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Louisville Prepares to Host the Nation’s Top Coaches

Source: The NSCA

Colorado Springs, CO - This January, Louisville will host the country’s most important gathering of top strength and conditioning coaches from the high school, college and professional ranks, as well as sports coaches, researchers, and sports performance professionals. The 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Coaches Conference is where the elite will gather for hands-on training sessions and cutting-edge presentations that they will use to build outstanding programs for athletes of all ages, from those enrolled in children’s sports leagues to adults competing in college and professional sports.

As the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, the NSCA ( is excited to present a conference program filled with a combination of educational and hands-on training sessions. These presentations include details on the safest programs and exercises for speed, agility and power, as well as best practices on athlete nutrition. 

Participants will also hear keynote speaker Phil Emery, the General Manager of the Chicago Bears. Emery has crafted a career legacy through leadership, a passion for winning, and an acute eye for talent throughout his 34 years of football experience. From student/graduate assistant, to strength and conditioning coach, to talent scout, to GM, Emery’s career has touched the lives of countless athletes and built many successful franchises.

Distinctive Educational Opportunities
The lineup of speakers at this year’s conference is full of engaging and dynamic presenters covering a wide variety of relevant and innovative topics. Some of the presentations include:

Sports Concussion: The Role of Neck Strength and Risk Reduction
Dr. Tad Seifert, MD, is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Kentucky and is Director of Norton Healthcare’s Sports Concussion Program. In the summer of 2013, he was appointed Head of the NCAA Headache Task Force, where he oversees headache-related research in collegiate athletes. Despite an incidence of approximately 3.8 million sports-related concussions per year, prevention of this injury remains quite challenging. Neck strengthening may limit transmitted forces to the head and mitigate trauma to the brain; therefore, increasing the strength and rigidity of the head-neck region could decrease the acceleration forces experienced by the head when struck. This session aims to review current evidence-based data in neck strength and its association with concussions.

 7 Deadly Sins of Program Design
Teena Murray, MS, CSCS, has been the Director of Sports Performance at the University of Louisville since 2004. From 2006-2010, Murray was the strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Women’s National and Olympic ice hockey teams. In her four years with the National team, she shared in two World Championship gold medals and a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. Attendees to this presentation will learn progressive strategies for the effective application of assessment-based programming.

Special Training Considerations for Strength, Specificity, and Energy Systems for Year-Long Planning
Cal Dietz, MS, has served as the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. During his tenure at Minnesota, Dietz has trained a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, athletes that have achieved 450 All-American honors, 31 Big Ten/WCHA championship teams, and ten NCAA Champions. This session will present the best applications in training of various sports that can be applied to most sports at different times of the year. The systematic approaches and the reasoning behind the step-by-step approach to block training, and the application of specific needs in the sport and energy system training will also be covered.

Fatigue and Readiness Monitoring from A to Z
Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS, RSCC*D, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training as well as Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Missouri. With over 16 years of experience in strength and conditioning, Mann has experience working with athletes at all levels, including many Olympians and professional athletes. Mann’s session will address monitoring fatigue and readiness for any budget. With all the different technological advances that have been occurring this past decade, it is easy to think that you cannot monitor fatigue and readiness without them. This session will provide different means to track readiness, fatigue, and training loads that vary from free to expensive. 

The Integration of Academics and Athletics – A Working Model for Coach Education
Meg Stone, MA, CSCS, RSCC*E, FNSCA, is a two-time Olympian in the discus for Great Britain, winning a gold medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. Stone also competed in track at the University of Arizona and still holds the NCAA outdoor record in both the shot put and discus. She became the first woman to hold the position of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach when she was named to the position at the University of Arizona in 1984. Currently, Stone is the Head of the Sports Performance Enhancement Consortium and the Throws coach for the track and field team at East Tennessee State University. Her session will examine the current challenges facing the collegiate strength and conditioning coach, including suggestions for overcoming these issues along with an explanation of the importance of educating coaches.

The NSCA’s Coaches Conference will be held January 7-10, 2015 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY. For a complete list of presentations and additional information about the non-stop activities to be held during this event, visit

Media Note: To schedule an interview or to arrange to cover the NSCA’s Coaches Conference, contact Mike Hobson at 800.815.6826 x 109 or

About the National Strength & Conditioning Association
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.

Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. These individuals are all in pursuit of achieving a common goal—the utilization of proper strength training and conditioning to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.

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