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NSCA's Guide to Program Design Online CE Course With Print Book

NSCA's Guide to Program Design Online CE Course With Print Book

$203.95 CAD


Product Format
    This package includes the following:
    • NSCA's Guide to Program Design book
    • Online study guide
    • Online continuing education exam
    NSCA's Guide to Program Design Online CE Course offers guidelines and protocols for developing training programs for specific athletes at specific times of year. Developed by experts from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), this course examines the considerations and challenges in developing a program for each key fitness component and fitness performance goal. It moves beyond the simple template presentation of program design to help professionals grasp the reasons and procedures for sequencing training in a safe, sport-specific manner.

    Based on the NSCA’s Guide to Program Design book, this course progresses sequentially through the program design process. It begins by examining the process of athlete needs assessment as well as performance testing considerations and selection. Next, you’ll find performance-related information on dynamic and static stretching and dynamic warm-up protocols and exercises. Evidence-based information is provided on program development, including considerations and adaptations as well as methods and strategies for resistance, power, anaerobic, endurance, agility, speed, and balance and stability training. Finally, you’ll explore training integration, periodization, and implementation.

    The study guide includes learning activities, along with an answer key, to help you prepare for the course exam (composed of 100 multiple-choice questions).

    Once you complete the course and pass the exam, you can print a certificate for continuing education credits.

    Learning Objectives
    • Understand all aspects of a needs analysis and its implications to training.
    • Implement assessment programs to evaluate the effectiveness of training programs.
    • Understand the influence of dynamic warm-up protocols on injury risk.
    • Apply the concepts of progressive overload, specificity, and variation to resistance training programs.
    • Manipulate training variables and select optimal exercises to match the goals of the program and avoid training plateaus.
    • Identify the differences between aerobic and anaerobic-based sports and the training needs of each.
    • Identify the metabolic demands of a sport and understand how metabolic adaptations to training can affect performance.
    • Understand when to implement balance, stability, speed, and agility training in overall program design.
    • Understand the theories behind various principles of periodization and program design.
    • Utilize different training phases to optimize performance.


    A continuing education course for certified fitness professionals, including strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, and athletic trainers.
    Chapter 1. Athlete Needs Analysis
    William J. Kraemer, PhD, Brett A. Comstock, MA, James E. Clark, MS, and Courtenay Dunn-Lewis, MA
    Metabolic Demands of the Sport
    Biomechanical Demands of the Sport
    Injury Risks of the Sport
    Integrating the Needs Analysis

    Chapter 2. Athlete Testing and Program Evaluation
    Jay R. Hoffman, PhD
    Factors That Affect Performance Testing
    Test Selection
    Practical Considerations for Test Administration
    Tests for Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation

    Chapter 3. Dynamic Warm-Up
    Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD
    Static Stretching and Performance
    Dynamic Warm-Up and Performance
    Developing a Dynamic Warm-Up Protocol
    Dynamic Warm-Up Exercises

    Chapter 4. Resistance Training
    Nicholas A. Ratamess, PhD
    Adaptations to Resistance Training
    Customizing Resistance Training Programs
    Resistance Training Program Variables

    Chapter 5. Power Training
    Robert U. Newton, PhD, Prue Cormie, PhD, and William J. Kraemer, PhD
    Factors Contributing to Power Output
    Targeting Power Development
    Training Methods for Power Development
    Selecting Load and Velocity for Power Development

    Chapter 6. Anaerobic Conditioning
    Jay R. Hoffman, PhD
    Physiological Adaptations From Anaerobic Conditioning Programs
    Developing Anaerobic Conditioning Programs
    Anaerobic Conditioning Exercises

    Chapter 7. Endurance Training
    Joel T. Cramer, PhD, and Abbie E. Smith, PhD
    Factors in Aerobic Endurance Performance
    Aerobic Endurance Training Variables
    Aerobic Endurance Training Strategies
    Periodization for Aerobic Endurance Training

    Chapter 8. Agility Training
    Lee E. Brown, EdD, and Andy V. Khamoui, MS
    Factors in Agility Performance
    Assessing Agility
    Training for Agility
    Agility Program Design

    Chapter 9. Speed Training
    Jay R. Hoffman, PhD, and John F. Graham, MS
    Factors in Speed Performance
    Sprinting Mechanics and Technique
    Speed Program Design

    Chapter 10. Balance and Stability Training
    Nejc Sarabon, PhD
    Program Planning and Periodization
    Safe Progression for Balance Exercises
    Stability Training for Joint Systems

    Chapter 11. Training Integration and Periodization
    G. Gregory Haff, PhD, and Erin E. Haff, MA
    General Principles of Periodization
    Training Periods
    Sequencing and Integration of the Training Process
    Practical Guidelines

    Chapter 12. Training Program Implementation
    Jay R. Hoffman, PhD, Lee E. Brown, EdD, and Abbie E. Smith, PhD
    Workout Sessions
    Off-Season Training
    Competitive Season
    Considerations for Aerobic Endurance Athletes
    Program Evaluation
    The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches, athletes, and tactical operators. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.

    Jay Hoffman, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA,
    is a professor of exercise science at the University of Central Florida and coordinator of their sport and exercise science program. Long recognized as an expert in the field of exercise physiology, Hoffman has more than 150 publications to his credit in refereed journals, book chapters, and books, and he has lectured at more than 300 national and international conferences and meetings. He also has more than 17 years of experience coaching at the collegiate and professional levels. This combination of the practical and the theoretical provides him with a unique perspective on writing for both coaches and academic faculty.

    Hoffman was elected president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2009. He was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Kinesiological Professional Award by the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and was named the 2007 Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also was awarded the 2000 Outstanding Junior Investigator Award by the NSCA. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and serves on the board of directors of USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. He is the author of Physiological Aspects of Sport Training and Performance (Human Kinetics, 2002) and Norms for Fitness, Performance, and Health (Human Kinetics, 2006).

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