Rocky Mountain 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 10, 2022 | Tempe, AZ | 0.7 CEUs Category A


Sun Devil Fitness Complex
400 E Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85281

Hosted by:
Rachel Larson, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D

Craig Nolan, MA, CSCA


Event Itinerary - Saturday, December 10
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM
Welcome / Intro
8:10 AM - 9:10 AM
Utilizing the Repeated Antagonist Contraction Method to Quickly and Safely Increase Functional Range of Motion
by Greg Pignataro, CSCS

This presentation will discuss the Repeated Antagonist Contraction (RAC) Method, a hybrid of strength training and stretching. Initial evidence suggests that this method's ability to yield sustainable increases in pain-free, functional ranges of motion may be superior to that of static stretching and PNF. Attendees will learn how and why the method works, and will be given the opportunity to try it hands-on so they can apply it with their own athletes and clients.  Crucially, the RAC method is easy to learn and can be done without a partner.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Comparing the Backgrounds and Expertise of High School Physical Education Teachers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches to Best Serve Student-Athletes
by Ray Karvis, MSEd, CSCS, RSCC*E

This topic is impactful as the NSCA aims to ramp up efforts in support of high school strength and conditioning coaches after the recent launch of the book, NSCA's Guide to High School Strength and Conditioning. The session will be informative to the strength and conditioning community in attendance, highlighting related career pathways and prospective opportunities for coaches aiming to develop meaningful careers at the high school level.

10:20 AM - 11:20 AM
Tactical Mobility Recovery and Evaluation
by Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E

Tactical Mobility Recovery and Evaluation is a series of exercises that allows the athlete to work on mobility during a recovery workout while the strength coach / athletic trainer / physical therapist evaluate the athletes' movement patterns. This approach helps athletes realize where they may need improvement, identifies "movement" imbalances, and shows basic patterns the athletes can work on by themselves.  In this hands-on session you will learn 40 different mobility exercises that will allow your athletes to recover, while you evaluate their movement patterns.

11:25 AM - 12:25 PM
How to Become a Fitness Writer
by Andrew Coates

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the career value of developing your writing skill
• Learn how to approach becoming published
• Learn how to develop your writing process and writing skills

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (provided)
1:35 PM - 2:35 PM
Contextual Coaching: Understanding Exercise Selection, Coaching & Decision Making to Influence Program Outcomes
by Clive Brewer, MSc, CSCS

Learning Objectives:
• Objectives determine methods - exercise selection is based upon understanding outcomes
• Understanding the link between form & functional outcome of execution
• Demonstrate best practice for differentiation & individualization in exercise execution
• Coaching movement competency- what do we accept, correct or (de) load

2:40 PM - 3:40 PM
The Foot: Brain Mapping, Movement, and Athletic Performance
by Matthew Zanis, DPT

This session will be presenting a hands-on practical session targeted at bringing awareness to, understanding, and implementing strategies for waking up your feet to empower performance and enhance movement potential! The intention is to teach a unique perspective on human movement through the lens of the foot, and arm coaches with knowledge and immediate application strategies to quickly and effectively assess the foot in athletes, visualize common functional limitations, and provide movement-based solutions to improve mobility, joint health, and mitigate injury risk.

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Coaching the Tactical Professional: The Evolution of the Strength & Conditioning Coach in the Tactical Space
by Brad Hollingsworth, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D

This presentation will include a conversation around the training of tactical professionals and the evolving role of the tactical strength and conditioning coach.  It will also include exploring the unique requirements and considerations when training tactical professionals beyond reps and sets.

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM
Closing Remarks


Thru Nov 29 After Nov 29*
NSCA Member Rate $75 $110
Student Rate $40 $50
Non-Member Rate $95 $130

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

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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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