CSCCa Executive Director Recaps National Conference, Announces Publication Of Joint Consensus Guidelines

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the 2019 CSCCa National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri!  Our attendance was well over 1500—our highest ever.  Thank you for your support.  We appreciate all attendees that stayed through the final presentation of the National Conference.  Congratulations to Ryan Hardie from the University of Georgia who was the winner of a raffle drawing at the conclusion of the final conference presentation, the prize being a $100 American Express gift card!

Pictured: Ryan Hardie (UGA) and Krystal Harward (CSCCa)

We sincerely hope to see you next year at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Please plan to attend and include this important conference in your annual budget and to stay through conference sessions that will end at 1:30 on Friday, May 8th.  All presentations are tailored to meet the specific needs of strength and conditioning coaches, and it is a great opportunity to network and share ideas and philosophies.

Each conference we hold elections for the CSCCa Board of Directors.  We welcome new CSCCa Board Member Kathy Wagner, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Texas-Arlington and extend our sincerest appreciation to Sandy Abney who has served as a member of the CSCCa Board of Directors since 2017.  Sandy has had a major impact on the development of the organization with her wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of strength and conditioning.

As a follow up to our national conference, I would like to remind and update you regarding a few important issues:

Press Release Announcing the Publication of the CSCCa & NSCA Joint Consensus Guidelines for Transition Periods: Safe Return to Training from a Period of Inactivity:

The two most prominent strength and conditioning coaches’ organizations, the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), have issued a landmark consensus guidelines paper designed to protect athletes returning to training during what are known as “transition periods” following inactivity. The term transition period is commonly used to describe the 2-4 weeks of mandatory workouts when an athlete, who has either been on a break of 2 weeks or longer or is new to a team, is retraining following a period of inactivity. The paper entitled “CSCCa and NSCA Joint Consensus Guidelines for Transition Periods: Safe Return to Training Following Inactivity” has been published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal June 2019 issue, and represents the first collaboration between the CSCCa and NSCA since both organizations were formed. It has also been posted on each organization’s web site.

This collaboration was prompted by the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports’ request for both organizations to provide guidelines designed to prevent the tragic deaths and catastrophic injuries in student athletes that, statistics show, most often occur during the first 2-4 weeks of mandatory training following a break.

The guidelines paper was developed through the collaboration of three sub-committees that included the CSCCa’s Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches (MSCC’s) and research scientists from the CSCCa and NSCA. The training guidelines were formulated by the MSCC’s and are supported by evidence-based research documenting the effectiveness and safety of the training volume and/or intensity limits, and the work-to-rest ratios that are outlined in the paper. The 18-page document includes recommendations for the prevention of the most common exertional injuries and addresses EHI, ER, and cardiorespiratory failure. The paper also reinforces the importance of each university’s athletic department developing (and practicing) emergency action plans (EAPs) for each training venue, conducting pre-participation medical evaluations (PMEs) and making the results for at-risk athletes available to the strength and conditioning coaching staff. The committees also recommend that strength and conditioning coaches adjust workouts to match environmental conditions, especially in the case of high heat and humidity. The most unique part of the paper is the recommended limits on training volumes, training intensities, and work-to-rest ratios that allow strength and conditioning coaches the autonomy to design programs that fit their training approach, yet provide safe upper limits that protect athletes. Strength and conditioning coaches will be required to register workouts with athletic administrators and will be held accountable for testing athletes and for the training workloads. It is the hope of the CSCCa and NSCA that these new consensus guidelines will provide the NCAA a basis for enforcing rules that will reduce the incidence of injuries and deaths in college athletes.

2019 National Conference Evaluation Forms:

Thanks to those of you who have already completed the 2019 Post-Conference Evaluation form.  We appreciate your feedback! If you have not already submitted an evaluation, we strongly encourage you to do so.  It is the goal of the CSCCa to make each National Conference better than the last, and your feedback helps us to accomplish this. The link for the survey is:


Survey Regarding Potential Change of National Conference Dates

All CSCCa Members will be receiving an important survey regarding potentially shifting the
dates of the organization’s Annual National Conference two days earlier in the week beginning
with the 2022 CSCCa National Conference. We strongly encourage your participation in this
survey as this is a significant change, and we need your feedback regarding how to proceed!

For taking 5 minutes to complete this survey, you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a $100 American Express gift card! The link to the survey will close on Thursday, June 20, at 11:59 PM MDT:


2019 SCCC Certification Results:

All 2019 SCCC Test Candidates, should have already received their Spring 2019 results. If not,
please contact the CSCCa National Office at 801.375.9400 or at If you have not already confirmed the name you would like on your SCCC Certificate, as well as your mailing address, please do so by Friday, June 14. Shortly thereafter, you will receive your SCCC certificate by mail.

Thanks again for your help and support!  The CSCCa continues to seek your feedback as we strive continually to advance the strength and conditioning coaching profession and protect athlete health and safety.


Dr. Chuck Stiggins

CSCCa Executive Director

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