Special Recognitions

Awarded annually, Special Recognition Awards honor excellence in service to the NSCA, its journals, or in specific areas connected to strength and conditioning. These awards are not voted on by members or by the Board of Directors. Instead, they are determined by application or nomination by a specific party.

Editorial & Research Special Recognition

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research Editorial Excellence Award

Presented by the "Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research" Editor-in-Chief, this award recognizes the service of editorial members on the JSCR Board.

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Strength & Conditioning Journal Editorial Excellence Award

Presented by the "Strength and Conditioning Journal" Editor-in-Chief, this award recognizes the service of editorial members on the SCJ Board.

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Student Research Award

Recognizing outstanding research efforts by students, the Student Research Awards include five annual awards for poster and podium presentations at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

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Special Recognition Service Awards

President's Award

Selected by the NSCA President, to honor an individual's contributions to the field of strength and conditioning and to the NSCA.

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Outgoing President Award

This award is given as needed to the outgoing president in recognition of their service to the association.

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Retiring Board Member Award

This award is given to board members who are leaving office in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the NSCA.

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State/Provincial Director of the Year Award

This award is given to the state/provincial director who accumulated the most points during the year from April 1 to March 31.

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Special Recognition for Athletes and Schools

All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year

This special award program recognizes collegiate and high school athletes whose athletic accomplishments reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning.

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Strength of America Award

The NSCA's recognition award for high school strength and conditioning programs that have demonstrated a dedication to student-athlete safety through excellence in their school's athletic supervision, education, programming, and facilities.

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Special Recognition Awards each have their own selection criteria and recipients are chosen based on factors unique to each award. The awards committee is not involved in the selection of special recognition awards, nor is there a nomination process. The awards are conferred during the NSCA National Conference in July.

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