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An Integrated Approach to Becoming an Effective Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Intern—for the Exercise Science Student

July 1, 2014

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An internship is a good way for the exercise science student to start getting some valuable experience in the field of strength and conditioning. The purpose of this article is to present an integrated approach to becoming an effective intern in the collegiate setting.

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Exercise Recovery: Science versus Practice

January 31, 2017

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Understand the overall process of exercise and recovery and learn to identify the four key areas of stress and recovery. In this session from the 2017 NSCA Coaches Conference, Michael Naperalsky also explains how to classify various modalities and strategies as “effective,” “promising,” or “inconclusive,” and how to measure recovery.

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NSCA’s Mid-Atlantic Region


NSCA has a network of volunteer leaders who direct NSCA’s efforts at the state level. NSCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator provides oversight and training to local state directors. Members in the Mid-Atlantic Region can connect at local and regional events as well as on Facebook to others in this area.

Sports Science: The Brain-Body Connection

April 28, 2016


Develop a better understanding of the brain’s role on exercise and recovery for the tactical athlete, and learn how to identify and implement heart rate variability (HRV) markers for prescribing recovery strategies. Presented by Mark Stephenson, Director of the Human Performance Program at a special operations unit for the Department of Defense, at the NSCA’s 2016 TSAC Annual Training.

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The Current State of the Sport Science Field and Careers – Integration, Data, and Professional Pathways

February 16, 2024


This article aims to describe the development of the sport scientist role and clarify the common qualifications and responsibilities therein.

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NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 30: Maura Bergan


Maura Bergan, Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sports Studies at Springfield College, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about social media in the exercise science field, key career decisions, and qualities and values that help you as a coach.

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CPSS Eligibility Requirements


Learn about the education and experience requirements for the Certified Performance and Sport Scientist certification. The NSCA's CPSS requirements allow for three different eligibility routes based on your level of post-secondary education.

The Best Functional Exercises in the World

October 31, 2014

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Opinions about the best functional exercises will always differ; however, science, logic, and a systematic approach will reduce confusion and debate. In this session from the 2014 NSCA Personal Trainers Conference, Gray Cook presents an interactive discussion that will provide you with the tools to elevate your skills with exercise choice and program design.

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Physique versus Sports Nutrition: Are They Contradictory?

December 27, 2019


In this session from the 2019 NSCA National Conference, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina, Shawn Arent, discusses different nutritional strategies for optimizing performance versus optimizing body composition. He also reviews the current research for various nutritional approaches and trends in nutritional recommendations.

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