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Island University to Host National Strength and Conditioning Association Midwest Regional Conference

October 17, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to host the 2017 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Midwest Regional Conference on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Dugan Wellness Center. The conference is an exceptional way to learn the latest research, techniques and breakthrough performance methods used by top professionals from around the world.

The NSCA Midwest Regional Conference event is open to the public and early bird registration is open until Oct. 31. Students can receive a reduced conference rate of $35 for the two-day conference. To view scheduled events, click here.

 “The undergraduate and graduate kinesiology programs at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are both NSCA Educationally Recognized Programs,” said Kinesiology Department Chair at A&M-Corpus Christi and Midwest Regional Coordinator for the NCSA, Dr. Don Melrose. “For this conference to be hosted at the Island University is excellent for the Department of Kinesiology. People will come from many different states for this event so they’ll get to know the Island University and its people a bit better.”

The conference will include hands-on training and presentations on topics that vary from injury prevention, to proper body positioning for explosive strength, power and more. These presentations will be given by some of the most talented kinesiology professionals in the field.

“The presenters are all highly-recognized within their specific areas of expertise,” said Melrose. “For example, Dr. Jay Dawes, a former professor at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, has worked with athletes and coaches of all ages. He is considered a pioneer of tactical strength and conditioning.”

While the conference will mainly focus on strength and conditioning of athletes, there will also be presenters who represent physical therapy, as well as coaching and personal training.

“Continuing Education Units are also available to those who need them,” said Melrose. “Professionals can earn points toward maintaining their certifications prior to the end of the certification cycle, which for the NSCA, is three years.”  

Melrose has been a member of the NSCA since 2001, and in 2011 he volunteered to work as an advisor to the NSCA Texas State Director. Shortly afterwards, he volunteered to become the Midwest Regional Coordinator, a title he still holds. Currently, he oversees the activities of the State Directors in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas, while also being a mentor for the State Clinics and their activities.

Since coming to A&M-Corpus Christi in 1999, Melrose has seen the Kinesiology program grow from around 200 to nearly 700 students. As an expert in exercise physiology, psychology of sports, and exercise assessment, he uses his knowledge to help specialized groups, including women who are pregnant, senior citizens and children. Currently, Melrose is a certified strength and conditioning specialists with distinction.