Midwest 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 20, 2024 | College Station, TX | 0.7 CEUs Category A


Texas A&M University
Student Recreation Center
187 Corrington Dr
College Station, TX 77843

Hosted by:
Ryan Keller, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D

Poster Presentations

Research Abstracts for poster presentations are being accepted. 

Abstracts of less than 250 words should identify: the purpose statement, methods, findings, and implications.  Not included in this word count is the authors' name and affiliation, which must be identified. 

Submit abstracts to Drew Gonzalez, dg18@tamu.edu, on or before April 1st, 5pm.  Notification of acceptance will be made within 72 hrs. 


Event Itinerary - Saturday, April 20
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
A No-Nonsense Approach to Force-Velocity Profiling
by Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA
  1. Attendees will learn what is important to control for to ensure reliable and valid data during the collection of the FVP
  2. Attendees will learn the proper measurements that are required to properly collect the FVP
  3. Attendees will learn the proper steps to ensure correct interpretations of the data
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Speed Training in a Team Setting: It’s More Than Just Sprinting
by Ashley Jackson, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D
  1. Learn how to devise a holistic approach to influencing speed in a team setting
  2. Acknowledge the intricacies of the variables that influence linear speed
  3. Increase drill bank quality with variations & ideal implementation of movements for personal setting ie. rehabbing athletes, different sports, off vs in season etc.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Understanding the Physiological Parallels Between Microgravity and Aging: Relevance for Training Strategies
by William Amonette, PhD, CSCS
  1. Discuss the acute and long-term affects of microgravity on bone, skeletal muscle, metabolic fitness, and coordination and how many of these changes parallel aging
  2. Review literature from analog models of deconditioning including bed rest and crutch walking and how information derived from these studies can improve human performance in aging
  3. Reflect on emerging technologies to support astronaut health on the moon and mars and how these technologies may also
    improve health outcomes in aging
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Unilateral Exercise Confers Bilateral Neuromuscular Adaptations: Implications of Cross-Education for Athlete Rehabilitation
by Joshua Carr, PhD, CSCS
  1. Recognize the neuromuscular adaptations that support the cross-education of strength and skill
  2. Analyze the implications of cross-education training in the context of athlete rehabilitation from orthopedic injuries
  3. Identify effective training principles and strategies designed to facilitate the cross-education of strength
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Everything Old Is New Again: Revisiting Fundamentals in the Middle and High School Settings
by Missy Mitchell-McBeth, MSEd, CSCS

In today's social media era, it can be easy to become misguided and believe that what you see elite athletes doing is appropriate for athletes of low training age. Spoiler alert: IT IS NOT. This presentation will cover why copying your nearest Power 5 school's program won't work; and what will. You will leave with age-appropriate progressions to incorporate in your training program tomorrow.

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Non-traditional Training Progressions: Manipulating Center of Gravity as a Means of Progression
by Stephen Opskar, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D and DJ Scott, MS, CSCS
  1. Understand how the addition of load in various positions affects center of gravity (COG)
  2. Understand why the utilization of non-traditional training progressions are important in a programing
  3. Know some practical steps of non-traditional methods of progression


Thru April 9 After April 9*
NSCA Member Rate $75 $110
Student Rate $40 $50
Non-Member Rate $95 $130

*If sufficient quantities are unavailable, onsite and late registrants may not receive lunch, t-shirt, etc. (if applicable).

Register online above or use our PDF registration form and email to conferences@nsca.com.


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    National Strength and Conditioning Association is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and discrimination-free experience for everyone at NSCA events. NSCA seeks to provide an event environment in which diverse attendees may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in a professional atmosphere. NSCA does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of attendees in any form.

    Policy & Procedures
  • Cancellation Policy

    All refund requests must be submitted in WRITING and should include the reason for cancellation. NO refunds will be accepted via phone. A 50% refund will be granted on or before the early registration date. NO REFUNDS will be given after the early registration date. 

    You can submit your request to: conferences@nsca.com  

  • 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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