September Message From The CSCCa Executive Director

The past four months since the 2019 CSCCa National Conference have flown by, and it’s hard to believe that another new school year has already begun. I want to take this opportunity to wish each of you a safe and successful athletic season. The health and safety of the student athlete continues to be our primary concern, and you are encouraged to design and implement safe and effective programs based on solid periodization concepts and other established scientific principles.

You are strongly encouraged to read and apply the information provided in the CSCCa and NSCA Joint Consensus Guidelines for Transition Periods: Safe Return to Training Following Inactivity, which was published in the June issue of the NSCA Strength & Conditioning Journal. It is a well-established fact that the majority of serious injuries and athlete deaths have occurred during these transition periods.  Don Decker, Director of Sports Performance at New Mexico State and CSCCa Board Member, and his Committee developed two simple rules or protocols that can be easily implemented to protect the health and safety of the student athlete during these critical periods.

In addition, the document emphasizes the importance of having an emergency action plan (EAP) in place should an athlete experience any health related issues or injuries. In addition, completion of a newly developed health and safety quiz will be part of the CEU requirements for the current CEU cycle, which will end on July 31, 2022, for all SCCC certificants. ALL CSCCa members, however, are encouraged to utilize the provided study materials and accompanying quiz to ensure a fundamental knowledge of exertion-related health and safety issues related to the strength and conditioning of athletes. More information regarding this new requirement and the available study materials will be provided in the October issue of the CSCCa Monthly, so be sure to stay tuned…

The long-awaited CSCCa textbook will soon be available for purchase. We will send out information regarding how to purchase the textbook as soon as it becomes available. The textbook will initially be an E-book offered through RedShelf. This will not only be a great study tool for SCCC candidates, but also a valuable resource and reference for all strength and conditioning coaches.

One final update: In 2017 the CSCCa Certification Commission approved requiring a bachelor’s or master’s degree in exercise science or a related field, effective August 1, 2019, as a prerequisite for sitting for the SCCC certification examination. This was passed to ensure appropriate foundational knowledge for candidates as they prepare to enter the field of strength and conditioning coaching. Over the past 12 months, the organization has studied this important issue and has made some important modifications regarding the educational requirement and its effective date as follows:


Effective August 1, 2024, all first time SCCC Candidates will be required to have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution and have received academic credit on their official transcripts for the following courses (5 TOTAL):


  • Anatomy & Physiology (2 classes)**
  • Exercise Physiology (1 class)
  • Biomechanics or Kinesiology (1 class)
  • Nutrition (Sports Nutrition Preferred) (1 class)



Note: Classes titled as “Introductory” are not accepted; standalone labs do not count as one of the required classes, and acceptable courses must be worth 3+ credit hours

** Example: Anatomy and Physiology I and II (Both Classes), or Human Anatomy (One Class) and Human Physiology (Another Class)


The CSCCa is continually striving to advance the field of strength and conditioning coaching and to ensure that our athletes are receiving safe and effective exercise prescription. The CSCCa is unique in that it is an organization created BY strength and conditioning coaches FOR strength and conditioning coaches. As such, the CSCCa continues to provide direction and leadership in dealing with the myriad issues facing our profession today. We must make every effort to ensure that the field retains its autonomy, as well as the ability to control its own destiny. This requires us all to be proactive in dealing with these important health and safety issues.

Become involved! Take responsibility! Do not become complacent and think that others will fight this battle for you. It is the duty of every strength and conditioning coach to be informed, engaged, and proactive in determining the future of this profession.


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