Several members of the United States Sports Academy’s faculty attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) National Conference in Washington D.C., in July.

Dr. Jason Williams, a teaching assistant and recent graduate of the Academy’s doctoral program, and faculty member Robert Herron took part in an oral presentation related to Williams’ doctoral dissertation “The potentiation effects of a sled-towing load corresponding to a 50% velocity decrement on subsequent sprint time in high-school soccer athletes.” Academy vice president of academic affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom also represented in the institution in an administrative capacity at the conference.

Additionally, Herron was a part of six other oral- or poster presentations at the conference which explored topics related to NFL Combine performance, longitudinal body-composition tracking in NCAA Division 1 gymnasts, evaluation of low-frequency electrical stimulation during post-exerciser recovery, and novel tools for assessing perceived exertion during resistance training.

The Academy recently renewed it status as an Education Recognized Program (ERP) at all degree levels with the NSCA through 2022.

“The NSCA puts on a great event,” Herron said. “We really appreciate the opportunity to attend the National Conference to speak with industry leaders and learn more about cutting-edge research that is informing practice.”

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit professional association founded in 1978 and is dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession around the world.

The NSCA advances the profession by supporting strength and conditioning professionals devoted to helping others discover and maximize their strengths. The organization disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities. The NSCA community is composed of more than 45,000 members and certified professionals who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength coaches, personal trainers, and other roles in related fields.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.