Great Lakes Regional Conference

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 13, 2024 | University Center, MI | 0.8 CEUs Category A


Saginaw Valley State University
Campus/Athletic Department
7400 Bay Rd
University Center, MI 48710


Hosted by:
Dane Bartz, PhD, CSCS,*D

Renée Hoppe, MS, CSCS,*D 


Event Itinerary - Saturday, April 13
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Gilbertson Hall - Ott Auditorium or GS 202
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
Opening Remarks
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Programming for the Injured Athlete: Enhancing Fitness While Respecting Tissue Healing, Capacity, and Tolerance
by Christle Guevarra, DO, MS and Merrick Lincoln, DPT, PT, CSCS
  • (Ott Auditorium)
  • Relate principles of tissue healing, capacity, and tolerance to programming variables—exercise selection, intensity, volume, and rest intervals
  • Discuss the role of the S&C professional in training injured athletes
  • Describe and provide examples of programming methods training in the presence of injury or pain, including repetitions in reserve (RIR), pain monitoring models, tempo manipulation, and rest redistribution (e.g., cluster sets, myo-reps, EMOM)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Creating a Career in Public Safety
by Annette Zapp, MS, CSCS,*D

(Ott Auditorium)  Public Safety requires credentialed, experienced, and culturally competent coaches to ensure optimized human performance of the women and men who put their lives on the line to protect our lives daily. Gaining access to these occupational ‘athletes’ is not only a long but also a challenging process. This talk will guide you in the steps from creating a relationship to executing a contract.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Training Your Mind: Mental Strategies From an Olympic Runner & Coach
by Nicole Sifuentes, CSCS

(GS 202)  We train our athletes physically every day, but do we neglect mental training? A lack of mental readiness prevents athletes from achieving their full potential in competition and in training. Distraction, excitement, doubt, surprise, anxiety, fatigue and uncertainty can all get in the way of peak performance. By teaching our athletes the skills needed to manage these factors, we can help them perform consistently and give them a competitive advantage. The presenter will share practical strategies backed by the science of sport psychology with real-life examples from her career as an Olympic athlete, as a coach in NCAA D1 athletics and in coaching the general population.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Be the Coach You Wish You Had
by Dane Bartz, PhD, CSCS,*D

(Ott Auditorium)  This lecture will address professional development skills that all coaches must practice to endorse a positive experience for everyone. We will discuss how becoming a real coach should be empowering with dedication, passion, and superior leadership. Become the coach you wish you had and make a difference in the individuals you work with!

Sponsored by Rogers Athletics

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Taking Research to the Field and Into the Kitchen
by Renée Hoppe, MS, CSCS,*D and Lance Redwantz, MS, RD, NSCA-CPT

(GS 202) Join us for an interactive hands-on presentation bridging the gap between performance and nutrition. Work through case studies from tactical to client/athlete-based scenarios. Put words into action as you group up for performance demonstrations and nutrition strategies. End with putting together a recipe of success for post-nutrition with a live demonstration and tasting.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Training to Failure: In Size and Strength Pursuits
by Mike Israetel, PhD

(Ott Auditorium)  This session will examine the role of failure training in accomplishing best strength and body composition results, specifically approaching the question as a cost-benefit analysis.

Sponsored by Michigan Commercial Fitness

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (provided) - Sponsored by VALD and Maximum Advantage Grip
  • 12:00-12:30pm: VALD Demonstration
  • 12:30-1:00pm: Maximum Advantage Grip Demonstration
  • 1:00-1:30pm: Walk to other building (Herreman's Family Weight Room)
1:30 PM - 5:40 PM
Herreman's Family Weight Room
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Biomechanics & Application for the Anterior Chain Reaction®
by Gary Gray, PT and Doug Gray

The Anterior Chain Reaction® is not just a sagittal plane phenomenon, but more importantly one of frontal plane and transverse plane importance. This chain reaction significantly impacts the all-important hips, feet / ankles, and thoracic spine. This lecture and workshop will discuss biomechanics and demonstrate applications vital to the Anterior Chain Reaction for enhanced prevention, performance, and rehabilitation of our patients, clients, and athletes. When you think about topics such as ACL tears, labral tears, and sports hernias – amongst many other injuries and dysfunctions – looking at, learning about, and applying functional movements for the Anterior Chain Reaction is a must!

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Introduction to Linear and Lateral Speed Mechanics for Field Sport Athletes
by Fahd Jindani, MS

This is a basic introduction to breaking down running mechanics both linearly and lateral to non-track athletes.

  • Create cues to allow for proper mechanics to be reinforced
  • Teach fundamental mechanics to create efficient runners
  • Drills to reinforce both proper mechanics and efficient running
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Frontal Plane Fundamentals: Lower Body Training
by Matthew Ibrahim, MS, CSCS

Athletic performance hinges on your ability to possess multi-directional strength and power. In addition, building a durable and robust lower body means that the hips and knees can perform at high levels outside of just the sagittal plane. The often forgotten frontal plane, which represents side-to-side and lateral movements, is rarely discussed or trained in the world of strength & conditioning. Frontal plane fundamentals: lower body training sets out to
shift that paradigm through sound training strategies, rationale and methods for immediate application.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Plyometrics Training: Why and How
by Steve Haggerty, MS, CSCS

This hands-on presentation will cover the importance of plyometrics training and work through the force-velocity spectrum of lower body plyometrics. This will include explanation and reasoning behind each progression.

  • Understanding the force-velocity spectrum of plyometrics based on ground contact times
  • How to program and progress plyometrics
  • Identifying how plyometrics can improve performance
5:30 PM - 5:40 PM
Closing Remarks


Thru April 2 After April 2*
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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