September Message From The CSCCa Executive Director

Another new school year has begun, and 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 programs based on solid periodization concepts and other established scientific principles.  Please make sure you have an emergency action plan (EAP) in place should an athlete experience any health related issues or injuries.

I would like to provide you with an update regarding the establishment of three committees that have recently been created.  The first is being headed by CSCCa Board Member Sandy Abney.  This committee will be updating the Mentoring Booklet to further improve the quality of the CSCCa Practicum/Internship program.  We have a great internship program in place, and we sincerely appreciate the dedication and efforts of all our CSCCa approved mentors to prepare candidates to enter the strength and conditioning coaching profession well prepared and equipped.  This program could not succeed without your help!

The second committee is being directed by CSCCa Board Member Don Decker.  The NCAA has indicated a need for a document which provides best practices and protocols for safe strength and conditioning programs during transitional periods.  It is during these transitional periods that the majority of serious deaths and injuries during conditioning training sessions are occurring.  This is a joint project with the NSCA.

The third and final committee is being led by MSCC Michael Doscher.  This committee is focused on identifying and developing a plan of action for addressing the threats that currently face the strength and conditioning coaching profession.  As you know, there has been a great deal of interest in our field regarding how qualified individuals can and should be identified. In addition, the profession has taken a great deal of criticism over the past several months.  This committee is critical to developing unity in the profession.  This current lack of unity is making the profession look weak, disorganized, and fragmented—placing the entire profession of strength and conditioning coaching in an extremely vulnerable position.

The CSCCa is unique in that it is an organization created BY collegiate strength and conditioning coaches FOR collegiate strength and conditioning coaches.  This organization is completely focused on meeting the specific and unique needs of strength and conditioning coaches of collegiate and professional athletic teams.  The CSCCa must provide direction and leadership in dealing with the myriad issues facing our profession.  We must make every effort to ensure that the field retains its autonomy, as well as the ability to control its own destiny.

You are encouraged to send the CSCCa National Office your suggestions and recommendations to be forwarded to the appropriate committee.  This is not the time to be complacent and think that others will fight this battle for you. It is the responsibility of every collegiate strength and conditioning coach to be engaged and take an active role in determining the future of this profession.