What is a CSCS?

Have you ever wondered how high school, collegiate, and professional athletes are able to get into competitive shape from season to season?   How do they get prepared for all the movements and grueling tasks that are required of them by their coaches and sport?   The answer:   Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS).   These special groups of people are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance.   They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.

Strength & Conditioning programs have made athletics more explosive and more exciting, as athletes have made great improvements in strength, power, speed, endurance, and body control.   So, the next time you see a great double OT game, a fantastic finish in a swimming meet, or an unbelievable final round in a golf tournament, you will know that a strength and conditioning coach helped to provide that athlete with the power, stamina, and endurance to provide that extraordinary event for you to experience.

Today, more than 21,000 professionals from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds hold the prestigious credential.   This diverse group includes strength coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal trainers, physicians, chiropractors, researchers, and educators.

Here is a clip of a Physical Therapist Assistant, who is also a CSCS, instructing a Total Body Fitness class here at CPMC. The exercises utilized in this class improve strength, agility, power, balance, core stability, and speed.  People who are CSCS must be good coaches and very motivational to help their athletes achieve their recreational and career goals. 


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