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Experiences related to strength and conditioning include: Interned under Dr. Steve Fleck with the USOC and also helped Vern Gambetta et al. with the White Sox a long time ago. Additionally, I was a research assistant to former USOC Head of Sports Physiology Dr. Mike Stone. Helped with a large study on elite junior weightlifters at the USOTC. Assisted with offseason football conditioning at Appalachian State. Published and reviewed articles for the NSCA in the 90's. NSCA Media Contact on baseball in the late 90's. Consulted with the exercise industry on vibration and rotary inertia. Also, with CrossFit Inc.
I have bachelors and masters degrees in Exercise/Sport Science from Iowa State and Appalachian State.
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Academically Adrift

Here it is "selection Sunday" for the NCAA BB Tourney.  Dr. Frank Splitt has a thoughtful article titled "Academically Adrift in a Sea of Sports and Mediocrity" at  Click on Splitt Essays on the top panel to read the article.  I'd be interested in comments and the influence of this "culture" on strength and conditioning programs at our "institutions of higher education."

Posted on March 11, 2012 at 4:53pm

RE: College Sports Reform

There are some very interesting essays on college sports reform by Dr. Frank Splitt at  Click on Splitt Essays at the top of the home page.  This is about the corruption and commercialization of football and mens' basketball at our institutions of higher education.

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:33pm

Facilitating Sport Science

The difficulty of having dialogue about the "sport science" area is perplexing.  Open discussions about issues in the field are not only discouraged but can just disappear without any explanations.  True sport science that involves interaction between sport scientists, conditioning coaches, and sport coaches seems to be virtually non-existent in the U.S. as a former mentor of mine Dr. Mike Stone has pointed out in articles and presentations. 

In the U.S., we have universities that use…


Posted on January 26, 2012 at 10:20am

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At 4:29pm on March 7, 2013, Gary Larson said…

Hi John, I could see the discussion was starting to get a bit nasty and decided it may be in my best interest to delete it since I am trying to break into the field. Based on some of the more constructive comments I received I'm thinking I may want to go another route such as NAIA, Division III, or JC to eventually break into DI or D2.

One thing that I did see is a lot of these guys are very fragile and seemed to take it as a personal attack that I would try to go the non traditional route. I feel I am too experienced to be treated like an intern and compensated as such. And, I really do not want to go back into grad school and get another masters degree just so I can be a GA.

If this is really the case the NCAA should recommend that schools only hire those who are SCCC certified and require an internship prior to taking the exam. As far as I'm concerned CSCS certification is worthless if it can't even help you get an interview for a SC position. After all a certification is supposed to show you have enough general knowledge to work in that profession.

I also think that this may be a way for schools to get cheap labor. This also makes it so a person has to make a decision once they get their BS which route they want to go so that they can decide to do an internship, or go somewhere to become a GA. If they decide 14 or 15 years later that they want to work as a SC chances are they will face the same obstacles I'm facing. There is absolutely no way I could quit my job and work for free.

Right now I'm trying to formulate a game plan as to how I could break in. My wife is thinking she could work some of her connections since she was a former track and field athlete at Oregon and still has contact with several coaches.

But one thing I do believe is that the NCAA and NSCA have one hell of a racket going and it is costing people a lot of money.


At 2:12am on January 20, 2012, Brian Niswender said…

Hey John,

I just asked the question, where did the disscussion go? Maybe I will be band as well. Heaven forbid we question what we do as professionals.


At 10:55pm on June 23, 2010, Ian Pyka said…
NIce to meet you John. Mike and I have known each other for many years although I have had more contact through the years with Meg, his wife. You seem to be steeped in quality research as hanging around with Mike and Steve is good stuff.

I ma new to this site so let me know if I can be of any assistance to you in any way. Until then, stay strong!

At 4:33pm on April 2, 2010, Doug Lentz said…
Hi John:
I do remember you. How's life?

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