July 10, 2009
BALTIMORE - Loyola College in Maryland will welcome as many as 400 high school and college strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts for a two-day conference on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18.
The Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Conference, sponsored by Polar Electro, has been developed by Robert Taylor, head strength and conditioning coach for the Loyola Greyhounds. Taylor has combined classroom presentations and on-field demonstrations to help educate and inform participants in many aspects of strength and conditioning, rehabilitating athletes, sports nutrition and recovery techniques. The event is designed for anyone interested in athletics, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and the fitness industry.
"As athletics become increasingly competitive at all levels, a properly designed strength and conditioning program is crucial to the success of any athlete or team," said Taylor, who has organized a line-up that includes former and current NFL and MLB strength coaches; Super Bowl and World Series champions; NBA consultants; NCAA and NIT champions; NSCA, NSPA, and NCAA conference professional of the year award finalists and winners; master strength and conditioning coaches; leading high school consultants; personal trainers and coaches; as well as one of the top nutritionists in the country.
Polar Electro, Inc., the leading provider of heart rate assessment technology is the event's top sponsor. The company will feature its newly released Team2 System during the conference. Along with Polar Electro, participants can meet representatives from Rogers Athletics, Woodway, BoostersforHealth, Fitness Resource, Bill Jacobs Power Company, UCS, Draz Athletics, Power Lift, and Jeff Sherman's Training Camp.
This year's conference has been recognized as a continuing education provider for four organizations. Participants are eligible for continuing education credits from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (1.2), National Athletic Trainers' Association (9), National Strength Professionals Association (12), and the National Federation of Personal Trainers (1).
The cost for the two-day event is $150 in advance ($75 for undergraduate students) and $175 at the door. A portion of the conference proceeds will be donated to the Jason Hadeed Children's Fund. Last year's conference raised more than $3,500 for the fund. Hadeed, a coach who presented at the first conference and a friend of many of its participants, was killed in a shooting in his Rockville neighborhood in February 2008. For more information on the children's fund, the conference, or to register for the event, please go to www.SMARTERTeamTraining.com or call 410-617-5372.