July 23, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola College in Maryland welcomed more than 160 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 18 and 19, 2008.
The Strength and Conditioning/Athlete Performance Conference, sponsored by Fusion Sport, an Australian Sports Technology company, featured classroom presentations and live demonstrations from Division I conferences including the SEC, ACC, Big East, Ivy League, ECAC, CAA, MAAC, Southern and America East, as well as presenters from the private sector.
Recognized by the National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA) as its national conference, the event allowed participants to earn continuing education credits from the NSPA and other organizations, including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and National Athletic Trainers' Association.
The conference also raised more than $3,500 for the Jason Hadeed Children's Fund, which benefits the children of Jason Hadeed, a coach who presented at last year's conference and a friend of many of its participants. Hadeed was killed in a shooting in his Rockville neighborhood in February.
"I am very pleased with the interest in this year's conference, and know we'll be able to build on this outstanding event next year," said Robert Taylor, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loyola.