Northwest 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.

June 08 - 09, 2024 | Burnaby, BC | 1.2 CEUs Category A


Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr W
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Hosted by:
Catherine King, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D

Abstract Submissions


Event Itinerary - Saturday, June 8
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Making Lemonade Out of Lemons: Strategies for Optimizing Your Set-up
by Cole Hergott, MS, CPSS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT, RSCC

In this session we will learn how to make sessions run more efficiently with large groups in a small space.  We will also learn how to implement sports science/tech being a one-man show with low budget and easily apply speed training to sessions without going to the field.  

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Femoroacetabular Impingement in Ice Hockey Athletes – Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Training Implications
by Michael Silvestri, MSc
  • Understand what FAI is and the prevalence within ice hockey
  • Learn how to work with an ice hockey athlete to return back to play from FAI related injury
  • Learn training modifications to make for the ice hockey athlete to work towards preventing FAI
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Optimal Trunk Stabilization for Loaded Movement
by Brandon Morgan

Session sponsored by Kabuki Strength

  • The concepts behind intra abdominal pressure (IAP)
  • The task dependent nature of trunk stabilization
  • Identifying and fixing compensatory breathing patterns
  • Successfully cueing the athlete to create ideal IAP
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (provided) / Poster Presentations
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Training the Hypermobile Athlete
by Janelle Eisler-Carr, MSc, CSCS
  • Understand the balance between mobility and strength and how a disruption in this relationship can increase the risk of injury for a dance athlete
  • Recognize the modifiable and non-modifiable factors of hypermobilty and their role in injury prevention
  • Identify mobility dysfunction in your dance athletes
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Strategies for Enhancing Acceleration and Max Velocity Qualities for Performance and RTP
by Derek Hansen, MA, CSCS

In this presentation we will identify fundamental drills & technical elements required for efficient and effective acceleration & max velocity mechanics, within the context of performance training and/or rehabilitation scenarios for all populations.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Boosting Resilience: The Impact of Effective Coaches on Firefighter Wellness
by Annette Zapp, MA, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  • Understand the complex culture and personality traits of this demographic
  • Identify training needs of fire and rescue personnel
  • Gain insight into the process involved in gaining access to fire and rescue personnel and departments
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mocktail Mixer Social
Event Itinerary - Sunday, June 9
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sleep Is a Superpower!
by Annette Zapp, MA, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  • Understand the importance of sleep for health, wellness, performance, and resilience
  • Examine normal sleep architecture and sleep disorders
  • Assist athletes through the identification of sleep deprivation, impactful education, and coaching
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Breaking Down the Olympic Lifts: Practical Applications in Athletic and General Programming
by Jeremy Martin, MS, CSCS

A hands on presentation teaching the mechanics of the olympic lifts and their applicable variations in a way that coaches, trainers and clinicians can teach to athletes/clients. Applications of these movements within programming will also be discussed.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Optimizing the Squat Pattern
by Brandon Morgan

Session sponsored by Kabuki Strength

  • Developing a warm up that caters to current limitations
  • In movement potentiation drills
  • The hierarchy for movement pattern optimization
  • In movement and regression based solutions to common movement faults
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (provided) /Poster Presentations
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
From the Field to the Beat: Bridging the Gap From Athletic to Tactical Populations
by Patrick Szpak, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
  • Discuss and understand the differences and similarities between athletic performance and tactical performance specialists as it relates to training approaches, philosophies, and positional expectations/challenges
  • Discuss the tactical operator of today, including who are they from a population perspective, job/employment demands, as well as short and long term physical fitness expectations
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Perinatal Powerhouse: A Hands-On, Belly-on Journey in Training Athletes Through Trimesters
by Tessa Koschel, PhD, CSCS
  • Train your mind and body through each trimester of pregnancy, including post-partum
  • Test your resiliency with the added weight of a late-term pregnancy belly
  • Convert traditional periodization models to the perinatal timeline
  • Understand the emerging science on perinatal exercise and subsequent impacts/expectations of s&c professionals
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Holistic Performance Management in Professional Sport
by Tanner Care, CSCS, RSCC
  • Micro-Dosed Training System Application: The lecture begins by delving into the concept of microdosed training systems. Attendees will learn how breaking down training into smaller, targeted doses can optimize
    performance gains while minimizing the risk of injury and overtraining.
  • Individualizing Training Based on Athlete Workload: Attendees will discover the importance of tailoring training programs to the specific needs and capabilities of individual athletes. The lecture will explore the use of data analytics, wearables, and monitoring tools to assess athlete workload, recovery status, and performance trends.


Saturday & Sunday BOTH
Thru May 28 After May 28*
NSCA Member Rate $125 $185
Student Rate $40 $50
Non-Member Rate $145 $205
Saturday ONLY    
NSCA Member Rate $65 $95
Student Rate $40 $50
Non-Member Rate $85 $115
Sunday ONLY    
NSCA Member Rate $65 $95
Student Rate $40 $50
Non-Member Rate $85 $115

*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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