NSCA Strength and Conditioning Site Evaluation Worksheet

The school year is quickly approaching the half way point and winter break is coming soon; this is a good time for the coach / PE teacher to evaluate the first half of their year and their lifting program. The NSCA has developed a “Site Evaluation Worksheet” that covers nine different areas in the high school weight room and a second section on “Student Impact”.

This worksheet is based on the Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines position paper. This 32 question paper is an easy “yes / no” check sheet to show coaches / teachers areas that will enhance their strength and conditioning facility.
Each area was chosen because of its impact on the strength and conditioning facility and ultimately their program.

The Evaluation worksheet will help assess the room, equipment, and operational aspects of a weight room. It does not look at the workouts, exercises or how the exercises are taught. The NSCA has information and programs for “teaching the lifts”, “program design” and “Long Term Athletic Development”.

The Site Evaluation worksheet covers these nine areas:
1. Pre-Participation Screening and Clearance
2. Personnel Qualifications
3. Program Supervision and Instruction
4. Facilities and Equipment Set-up
5. Emergency Planning and Response
6. Records and Record Keeping
7. Equal Opportunity and Access
8. Participation in Strength and Conditioning Activities by Children
9. Supplements, Ergogenic Aids, and Drugs

Part 2: The Number of Students your Program Impacts

The paper includes both “standards” and “guidelines” because each term “has different legal implications”. They are defined as:
-“standard” is a required operating procedure that reflects a daily duty or obligation.
-“guideline” is a recommended operating procedure that can enhance standard of care but is not as critical or enforceable as the required standards.

When using the Evaluation worksheet if further clarification is needed, the coach / PE teacher can refer to the Standards & Guidelines (1) for a more detailed description of each topic and references to update their program if needed.

(1)https://www.nsca.com/uploadedFiles/NSCA/Resources/PDF/Education/Tools_and_Resources/NSCA_strength_and_conditioning_professional_standards_and_guidelines.pdf

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD WORKSHEET]

11 Components of Building a Full Body Program Design

CEU Approved:

  • 0.2 NSCA CEU (Category D)

Course Description:

In this presentation, Robert Linkul discusses what components go into a general strength and conditioning, fitness, and health and wellness program for one-on-one and semi-private, small group program designs.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an in depth look at the history of personal training
  • Learn the seven staple exercises for general fitness clients
  • Learn four optional exercises for general fitness clients

Strength Training for the Neck

CEU Approved:

  • 0.2 NSCA CEU (Category D)

Course Description:

Neck strength is a key component in the safety and performance of all athletes particularly in combat/collision sports. Using a research based approach, programming and periodization considerations are outlined for phases 1&2 of the program along with practical applications. Methods are demonstrated to coordinate full spinal stability and other strength and conditioning work to maximize performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide data to support the role of neck strength in the reduction of concussion risk.
  • How to properly train the neck in order to reduce disc damage.
  • Addressing the cervical spine’s interaction with the thoracic and lumbar spine.

Challenging Your Beliefs of Strength and Conditioning Fundamentals

CEU Approved:

  • 0.3 NSCA CEU (Category D)

Course Description:

In this presentation, Dr. Andy Galpin takes a step back to challenge your beliefs of strength and conditioning fundamentals. He takes a critical eye to various strength and conditioning concepts to challenge you to think.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand 15 concepts that are fundamental to strength and conditioning
  • Challenge the thought process behind these fundamentals
  • Provide you with a foundation to be able to critically think about these topics and new topics to come

Velocity Based Training

CEU Approved:

  • 0.2 NSCA CEU (Category D)

Course Description:

In this lecture, viewers will learn the purpose of using velocity based training and how to implement this form of training into a comprehensive strength and conditioning training program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to adjust training loads based on bar velocity
  • Discover how to individualize daily workouts based on bar velocity to ensure that you or your athletes are training at the appropriate intensity
  • Understand how velocity based training can be used to monitor fatigue and reduce the risk of overtraining