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 I have been impressed at the continued focus on our mission, to support the stakeholders of the exercise professions by our board, staff and affiliates. With so many challenges to the day-to-day, it is easy to fall from the path, but we continue to remain diligent in our responsibilities to move the industry forward. The CREP organization has a renewed board of member directors and highly competent advisor directors for 2020-2021, securing leadership through this pandemic and beyond. Since our last newsletter, the organization has participated in supporting national policy for physical activity through high-level meetings and cooperative sign-ons and positively managed state-related activities through collegial processes.  Additionally , the organization has engaged in on-going work to support exercise professionals as recognized specialists in the prevention-model of health care.
We are also proud to say the organization’s register now boasts over 180,000 registered professionals, making it the largest register of its type in the world. The continued growth by all member organizations through 2020 speaks to the ongoing commitment to high quality practices by both the organizational leadership, as well as the exercise professionals they represent.  We continue to support global portability through ICREPS and the recognition of best practices through our new global standards to be released in the upcoming months. This respect for a higher level professional standard is embodied by CREP and USREP registration, and remains a driving force for our continued work, despite the pressing environmental challenges. I look forward to working with so many of you as we navigate through new and unforeseen challenges and opportunities.

Brian Biagioli, EdD
President, CREP Board of Directors
This past January, CREP became aware of a proposed bill in the State of Missouri regarding athletic trainers that was quickly moving through the legislative process. The purpose of SB670 was to repeal certain regulations relating to athletic trainers and enacting new rules.
 The Missouri Athletic Trainers Association (MoATA) supported the bill and was working to advance it. Specifically, the title protection language they were seeking was “athletic trainer (AT), Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT), athletic therapist, or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).” CREP leadership spoke many times with MoATA regarding the bill’s language.  MoATA expressed their intent was not to infringe, prohibit, or attempt to “own” any skill set, procedure, or patient population, including those represented by CREP. Rather, MoATA stated that the rules and regulations were to provide protections for the public as well as a greater framework for athletic trainers practicing in Missouri.
 CREP was generally supportive of the bill’s purpose of recognizing and clarifying the broad scope of work that Athletic Trainers are qualified to perform and that reflects the good work that they do.  However, CREP had concerns regarding some of the proposed language. CREP reached out to Missouri State Senator Lincoln Hough, whom introduced the legislation, on behalf of our collective 184,000 registered and certified exercise professionals, including over 4,800 in the State of Missouri. Our purpose was to request enhancements to the bill that would help differentiate and clarify the distinction between the professions of Athletic Training and other exercise professions.
 It was CREP’s belief that the new definitions for the “Athletic Trainer” and “Athlete” contained within the bill could negatively impact key stakeholders including consumers, professionals, and employers in the State of Missouri. Specifically, our concern was regarding the absence of an exemption that recognized the ability of exercise professionals to practice within their scope of work. In an effort to avoid confusion and potential unintended consequences associated with the language in bill, we respectfully requested the following language be included in Section 334.721 2 where it states - The provisions of section 334.700 to 334.725 shall not apply to the following persons:
 Exercise professionals (i.e., Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Pilates Teacher, Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach) with specific qualifications and/or hold certification(s) from a nationally accredited program in their respective area, who develop and implement physical fitness programs to improve health, fitness or sports performance for individual clients, patients, or organized groups.
 CREP also offered to serve as a resource in the process of crafting new language for the bill. This bill did not pass before the Legislature adjourned in May, but we believe that the likelihood of it being re-introduced in 2021 is very high. We continue to talk with MoATA and have agreed to work collaboratively to see that this bill, if re-introduced, will not negatively impact the professionals CREP represents.  
 As health occupations evolve, CREP recognizes that many states will consider introducing similar bills such as this one in the field of Athletic Training. We will continue to monitor their introduction and alert legislators of our concern if written similarly to the bill in Missouri. CREP will use our expertise to help them avoid bill language that creates confusion and potential unintended consequences associated with a failure to differentiate and clarify the distinction between the scope of practice for Athletic Training and other exercise professions, especially personal training.
 We look forward to continuing to support the registered exercise professional.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
.CSCCa Update
September 2020
 
2020 has been an eventful and unprecedented year.  Due to COVID-19, the CSCCa was forced to cancel the 2020 CSCCa National Conference during which we were going to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary.  All anniversary activities and festivities are being moved to the 2021 CSCCa National Conference which will be held May 5-7, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Since its inception, the CSCCa has been dedicated to meeting the needs of strength and conditioning coaches of collegiate and professional athletic teams.   Below is a description and update on a few of the projects the organization has completed over the past 12 months.
 
  • The Professional’s Guide to Strength & Conditioning: Safe and Effective Principles for Maximizing Athletic Performance
The CSCCa developed a textbook to be utilized in colleges and universities as part of their strength and conditioning curriculum, as well as a study resource to prepare candidates for the organization’s certification—Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC).  This textbook, which was edited by Dr. Tom Nesser, was also designed to be a valuable reference source for practicing strength and conditioning coaches and was released in October 2019. 
 
  • CSCCa and NSCA Joint Consensus Guidelines for Transition Periods: Safe Return to Training Following Inactivity
The CSCCa and NSCA developed a joint consensus document which provides valuable guidelines to be utilized by strength and conditioning coaches in their training of new athletes and returning athletes as they come back from a break of two weeks or longer.  The majority of serious injuries and athlete deaths that have occurred over the past few years have taken place during these “transition periods.”  Consequently, a group of veteran strength and conditioning coaches developed two protocols to follow to ensure safe training volumes for athletes during these critical time periods.  The document was published in the June 2019 issue of the NSCA Strength & Conditioning Journal.  This landmark document provides specific formulas that can be utilized to determine safe and appropriate volume and intensity during transition periods.
 
Strength and Conditioning Coaches were reminded and encouraged to utilize the protocols outlined in this document as they prepared for their athletes to return to campus after an extremely long break due to COVID-19.  Many institutions successfully utilized the protocols in this document as the basis for developing and implementing their strength and conditioning programs for their athletes as they returned to campus.
 
  • Return to Sports and Exercise during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance for High School and Collegiate Athletic programs
The CSCCa was invited by the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) to participate in a collaborative effort with other leading sports organizations.  The goal was to develop guidelines supported by published research and expert consensus for the safe return to training of high school and collegiate athletes following COVID-19.  These guidelines address the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries, cardiac arrest, exertional heat illnesses, and other health and safety concerns through the utilization of pre-participation evaluations, safe parameters for the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs, appropriate heat acclimatization, injury prevention, and the education of key stakeholders.  This valuable resource was released in June 2020.
 
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