The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) is for health care professionals, such as physical therapists, who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance, and for health care professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and expertise in strength and conditioning. Obtaining the CSCS® certification provides an opportunity for physical therapists to become leaders in their field. Tapley et al (Benefits of the CSCS® Credential to the Physical Therapist, J Strength Cond Res, 2014) reported numerous benefits of the CSCS® certification to the physical therapist where 53.7% of respondents reported their primary motivation for attaining the CSCS was "To further increase my knowledge base." A majority of PT’s agreed that the CSCS® led to new opportunities in their practice (66.7%), more respect from other therapists (79.3%), and better care provided for patients (77.9%). Most importantly, 94.1% of PT’s reported that they would still attain the CSCS® credential if they went back in time.
This 2-day workshop will serve as a final preparation for those who choose to take the CSCS® certification Exam. Anyone with a BS/BA or DC obtained from an accredited institution is eligible to take both sections of the CSCS exam, which are the Scientific Foundations section and the Practical/Applied section. The CSCS exam is a computer-based exam that can be taken at more than 150 sites across the United States and is offered in most major cities throughout the country. One can view CSCS® test sites, register, and order review materials at http://www.nsca.com/Certification/CSCS. Prior to taking this 2-day CSCS® workshop and sitting for the CSCS® exam it is strongly recommended participants spend 1-3 months preparing for the CSCS® exam by studying the 22 chapters in “Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning” textbook (3rd Edition, Baechle and Earle, Human Kinetics). The powerpoint presentations given in this workshop will provide a good overview and summary of each chapter. Because this workshop will be geared primarily towards physical therapists, a few of the 22 chapters in the textbook within the expertise of most physical therapists (eg, rehabilitation, anatomy, stretching, warm-up, etc…) will not be covered in this workshop so more time can be spent on topics and content that most physical therapists are not as educated on. Even those who are not interested in being CSCS® certified and sitting for the CSCS® exam can benefit from this workshop by enhancing their understanding of strength and conditioning principles and how to more effectively apply these principles to their patients/clients. One of the primary purposes of having a CSCS® refresher course like this is so course participants can sit for the CSCS® exam and be CSCS® certified right after the workshop ends.
Day 1 of the workshop will provide an overview and summary of the Scientific Foundations section which involves concepts and applications of the exercise sciences including structure and function of the muscular, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems; bioenergetics of exercise and training; endocrine responses to resistance training; biomechanics of resistance training; adaptations to anaerobic training programs; adaptations to aerobic endurance training programs; age- and sex- related differences and their implications for resistance exercises; performance enhancing substances; and nutritional factors in health and performance. Many sample questions and answers representative of the Scientific Foundations section exam will be given and discussed, providing an excellent opportunity for participants to assess and sharpen their skills in this section.
Day 2 of the workshop will provide an overview and summary of the Practical/Applied section which involves concepts and applications of testing and evaluation (principles of test selection and administration and administration, scoring, and interpretation of selected tests); exercise techniques (resistance training and spotting techniques); program design (anaerobic exercise prescription for resistance training and plyometric training); aerobic exercise prescription for aerobic endurance exercise training; and applying exercise prescription principles for periodization. Many sample questions and answers representative of the Practical/Applied section exam will be given and assessed, providing an excellent opportunity for participants to assess and sharpen their skills in this section.
At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the exercise sciences by being able to correctly answer 80% or greater of all practice exam questions over the Scientific Foundations section taught during day 1
- demonstrate an understanding of testing and evaluation, program design, aerobic exercise prescription, and applying exercise prescription principles for periodization by being able to correctly answer 80% or greater of all practice exam questions over the Practical/Applied section taught during day 2.
- Be able to take and pass the Scientific Foundations and Practical/Applied sections of the CSCS® exam.
Day 1 – Scientific (Exercise Science) Section
7:00-7:15 Introduction, Overview
7:15-7:45 structure and function of the muscular, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems
7:45-8:30 bioenergetics of exercise and training
8:30-9:00 endocrine responses to resistance training
9:15-10:00 biomechanics of resistance training
10:00-10:45 adaptations to anaerobic training programs
10:45-11:30 adaptations to aerobic training programs
11:30-12:15 age- and sex- related differences and their implications for resistance exercises
1:00-2:00 performance enhancing substances
2:00-3:00 nutritional factors in health and performance
3:00-3:30 principles of test selection and administration
3:45-4:30 administration, scoring, and interpretation of selected tests
4:30-5:00 resistance training and spotting techniques
5:00-6:00 Sample CSCS® exam questions for the scientific section
6:00-6:15 Wrap up
Day 2 – Applied/Practical Section
7:00-8:30 resistance training exercises
8:30-9:15 anaerobic exercise prescription for resistance training
9:30-10:15 plyometric training
10:15-10:45 speed, agility, and speed endurance
10:45-11:30 aerobic exercise prescription for aerobic endurance exercise training
12:45-2:00 Sample CSCS exam questions for the Applied/Practical section
2:00-2:15 Wrap up, Evaluation
Dr Escamilla is a Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at California State University, Sacramento, and Research Coordinator at Results Physical Therapy and Training Center in Sacramento. He previously served as Director of Research at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, Director of the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory at Duke University, and taught biomechanics and anatomy courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Duke University. Dr Escamilla received a Ph.D. Degree in Biomechanics from Auburn University in 1995. He also received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2002 and has practiced as a physical therapist since 2002. He has been a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) since 1991 and has taught numerous C.S.C.S. classes and workshops, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. His area of expertise is in Sports Medicine and Sports Biomechanics. He has published nearly 150 peer reviewed scientific papers, abstracts, and book chapters in biomechanics, physical therapy, and sports medicine related journals and textbooks. He has given nearly 150 professional presentations at scientific conferences, primarily in the areas of knee biomechanics during exercise, overhead throwing biomechanics, and strength and conditioning. He has worked with numerous high profile professional athletes focusing on training and rehabilitation, athletic performance, and injury prevention. Dr Escamilla has won three national and international powerlifting championships, and was a collegiate athlete in football, baseball, and track.
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (3rd Edition)
16.0 contact hours or 1.6 CEUs (approval pending)
PTs, PTAs, Students, Athletic Trainers, Coaches, Personal Trainers.
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Registration received by October 30, 2015
$300 APTA PT members
$195 APTA PTA members
$150 APTA Student members
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All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after November 7, 2015.
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