Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Strength coaches make up the foundation of the NSCA since its beginnings more than four decades ago and continue to drive our purpose and passion. Learn more about obtaining the acclaimed CSCS® certification, gain knowledge through NSCA's peer-reviewed journals, and get inspired by NSCA's coaching podcast. From tools and resources to thousands of top professionals across the globe, you've got the support and the credibility of an association dedicated to your profession. Join NSCA's High School Coaches and College Coaches Professional Development Groups and get connected to strength coaches and other professionals working in youth and collegiate athletics.

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NSCA Coach

NSCA Coach provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach through quarterly, electronic issues. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. You must be a member of the NSCA to access the full version of the NSCA Coach.

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RSCC Designation

The NSCA’s Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® (RSCC) Program is a registry of individuals who have demonstrated experience and knowledge in their field. RSCC coaches apply foundational knowledge to assess, motivate, educate, and train athletes for the primary goal of improving sport performance.

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NSCA's Coaches Conference

The NSCA had been providing education from the top coaches in the strength and conditioning field for more than 14 years. The conference is held annually in early January.

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High School S&C Coach Resources

High school coaching is a rapidly-growing area of strength and conditioning, and can be an exciting career choice for strength and conditioning professionals who want to have a lifelong positive impact on young people. Get the inspiration, tools and support you need to get started.

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Youth Training Resources

Learn about the role and importance of Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD) on training youth and download helpful tools for educating coaches, athletes and parents.

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Coach's Advantage by USADA

Arm yourself with the latest anti-doping knowledge. The NSCA partners with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to equip strength and conditioning professionals with the latest in anti-doping education and a better understanding of the important role they play in keeping sports clean.


Professional Standards and Guidelines

Download the latest version of NSCA’s Professional Standards and Guidelines to help you identify areas of liability exposure, increase safety, and decrease the likelihood of injuries in your practice of strength and conditioning.


Professional Development Groups

Connect with NSCA Professional Development Groups (PDGs) that cater to the coaching professions.

Coaching Awards

The NSCA has 24 awards to honor current members who are helping advance the strength and conditioning profession. There are 4 annual awards that are specifically designated for coaches. Learn more about the awards and our current recipients.

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All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award

The All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award program recognizes those collegiate and high school athletes whose athletic accomplishments reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning.

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Strength of America Award

The National Strength and Conditioning Association has partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition to grant the Strength of America Award™, reaching out to all high school sports around the world to teach, implement, and encourage safe and effective strength and conditioning programs.

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