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And the Award Goes to

And the Award Goes to...

Strength and conditioning's top professionals honored with awards during NSCA's 27th National Conference.

(PRWEB) August 6, 2004

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently presented over 50 awards to members who make noteworthy contributions in the field of strength training and conditioning.

These awards signify the NSCAÂ’s ongoing effort to recognize the professional endeavors of its members as they uphold the mission of the association: to support and disseminate research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Through nominations from the membership and specific association committees, the following awards were presented during the 27th annual NSCA National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the YearÂ

Gerard Martin, CSCS, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Connecticut, received this prestigious award for his dedication to the profession through his service on the NSCA College Strength and Conditioning Professionals Special Interest Group, and his work on special committees of the NCAA.

The College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year award recognizes the efforts and dedication of college strength coaches. The award is currently in its 24th year, and the list of previous recipients, such as Boyd Epley, Thomas Baechle, Bruno Pauletto, and Dan Wathen, reflect the magnitude of this celebrated accomplishment.

High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the YearÂ

Bruce Harbach, CSCS, *D, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Head Football Coach for Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Coach Harbach has presented at NSCA conferences as well as published numerous articles for association journals. In addition to coaching, Harbach also teaches Physical Education at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pennsylvania. This award recognizes the tremendous efforts and dedication made by high school strength and conditioning coaches for their work with young athletes.

Personal Trainer of the YearÂ

Maria Teresa Mendizabal, NSCA-CPT, *D, Director and Owner of Dance Fitness Factory; Producer and Director for Dance Ballet Productions; Co-Founder and Co-Director Aerobic Trainings International; and writer for Buena Vida Magazine in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mendizabal has been a member of the NSCA for over seven years and during this time has presented at NSCA clinics, and has co-directed the NSCA Caribbean Clinic.

This award recognizes practicing personal fitness trainers who demonstrate exceptional leadership, business management, motivational and instructional skills while inspiring their clients to greater personal growth and higher levels of fitness.

Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation SpecialistÂ

Jeff Falkel, CSCS, *D, of Denver, Colorado is a Physical Therapist with Visiting Nurse Corporation, and Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach for VDP Enterprises, Inc. Falkel has authored two sports medicine textbooks, as well as co-authored several articles in professional publications. He has been a member of the NSCA since 1986.

This award recognizes practicing rehabilitation specialists who demonstrate exceptional leadership, motivational and instructional skills, while inspiring their patients to greater personal growth on their way to recovery.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association is the leading authority on strength and conditioning. For 27 years, the NSCA has bridged science and application to provide reliable, research-based, strength and conditioning information to its members and the general public. With nearly 30,000 members worldwide, the NSCA is the largest health and fitness association in the world. For more information on NSCA professional journals, cutting edge conferences, educational text and videos, or other services, visit www. nsca-lift. org. 

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