What is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

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 What is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)?

The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) is an individual who has attained certification and accreditation through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); at least a bachelor’s degree, from an accredited college or university; and certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The CSCS has studied, completed extensive coursework, and been tested and certified by the NSCA, in the following areas:

Concepts and Applications of Exercise Sciences

  • Muscle Physiology
  • Neuromuscular Anatomy and Adaptations to Conditioning
  • The Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise
  • Bone, Muscle, and Connective Tissue Adaptations to Physical Activity
  • Bioenergetics of Exercise and Training
  • Endocrine Responses to Resistance Exercise
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology: Responses to Exercise
  • Physiological Adaptations to Anaerobic and Aerobic Endurance Training Programs
  • Age- and Sex-Related Differences and Their Implications for Resistance Exercise
  • The Psychology of Athletic Preparation and Performance: The Mental Management of Physical Resources
  • Performance-Enhancing Substances: Effects, Risks, and Appropriate Alternatives
  • Nutritional Factors in Health and Performance
  • Eating Disorders and Obesity

Testing and Evaluation

  • Principles of Test Selection and Administration
  • Administration , Scoring, and Interpretation of Selected Tests

Exercise Techniques

  • Stretching and Warm-Up
  • Resistance Training and Spotting Techniques

Program Design

  • Anaerobic Exercise Prescription
    • Resistance Training
    • Plyometric Training
    • Speed, Agility, and Speed-Endurance Training
  • Aerobic Endurance Exercise Prescription
    • Aerobic Endurance Exercise Training
  • Applying Exercise Prescription Principles
    • Training Variation: Periodization
    • Rehabilitation and Reconditioning

Organization and Administration of the Strength Training and Conditioning Facility

  • Facility Layout and Scheduling
  • Developing a Policies and Procedures Manual
  • Facility Maintenance and Risk Management
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