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2017 TSAC Leaders Course & Live Stream

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Join us for the TSAC Leaders Course

October 11-13, 2017 | NSCA Headquarters | Colorado Springs, CO | 1.6 CEUs

Designed for tactical professionals/operators and experienced civilian facilitators/coaches, the NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Leaders Course is designed to provide advanced strength and conditioning knowledge to those who work with members of the fire and rescue, law enforcement and military communities. 

Take learning one step further with the TSAC Leaders Course, designed to provide advanced strength and conditioning training for the tactical professional. Built on the principles that guide the NSCA’s TSAC program, the TSAC Leaders Course allows fitness professionals to dive deeper into the world of working with tactical professionals. 

Taught by top researchers and leaders in the strength and conditioning field, the course focuses on educating attendees on the building blocks of the comprehensive human performance model.

Nothing can replace the in person opportunities and the chance to network with your peers at the actual course, but if you’re unable to make it to Colorado Springs, you can still experience the course via live stream! Get the full play-by-play from your own home by signing up for the live stream today! With either registration experience attendees will receive 1.6 Category A CEUs and 1 year access to the video content.


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Have questions about registering or Group Registration? Email conferences@nsca.com, or call the NSCA at +1-719-632-6722 ext. 203.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: All cancellation and refund requests must be submitted in writing (mail, fax, email) and should state the reason for cancellation. NO REFUND REQUESTS ACCEPTED VIA PHONE. Full refund less $20 if postmarked 45 days prior to the event start date. 50% refund is postmarked 14 days prior to the event. No refund will be given after 14 days.

The NSCA reserves the right to cancel TSAC Leaders Course if the minimum registration is not met 3 weeks prior to the event date. If a cancellation occurs, registered participants will receive a full refund.

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The NSCA is conveniently surrounded by many hotel options.  The Hampton Inn is the very closest, providing a hot morning breakfast but does not have airport transportation.  The Doubletree offers airport transportation and will bring you to NSCA if you ask the bell desk.

DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs (0.9 miles)

Address:  1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Phone: (719) 576-8900 



Hampton Inn & Suites Colorado Springs/I-25 South (0.5 miles)

Address:  2910 Geyser Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Phone: (719) 884-0330


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2017 TSAC Leaders Course Schedule

October 11-13, 2017 | Colorado Springs, CO

Click on the individual days to the left to see the schedule for that day.

All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to changes in location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice.  

Welcome to the 2017 TSAC Leaders Course Live Stream


 - We will send you a link to the live stream the week of the clinic and the hour before the clinic to access the player. Please be mindful of the clinic time zone and plan accordingly. This clinic is operating in Mountain Standard Time.

 -Due to some government/business restrictions on internet streaming and access, it is possible you will not be able to view this live stream on government or business computers.  

 - After the clinic, we will reformat the videos so that you can view them at a later date. Once complete, we will send you an email with a link to access the recorded videos. Please allow 30 days for the reformatting process.

With either registration experience attendees will receive 1.6 Category A CEUs and 1 year access to the video content.



Event Itinerary

Wednesday, Oct. 11th

12:00-13:00Registration & Welcome
13:00-14:20Program Management: "Culture Change"
14:30-15:50Mental Toughness
16:00-16:50Special Considerations for the Aging Tactical Professional
1800-2000Social at the Hatch Cover

Session Descriptions

Dr. Harvey will identify elements of a human performance program business model, describe how to develop a management plan for a human performance program and identify the key points for articulation by all levels of staff.

Gain a better understanding of how the mind works. Utilize the understanding of the mind to focus attention appropriately. Systematically integrate mental training with physical training.

We will describe various aspects of applied exercise physiology and physiological adaptations to increase physical demand and impact of age and identify the relevance of exercise manipulations to establish an optimal training response and the effect of age.

Event Itinerary

Thursday, Oct. 12th

8:00-8:50Testing and Movement Analysis
9:00-9:50Progression and Regression
10:00-11:20Review of Periodization Models
11:30-12:20Using Technology Deliberately 
13:30-15:00Integrative Medicine Injury Prevention and Risk Mitigation
15:00-15:50Load Carriage
16:00-16:50Event: Androgens Live Stream: Why Third-Party Supplement Testing Should Be Important

Session Descriptions

Understand the differences between testing measures aimed at health, fitness and occupational performance. Identify potential challenges with the utilization of specific types of tests and testing batteries for the occupational athlete. Learn how to determine what tests will assist you in reaching the primary objectives of your organization.

Know when to safely progress an athlete's program. Learn how to modify exercises to overcome speed bumps on the road to full recovery.

Discuss the theoretical constructs that are the tenants of periodization. Explore the different models of periodization. Examine current research on the application of periodization in tactical strength and conditioning.  

Have a basic understanding of each discipline and when to refer to each specialty service. Establish a format, referral guidelines, for increased communication between each discipline. Identify common musculoskeletal related impairments and communicate those effectively to the respective specialty providers. 

Load Carriage
by Dr. Robert Kenefick

Understand the impact of load carriage on physiological responses and task performance. Understand the impact of environment, terrain and sex in combination with load carriage on task performance. Be able to design a training program to prepare individuals to carrying external loads or personal protective equipment (e.g.: body armor).  


Do anabolics work? Can anabolic use create serious health risks? Who benefits from the use of anabolic agents? What are some alternatives to anabolic use?

Live Stream:

1. Identify and discuss third-party testing of dietary supplements.
2. Understand why independent third-party testing of dietary supplements is important.
3. Define the role that a tactical facilitator plays in dietary supplement education.

Event Itinerary

Friday, Oct. 13th

8:00-8:50Post-Traumatic Stress
9:00-9:50Holistic Programming
10:00-11:20Stressors and Management
11:30-12:50Nutrition and Supplementation

Session Descriptions

Identify normal post-traumatic stress (PTS) reactions following a traumatic event. Learn ways to keep normal PTS reactions from developing into PTSD.

Due to an emergency Rachel Markwald will no longer be presenting

Identify appropriate means of training and recovery during periods of overtraining; Describe the appropriate means of levels of recovery.

Identify current use of sports nutrition strategies in a tactical population, and understand the current data regarding dietary supplements and their role in sports performance.