NSCA Northeast Regional Exercise and Sport Symposium

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Yesterday, on December 3, 2017, I had the opportunity of attending the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Northeast Regional Conference at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. Serving as UNE’s inaugural conference (mine as well), I was excited for the experience and the amount of knowledge I would gain from the reputable speakers.

My expectations were met after listening to the numerous presentations, those of which were:

  • Respiratory Influences on Training & Conditioning Programs – Michael Mullin, BS, ATC, LAT, PTA, PRC
  • Integrated Rehab Training for the Strength & Conditioning Coach – Michael Mullin, BS, ATC, LAT, PTA, PRC
  • Personal Training Considerations for Special Populations – Chris Powell, MS, CSCS*D
  • Talking to your Athletes and Clients about Diet and Supplements in a World of Misinformation – David Heikkinen, PhD, CSCS*D
  • Plyometrics – If You Jump, You Need to Land! – Heath Pierce, MEd, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, RSCC*D

(Along with a selection of 3 presentations during lunch)

Of those, I attended:

  • Promoting Iron-Strong Bonds: (Fe)males in Strength & Conditioning  – Lyndie Kelley, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, RSCC

My Takeaways

1. “Sitting up Tall” is a mechanical myth for breathing

Advice from Michael Mullin: To take a more effective breath, assume a relaxed and comfortable position and allow for the breath to extend into the chest and belly. Sitting up tall can actually hinder the ability to maximize this breath because the ribs lose their openness and it will result in primarily chest breathing.

2. Look at the system, not the symptom

When training, diagnosing, or rehabilitating an athlete, patient, or client, we must first look at their system before attempting to cure the symptom. Example: someone with a shoulder impingement may have a musculoskeletal imbalance (mechanical imbalance) which is causing their shoulder to be impinged, so address the imbalance and train the muscles and skeleton back to balance before resorting to a surgery that could have been avoided.

3. If You Jump, You Need to Land!

Too much emphasis is placed on the “jumping” or “acceleration” phase during a jump, but the “landing” or “deceleration” phase is just as if not more important. Correct landing and positioning is important in preventing injuries and because there is greater risk of injury during eccentric muscle movements (deceleration or landing phase), people need to pay attention to how they are performing such movements.


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