NSCA Adds High School Track to National Conference

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the hub of strength and conditioning in the United States. Founded in 1978, the NSCA is home to more than 60,000 members and certified coaches. S&C continues to expand. There are nearly 27,000 high schools in the United States. Strength programs, and strength coaches, are being added daily. The need is clear.

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Toss the Trophies (from Bedrock Edu.)

Wait. Don’t toss the trophy… The title is a misnomer. Trophies are awesome. Goals are essential and when they are accomplished, they should be celebrated. In sports, it comes in the form of a trophy or a ring, in business it might be a bonus or promotion. Celebrate the milestones, you’ve earned it. When the celebration is over, take time to frame the experience. That is, tell the story of what just happened. Work to understand the process that led to the outcome and find joy in that process.

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The Power of Service-Learning in 2022

For coaches using sport as education, remember to create opportunities for service-learning. It is one of the most powerful ways connect your team to the community.
The New Trier Powerlifting Team has been active for more than a decade. From the beginning, they have held tight to an important mission: “Human development through the pursuit of competitive excellence and commitment to community.” The group is in its second year as a varsity sport, competing primarily in the Illinois High School Powerlifting Association.

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Westtown Throwdown

By Chris Dertz On Saturday, December 10th, over 50 high school students representing five area schools gathered at Golder College Prep in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood for a powerlifting meet. Golder College Prep, the newest member school of the Illinois High School Powerlifting Association (IHSPLA), hosted the aptly named Westtown Throwdown. Coach Martin Quiroga, the…

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High-Performance Nutrition: Choose Foods that Rot and Spoil!

As an athlete, have you ever wondered “what should I eat?” or as a coach, have you been asked the same question?

Pro and elite athletes come to the Chicago-based sports nutrition consulting firm SportFuel seeking answers to the most detailed sports nutrition questions—the tip of the iceberg, the top of the pyramid, the ultimate fine-tuning. They’re looking for the best practices for fuel timing, the perfect pre-game meal or snack, what to eat during activity, what to have afterwards for optimal recovery, or what to eat to gain or lose weight.

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The Gift of Injury

A quick trip to the emergency room had me stitched up and crutching my way back to work the next day. That day I spent about 10 hours on my feet. The swelling was worse than I thought it would be and that night was a painful one. I went to bed with my leg elevated, hoping to sleep it off. When I woke the next morning, I was drenched in sweat…

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Obesity, Self-Efficacy, and Empowerment through Strength

This article originally published on TeamEmbrace.net By Jeremy Weber Two double cheeseburgers, ten spicy nuggets, a large fry and a large soda. This was the typical Wendy’s order I’d shame-eat most nights when I was sitting in my car outside of my apartment. For the better part of a year this ritual was the only…

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8 Post-Pandemic Educator Requests

When the pandemic began, there was fear and uncertainty, but there was also community and creativity. Many banded together to quickly address remote classroom options, reimagine curricula, and perform frequent wellness checks. As the quarantine kept extending, Christopher notes that extended time away from students “left educators feeling less effective than ever before,” adding that the rewards of teaching are fewer and farther between, “leading many to question whether or not to remain in the job,” (p. 46, Christopher, 2022).

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Reflection: Coach Mac McCarty

By Pat McHugh This week of the school year reminds me of the legacy of the North Shore Country Day School athletic department and the values of the school’s longest serving athletic director, Mac McCarty. I share an annual task this week which he took pride in and reflects his background: we will line the…

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