Massachusetts 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.

March 23, 2024 | Dudley, MA | 0.8 CEUs Category A


Nichols College
124 Center Rd
Dudley, MA 01571

Hosted by:
Adam Feit, PhD, CSCS, RSCC*D 
Justin Ruff, CSCS 


Event Itinerary - Saturday, March 23
6:45 AM - 8:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
How Do We Know What We Know? Finding, Critiquing, and Applying Evidence-Based Practice for Non-Researchers
by Paul Cacolice, PhD, CSCS
  • Compare the difference between evidence-based practice and evidence-based medicine
  • Identify the primary informational pieces and their location within a research article
  • Identify measures of outcome effect size (intervention potency)
  • Define strategies to rapidly identify and interpret research articles
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
A Holistic Approach to Basketball Training
by Simone Morin, MS, CSCS
  • Assessing athletes and implementing individual prehab plans; understanding ways to reduce risk of injury
  • Implementing weight room training year-round
  • Practice & game load management
  • What can we do as sports performance on gameday?
  • Rehab and recovery (acute & chronic)
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Speed Training: The Coordination of an Athlete’s Force and Position (hands-on)
by Vail Cote, MEd, CSCS
  • Learn what to look for in an athlete’s position during speed training
  • Learn what drills and exercises improve limitations in good positions
  • Understand the difference in positioning for front side and back side mechanics
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
NSCA Foundation
by Carissa Gump
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Resisted Sprint Training: Transferring the Weight Room to the Field
by Jeff Stern, MS, CSCS
  • Understand the true reason why we use sled training and why it has always been a key tenet of speed training
  • Understand fundamental concepts/principles underlying resisted sprint training
  • Application of resisted sprint training
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Creating an Effective Environment
by Nicole Sampson, MS, CSCS, RSCC
  • Understand logistics of a boarding school environment
  • How to effectively build relationships, coach, and program within the high school population
  • Think about how you can create unique opportunities out of typical limitations
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Catapult GPS: How to Effectively Utilize Data to Make More Informed Decisions
by Samantha Ryan, MEd, CSCS
  • How to utilize data to manage RTP
  • How to utilize data to make more informed decisions on programming
  • How to utilize data to bridge the gap between first and second team
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Agility Training Can Be Fun? (hands-on)
by Corey Peterson, MEd, CSCS
  • Using performance qualities and outputs to build competitive agility sessions to maximize fun
  • Remember the importance of "play" and letting the athletes think and problem solve for themselves
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (provided) and Learn: Presentations From the Field
by Mary Kate Feit, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, Justin Ruff, CSCS & Graduate Assistants
  • Discuss various topics relevent to the strength and conditioning field
  • Promote meaningful discussions with the audience members
  • Provide practical application recommendations
1:40 PM - 2:30 PM
Efficient and Effective Program Design For Large Groups
by Patrick Basil, MS, CSCS

Learn the simple and effective program design system to maximize flow and trainig economy for large groups in small weight rooms with limited equipment. Tested at scale with 650 athletes across 29 varsity teams at the Division III level.

2:40 PM - 3:30 PM
Weight Room Noises: The Science and Practice of Grunting or Yelling to Enhance Performance
by Zane Pfefferle, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
  • Understand the physiological and psychological theories that may underlie increases in muscular force production while grunting or yelling
  • Learn ways in which these theories can be applied with various populations
2:40 PM - 3:30 PM
East Meets West: Integrating a Mindful, Active Recovery Program for Athletes (hands-on)
by Jennifer Tirillo, MS, CSCS
  • Distinguish the nuances that differentiate mobility from flexibility
  • Compare tension versus compression relationships that appear in yoga asana
  • Interpret the intention behind implementing the physical and biopsychosocial elements of yoga in the athletic setting
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM
Long Term Athletic Development in Action: How to Build a Multi-Level Training Program
by Phil Reichhoff, MEd, CSCS, RSCC
  • How to build a vertically aligned s&c curriculum
  • How to apply the NSCA LTAD framework in the real world
  • How to build a comprehensive MS/HS s&c program


Thru March 12 After March 12*
NSCA Member Rate $85 $125
Student Rate $30 $40
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?
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