NSCA’s Guide to High School Strength and Conditioning
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Written by a team of contributors within the world-renowned National Strength and Conditioning Association, NSCA’s Guide to High School Strength and Conditioning summarizes the primary duties and responsibilities of the various positions and roles that contribute to developing a safe and effective program. It provides insights into the benefits of offering a strength and conditioning program at the high school level and offers advice for the implementation of such a program. Examples are also provided for strength-and-conditioning-related PE curriculums to demonstrate how those types of programs can work and how they connect to the SHAPE America national standards and grade-level outcomes.
The text is loaded with information that can be practically applied to any high school program. You will learn the variables to consider when designing a resistance or cardiovascular training program and 13 detailed protocols for conducting assessments so you can objectively evaluate movement and performance. Detailed exercise descriptions include beginning position, movement phases, breathing guidelines, modifications and variations, and coaching tips. The descriptions, along with accompanying photos, teach proper technique for
- 28 common resistance training exercises,
- 10 bodyweight exercises,
- 12 anatomical core exercises,
- 11 static and dynamic stretching exercises,
- 12 plyometric exercises,
- 10 speed and agility drills, and
- 5 cardio machines.
NSCA’s Guide to High School Strength and Conditioning includes the evidence-driven information that will help any high school strength and conditioning professional—including both coaches and teachers—to become the best practitioner possible. This valuable resource is one that you will turn to for many years to come as you build a solid strength and conditioning community for your student-athletes.
Earn continuing education credits/units! A continuing education course and exam that uses this book is also available. It may be purchased separately, or as part of a package that includes all the course materials and exam.
AudienceStrength and conditioning professionals, sport coaches, and physical education teachers who work with high school student-athletes.
Rick Howard, Patrick McHenry, and Mike Nitka
Introduction. Strength and Conditioning-Related Professionals in the High School Setting
Edwin C. Jones and Shawn L. Jenkins
Chapter 1. Curriculum and Class Structure and Guidelines
Anthony S. Smith and Bruce R. Harbach
Chapter 2. Class Scheduling, Planning, and Assessments
Gary S. McChalicher and Brandon Peifer
Chapter 3. Strength and Conditioning-Related Resources for Teachers and Professionals
Patrick Mediate and Mike Nitka
Chapter 4. Resistance Training Exercises
Chapter 5. Bodyweight Exercises
Chapter 6. Core Exercises
Chapter 7. Warm-Up
Darnell K. Clark
Chapter 8. Resistance Training
Shana McKeever and Rick Howard
Chapter 9. Plyometric Training
Chapter 10. Speed and Agility Training
Phil Tran and Ray Karvis
Chapter 11. Individual and Group Activities
Appendix. NSCA Strength and Conditioning Professional Standards and Guidelines
McHenry was the American Football Monthly Regional Strength Coach of the Year in 2004, NSCA’s High School Coach of the Year in 2005, and recipient of the Strength and Conditioning Journal Editorial Excellence Award in 2006. He also received the Strength of America Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and was named Colorado High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 2012.
Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA*E, played football and earned a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in health and physical education from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. He taught freshman physical education and junior health education at Muskego High School in Wisconsin for 38 years and coached football and wrestling, winning every level of championship Wisconsin offered (conference, regional, sectional, and state).
Nitka became an NSCA member in 1985 and, over time, earned the credentials of CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, and FNSCA*E. He presented at the 1992 NSCA national conference and discussed the concept of weight training as a unit within a high school’s physical education curriculum. He served as chair of what would eventually become the NSCA’s High School Special Interest Group and as a member of the NSCA Conference Committee. He was the “Coaches Corner” column editor for the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal, with the vision to reach out to high school coaches across the country to ask them to share what they were doing in their PE classes.
Nitka was selected as the NSCA’s High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year in 1994 and represented the NSCA in China and Australia as a member of the NSCA’s board of directors. He contributed expertise and feedback for NSCA’s informational brochure for high schools (“What’s Missing? Why You Need a Qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach in Your School”) and currently serves as an adjunct professor of exercise science at Carroll University.
—Stewart Venable, CSCS
"NSCA’s Guide to High School Strength and Conditioning provides coaches the tools to build an athlete's confidence, protect their body, and elevate their performance in any activity or sport."
—Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS, RSCC*E, SCCC, MSCC, PN1, NSCA College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year and NSCA Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year
Examples of simple warm-up routines
The 10 pillars of long-term athletic development for coaches
I was amazed by all the factors that high school coaches have to account for. This book points out how to run a "weight training" training class as well as how to prepare athletes for a sport.
NSCA’s Guide to High School Strength and Conditioning
A well written text written by experts in he field. Chapters on curriculum design and related resources for strength and conditioning were particularly insightful.
But if we wait until high school to intervene with this type of intervention we are 10 years too late. The importance of starting during the primary school years must not be overlooked.