2024 NSCA National Conference

Explore Cutting-Edge Research and Connect with Industry Leaders at NSCA’s Largest Strength & Conditioning Event

July 10 - 13, 2024 | Online & Baltimore, MD | Up to 3.0 CEUs

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Overview

With world-class education and structured opportunities to connect, NSCACon remains the favorite event for strength and conditioning’s finest practitioners, academics, and innovators. Join thousands of attendees across the industry for a can’t-miss experience that bridges the gap from cutting-edge research to confident application.

Stay Ahead of the Curve

Combat the fast pace of industry advancements by accessing the latest science and technology straight from the source, granting you and your program a competitive edge.

Apply Insights Immediately

Tackle the challenge of translating theory into practice with actionable, multidisciplinary takeaways that empower you to better serve your students, athletes, and clients.

Accelerate Your Career

Stand out in a crowded and competitive market through meaningful networking. Connect with decision-makers, discover potential career paths, and build essential contacts.

Unite with our elite global community and secure your spot at the forefront of strength and conditioning. Sign up now to join us in person at Baltimore’s historic harbor and instantly cross off half your CEU requirements if you need 6.0 in 2024-2026!

CLOSES 7/10, 5PM EASTERN

CLOSES 7/11, 5PM EASTERN

CEU Opportunity

Earn More CEUs In-Person

Joining in person provides you with more opportunities to learn, engage, and advance your education than online. 

In-person attendees are eligible to earn an extra 1.0 Category D CEUs (equivalent to 10 Contact Hours, a $150 value) by taking an exclusive free quiz

Simply register to attend in person, pass the quiz sent to your registration email 3-4 weeks post-conference, and the additional CEUs will be automatically added to your NSCA account.

3.0 CEU Opportunity

Schedule

Schedule is subject to change. PDF Schedule Here.

The live streamed selection is pre-determined. You will receive a recording AFTER the event of all recorded sessions.

Event Itinerary - Wednesday, July 10 - Eastern Time Zone
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
CSCS Exam Prep (Additional Purchase)

The 2-day CSCS Exam Prep Live Clinic (begins Tuesday, July 9)

This clinic is a comprehensive review of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully pass the CSCS certification exam.

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
NSCA Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
International Meeting Room
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
CPR/AED Class
by Mike Jarrous, MA, NSCA-CPT

Register for the CPR/AED certification during your conference registration. The class times we are offering: 

  1. 8:00am - 10:00am
  2. 10:15am - 12:15pm
  3. 1:15pm - 3:15pm
  4. 3:30pm - 5:30pm
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration Open
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NSCA Store Open
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Exploring the Potential of Adaptogen Supplementation in Sport: From Traditional Wisdom to Modern Science
by Jeremy Townsend, PhD, CSCS
  1. Define adaptogens and explain how they work in the human body
  2. Discuss the different types of adaptogens and their potential benefits for improving stress management and sleep
  3. Review the scientific evidence for the use of adaptogens in athletes pertaining to athletic performance

Research Lecture

2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Developing Movement Skills to Enhance Multi-Directional Speed & Agility
by Lee Taft, MS, CSCS

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  1. Discover how to assess common problems in athletes cutting ability.
  2. Identify how to control mass and momentum forces to be a more efficient and effective mover.

Workshop sponsored by Perform Better

2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Long Term Athletic Development: Creating Community Impact to Reshape and Enhance Youth Sport Performance, Coaching, and Physical Education
by Rick Howard, DSc CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA, Tony Moreno, PhD, CSCS,*D, Jason Semanoff, Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD, CMPC, & Karin Pfeiffer, PhD, FACSM
  1. Revealing long-term athletic development and its role in youth sports, PE, and coach education
  2. Learning from industry experts what collective impact is
  3. Engaging in conversations and sharing your experiences, expertise, suggestions and concerns to set the stage for continued collective impact after the session

Workshop

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Carbohydrate and Protein in the Early Hours of Recover from Exhaustive Exercise - A Missed Physiologic Opportunity
by Erica Goldstein, PhD, RDN, CSCS, CISSN
  1. Define glycogen depleting exercise as it relates to endurance and intermittent team sport athletes.
  2. Review key aspects of glucose uptake, transport capacity, and glycogen re-synthesis in skeletal muscle.
  3. Review the salient findings related to carbohydrate and protein consumption and carbohydrate-protein co-ingestion during the early hours of recovery from exhaustive exercise.

Research Lecture

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Basketball Special Interest Group Meeting
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Weight Management for Athletes in the Age of Weight Loss Drugs
by Hannah Cabre, PhD, RDN
  1. Discuss what the current weight loss drugs are, how they are prescribed, and the current state of the literature.
  2. Identify current weight management techniques for athletes and possible populations that may seek out weight loss drugs.
  3. Provide practical applications for coaches, registered dietitians, clinicians, and strength and conditioning staff to consider with weight management and possible wieght loss drug use. 

Research Lecture

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Education Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Sport Specific Endurance Training
by Dane Miller

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  1. Learn the types of endurance in athletics, how to train for endurance types and how to serve the specific sports related to the endurance types. 
  2. Learn how to identify time commitment required for the various types of endurance training based on sport types and their strength characteristics. 
  3. Learn how to build and apply specific WORKOUTS for development of endurance training in all sport types. 

Workshop

4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Deceleration & Landing
by Matthew Ibrahim, MS
  1. Build a better understanding and improve your ability to coach, program and execute these athletic performance skills: deceleration, force absorption and landing.
  2. Develop sound exercise selection and training program design strategies through critical thinking.
  3. Review and apply practical weight room (strength and power) and field/court (change-of-direction and reactive agility) progressions and regressions.

Workshop

4:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Crawl, Walk, Run, Play: Building a Better Warmup
by Ingrid Marcum, CSCS
  1. Follow the 5-step warm up framework to maximize and condense warm-up time, while still effectively preparing the body for more efficient training sessions, improved overall performance, and increased durability.

Workshop sponsored by Perform Better

4:30 PM - 5:50 PM
Conference Committee Meeting
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
First Timer’s Orientation (RSVP Required)
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Validity, Reliability and Usage of Resistance Training Technologies
by Kyle Beyer, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Identify the various technologies used during resistance training including force plates, accelerometers, linear encoders, and cameras.
  2. Discuss the current state of the resistance training technology literature, specifically the validity and reliability of each.
  3. Describe how technologies can be implemented and applied to various environments.

Research Lecture

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
RSCC Happy Hour (RSCC & RSVP required)

Must hold an RSCC and RSVP ahead of time.

Event Itinerary - Thursday, July 11 - Eastern Time Zone
7:00 AM - 8:20 AM
State/Provincial Directors Assembly
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Research Consortium Meeting
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
NSCA Store Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
International Meeting Room
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

Light breakfast provided from 8:30-10:00 AM

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

8:30 AM | Andrew Cleary | Predictive Ability of the NBA Draft Combine
8:45 AM | Stephanie Sontag | Yoga Influences Strength and Motor Unit Behavior in Active Adults
9:00 AM | Tsuyoshi Nagatani | Effect of Traditional and Cluster Set Structures on Barbell Trajectories
9:15 AM | Allen Redinger | Seasonal Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Adaptations in Cross-Country Athletes

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Special Interest Group and Professional Development Group Chair Meeting
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Research Committee Meeting
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Women’s Solution Session
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

9:30 AM | Adam Sundh | Accentuated Eccentric Loading: Repetition-to-Repetition Comparisons
9:45 AM | Wi-Yeh Chien | Reactive Strength Performance and Eccentric Phase of Jump
10:00 AM | Po-Hsuan Hu | Explosiveness in Semi-Professional Pitchers
10:15 AM | Hi-Chien Chiang | Associations between Isometric and Eccentric Force Production

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Career Connection: Private Sector Coaching
by Lee Taft, MS, CSCS & Joel Raether, MAEd, CSCS, TSAC-F, RSCC*D

NSCA has created an opportunity for those attending in person to sit down and get to know some of the best and brightest in strength and conditioning.  These are informal gatherings, no lecture, just an opportunity for open dialogue.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Rugby Special Interest Group Meeting
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Presentation: Aging Powerfully - Who Says I'm Too Old?
by Joe Signorile, PhD

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  1. Utilize athlete-based training techniques to maximize results and target the diagnosed needs of your older clients with and without Parkinson's disease.
  2. Recognize the physiological changes that govern the use of these programs.
  3. Understand the relationships among improvements in neuromuscular function and measures of independence and quality of life.

Lecture

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch with Exhibitors

All attendees and exhibitors welcome, food provided

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Meet Your Deep Core
by Arianne Missimer, DPT, RD, CSCS

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  1. Explore functional anatomy of the deep core.
  2. Explore concepts of reflexive stabilization, subsystems, doming, diastasis recti and more.
  3. Learn intrinsic core assessments and a systematic progression to treating and training.

Bridge the Gap Lecture

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Building a High-Performance Model for Sport: Directed by Data and Driven by Purpose
by Anthony Turner, PhD, CSCS,*D
  1. Appreciate how data can be used define a training system, which is evidence based, objective, and free from cognitive bias
  2. Appreciate that athlete engagement is affected by the team’s vision and culture, and thus encourage delegates to spend time formalising these, as well as their own personal training philosophy. 

Lecture

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Impaired Muscle Growth and Regeneration in Chronic Musculoskeletal Injury
by Sam Ward, PT, PhD
  1. Describe the classic structure function relationships in skeletal muscle.
  2. Identify common chronic musculoskeletal injuries that results in muscle quality impairments.
  3. Describe typical exercise responses in chronically injured muscles.

Lecture Sponsored by Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
The Effects of High Demand Training Load on Performance in D1 Women’s Collegiate Basketball Players
by Andrea Hudy, MA, MBA, CSCS, RSCC*E

Lecture Sponsored by the Women's Committee

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Abstract Podium Presentations

1:00 PM | Damjana Cabarkapa | The Impact of Learning Effect on Vertical Jump Performance
1:15 PM | Faith Brown | Relationships of External and Internal Load in Women’s Collegiate Basketball
1:30 PM | Jacob Hurwitz | Fatigue Performance: GPS Data-Driven Analysis for Strategic In-Game Decision Making
1:45 PM | Benjamin Mendelson | Comparison Between a Maximal Treadmill Test and a 3-Minute Test

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Career Connection: Sports Nutrition and RD/Nutrition Careers
by Hannah Cabre, PhD, RDN

NSCA has created an opportunity for those attending in person to sit down and get to know some of the best and brightest in strength and conditioning.  These are informal gatherings, no lecture, just an opportunity for open dialogue.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Awards Committee Meeting
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
High School Coaches Professional Development Group Meeting
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Figure Skating Special Interest Group Meeting
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Gary Dudley Lecture: Past, Present and Future of ACL Injury Prevention
by Greg Myer, PhD, CSCS

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  1. Review the current state of evidence on ACL injury prevention based on past discoveries in the field
  2. Detail the limitations with current Strength and Conditioning practice used for coaching for motor control and skill performance to support ACL injury prevention
  3. Discuss theoretical constructs that support a novel approach to coaching motor skills to optimize enhanced neuromuscular and sensorimotor control
  4. Evaluate the future potential of the integrated data fusion techniques supported by CNS and brain derived inputs for training injury prevention and performance enhancement

Lecture

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Staying Power: Strategies for Longevity, Resilience, and High-Performance Over the Long Term
by Ingrid Marcum, CSCS
  1. Implement methods of building structural integrity and movement variability to improve resilience and provide an avenue for long-term high-performance — through a full season or an entire career.
  2. Understand the connection between physical, mental, social, and emotional states and their impact on performance, as well as strategies for creating an integrated program to improve performance longevity and overall well-being.

Lecture sponsored by Perform Better

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
The Science & Application of Advanced Weight Training Techniques for Muscle Hypertrophy
by Guillermo Escalante, DSc, MBA, ATC, CSCS
  1. Identify advanced training techniques available that can be implemented to enhance muscle hypertrophy.
  2. Design resistance training programs that utilize advanced training techniques to enhance muscle hypertrophy
  3. Describe the potential limitations and concerns of advanced training techniques to enhance muscle hypertrophy

Hands-On

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Tactical Athlete Nutrition: Considerations for Health and Performance
by Drew Gonzalez, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F & Rick Kreider, PhD
  1. Identify the nutritional demands of the tactical athlete.
  2. Understand how to implement a food first, but not food-only approach.
  3. Identify the top dietary supplements considerations for health and performance.
  4. Understand how to "meet them where they are at."

Research Lecture

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Career Connection: Opportunities for Sport Scientists
by Anthony Turner, PhD, CSCS,*D

NSCA has created an opportunity for those attending in person to sit down and get to know some of the best and brightest in strength and conditioning.  These are informal gatherings, no lecture, just an opportunity for open dialogue.

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Women’s Committee Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Special Populations Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Strongman Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Sport Science and Performance Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Golf Special Interest Group Meeting
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Re-Establishing the Agility Ladder Back into Training
by Lee Taft, MS, CSCS

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  1. Provide opportunities for athletes to use properly positioned foot contacts to protect during cutting.
  2. Teach the concept of creating stiffness during repositioning of plant legs.
  3. Allow athletes to work versus artificial momentum to realize the forces they must deal with in change of direction training.

Lecture sponsored by Perform Better

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
The Cheat Code: Lessons I've Learned to Gain Buy In & Support for Your Strength & Conditioning Program
by Micah Kurtz, MS, CSCS,*D, USAW, FMS
  1. Have core values for your program & a Strength & Conditioning philosophy. Be ready and able to explain it.
  2. How to create an Open Door Policy for coaches, parents & community.
  3. How to develop a trust level with your student-athletes & private sector coaches.

Lecture

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Meet Your Deep Core
by Arianne Missimer, DPT, RD, CSCS
  1. Explore functional anatomy of the deep core.
  2. Explore concepts of reflexive stabilization, subsystems, doming, diastasis recti and more.
  3. Learn intrinsic core assessments and a systematic progression to treating and training.

Bridge the Gap Hands-On

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Growth and Maturation: Implications for the Youth Athlete and Key Stakeholders
by Andy Seraphin, CPSS, CSCS
  1. Define growth and maturation (along with other key terms in that niche) and how it affects the youth athlete.
  2. Learn how specific metrics can be used to help make informed decisions in the best interest of the athlete.
  3. Explain the different types of growth related injuries in youth athletes and how they can be managed by both medical and performance staff.

Research Lecture

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Weightlifting Special Interest Group Meeting
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Nutrition Special Interest Group Meeting
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Finance Committee Meeting
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Lacrosse Special Interest Group Meeting
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Hip Impingement Syndrome: Implications for the Strength & Conditioning Professional
by Morey Kolber, PT, PhD, CSCS,*D

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  1. Recognize the presentation of femoroacetabular impingement syndrome based on client reports and movement analysis
  2. Be familiar with appropriate exercise modifications for clients with femoroacetabular impingement syndrome
  3. Recognize prevention strategies for individuals with femoroacetabular impingement syndrome 

Lecture

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Experimenting to Prescription: Eccentric Training
by Luke Storey, MSc, CSCS
  1. Brief literature review of eccentric training and its potential benefits to athletic performance.
  2. How to use your own work environment to experiment with different training protocols and assessments.
  3. Identifying practical and feasible applications of eccentric training and how to assess its qualities in a collegiate setting.

Lecture

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Chronic Effects of Creatine Supplementation with BFR Exercise
by Paola Rivera
  1. Identify the research that has been conducted with creatine supplementation and BFR exercise
  2. Describe the effects of creatine supplementation in conjunction with BFR exercise
  3. Illustrate the potential benefits of creatine and BFR use individually for strength, body composition and neuromuscular function, as well as utilized together.

Research Lecture

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
NSCA Foundation Data Blitz

Lily Zandieh | Evaluation of Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Skeletal Muscle Strength in Resistance Trained Adult Females
Robert Lockie | The Effects of Structured Strength and Conditioning Programs on Motor Skill, Movement Competency, and Physical Fitness of High School Athletes
Krissy Kendall | Priming: Influence of Set-c=Configuration on Delayed Neuromuscular, Physical and Reaction Time Performance
Jennifer Rivera | Effects of Myofascial Release on Athletic Performance and Recovery Following Resistance Exercise
Rhodri Lloyd | The effects of Targeted Neuromuscular Training on Lower Limb Injury Risk Factors in Young Female Child Athletes

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Exercise/Sports Psych Special Interest Group Roundtable
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Football Special Interest Group Meeting
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Health & Wellness Special Interest Group Meeting
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Reception

All attendees and exhibitors welcome.

Event Itinerary - Friday, July 12 - Eastern Time Zone
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

Light breakfast provided from 7:30-9:00 AM

7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
International Meeting Room
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Past President’s Meeting
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
NSCA Store Open
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Bridge the Gap: Blood Flow Restrictions
by Dan Lorenz, DPT, MSPT,ATC/L, CSCS
  1. Discuss the history and evolution of BFR training
  2. Highlight the relevant science and theory of application
  3. Discuss parameters and indications for BFR training
  4. Highlight relevant research on outcomes after utilizing BFR
  5. Provide potential frameworks for utilization of BFR

Lecture

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Making the Right Calls: Integrating Sports Science into the Rehabilitation Decision-Making Process
by Nicole Greufe, MS, CSCS, CPSS & Braidy Soile, DPT, SCS, CSCS

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  1. Present a rehabilitation model that integrates sports science within the multidisciplinary healthcare team, and discuss the roles/responsibilities of a sports scientist working within a rehabilitation setting.
  2. Describe the various devices/technologies used to assess objective performance and rehabilitation progress, as well as cost-effective technological alternatives. 
  3. Present the methodology utilized in synthesizing/interpreting raw data collected during objective performance testing, as well as review how to present the data for use within the shared decision-making process

Lecture

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

8:30 AM | Minh Nguyen | Position-Specific Conditioning Impact on Soccer Performance
8:45 AM | Madelin Siedler | Relationships Between RMR-ratio, Cognitive Restraint, and Oral Contraceptive Use
9:00 AM | Megan Sax van der Weyden | Cluster Analysis to Optimize Training in ROTC Cadets
9:15 AM |Michael Perlet | Sustained Muscle Oxygenation Following Arterial Occlusion Predicts Specific Force

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
CASCE Accreditation Roundtable: Trends from the Field Informing CASCE Accreditation
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Implementing Weightlifting Derivatives for Strength and Power Development: Exercise and Loading Considerations
by Timothy Suchomel, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC, USAW-I

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  1. Discuss previous literature that has examined the effect of training with weightlifting movements and their derivatives
  2. Discuss how different exercise and load combinations may benefit strength and power characteristics
  3. Provide practical examples of how to implement weightlifting derivatives to benefit strength and power development

Lecture

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
The Impact of Mentor Relationships
by To be determined

Lecture Sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

9:30 AM | Christian Rodriguez | Reliability of Skeletal Muscle Mass and Total Body Water Estimation
9:45 AM | Nicolas Philipp | Stretch-Shortening Cycle Fatigue Response in Collegiate Basketball Players
10:00 AM | Bryson Trask | Effects of Repetition Cadence on Neuromuscular Responses During Fatiguing Exercise
10:15 AM | Coleman Honea | Physiological and Neuromuscular Responses to Exercise Throughout the Menstrual Cycle

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Career Connection: DPTs Working with S&C
by Arianne Missimer, DPT, RD, LDN, CSCS

NSCA has created an opportunity for those attending in person to sit down and get to know some of the best and brightest in strength and conditioning.  These are informal gatherings, no lecture, just an opportunity for open dialogue.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Ice Hockey Special Interest Group Meeting
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
College Coaches Professional Development Group Meeting
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Bridge the Gap Lecture: Speed Science: Applying Sprint Research to Field Sport Programming
by Cory Walts, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D & Ken Clark
  1. Scientific background of sprinting performance
  2. Understanding effective sprinting mechanics in team sport athletes
  3. Practical applications for speed development: year-round programming, periodized drills, cues, and the all-important logistical considerations for large group, NCAA-regulated settings.

Bridge the Gap Lecture

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Photobiomodulation: Using the Power of Light to Benefit Performance & Recovery
by Jennifer Novak, MS, CSCS,*D

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  1. Introduce the concept of optimizing both recovery and performance as a ratio of cellular energy:cellular stress
  2. Explain the "benefit trifecta" of photobiomodulation to enhance both sides of this ratio (increase cellular energy capacity AND reduce cellular stress)
  3. Provide examples of how this has been applied in the research and case examples

Lecture

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Injecting Movement Training Seamlessly into Daily Preparation
by Joel Raether, MAEd, CSCS, TSAC-F, RSCC*D
  1. Demonstrate employable strategies within the current framework of a traditional training program where speed, agility and plyometrics can be integrated without overhauling an entire program
  2. Elicit time effective methods that increase impact points of movement skills and proficiency that maximize impact of concurrent training and better methods to potentiate movement skills within your program.
  3. Increase coaching acumen from training to the field via enhanced daily preparation strategies.

Hands-On

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

10:30 AM | Shane Murphy | Braking Differences Between Traditional and Flywheel Squats
10:45 AM | Krissy Sanchez | Exploration of Motivation and Physical Activity of Law Enforcement Officers
11:00 AM | Kate Winstanley | Menstrual Cycle and Contraceptive Use on Joint Laxity
11:15 AM | Stuart Roche | Forceful to Fast: Countermovement Jumps with Rigid and Flexible Barbells

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Career Connection: Youth & High School S&C
by Micah Kurtz, MS, CSCS,*D

NSCA has created an opportunity for those attending in person to sit down and get to know some of the best and brightest in strength and conditioning.  These are informal gatherings, no lecture, just an opportunity for open dialogue.

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Combat Sport Special Interest Group Meeting
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch with Exhibitors

Lunch provided.

12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Nomination Committee Meeting
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
From Sport to Special Populations – Bridging the Gap of Human Performance Training
by Joe Signorile, PhD & Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA
  1. Learn how training can be scaled from the athletic population to be implemented in special populations to elicit the greatest outcomes in terms of human performance.

Lecture

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Selecting Metrics that Matter: A Framework to Guide Practitioners During Jump Testing
by Chris Bishop, PhD

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  1. Establish a framework which can be applied to any and all sporting contexts, helping to determine how to select jump metrics.
  2. Provide justification for why metrics may differ, depending on the purpose of the jump test (e.g., performance profiling, assessment of neuromuscular fatigue, or injury rehabilitation).

Lecture

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Bridge the Gap: Blood Flow Restrictions
by Dan Lorenz, DPT, MSPT,ATC/L, CSCS
  1. Provide case-based examples of BFR in rehabilitation as well as strength and conditioning.
  2. Demonstrate how strength and conditioning professionals can implement BFR into training practices and in conjunction with the terminal phases of rehabilitation. 

Practical

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Soccer Special Interest Group Meeting
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Career Connection: Tactical S&C
by Logan Brodine, CSCS, RSCC*D & Hunter Schurrer, CSCS, RSCC*D

NSCA has created an opportunity for those attending in person to sit down and get to know some of the best and brightest in strength and conditioning.  These are informal gatherings, no lecture, just an opportunity for open dialogue.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Abstract Podium Presentations

1:00 PM | Yang Yang | American Football Muscular Strength Difference Starter vs. Non-Starter Using IMTP
1:15 PM | Shawn Akridge | HRPU and SDC Mediate Memory Task Response Time Under Stress
1:30 PM | Christopher Cleary | Similar Outcomes Between Healthy and Previously Injured Individuals
1:45 PM | Drake Eserhaut | Biomarker and Cardiovascular Responses to BFR+RE in Trained Men

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Making Connections Through Data & The Gen Z Experience
by Andrea Hudy, MA, MBA, CSCS, RSCC*E
  1. The imact of diversity and inclusion (multiple viewpoints) on enhancing athletic performance.
  2. Exploring sport science, data, and technology from a modern coaching prospective (Gen Z).
  3. Gen Z's influence on the future of coaching.

Lecture

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Rethinking Pre-Participation Screening: New Perspective on Injury Prevention
by Travis Pollen

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  1. Evaluate the effectiveness and limitations of pre-participation screening within the context of injury prediction and prevention.
  2. Contrast a “global” injury prevention strategy (for all athletes), a “high-risk” strategy (for the most susceptible athletes only), and a “hybrid” strategy that blends elements of both.
  3. Discuss reasons for screening besides risk stratification, including detecting current injuries, gathering baseline data to assess recovery, and building relationships with athletes.

Lecture

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Bridge the Gap Practical: Speed Science: Applying Sprint Research to Field Sport Programming
by Cory Walts, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D & Ken Clark
  1. Scientific background of sprinting performance
  2. Understanding effective sprinting mechanics in team sport athletes
  3. Practical applications for speed development: year-round programming, periodized drills, cues, and the all-important logistical considerations for large group, NCAA-regulated settings.

Bridge the Gap Practical

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Resistance Training and the Motor Unit
by Trent Herda, PhD
  1. Identify the complexity of the motor unit firing rate and recruitment patterns based on contraction intensity and muscle tested.
  2. Describe studies that have directly examined motor unit firing rates and recruitment patterns pre- and post-resistance exercise training.
  3. Recognize strengths and weaknesses of previous work and discuss what must be done in future studies.

Research Lecture

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Track & Field Coaches Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Bodybuilding Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Special Interest Group Meeting
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Career Connection: S&C and Social Media
by Jacob Goodin, PhD, CPSS, CSCS

NSCA has created an opportunity for those attending in person to sit down and get to know some of the best and brightest in strength and conditioning.  These are informal gatherings, no lecture, just an opportunity for open dialogue.

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Michael H. Stone Sports Science Lecture: Enhancing Team Sports Performance Insights and Actionable Strategies from Tracking Technologies
by Marco Duca

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  1. Identify relevant key performance indicators measurable with tracking devices in team sports setting.
  2. Organize data collection and assess training efficacy.
  3. Report and communicate information to stakeholders (coaching staff, medical staff).

Lecture

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Effective Strategies for Strength & Conditioning Coaches to Support and Assess Athletes During Rehabilitation
by Paul Read, PhD, MSc, ASCC, CSCS,*D
  1. Provide a framework to critically analyse current return to play assessment protocols
  2. Be able to able to design assessment strategies that accurately identify residual deficits following injury
  3. Interpret test information to able to effectively design programs in order to promote test-train integration

Lecture

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Monitoring Considerations for the Female Athlete
by Yvette Figueroa, PhD, CSCS,*D & Jenn Bunn

Research Lecture

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Powerlifting Special Interest Group Meeting
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Fat-free Mass Index in Sport: A Solution for Concerns of Assessing Body Fat Percentage in Sport
by Andrew Jagim, PhD, CSCS
  1. Understand the limitations and concerns of using body fat percentage when assessing an athlete's body composition.
  2. Know how to calculate fat-free mass index and why it is superior to using absolute measures of fat-free mass with athletes.
  3. Interpret fat-free mass index values and understand how they can be used in athletic settings.

Research Lecture

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
NSCA Awards Banquet

***Limited availability - additional purchase - RSVP required***

Sponsored in part by Matrix

Event Itinerary - Saturday, July 13 - Eastern Time Zone
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Light Breakfast
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Registration Open
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
NSCA Store Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
International Meeting Room
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SCJ Meeting
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
New Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Optimizing Body Composition for Athletic Performance
by Todd Miller, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F

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Lecture

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Targeting Mechanisms that Enhance Sprint Performance
by Matt Hank, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, USAW
  1. Understand how improving folding, falling, and rolling abilities can enhance sprint performance.
  2. Demonstrate the proper sequence and timing of the leg switch in the gait cycle.
  3. Learn applied drills and coaching cues that enhance sprinting performance. 

Lecture

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

8:30 AM | Samuel Montalvo | In-Season Force-Velocity Sprint Profiling in Division I NCAA Baseball Athletes
8:45 AM | David DiPaola | 3-Minute Cognitive Condition Detection with Motion and Machine Learning
9:00 AM | Dimitrije Cabarkapa | Vertical Jump Performance of Elite 3x3 Basketball Players
9:15 AM | Lucy Kember | Tuck Jump Assessment Biomechanical Deficits in Adolescent Athletes Post ACLR

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Educators Special Interest Group Meeting and Roundtable
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Career Connection: Collegiate S&C
by Cory Walts, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D

NSCA has created an opportunity for those attending in person to sit down and get to know some of the best and brightest in strength and conditioning.  These are informal gatherings, no lecture, just an opportunity for open dialogue.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Embedded Sport Science: Building a Sport Science Program from the Ground Up
by Jacob Goodin, PhD, CPSS, CSCS

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  1. Establish a definition of sport science in the context of higher education and collegiate sport.
  2. Highlight perspectives from both a sport scientist and a strength coach and the lessons they’ve learned in creating a thriving sport science program from the ground up.
  3. Explore a conceptual framework for implementing a sport science program at their university with limited personnel and/or funding.

Lecture

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Career Connection: Dr. William Kraemer
by William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS

NSCA has created an opportunity for those attending in person to sit down and get to know some of the best and brightest in strength and conditioning.  These are informal gatherings, no lecture, just an opportunity for open dialogue.

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

9:30 AM | David Looney | U.S. Marines with Perfect Physical and Combat Fitness Test Scores
9:45 AM | Christopher Latella | Weight Category Optimization for Para Powerlifting
10:00 AM | Ruihang Zhou | Impact of BFR Training on Endurance Performance and Fatigue Perception
10:15 AM |Quincy Johnson | Practice and Game External Training Loads in Collegiate American Football

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Personal Trainers Professional Development Group Meeting
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Elite Athletes Meet Elite Operators
by Hunter Schurrer, CSCS, RSCC*D

Lecture

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Optimizing the Utilization of Research to Enhance Athlete Performance
by Josh Secomb, PhD, CPSS

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  1. Construct a research philosophy that maximizes sport science application
  2. Ensure that research; relates to an athletes’ technical and tactical sport performance, can provide actionable data with minimal turnaround, and is presented in an easily understood medium
  3. Involve athletes and coaches in research decision-making – they are the experts 

Lecture

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Abstract Podium Presentations

10:30 AM | Harry Cintineo | Visuomotor Reaction Time Task Learning Effects and Test-Retest Reliability
10:45 AM | Sten Stray-Gundersen | Acute Effect of Nerve Stimulation on Marksmanship in Tactical Personnel
11:00 AM | Jacob Goodin | Comparative Analysis of AI Models in Sport Specific Program Design
11:15 AM | Jeremy Ross | Wellness Screening for Special Operations Overreaching

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
2nd Keynote: Plyometrics in the History of NSCA
by Don Chu, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

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Lecture

Registration Pricing

CLOSES 7/10, 5PM EASTERN

CLOSES 7/11, 5PM EASTERN

 
 
Through May 29
May 30 - June 26
June 27 - On-site
Non-Member
You do not have a current/active membership.
$550 $580 $665
Registration + Professional Membership
You would like to register for the event and add a professional membership.
$500 $555 $605
Professional Member
You have a current/active professional or CPI membership.
$370 $425 $475
Registration + Student Membership
You would like to register for the event and add a student membership.
$290 $320 $350
Student Member
You have a current/active student membership.
$220 $250 $280
Awards Banquet Ticket
Friday, July 13, 7 PM. Can only be purchased in conjunction with conference registration.
$40 $65 $85
Guest Pass 
Access to: Exhibit Hall, Kick-Off Party,  Exhibitor Breakfast /Luncheon. Can only be purchased in conjunction with conference registration.
$85 $105 $125
CPR/AED
Choose from 4 different class times. Held Wednesday, July 10, see schedule for details.
$75 $75 $75

Registration Closures:
In-Person attendance: 7/10, 5:00 PM eastern, but you can register onsite throughout the conference week!
Online attendance: 7/11, 5:00 PM eastern

Accommodations and Event Location

HQ Hotel:

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards

110 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201
(~5 min walk to conference site)

Group rate $179 (+ taxes)

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Overflow Hotel:

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
Hotel

202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202
(~9 min walk to conference site)

$175 (+ taxes)

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Conference Site:

Baltimore Convention Center

1 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Explore Baltimore

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NSCA Conference Orioles Game

Join your conference peers at Camden Yards! Watch the Baltimore Orioles take on the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, July 11th.

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Benefits of Attending

NSCA has 2 options for attending. Whichever option you choose, we strive to connect with our attendees in meaningful ways and we look forward to bringing you the features that make the NSCA National Conference unique. Below are some of the key advantages of each attendance option:

Benefits 

In-person  

Online 

Cutting-edge educational sessions 

More sessions and activities available in-person (Additional sessions, round tables, SIG meetings)

Key sessions will be made available online live during the event

Earn more CEUs

In person attendees can earn an extra 1.0 Category D (equivalent to 10 contact hours, a $150 value) by taking a free quiz only available to in person attendees.  Simply register to attend in person, pass the quiz sent to your registration email three to four weeks post-conference, and the additional CEUs will be automatically added to your NSCA account.

 

Engage with Experts

Ask questions one-on-one with presenters. Participate in hands-on practical sessions – learn the technique and cues from the experts

Ask questions via the Q&A feature

Convenience 

The largest gathering of strength and conditioning professionals provides the easiest way to connect and share ideas with your peers

Gain knowledge and skills without leaving home

Company Approval Take Home Message

Take your experience, connections, new research, and techniques learned back to your company to share and immediately implement with your athletes and clientele

 

Network & Make Connections 

Career connections, networking and social events, round table discussions, and awards banquet 

 

Exhibit Hall & 2 receptions

Explore the latest knowledge and equipment and connect with peers over food and drink

 

Awards Banquet (+$40)

Celebrate the accomplishments of some of the best in the industry over dinner and drinks (limited availability)

 

Access to online sessions

1 year of access to online sessions as well as additional sessions recorded at the event

1 year of access to online sessions as well as additional sessions recorded at the event

Justification Toolkit

Whether you’re coming to expand your network, uncover new trends, or earn up to 3.0 CEUs, we want you there—and we’re here to help.

Our updated Justification Toolkit has everything you need to secure funding to attend, from tips for speaking with your supervisor to specific sessions that align with your job tasks.

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Featured Exhibitors

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FAQS

  • Abstracts

    Abstract submissions are open yearly from November to March (exact dates change annually). Research abstract presentations are an opportunity to present current research findings to researchers and strength and conditioning professionals at the NSCA National Conference.

    Submit Abstracts
  • Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment
  • Cancellation Policy

    All refund requests must be submitted in writing (email) and should state the reason for cancellation. No refunds will be accepted over the phone.
    Email: conferences@nsca.com

    Full refund less $20 if postmarked by May 29
    50% refund if postmarked May 30 - June 26
    No refund after June 26, 2024

  • CEU Options

    The NSCA has many options to help you in obtaining the necessary CEUs to recertify.  Please check the CEU Opportunities page for the most current information. 

    NEW CEU OPPORTUNITY EXTENDED

    Earn More CEUs Than Ever 
    Joining in person provides you with more opportunities to learn, engage, and advance your education than online. 

    In-person attendees are eligible to earn an extra 1.0 Category D CEUs (equivalent to 10 Contact Hours, a $150 value) by taking an exclusive free quiz

    Simply register to attend in person, pass the quiz sent to your registration email 3-4 weeks post-conference, and the additional CEUs will be automatically added to your NSCA account.

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  • Engagement Opportunities
    • 10 Committee Meetings
    • 1st Timer Orientation
    • 15+ Special Interest Group Meetings
    • Abstract Podium Presentations
    • Abstract Poster Defense
    • Awards Banquet
    • Exhibit Hall
    • Hands-on Sessions
    • Kick-off Party
    • Round table discussions
    • RSCC Happy Hour
    • Research Consortium
    • State/Provincial Assembly meeting         
    • Yoga
  • Exhibitors

    We look forward to highlighting you to our attendees.

    Email: exhibitors@nsca.com

    Exhibitor Information
  • Other Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the event being held?
    Baltimore Convention Center. See 'Accommodations and Event Location' and "Schedule" for details.

    What does it mean when I see "Streamed Live" on the schedule?
    The sessions labeled "Streamed Live" will be just that, streamed live during the week of the conference. It's what's included with the online registration. All attendees will receive access to all of the recorded main sessions approximately 3 weeks after the event.

    How long do I have to register for the In-Person experience? 
    The online registration opportunity (to attend in-person) will close July 10th, 5 PM eastern. Onsite registration will remain open all week.

    How long do I have to register for the Online experience? 
    Registration will close July 12th, 5 PM eastern.

    As a registered attendee, will I receive a recording of the online, virtual or live streamed event? 
    Yes. You will receive a recording approximately 2-3 weeks after the event to review anything you may have missed. You will have access for one year. 

    How do I know which sessions will be streamed/included with my registration? 
    It will be indicated under the Schedule portion of the page.

    If I miss some of the online, virtual or live streamed event, will this affect my CEUs?
    No. You will receive a recording after the event to review anything you may have missed, therefore receiving the full Category A CEUs. 

    Are there group registration prices?
    Yes. If you have a team of 4+ we can offer a discount. Email conferences@nsca.com

    Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance? 
    Yes. A certificate will be emailed to you approximately 2 weeks after the event.

    How do I report my CEUs?
    The NSCA will automatically apply the CEUs to your NSCA Account. If you need to report CEUs elsewhere, you may use the Certificate of Attendance.

    Can anyone register for this event? 
    Yes. Anyone who is interested in an NSCA Event can register. 

    Do I need a Membership to register?
    No. You only need an NSCA Account to register. If you do not have one, you can create one for free.

    Create Account

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