North Central 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 15, 2023 | Cedar Falls, IA | 0.8 CEUs Category A


University of Northern Iowa
063 Maucker Union
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Hosted by:
Jed Smith, MA, CSCS,*D


Event Itinerary - Saturday, April 15
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Yoga for the Speed Athlete
by Kara Yahn Mulder, MS

In this combo session of both practical and lecture, Kara will discuss the optimal stretches she feels aid the speed athlete, her reasoning for using them, and the intricacies in teaching the movements. She will also take participants through the movements in a live practical session.

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
The Olympic Weightlifting Movements vs the Trap Bar
by Greg Haff, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA

In this session, Dr. Haff will give a meta-analysis of the research surrounding both the use of Olympic Weightlifting training techniques, Snatch and Clean and Jerk variations and compare and contrast research relating to the use of Trap Bar exercises for the development of the power athlete. Dr. Haff will discuss the benefits of both, giving some guiding light as to best practices for the overall development of the athlete and where the athlete can gain the greatest return on their investment in their strength training sessions.

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Real Foods for Preventative Maintenance for Sports Injuries as Well as Post Injury Rapid Recovery and Healing
by Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD

In the first half of her presentation, Dr. Kleiner will discuss natural food strategies to armor an athlete's body to help mitigate risks of sports injuries. The second half of her talk will focus a natural food approaches to expedite the healing process and improve recovery time for an athlete post injury.

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
East Meets West in a Historical and Scientific Perspective of Aronia Berries for Defending Health, Pain and Inflammation Mitigation, and Performance Enhancement
by Steve Saulsbury, MD and Peter Smolianov, PhD

In this session, Dr. Saulsbury and Dr. Smolianov will discuss the history of the powerfood aronia berry, native to the United States, and brought to the former Eastern Bloc countries to aid and benefit numerous functions surrounding the performance and health of those athletes. Saulsbury and Smolianov will discuss current trends in midwestern farming as well as new research as to current and future benefits of the berry.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Quicker Return to Play for the Injured Hamstring and Ankle Through Movement
by Brandon Ronan, MSEd, CSCS

In this practical session, Coach Ronan will show return to play protocols designed to rapidly advance an athlete progressively using a step by step, systemized method. Coach Ronan will go over a hamstring as well as an ankle protocol. Conference goers are encouraged to take part in the strength and mobility drills outlined and demonstrated by Coach Ronan.

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Developing Elite Level Agility
by Andrea Azzalin, PhD

In this practical presentation, Dr. Azzalin will discuss the development of elite level agility and quickness to be utilized on turf. Coach Azzalin will show teaching progressions and programming concepts associated with developing an athlete from beginner to elite levels.

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Conditioning Concepts for the Elite Basketball Athlete
by Jay DeMayo, MS, CSCS

Coach Jay DeMayo will discuss evolutions in conditioning for the elite basketball athlete. Jay has developed a systematic approach to the enhancement the basketball athlete’s conditioning status, allowing for more effective game fatigue resistance as well as improved training qualities in an athlete’s basketball practice.

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Implementation of Advanced Combat Fitness Test Training and General Physical Training Concepts Applied in a Collegiate ROTC Setting
by LTC Dean Ray, MS, Andrew Shim, EdD, CSCS,*D, Kaden Baker, and Colin Klatt

LTC Ray, Dr. Shim, and Graduate students Collin Klatt and Kaden Baker will discuss the development of a tactical strength and conditioning staff utilizing available resources to better serve and enhance fitness levels at a University ROTC setting. The presentation will give a practical demonstration of how new Advanced Combat Fitness Testing can be applied to develop competitive training environments, improving the readiness of future combat professionals.


Thru April 4 After April 4*
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).

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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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