The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) welcomed Strength Performance Network (SPN) to the 2014 conference again this year. They have always been gracious hosts and this year was no different. Thank you.
SPN has attended more than a few NSCA conferences at this point and, personally, I’ve attended even more. I can tell you that the quality of presenters and the knowledge brought to the event by the attendees has grown year-over-year. The strength and conditioning industry used to be led by former coaches of basketball or football (for example) who trained athletes on the side. From my own experience, I can remember my head high school football coach writing our team workouts on a chalkboard, with everyone on the team doing the same workout. The NSCA recognized that by continuing to allow those without a core fundamental understanding of the physiology of the human body and the ways that the body responds to proven physical, mental and nutritional science, that athletes at every level of their development would never maximize their athletic capabilities. As such, they have worked tirelessly to promote sound, research-based curriculum and the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification into the industry with the goal of ensuring the strength and conditioning profession is staffed with accredited strength and conditioning professionals.
I obtained my CSCS in 1997 and I can tell you from personal experience that the industry has evolved into a truly respected profession due in large part to the efforts of the NSCA. The knowledge and level of professionalism presented at each NSCA conference grows year-over-year and this year’s conference was no different. If you haven’t been to an NSCA conference before, I would encourage you to attend next year’s conference. You will learn from leaders in the industry and network with colleagues who will both increase your knowledge in the industry and extend your reach in the industry. If you are a supporter of the NSCA I encourage you to continue your support. The strength and conditioning profession will thank you and, more importantly, those influenced by strength and conditioning professionals will thank you.