete.

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Methods for Improving Sprinting Mechanics in Team Sport Settings
by Ken Clark, PhD, CSCS and Cory Walts, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC

Learning Objectives:
- Review the biomechanics principles underlying effective sprinting mechanics for acceleration and top speed
- Learn the logistics and teaching points necessary to implement successful drills in a big group team setting
- Specific focus on implementation of the mini-hurdle "wicket" drill in team sport settings

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Supplements and Human Performance, Do They Work as Intended?
by Sean Collins, PhD, CSCS,*D

This presentation will cover the world of sports related supplements and the evidence behind their effectiveness for endurance, sprint, power, and strength sports. It will cover dosing, time, and evidence of performance changes compared to their usage in the sports and exercise world.

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Performance-Based Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention
by Jason Mensinger, MEd

Strength & conditioning professionals are important members of the sports medicine team and play an integral role in injury prevention and in an injured athlete's return to sport. This discussion will be an overview how performance-based concepts and activities can be included throughout an individual's rehabilitation from injury. Using these concepts can help more adequately restore neuromuscular function and make athletes more resilient and make reinjury less likely. Specific examples of how exercises involving sleds, sprint progressions, and weighted carries and other implements can be used for prevention and rehabilitation for common injuries.


Thru Nov 22 After Nov 22*
NSCA Member Rate $85 $125
Student Rate $40 $50
Non-Member Rate $105 $145

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

Register online above or use our PDF registration form and email to conferences@nsca.com.


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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Will I receive the speaker PowerPoint presentations?
    If they are available, you will receive them via email within 2 weeks after the event.

    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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