NSCA Announces 2020 Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioner of the Year Award Winner: Brent A. Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, FNSCA

Colorado Springs, CO – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is proud to announce that Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, FNSCA, has been selected as the NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioner for 2020. Dr. Alvar becomes the fifth recipient of the award, which began recognizing outstanding practitioners in 2016. Award winners are selected by the NSCA’s Awards Taskforce, a committee filled by volunteers. The Taskforce determines the winner based on their contributions to the NSCA, their community, and the teaching and practical application in the field of tactical strength training and conditioning.

Dr. Alvar is a professor and graduate program director in the Department of Kinesiology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. He has been a member of the NSCA since 1996 and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D), Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® (TSAC-F®), and NSCA Fellow (FNSCA).

Dr. Alvar began his career as a personal trainer/strength coach working with both general and various clinical populations. Additionally, he developed programs for collegiate sports performance and tactical strength and conditioning. Dr. Alvar has also been instrumental in developing many collegiate and university academic programs in the area of sports and tactical strength and conditioning, including programs from associate’s to PhD levels.

His research focuses on dose-response of resistance training as well as the various components of exercise testing and prescription related to human performance and occupational preparedness. Dr. Alvar has written over 50 published papers and book chapters, and has given over 75 invited research and professional presentations both nationally and internationally. He also devotes time and expertise to support the NSCA’s Tactical program, helping to develop the NSCA’s Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning as well as the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Course.

Dr. Alvar centers his teaching on evidence-based practice, research methods, clinical exercise prescription, sport, and tactical strength and conditioning. He spends the majority of his time guiding young scholars in their professional and research pursuits and feels this is the most important aspect of his career.

“A tremendous congratulations to Dr. Brent Alvar on earning this award,” said Nate Palin, NSCA Tactical Program Manager. “NSCA Tactical is extremely fortunate to routinely benefit from Dr. Alvar’s depth of expertise and generous professionalism.”

Dr. Alvar will be honored at the NSCA’s Tactical Annual Training, which is being held virtually from August 25 – 28, 2020. The conference is the premiere educational event of the year for tactical professionals. Experts in law enforcement, military, first response, and exercise science all come together to lead attendees through the latest in practical strength and conditioning and applied research, with an emphasis on integrated medicine. For more information regarding the NSCA and our awards, please visit www.nsca.com.

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Founded in 1978, The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning and related sport science professions around the world.

 The NSCA exists to empower a community of professionals to maximize their impact through disseminating evidence-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, networking opportunities, and continuing education. The NSCA community is composed of more than 60,000 members and certified professionals throughout the world who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength and conditioning coaches, performance and sport scientists, personal trainers, tactical professionals, and other related roles.

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