2020 NSCA Tactical Annual Training - Now Virtual

Get prepared to lead your tactical athletes to mission-ready performance at the 2020 NSCA Virtual Tactical Annual Training.

August 25 - 28, 2020 | Virtual | Eastern Time Zone | 2 CEUs Category A

After many weeks of careful consideration, the NSCA has made the decision to transition this year’s Tactical Annual Training to a completely virtual event. The event will now take place as a multi-day online event and is scheduled for the same dates of August 25-28, 2020.

Attendees will receive powerful content in the form of lectures, practical sessions, and panel discussions delivered through an online format that allows real-time questions and answers and interaction. They will also have the added convenience of on-demand access for a year. The event CEUs will continue to be 2.0 in category A and will be automatically reported for each attendee.

To help make this event accessible to as many attendees as possible, the virtual Tactical Annual Training has been re-priced to be more affordable than ever:

New Pricing

Register before July 15:                               $275 ($100 discount*)

Register from July 16-August 19:                $300 ($125 discount*)

Register from August 20-24:                        $325 ($150 discount*)

All attendees who register by August 19 will also receive a Tactical Annual Training t-shirt, designed and sponsored by our partners at Sorinex, shipped direct!

*Discounts are on previous in-person pricing

Registration Pricing

Registration closes Monday, August 24 at 12pm MT
PDF Registration Form HERE
  On or Before July 15 July 16 - August 19 August 20 - August 24
Virtual Registration $275 $300 $325

Individuals who have already registered at previous pricing will be refunded the difference or they may also request a complete refund by emailing conferences@nsca.com.


Below are further details of Tactical Annual Training that will help answer many questions. The NSCA Conference Team is here to serve you, and if we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Event Itinerary - Tuesday, August 25 - Eastern Time Zone
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Opening Ceremony & Keynote
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Training Combat Soldiers and Movers to Be Successful Warrior Athletes
by Donny Bigham, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, TSAC-F, RSCC
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
How to Build Resilience in the "Big 3" Key Areas of Low Backs, Shoulders, & Knees
by Josh Henkin, CSCS
  1. Discover why low backs, shoulders, and knees are key problem areas of the tactical athlete.
  2. Learn why most performance strength programs fail to address the true needs of the "Big 3"
  3. Understand how to build programs and exercises that address the movement issues.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
20 Law Enforcement Academy Classes – Success, Injury, and Attrition Factors for Male and Female Recruits
by Joe Dulla, TSAC-F
  1. The attendee will identify the top three factors of successful academy recruits.
  2. The attendee will describe the top three factors of recruits who separated from the academy.
  3. The attendee will identify the top three factors associated with injuries and separation due to injury of academy recruits.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
A Physiological Perspective: Understanding Physical Performance Differences between Men and Women in the Tactical Profession
by Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FN & Jan Redmond, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
  1. Understanding male and female physiological differences as they relate to the required physical capabilities to perform within the tactical profession.
  2. Understanding the influence of  these physiological differences when assessing physical capabilities and effective job task performance within the tactical profession.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Evolution of the Female Soldier – Learning from the Past to Influence the Future
by Ryan Carroll, MS, CSCS
  1. Understand the history of female service members throughout the history of the US military.
  2. Identify the physiological differences between male and female service members
  3. Identify ways to incorporate physiological differences into human performance training to ensure female soldiers meet physical standards for common and advanced military endeavors
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Event Itinerary - Wednesday, August 26 - Eastern Time Zone
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Movement Solutions to Program Design Problems
by Tex McQuilken, CSCS
  1. Identify holes in your current tactical athlete program by introducing new assessment tools.
  2. Demonstrate the value of teaching MOVEMENT not movements in your program.
  3. Practice program and movement solutions for training in challenging environments to maintain a high level of performance in austere environments and minimal to no equipment
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Designing a Modern Police Cadet Physical Training Program to Meet Organizational, Team, and Individual Needs
by Leslie Frei
  1. Design a police recruit fitness program that acknowledges individual differences, despite time and resource constraints of a fast-paced large scale training academy.
  2. Learn strategies to progress less fit recruits and maximize potential of fitter recruits attending the same training sessions.
  3. Apply modern training techniques to prepare police recruits for the hardiness, grit and versatility required in modern operational policing.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Creating Durable Operators by Creating Usable Ranges of Motion
by Vernon Griffith, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Identify commonly seen movement limitations in the tactical population.
  2. Understand how to integrate movement solutions into existing exercise programs.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
No One Calls 911 on a Good Day: Chronic Stress, Negative Exposures, and the Impact of the Job – Rebuilding the First Responder
by John Hofman, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Identifying both organizational and operation stressors within First Responders
  2. Describe the risks associated with chronic stress and how it affects First Responders emotionally, physically, & hormonally
  3. Recovery strategies to reduce stress to improve First Responders well being
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Sleep Optimization: The Importance of Sleep in Performance
by Brandi Burque-DeCarlo, PhD
  1. Identify the impact of lack of sleep on performance, mental and physical health
  2. Describe how restful sleep and tactical napping can improve performance and mood
  3. List ways in which sleep can be optimized and identify the basics of sleep hygiene.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Real Intensity – How to Program Training Percentages
by Jeff Carroll, CSCS
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Event Itinerary - Thursday, August 27 - Eastern Time Zone
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
To Be Determined
by Luuk Nissen, TSAC-F
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Programming Technology: Objective by Design, Subjectively Flexible
by Rob Hartman, MAEd, CSCS
  1. Identify individual priorities based on key physical characteristics and their role in objective program design.
  2. Highlight strategies on how to adjust programming, in the moment, to fit the individuals readiness "today".
  3. Examine how technology accommodates flexible program design and decision making.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Supporting those Who Serve in Law Enforcement: Program Training Considerations from Recruitment to Retirement
by Syl Lemelin, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F
  1. Identify program considerations for police recruit fitness training.
  2. Describe key variables in program design for law enforcement officers throughout their career.
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
The Foot and Ankle: Influence of Brain Mapping and the Kinetic Chain for Empowered Performance of the Tactical Athlete
by Matthew Zanis, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS
  1. Understand how the feet are the interface between your inside and outside world, on which the rest of the body relies on to maximize its performance and minimize pain.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to provide regular maintenance to the foot and ankle complex in order to mitigate performance detriments.
  3. Understand the intricacies of how the foot and ankle complex function, communicate with the hips, low back, and entire kinetic chain, in ways that optimize how the human body moves and operates.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Creating What Doesn't Exist: Identifying the Nonexistent in Your Program
by Jason Clark, TSAC-F
  1. What defines resiliency in the tactical athlete
  2. Do we understand the mission that they need to be ready for.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Conditioning for Load Carriage across the Career for the Green, Blue, and Red
by Rob Orr, PhD, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Recognize anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological impacts of load carriage and its impacts on task performance and injury risk; and
  2. Produce an evidence-based strength and conditioning program for different tactical populations
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Event Itinerary - Friday, August 28 - Eastern Time Zone
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
How to Identify and Address Common Injury Risk Factors
by Lee Burton, PhD, CSCS
  1. Identify common risk factors that adversly impact muculoskeletal health
  2. Describe practical solutions that improve overall musculoskeletal health
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Tactical Science Lessons Learned from the 2019 USMC HITT Championships
by Andrew Thompson, PhD
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Health, Fitness, and Occupational Performance of Firefighters: Recommendations for Enhancing Readiness
by Mark Abel, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
  1. Participants will be able to identify occupational threats to firefighters' health and safety and describe practical countermeasures to address these threats.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the challenges associated with developing exercise programs for firefighters and describe practical theoretical and evidence-based strategies to overcome these challenges.
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Performance Monitoring for the Tactical Athlete: Methodology over Technology
by Chris Sole, PhD, CSCS,*D & Christopher Bellon, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F
  1. Summarize rationales for implementing a longitudinal and systematic performance monitoring program for all tactical athletes.
  2. Identify critical components that must be included in any monitoring programs.
  3. Design robust scalable performance monitoring framework capable of adapting to varying resources and constraints (e.g. time, budget, and logistics).
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Neck & Spine: Strength Training and Injury Rehab/Reduction
by Rob Schwartz, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC
  1. 4 Stage Progressive Strength Program for Neck and Spine with over 80 exercise variations
  2. Reduce Risk of TBI/Concussion and Disc Herniation
  3. How to Integrate the Role of the Spine and Trunk Musculature to Protect the Neck and Brain
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Nutrition for the Tactical Athlete: Strategies to Improve Performance and Cognitive Function
by Roxanne Vogel, MS, CSCS,*D
  1. Understand the basic nutritional requirements for tactical athletes and how to meet these through diet and supplementation
  2. Recognize the importance of cognitive function for successful tactical performance outcomes, and how diet/lifestyle influences cognition.
  3. Discover actionable nutrition and supplementation strategies to improve performance and cognitive function.
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Determination of the Physical Modalities of Specialist Occupational Role Scope
by Shane Irving, CSCS

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  • Awards

    The award ceremony for the 2020 Tactical Annual Conference will still take place as part of the virtual event. All awards will be presented during the Keynote Presentation session.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Full refund less $20 if postmarked by July 15, 50% refund if postmarked July 16 - August 19, NO Refund after August 19, 2020

    All cancellation requests MUST be submitted in writing (mail, fax, email) and should state the reason for cancellation. Email: conferences@nsca.com


  • CEU Options

    The NSCA has many virtual options to help you in obtaining the necessary CEUs to recertify by December 31, 2020.  Please check the Virtual Events page for the most up to date opportunities.  

    View All NSCA CEUs
  • Exhibitors

    If you have already signed up to exhibit at the Tactical Annual Training, the Exhibit Manager will be in touch with you directly to offer virtual exhibiting opportunities.  If you would like to participate in our virtual event as an exhibitor, please email conferences@nsca.com for details.

  • FAQ

    As a registered attendee, will I receive a recording of the event? 
    Yes. You will receive a recording approximately 1-2 weeks after the event to review anything you may have missed. You will have access for one year. 

    If I miss some of the 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 2.0 Category A CEUs. 

    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 the Tactical Annual Training 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.

  • Refunds

    Everyone already registered for the 2020 Tactical Annual Training will be automatically refunded $100 to reflect the price change in the event.  Previously registered individuals may also request a full refund by contacting the NSCA at conferences@nsca.com.  

  • T-Shirts

    All attendees who register by August 19 will also receive a Tactical Annual Training t-shirt, designed and sponsored by our partners at Sorinex, shipped direct!

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