WWU to host National Strength and Conditioning Clinic

round logoThe National Strength and Conditioning Association has chosen William Woods University to host a special workshop to prepare participants for its Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist test.

WWU will host the Exam Prep Live Clinic from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, in the Center for Human Performance.

Topics to be covered include Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Training Adaptations for Age- and Sex-Related Differences, Psychology of Athletic Preparation, Nutrition, Exercise Technique, Resistance Training, Plyometric Exercises, Speed/Sprint and Agility Techniques, Metabolic Conditioning/Energy Systems, and Flexibility Exercise Techniques.

“Hopefully the workshop attracts people from around the state that want to eventually become certified strength and conditioning specialists. Our students also will be able to attend the workshop,” said Anthony Lungstrum, chair of the Division of Science, Mathematics & Human Performance at WWU.

WWU students will have the opportunity to participate in the NSCA clinic, and two of WWU’s adjunct faculty, Bob Jones and Marshall Robb, will contribute to the clinic as assisting instructors to the instructor sent by the NSCA.

According to Lungstrum, exercise science majors will benefit greatly from this workshop, as this is one of the potential certification exams these students may attempt. The exercise science program at WWU is known as a “Recognized Educational Program” through NSCA.

The exercise science program at William Woods is housed in the $1.3 million Center for Human Performance, which includes state-of-the-art equipment in exercise testing and rehabilitation.

The growth of fitness, sports and wellness programs continues to create a need for well-trained professionals able to handle multiple roles in organizations, Lungstrum explained.

“To meet these challenging roles, one must be trained to think critically, communicate effectively, work well as a team member, utilize the latest in technologies and demonstrate competency. WWU’s exercise science program offers just that,” he said.

“The increasing demand and requirement for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential is a testament of the hard work being put forward by NSCA members and the college programs that are being offered,” said Kathryn Russell, exam preparation manager for the NSCA.

She explained that the EP Live Clinics have been developed over time with the goal of providing a review of the most challenging information assessed on the certification exams and ultimately, to assist individuals in passing the certification exams.

“These clinics are specifically designed to offer attendees the opportunity to interact and review information with qualified professionals; an opportunity to enhance comprehension and application of scientific theory as opposed to simple memorization,” Russell said.