Midwest 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.

April 21 - 22, 2023 | Stillwater, OK | 1.0 CEUs Category A


Oklahoma State University
101 Colvin Center
Stillwater, OK 74075

Hosted by:
Ryan Keller, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D

Todd Christensen, PhD


Event Itinerary - Friday, April 21
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Check-in & On-site Registration
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Nontraditional Exercise Variations for Training Fire and Police Academy Cadets with Limited Resources
by Hussien Jabai, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, TSAC-F

Learning Objectives:
• Highlight key movement patterns performed by tactical professionals
• Establish a means of categorizing exercises and movement tasks
• Display and demonstrate alternatives to standard weight training equipment and exercises

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Lasers v. Shotguns: A Targeted Approach to Dynamic Warmup
by Lance Walker, MS, PT

Dynamic warmup is the new normal. It is now standard practice for the S&C professional to take this once "new" approach when preparing clients for training or competition, but are we also able to use this period of time in our session to target specific performance KPIs? Can we actually improve performance IN the warmup itself? Yes, and many of the best practitioners in the world of elite sport and youth development are getting strategic with their warmup, and with some simple programming concepts and examples from this workshop so can you!

Event Itinerary - Saturday, April 22
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Introduction & Announcements
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Developing Power for Wrestling
by Gary Calcagno, MA, CSCS, RSCC*E

This will be a multi-pronged presentation that will address where power comes from, why it is important in wrestling, what we do to develop it and showing several different methods/techniques to achieve it. This will also include discussing Olympic Lifts, plyometric movements, wrestling specific exercises and testing. Finally, we will cover the 4 Day and 3 Day workouts for the wrestlers at Oklahoma State University.

10:00 AM - 11:30 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.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
HIT Training for Healthy and Clinical Populations
by Don Melrose, PhD, CSCS,*D

This presentation will focus on the research and application of HIT training and HIT training protocols for both healthy and clinical populations.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (provided)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Applying Individual Fatigue Thresholds to Resistance Exercise
by Taylor Dinyer-McNeely, PhD, CSCS

Learning Objectives:
• Present fatigue threshold modeling
• Discuss current finding in college-aged, recreationally-trained individuals
• Examine the implications fatigue thresholds have for understanding and improving low-load resistance exercise, tactical job duties, and strength preservation across the lifespan

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Loading Where the Screws are Loose - Exercise Selection for Injuries/Limitations
by Tex McQuilkin, MS, CSCS

There is more to movement than meets the eye when gauging success and preparation in training. The weight room is the one environment a coach can control to expose athletes to stress and should rely on more than weight numbers to gauge preparedness for the competitive arena. Take the guesstimation out of it. Learn what to look for when overloading athletes and how to tighten up where the screws are loose before they speed off to competition.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Power of the Mind on Performance
by Todd Christensen, PhD

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the different types of attentional styles during exercise
• Understand how to determine preferred attentional style
• Apply a targeted approach based on each athlete/client's preferred attentional style


Thru April 11 After April 11*
NSCA Member Rate $105 $155
Student Rate $40 $50
Non-Member Rate $125 $175

*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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