National Strength and Conditioning Association announces 2021 Annual Award Recipients

Colorado Springs, CO – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is proud to announce this year’s recipients for the organization’s 2021 annual awards. These distinctive awards honor professionals around the world for outstanding achievement in their field. Each of the award winners will be formally recognized at the NSCA’s National Conference which will be held from July 7-10, 2021 in Orlando, FL. The recipients are:

Educator of the Year – Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS,*D

High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year – Sam Melendrez, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D

Nutritional Research Achievement Award – Grant Tinsley, PhD, CSCS,*D

Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year – James J. Tufano, PhD, CSCS,*D

William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year – Gregory D. Myer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FACSM

The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Editorial Excellence Award – Haley Bergstrom, PhD, CSCS,*D and Paul Cutrufello, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Strength and Conditioning Journal Editorial Excellence Award – Whitney D. Leyva-Camberos, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RSCC

State/Provincial Director of the Year – Julia Olsen, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F

“Congratulations to all the award winners for these well-deserved awards,” said NSCA Executive Director Michael Massik. “Each of these individuals have changed many lives and exemplify what it is to be an NSCA professional. We are proud to have them as members.”

For more information regarding the NSCA and these awards, please visit NSCA Awards.

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About the National Strength & Conditioning Association

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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