National Strength and Conditioning Association
The NSCA has established itself as the worldwide authority and, international clearinghouse for strength training and conditioning research, theories, and practices.
Since 1993, the NSCA has offered the only fitness related certification programs (CSCS and CPT) to be accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA is a nongovernmental, nonprofit agency that sets national standards for certifying agencies.
The role of a CSCS Professional
The goal of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist professional trainer is to achieve maximal physical performance without incurring injury, and to help prevent unnecessary performance related injuries.
Strength and Conditioning Coaches are present on all professional and college-level sports teams, right along side of the team physician, athletic trainer, physical therapist, and sport psychologist. The CSCS professional brings a unique knowledge and insight to facilitate optimal athletic function in every aspect of a professionals training.
This insight enables the CSCS to serve a vital role during the final stages of a rehabilitation program by preparing an individual to return to maximal bio-mechanical function, or an athlete to return to competition.
The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist professional possesses an extensive understanding of the role bio-mechanics play in a variety of sports and other activities. This is due to their distinct responsibility in many athletic settings, physical therapy, pre and post physical therapy, orthopedic surgery, athletic injury, and cardiac rehabilitation.
This allows the CSCS to recommend exercises for advanced training, rehabilitation, and reconditioning of many injuries.
THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR COMPLETE RETURN TO FUNCTION MAY DEPEND ON TRAINING WITH A CSCS PROFESSIONAL.