Illinois State Clinic

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.

May 18, 2024 | Aurora, IL | 0.7 CEUs Category A


West Aurora High School
1201 W New York St
Aurora, IL 60506

Hosted by:
Joel Chapman, MS, CSCS




Event Itinerary - Saturday, May 18
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:00 AM - 8:05 AM
Welcome Comments
8:05 AM - 9:35 AM
Boosting Resilience: The Impact of Effective Coaches on Firefighter Wellness
by Annette Zapp, MA, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D

Most athletes will never make life-and-death decisions under unimaginably austere conditions. Yet fire and rescue personnel who make those decisions are largely underserved by strength and conditioning professionals. This lecture will give insight into the needs of these occupational personnel and ways that you, as a coach or trainer, might be able to work with them.

9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Doing Sport Science Without the Title
by AJ Lamb, MS, CSCS

Great coaches and practitioners are doing applied science - whether they realize it or not. This presentation will discuss the theory behind developing a framework for taking a scientific approach to improving player outcomes, no matter what your title may be.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Level up With an Ethics Checkup
by Michelle Blakeley, NSCA-CPT

Surprisingly entertaining and thought provoking, this presentation will analyze our choices as fitness professionals from an ethical standpoint. The NSCA Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines Executive Summary will be our springboard. Differentiate yourself and be more effective without compromising your integrity. An overlooked opportunity exists for every professional who "dares to be different." Examples of how you can positively impact your stakeholders are illustrated. Popular habits that stand in our way will be exposed. Questions welcome, enlightening exercises and real time polls are peppered throughout this talk.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Lunch (on your own)
12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Feed the Cats: Evolutionary Thinking and Revolutionary Training
by Tony Holler
  • Learn why we should prioritize speed and why speed is the tide that lifts all boats
  • Learn to see sports through a new lens where winning is more important that hard work, and performance is valued over effort
  • Learn to stack anaerobic work to create an aerobic effect
  • Learn to use Reflexive Performance Reset to get athletes into a state of performance
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Train Through Pain? It Depends
by Tara Soprano, MS

This presentation will address factors related to pain, both acute and chronic, within fitness training. Discussion will focus on how, why and when to train with pain or navigate around it.

3:25 PM - 4:25 PM
Important Considerations for Training the Senior Population
by James Di Naso, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, Malia Gunn, Amanda Johnson, and Niondina Nyström, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

There are many factors the fitness professional should consider when training seniors. Joint mobility, range of motion restrictions, medications, environmental factors, and the use of ambulatory devices are just a few. This presentation will address a variety of considerations when programming for this fast growing segment of our population.

4:25 PM - 4:30 PM
Closing Comments


Thru May 7 After May 7*
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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