My Notes from amazing coaches at the 2017 NSCA Missouri State Clinic

The notes I took from my most recent venture to become a better personal trainer here in Columbia, Missouri.

I recently attended the Missouri State Clinic and took a ton of notes. I wanted to share some of that here as promised here in my write up on What I learned at the Latest Missouri Conference on Strength and Conditioning.

These are all my notes in my own words on all of the presenters. I tried to write as much as I could, which is probably a lot.

Parents might like the long term athletic development section and how they can give their kids the best shot to becoming great athletes.

Monitoring in the University of Missouri Football S & C Program

The speaker for this presentation was Erich Anthony, MEd, CSCS. He and the other four members of his football only strength staff are responsible for gathering data on the performance of all of the University of Missouri Football players. They use that data to influence their programming and decisions on a day to day basis.

There are several ways to monitor athletes, the two he focused on were the ones he felt that would benefit the audience most. Hydration monitoring and tracking body weight.

Hydration monitoring was interesting. He estimated that the entire University spends about 800 on testing urine samples every year for hydration tests, making this affordable but, I'm not taking pee samples from clients any time soon (meaning never)..

What I Did, What I Do Now, What I Would Do Differently

Jay DeMayo, CSCS spoke about how his programming philosophy has changed over the years. Jay is a very rare breed, because he's been at the same university for over 10 years.

What my clients will love to hear is that I'll be applying one of his approaches to exercise selection. Jay found that he gets more athlete buy-in when they're allowed to choose some of their own exercises. Now he programs that his basketball players need to perform a dumbbell bench press and they want to use a barbell, they still have to do a bench press. They are allowed to choose the type of bench press that they will perform. 

The reason why he chooses to give athletes this concession is because he wants to pick other battles. He would rather spend his time and energy stressing over other important things like, if an athlete is skipping breakfast or showing up late to training. As strength and conditioning professionals, we feel we know what is best for the people we work with and allowing someone to change your program takes a lot of humility. 

Leadership and Motivation for the 21st Century Athlete

Ron McKeefery, CSCS, RSCC*D, is a very diverse coach who has worked with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Royals among several other college and professional teams. He spoke about how athletes are different now and they need to be addressed in new ways. This presentation was framed around the work of Chip and Dan Heath who have written three amazing books. He highlighted the concepts mentioned in Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard.

For something to change, somebody somewhere has to start acting differently.

The first part of all this is understand who you're working with. Once you do, you can use the analogy Chip and Dan mention, in their story of an elephant, a rider and a path. 

  1. Direct the Rider
  2. Motivate the Elephant
  3. Shape the Path

Focusing on the positive aspects of what athletes are already doing well can help you direct the rider or mental side of the brain. Starting with why, finding out why people do things, getting to know the person. Shape the path by tweaking the environment and building habits.

Becoming Involved in the NSCA, Where, How and What

Scott Caulfield, CSCS, *D, RSCC*D. this presentation was all about the history of the NSCA as an organization, how you can further get involved with the NSCA, where the NSCA reaches-globally, and other potential areas for member engagement.

Truthfully this was one of the harder presentations for me to stay focused in. The audience members that Scott was speaking to might be headed in more of an academic route. He spoke about internship opportunities as well as applying for scholarships and grants.

All great information and some of the insights he provided would be incredibly useful if applying for a graduate assistance ship at a university or to become an NSCA presenter. I'm personally not there yet.

Developing a Performance Nutrition Program for Your High School, University or Clinic

Chad Kerksick, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D. This presentation was insightful and filled with a lot of statistics and data. Chad is actually the one I need to credit with the insight on looking to find one thing you can utilize immediately when you attend a conference. 

Chad did a great job of relaying the fact that a majority of athletes do not consume enough calories, especially carbohydrates with dietary data over 30 years. He supplied some interesting information on the number of calories his athletes burned in a day of rest, a day of competition and on practice days. 

There were 3 major areas his presentation covered, optimal energy intake, promoting and maintaining hydration and day of and after practice and competition nutrition. A calculation for determining the number of calories athletes burned in a day was provided, he emphasized that this was a ballpark estimate. Concerning hydration, you should seek to minimize body mass losses to less than 2% of body mass in each practice or workout.

Shockingly, In all of the studies he referenced, not a single female athlete was found to be consuming enough carbs to be within the normal recommended range. Males athletes were also guilty of this but 3 studies noted consumption within the recommended range within the scope of the study.

Long Term Athletic Development-The Mizzou HPI Way

Garrett Buschjost, CSCS was one of if not the most engaging speakers at the conference. Long term athletic development is not a new concept by any means. This presentation was mainly about how you could give your kids their best shot at becoming their best.

When beginning a program there are several ways to categorize how experienced you are. This can be done by age, how long you have been training or specifically for children, looking at when they reach peak height velocity.

The reason why finding peak height velocity is so important is because after this point, children mature and are able to handle more advanced programs. This is also very individual because as you know, some kids are late bloomers while others develop early.

MU Human Performance institute covered all of the ways they put together a long term athletic development model and how it's constructed in a broad sense. Principles based strength training focused on teaching young kids a variety of movements as opposed to specializing early.

The Autoregulatory Progressive Resistance Exercise 

Bryan Mann chose to speak about the APRE or Auto Protocol Regulatory Resistance Exercise. He is also leading the field in velocity based training programs but, felt this was a better fit since most of the audience didn't have a 80,000 yearly budget. I've written about the APRE before here. I've also purchased Coach Mann's manual on the APRE (link to the e-book) and discussed it with him in person.

Being so familiar with him made it difficult for me to glean new information from the presentation but, I did manage to learn a couple things. The biggest was probably that you can still gain while under trained. He also noted that weaker athletes tend to respond more favorably to volume increases. The rest was history covering the APRE.

Thomas L. Delorme, the doctor responsible with coming up with 3 sets of 10 reps for resistance exercise was a very strong man himself, deadlifting 500 lbs with his hands only 18 inches apart. He used strength training to overcome a childhood illness and rationed that if it could help him then certainly recovering world war II victims.

He is credited with using the PRE method or progressive resistance exercise. This was a 3 set protocol using three plates, which were melted and made from lead.

It looked like this:

  • 10 reps at 50% (or what was 1 plate)
  • 10 reps at 75% (or what was 2 plates)
  • 10 reps at 100% (or what was 3 plates)

A variation of this protocol the "DAPRE" or daily adjusting progressive resistance exercise protocol is still used in athletic training and physical therapy today.

I would say that this conference was well worth the time and money. Coach Mann did a phenomenal job of organizing this event and it went seamlessly. Coming to conferences is not my strong suit since I'm pretty introverted but, he did a great job of making the event comfortable and filled it with incredible expert speakers. Can't wait until the next one in St. Louis!