NSCA Impact Award

The NSCA Impact Award is given to an individual who is mid-career or later that has made significant contributions that have impacted a segment of the overall field of strength and conditioning. The NSCA Board of Directors carefully deliberates to select the recipient of this prestigious award.

Congratulations to Our 2023 Winner

Mark Stephenson, MS, ATC, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D

Mark Stephenson currently serves as the Program Director of the Center for Sports Performance and Research Team for Mass General Brigham leading tactical research initiatives. He brings over 32 years of experience in the human performance field. Previously, he was the Human Performance Program Manager for a special operations force unit at USSOCOM and held sports performance leadership positions, including Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (NCAA Div. 1), Director of Player Performance (NFL), and TSAC Director and Program Co-founder for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Stephenson holds several sports performance and sports medicine certifications, including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F), Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and Certified Brain Enhanced and Recovery System (BEARS) provider. He also holds advanced degrees in Exercise and Sports Science and in Sports and Performance Psychology. In 2017, Stephenson was named TSAC Practitioner of the Year by the NSCA.

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Award Eligibility

Nominee must have a minimum of five years cumulative professional membership
Individuals must be nominated by a current member of the Board of Directors but recommendations may be submitted to the Board by any current member of the Association
Nominations must be accompanied by a brief supporting statement regarding the nominee’s qualifications for consideration for the award
Nominations and recommendations must be received by December 15 to be considered for the following year’s award

Past Award Recipients Include:

2022 - Steve Bliss, MEd, CSCS, RSCC*E, FNSCA LZ8A8966-Steve-Bliss-Impact-Award-web (002).jpg
2021 - G. Gregory Haff, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA  
2020 - Steven J. Fleck, PhD, CSCS, FACSM, FNSCA  
2019 - Jerry L. Mayhew, PhD Triplett and Mayhew 
2018 - Mike Arthur, CSCS, RSCC*D  Haff and Arthur
2017 - Andrea Hudy, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E  Haff and Hudy
2016 - Yuri Verkhoshansky, PhD  
2015 - Keijo Häkkinen, PhD  
2012 - Jim Lorimer  
1997 - Bernard Cahill and John Fatouros  
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