Pennsylvania State Clinic / 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 | Grove City, PA | 0.7 CEUs Category A


Grove City College
100 Campus Drive
Grove City, PA 16127

Hosted by:
Hayden Gerhart, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F


Event Itinerary - Saturday, April 15
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Outing the Imposter
by Mark Nutting, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RCPT*E

Impostor Syndrome (IS), feeling like you're not as good or talented as people think you are, like you've somehow pulled the wool over their eyes, is more common than you think. IS can stop some people in their tracks before they get started and can cause additional stress and anxiety for those that decided to move forward. This session will discuss some potential causes and solutions for those struggling with IS. Learn to move toward your goals and leave the impostor behind.
Attendees will learn:
- What impostor syndrome is and how it may manifest itself in athletes, business owners, coaches, etc

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Wrist Straps: Evidence-Based Practice or Bro Science?
by Carrie Ellis, DPT, CSCS

A common method of overcoming grip limitations is the use of wrist straps, especially during pulling exercises. Using wrist straps is supposed to decrease reliance on grip strength by transferring some load from the fingers to the wrists. Wrist straps are popular with lifters, but until recently there was no published research on this topic. This presentation will translate current research on their effects on exercise performance to help coaches better use wrist straps.

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Improving Game Speed with Multidirectional Power
by Jason Feairheller, CSCS

Learning Objectives:
• Attendees will develop an understanding of the technical model of multidirectional power as well as change of direction to help athletes maximize movement fluidity and explosiveness in all directions.
• Attendees will learn the science and principles behind multidirectional power development and how to apply these principles within their training programs.

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Program Design for MMA Athletes
by Will Morrill, CSCS

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the role of S&C in combat sports
• Learn the basics of S&C program design for combat sport athletes
• Explore sport specific requirements in combat sports, such as neck strengthening and weight cutting

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Impact of Ketogenic Diet on Athletic Performance
by Philip Prins, PhD

Learning Objectives:
• Why is there a high carbohydrate mentality in the field of sports nutrition
• What is the evidence for high carbohydrate diets and athletic performance - understanding the cross-over concept
• What is the evidence for low carbohydrate diets and athletic performance
• Major fuel stores in the body
• How much fat can humans burn during exercise? The cross-over concept revisited
• Do high rates of fat oxidation induced by low carbohydrate diets impair exercise performance

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Biomechanical Imperatives of the Squat Exercise: Movement and Resistance Pattern Considerations
by Christopher Hughes, PhD, CSCS

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the biomechanical stresses that occur during the squat exercise
• Apply simple screening exam techniques to accurately prescribe and coach the squat exercise
• Appreciate the transfer of strength gains that can occur to sports performance

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Earthstrong: Handling the Demands the Earth Places Upon Our Bodies Through Strength and Force
by David Brixius, CSCS

This presentation will explain how to handle the demands the earth places upon our bodies through strength, force, elements etc...  

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Implementing Performance Technology in Collegiate Athletes
by Marc Lewis, PhD, CSCS, CPSS, TSAC-F

Learning Objectives:
• How to introduce standardized data collection procedures into the collegiate environment
• How to collect, manage, and report data in the collegiate environment without an AMS
• How to examine meaningful change and monitor at both the team and individual level


Thru April 4 After April 4*
NSCA Member Rate $75 $110
Student Rate $30 $40
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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