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Developing the Core Print CE Course

Developing the Core Print CE Course


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    Print Course

    Course components are delivered as printed products:
    • Developing the Core book
    • Study guide
    • Continuing education exam
    Learning Objectives
    At the completion of this course you will be able to do the following:
    • Describe core anatomy and biomechanics and how the core musculature influences an athlete’s ability to create efficient movement.
    • Use a variety of testing and assessment tools to evaluate a person’s core strength and stability.
    • Identify how the training principles of overload and progression are key factors to consider in prescribing core exercises.
    • Implement guidelines for developing core strength and stability in designing effective sport training programs.
    • Describe a variety of exercises and drills to develop core strength and stability in order to improve athletic performance.
    • Design safe training programs for core development to meet specific goals for a variety of sports and activities.
    Success in sports is about much more than muscular legs or well-defined arms. Whether known for a powerful golf swing or a hard slap shot in hockey, the best athletes all have one thing in common: a strong and well-conditioned core.

    The Developing the Core course is based on the book of the same name from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and includes contributions from 17 of the NSCA’s top hand-picked experts, including the book’s editor, Jeffrey M. Willardson, associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. It includes more than 50 of the most effective core development exercises along with scientific-based assessments to help athletes understand individual needs and build personalized core programs. In addition, this course offers ready-to-use sport-specific programs for baseball and softball, basketball, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

    The study guide includes a course syllabus, learning objectives, learning activities, and referenced answer key. The study guide emphasizes key concepts of the book to prepare individuals to pass the 75-question exam composed of multiple-choice and true-or-false questions at the completion of the course.

    The Developing the Core Print CE Course is an invaluable resource for strength and conditioning professionals seeking to help clients strengthen the midsection and maximize athletic performance.

    Skills Active / REPs pre requisites can be found here:


    A course for strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, athletic trainers, fitness instructors, and other certified professionals.

    Table of Contents

    Course Syllabus
    Course Materials
    Course Instructions
    Learning Objectives

    Learn and Practice With the Developing the Core Book
    Part I: Essentials of Core Development
    Chapter 1: Core Anatomy and Biomechanics
    Chapter 2: Core Assessment
    Chapter 3: Core Muscle Activity During Exercise
    Chapter 4: Core Development Exercises and Drills
    Chapter 5: Core Programming
    Part II: Sport-Specific Core Development
    Chapter 6: Baseball and Softball
    Chapter 7: Basketball
    Chapter 8: Football
    Chapter 9: Golf
    Chapter 10: Ice Hockey
    Chapter 11: Soccer
    Chapter 12: Swimming
    Chapter 13: Tennis
    Chapter 14: Track and Field
    Chapter 15: Volleyball
    Chapter 16: Wrestling
    Study Guide Answer Key

    Exam and Evaluation
    Exam Answer Sheet
    Course Evaluation
    Certificate Information

    About the Author

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches and athletes. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.


    Quotes for Developing the Core by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

    Developing the Core is one of the best resources to guide you to a stronger and well-developed core. Whether you are an athlete seeking to improve performance or a fitness professional looking for the best ways to train the core, this book has something for you. I highly recommend it.”

    James Di Naso, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

    "To know sport, you must know the core. This book is a fantastic resource for strength coaches, personal trainers, researchers, and athletes.”

    Tom Nesser--Associate Professor, Indiana State University

    "Developing the Core highlights the latest research findings and presents them in an accessible way. It’s an excellent resource for athletes, strength and conditioning specialists, and anyone wishing to strengthen the midsection."

    David G. Behm--Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation Memorial University of Newfoundland

    Developing the Core is a must-have resource for strength and conditioning professionals. This book provides practitioners with an evidence-based approach to training the core and helps dispel many of the myths surrounding this controversial topic.”

    Jay Dawes--Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, Former Director of Education for the National Strength and Conditioning Association