Joint Statement from NSCA and CSCCa to NCAA on Behalf of Division 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Our organizations share a passion and commitment to the strength and conditioning profession. For decades, we have committed ourselves to the following efforts to serve strength and conditioning coaches:
• Developing and maintaining the highest levels of strength and conditioning certifications.
• Supporting an evidence-based foundation for the profession through academic journals, conferences and trainings, and online content and resources.
• Providing strength and conditioning coach-specific continuing education requirements for professionals certified by our organizations.
• Building communities of strength and conditioning professionals with a shared commitment to the safety and performance of student-athletes.
These shared commitments by our organizations are in the best interest of the student-athlete. The extensive interaction between the student-athlete and the strength and conditioning professional plays a critical role in the prevention of athlete injury. Committing ourselves to higher standards for strength and conditioning coaches will have a direct and positive effect on the safety of student-athletes.
In partnership with NCAA, we desire to see further commitment and action in support of collegiate strength and conditioning professionals in the following three areas:
1. A commitment to comprehensive strength-and-conditioning-specific certifications that:
• Establish a standard for athletic performance coaching.
• Require a bachelor’s degree and CPR/AED certification, with basic first aid certification recommended as a best practice.
• Require continuing education.
2. A commitment to certifications that are accredited by an independent credentialing institution to ensure the integrity and quality of both the certification and certifying organization.
3. A commitment to bring leadership from our strength and conditioning associations into the larger strategy discussions of promoting student-athlete safety and performance.
Our desire is to work closely with NCAA to raise standards and ultimately foster a safer and more effective training environment at NCAA institutions. We look forward to further collaboration and partnership in the days ahead.
Executive Director, NSCA
|Dr. Chuck Stiggins
Executive Director, CSCCa