NSCA Impact Award: Dr. Steven J. Fleck
Dr. Steven J. Fleck has been the chair of kinesiology and sport science departments at several universities, and a sports science administrator in the private sector. His research interests include physiological adaptations to resistance training and application of research findings to optimize resistance training program design. His research interests are not limited to physiological adaptations and the training of elite athletes, but also include the training of the general population, from youth to seniors, as well as individuals with various diseases, such as cancer, McArdle disease, and cystic fibrosis. During his career, Fleck has designed conditioning programs for celebrities interested in general health and fitness, as well as high school, collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes in a wide variety of sports. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed research articles in the broad area of physical conditioning as well as several books, including Designing Resistance Training Programs and Exercise Physiology Integrating Theory and Application. Fleck is the past President of the NSCA and a Fellow of both the NSCA and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). For his work, he has received numerous awards and honors. Fleck received the Alumni Excellence Award from the College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he received his undergraduate degree and has been inducted into the College of Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame; of The Ohio State University, where he received his graduate degrees. Fleck has also been honored by receiving the NSCA’s Sport Scientist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.