Utah 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 30, 2024 | South Salt Lake, UT | 0.8 CEUs Category A


Salt Lake Community College
4600 S Redwood Rd
South Salt Lake, UT 84119

Hosted by:
Ryan Carver, CSCS


Clinic Social - Join us March 30th, 7pm, Location TBD


Event Itinerary - Saturday, March 30
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Check-in & On-site Registration
7:30 AM - 7:45 AM
Welcome & Ice Breaker
7:45 AM - 8:25 AM
7 Summits: Adventures & Strategies for Climbing the Highest Peaks on Each Continent
by Dale Wagner, PhD, CSCS
  • Light-hearted talk of annecdotes related to climbing the 7 summits
  • Brief review of the effects of altitude on human physiology
  • Recognition that training strategies should change depending on the climb (e.g., climbing style: alpine vs expedition, pack loads, terrain, etc.)
8:25 AM - 9:05 AM
Creatine for the Mountain Athlete - Benefits Beyond Speed and Power
by Shannon O’Grady, PhD

Creatine is having a moment. Long touted for it's impact on speed and power production, more recent research into creatine supplementation supports benefits in recovery, injury risk, heat acclimation and cognitive performance under stress. These 'new' benefits and a long-established safety profile, have athletes from a variety of sports and across a range of generations interested in creatine supplementation. The objective of this talk will be to review the creatine phosphagen pathway and speak specifically to how mountain athletes may benefit from creatine supplementation.

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM
Joint Based Training for Mountain Athletes (hands-on)
by Ben Van Treese, CSCS
  • How to measure and assess joint range of motion in a way that drives exercise selection
  • How to integrate mobility training into a strength program
  • Application of mobility training in season
  • Application of mobility training in gen pop
9:50 AM - 10:35 AM
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) and the Athlete: What We Know and What We Do
by Nick Monson, DO

PRP is used prolifically for many maladies. Understanding the appropriate indications and usage of PRP in the musculoskeletal system enhances the efficacy and delivery of care to our clients and athletes.  Objectives include learning efficacy and protocols for training clients/athletes post-injection.

10:40 AM - 11:25 AM
Understanding Rest and Recovery for Tactical Athletes
by Mark Wright, CSCS

This talk aims to help new coaches understand the complexities of tactical athlete rest and recovery. This will be done through the exploration of current sleep training, intervention strategies, and ongoing projects in the Department of Defense, specifically the Utah National Guard Dreem Project. Additionally, this session will address opportunities for coaches in the tactical environment through the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) and Human Performance and Wellness (HPW) Programs.

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM
I Have Graduated and Successfully Passed My Certification Exam - Now What?
by Nathan Thomas, PhD
  • How to visualize a progressive career in Exercise Science
  • Mentorship - the value and long-term returns it will bring
  • Know what you don't know
12:10 PM - 12:20 PM
Sponsorship Presentation - Gnarly Nutrition
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
Lunch (provided)
1:20 PM - 2:00 PM
Expedition AR: Performance Characteristics of the “World’s Toughest” Team Sport
by Jeni McNeal, PhD

Learning objectives will be explored from both a scientific and experiential perspective. 

  • Determine the primary physical, technical, and tactical determinants of competition in adventure racing
  • Understand common injuries and illnesses that impact participation
  • Discuss the implications for training
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
No Excuses: Motivating Athletes Through Fierce Self-Compassion
by Shannon Pynne, PhD
  • Understanding the role of self-compassion in achieving excellence in sport and exercise
  • Untangling preconceived notions of self-compassion as it relates to high performance
  • Recommendations for implementing self-compassion and using it as a tool to motivate athletes
2:45 PM - 3:25 PM
Quality Coaching: Leveraging Task Constraints, Cueing, and Feedback to Optimize Motor Learning (hands-on)
by Joshua Bullock, MA, CSCS, RSCC*D
  • Task Constraints Mastery: Identify and manipulate task constraints for enhanced motor learning, understanding their impact on skill acquisition
  • Cueing Proficiency: Develop effective cueing techniques through practical exercises, emphasizing timing, frequency, and content considerations for diverse skill levels
  • Feedback Application Skills: Apply various feedback types judiciously in motor learning scenarios, balancing feedback methods for optimal skill refinement
3:25 PM - 4:10 PM
Rock Climbing Training and Injury Risk
by Tyler Nelson, DC, CSCS

There are a lot of unknowns around what should be acceptable for a climber's training on and off the wall. This presentation will discuss the current research on climbing injuries, hypothesized risk factors, and how strength training off the wall should complement any climber's routine. Participants should walk away with the knowledge of how to modify training to reduce injury risk while maintaining performance.

4:15 PM - 4:55 PM
Winning LoToJa - Training for a 200+ Mile Bike Race
by Ellie Edwards, MS and Darcie Murphy
  • Specific programming breakdown
  • Importance of structure within a training program
  • Balancing recovery
  • Race experience
4:55 PM - 5:00 PM
Closing Remarks


Thru March 19 After March 19*
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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