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NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 18: Ashley Jones


Rugby strength and conditioning coach Ashley Jones talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about early involvement in the NSCA, working in professional sports, why it is important to write as a strength and conditioning coach, building your network, and avoiding burnout.

Coaches Professional Development

Ways to Structure a High School Strength and Conditioning Position


There are five ways that a strength and conditioning position is typically structured in a high school. Each position structure has its own pros and cons that should be evaluated for your specific situation.

The Myth of the Grind - How to Get into Baseball and What to Expect When You Get There

May 1, 2015

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In this first of a five-part series, Rachel Balkovec—the first female strength and conditioning coach in the history of professional baseball—provides an overview of her journey and how she got into professional baseball. This video starts with her recruitment by the University of New Mexico and includes her journeys to the Dominican Republic.

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What’s Our Standard of Care?

January 31, 2017

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Gain an understanding of the legal concept of negligence and how to avoid being negligent in daily strength and conditioning settings. In this session from the NSCA’s 2017 Coaches Conference, attorney and coach Reed Wainwright also explains how the “standard of care” concept affects the potential liability of a strength and conditioning coach and how this perception is affecting the profession.

Coaches Organization and Administration Safety Legal Issues Negligence Internship Standard of Care Policies 2017-Coaches-Conference

Ben Davis High School Strength and Conditioning Program—Large School Program with Applications for Any Size School

June 27, 2015


One area that can have great impact on the success of a high school athletic department is the strength and conditioning program. This session from the 2015 NSCA National Conference provides insights from Coach Kevin Vanderbush’s personal experience as the strength and conditioning coach at Ben Davis High School for 31 years. This session covers the most important components of strength and conditioning at the high school level and provides both the rationale behind certain practices as well as practical tips.

Coaches Program design Safety Professional Development high school athletes high school sports programs LTAD long term athlete development High school athletics hs-coaching

Philosophy in Strength and Conditioning—Clarifying Coaching and Training Philosophy

May 29, 2017

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Once strength and conditioning coaches have a better understanding of some of the differences between coaching and training philosophy, they can build their coaching philosophy and ensure it is a combination of both the “why” and “how.”

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Motivational Climate and Strength and Conditioning Coach-Athlete Relationships in the Weight Room

June 1, 2017

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The four components of the coach-athlete relationship are closeness, commitment, complementarity, and co-orientation. Coaches should seek to deeply understand the value of each category and how to maximize these reciprocal characteristics with their athletes.

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