Pennsylvania 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.

April 06, 2024 | State College, PA | 0.8 CEUs Category A


Nittany Valley Sports Centre
177 Champion Drive
State College, PA 16803

Hosted by:
Hayden Gerhart, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F


Event Itinerary - Saturday, April 6
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
30 Things I Learned in 30+ Years of Coaching
by Darin Thomas, CSCS
  • Build team culture and leaders
  • Effectively develop and manage team workouts
  • Build relationships with athletes, coaches, and administrators
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Rethinking Pre-Participation Screening: New Perspectives on Injury Prevention
by Travis Pollen, PhD
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and limitations of pre-participation screening within the context of injury prediction and prevention
  • Contrast a “global” injury prevention strategy (for all athletes), a “high-risk” strategy (for the most susceptible athletes only), and a “hybrid” strategy that blends elements of both
  • Discuss reasons for screening besides risk stratification, including detecting current injuries, gathering baseline data to assess recovery, and building relationships with athletes
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Extensions and Limitations of Body Weight and Manual Resistance Exercises
by Nathan Zechman, MEd, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
  • Understand the limitations and extensions of body weight and manual resistance exercises
  • Understand proper technique of various body weight and manual resistance exercises
  • Understand when to utilize and implement these exercises within a training program
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Dietary Supplements for Strength and Power Sports
by Eric Rawson, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
  • Identify nutritional needs of strength and power athletes
  • Identify dietary supplements used by strength and power athletes
  • Describe the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements used by strength and power athletes
12:00 PM - 1:10 PM
Lunch (on your own)
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
Strategies for Tactical Fitness Training
by Carrie Ellis, DPT, CSCS,*D
  • Summarize and explain general concepts related to tactical strength and conditioning
  • Describe the general implementation process for a tactical strength and conditioning program
  • Discuss opportunities for developing workshops and classes for tactical athletes
2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
Strategic Improvisation: Effective Communication for Strength Training
by Sam Arnold, MS, CSCS, CSPS
  • Develop a structured approach combining improvisational methods with a clear communication plan to adapt dynamically to your athlete's needs
  • Enhance listening and body language skills to better attune and connect with your athletes
3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
Key Concepts for Distinguishing and Utilizing Agility and Change of Direction Training Effectively
by Jason Feairheller, CSCS
  • Attendees will gain a deep understanding of the differences between agility and change of direction training and why it’s important to differentiate these two categories of athletic speed development
  • Attendees will learn effective strategies for using methods of agility and change of direction training to achieve the desired outcome with their athletes
4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
How to Create an Athletic Performance System From Warm Up to Cool Down: A Project Two Decades in the Making
by Carmen Pata, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E

Coach Pata will walk you through the program he spent over 20 years developing that was used successfully with over 11,000 college athletes.  Learning to overcome the logistical limitations such as time, space, and equipment availability is an absolute must for every coach.  After hearing about his system, Coach Pata will walk the attendees through ways to start developing their own system and then host a hands-on session showing the progressions of his warm up system. 


Thru March 26 After March 26*
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?
    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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