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 the 2020 winner!

Steven J. Fleck, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA, FACSM

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.

View Fleck's Press Release.

Award Eligibility

Candidates are nominated by a member of the NSCA Board of Directors 
Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative professional membership
Recommendations are submitted to board@nsca.com by December 15 each year

Past Award Recipients Include:

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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