The United States Sports Academy’s program to prepare strength and conditioning professionals for the preeminent certification examination in their field completed its important pilot program phase in October 2019.

The Academy’s Sports Strength and Conditioning Certification (SSCC) pilot program is part of the institution’s efforts to develop a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved preparation program to help strength and conditioning professionals as they take their Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam – the preeminent certification of its kind, but the average pass rate for it is 56 percent, with international candidates passing at significantly lower rates.

Teaching basic lifts courseAcademy chair of sports coaching,  Dr. Roch King, recently accompanied a group of sports professionals selected by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for the SSCC pilot to the NSCA headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., for an immersive experience featuring classroom instruction, hands-on training, and interactive assessment. The group spent two weeks at the NSCA facility with the second weekend focusing on how to teach fundamental weightlifting techniques and more.

“The group from SAT consisted of some with deep theoretical knowledge mixed with some who had a lot of practical experience,” King said. “For our Thai partners, the program was a great balance of application and hands-on training with the technical and theoretical foundations. The material was very complimentary to their prior experience and highly applicable to being successful in the future. The Thai students showed a high level of enthusiasm for the program and I think they came away from it with the desire and the tools necessary to build the sports strength and conditioning community in Thailand.

“This was a good example of what the Academy is great at: facilitating programs that connect those who understand the positive impact that sports, when done well, can have on society,” King said. “This is a great example of how the Academy can work with its domestic and international partners to achieve their goals for sport development.”