The NSCA currently offers an Exam Prep Online for individuals preparing for the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) certification exam. Enrollment in our Exam Prep Online will provide you access to a series of modules that will review the knowledge, skills, and abilities most commonly tested on the NSCA exams.
Once purchased, TSAC-F Exam Prep Online can be accessed by logging in at NSCA.com. Click on My Account and scroll down to Courses & Practice Questions.
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- Accessible for 1 year from date of purchase
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TSAC-F Exam Prep Online is a valuable tool designed to assist individuals in their preparation process and is not a comprehensive stand-alone course. The course has been developed as a final stage of preparation for certification. Recommended textbooks and materials should be studied prior to or in conjunction with the utilization of the exam preparation course.
TSAC-F Exam Prep is a supportive tool that will help to draw a wide array of job-specific factors together along with current knowledge of strength and conditioning. The Exam Prep incorporates material provided in Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning and concludes with a short, end-of-course practice exam.
This course is not considered to be a stand-alone resource for the TSAC-F certification. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning. The Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning is available for purchase at NSCA.com.
The TSAC-F Exam Prep Online will cover the following content:
- Apply General Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology
- Apply Basic Concepts of Neuromuscular Anatomy and Physiology
- Apply the Basic Principles of Biomechanics Regarding Exercise Selection, Execution, and Operation/Mission Performance
- Describe Bioenergetics and Metabolism (e.g. names and characteristics of energy systems, effects of manipulating training variables)
- Describe Physiological Adaptations to Exercise
- Explain Detraining and Retraining
- Explain the Expected Anatomical, Physiological, Biomechanical Differences of Tactical Athletes (e.g., age, gender, training status, position responsibilities, specific operation/mission, or activity)
- Correlate Phases of Rehab (e.g., protection, controlled motion, return to function) with Tissue Healing Phases (e.g., inflammation, repair, remodel)
- Identify Environmental Concerns (e.g. heat, cold, altitude, smoke, uneven terrain) for Tactical Athletes
- Explain Nutritional Factors Affecting Health and Performance
- Explain Nutritional Strategies for Optimizing Body Composition and Maximizing Physical Performance and Recovery
- Describe Signs, Symptoms, Behaviors, and Performance Variations Associated with Obesity, Altered Eating Habits, and Disorders
- Explain the Effects, Risks, and Alternatives of Common Performance-Enhancing Substances, Supplements, and their Methods of Use (e.g., creatine, protein, anabolic steroids, blood doping, caffeine, and supplemental oxygen)
EXERCISE TECHNIQUE- Teach safe and effective techniques including preparatory body and limb position (stance, posture, and alignment), execution of technique (body and limb positions, movement mechanics, breathing), correction of improper exercise technique, and spotting for:
- Warming-Up Prior to Endurance Exercise, Resistance Training, Plyometric Exercise, and Speed Work
- Resistance Training Exercise Technique
- Alternative Modes (e.g., proximal stability, stability balance, calisthenics under load, bodyweight-only, functional), Alternative Implements (e.g., truck tires, sledge hammers, heavy ropes, logs, suspension straps, sandbags), and Alternative Environments (e.g., off camber, uneven terrain) for Physical Training
- Plyometric Exercise Technique Including Recommendation of Type, Frequency, and Volume of Exercise Based on Training Status and Goals
- Speed/Sprint Technique (e.g., resisted and assisted sprinting, speed-strength) Both With and Without Operational Equipment (e.g., firefighting equipment, protective vests, weapons, rucksack) Including Training Needs of Specific Conventional Military and Special Operations and Emergency Personnel
- General Agility Technique (e.g., forward, backward, lateral, turn, transition, change of direction) Including Training Needs of Specific Conventional Military and Special Operations and Emergency Personnel
- Aerobic Endurance Exercise Technique
- Flexibility Exercise Technique
- Based on a Tactical Athlete's Health Status, Strength and Conditioning Level, Work Demands, and Individual Training Goals, Design Training Programs that Maximize Performance, Reduce Injury Risk, and Increase Long-Term Wellness by Selecting Exercises Based on Muscle Groups, Movement Pattern, and Job Specificity
- Design Training Programs for an Injured Tactical Athlete to Maintain Training Status During the Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Period (e.g., assign safe and appropriate exercises for a given injury or condition under the direction of an athletic trainer, physical therapist, physician)
- Population Specific Considerations (e.g., firefighters, first responders, law enforcement, SWAT)
ORGANIZATION, ADMINISTRATION, TESTING, EVALUATION
- Organization and Administration
- Testing and Evaluation