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Two Awesome Continuing Education Opportunities

Filed under: Continuing Education — Shon @ 12:32 pm April 18, 2012

As I enter my twenty fourth year of professional practice, continuing education has lost some of the shine it used to have for me.  While it used to be fun to travel all over for weekend seminars and short courses, family and business commitments have taken the forefront of my life (my son turns 13 this summer, and my daughter will be driving in less than year and a half!).  I am definitely stingier with my time now, and while, yes, attending CE courses are still important for my professional growth and networking, the fact is I have" been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt" over the past 23 years and 1,000+ hours of in-person, hands on lecture/lab/workshop participation.


I've felt like this at far too many CE seminars


That said, there are still a ton of fabulous seminars and speakers I want to see (the Postural Restoration Institute, Prague School, as well as RKC are on my wish list of topics for further research) while the internet brings us the ability to digest great information and content (strengthcoach .com,, and Mike Reinold's dynamite continuing education series to name a few). 

Today I want to mention two resources, one "in person' and one on-line that I will be diving into this summer.


BSMPG 2012 Summer Seminar 


The awesome BSMPG 2012 Summer Seminar is back in Boston on May 19 and 20 that Art Horne (athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach for Northeastern Basketball) has put on for the past several years.  I attended for the first time last summer and as I blogged about HERE and HERE, I couldn't have been more pleased.  Every talk I attended was excellent at minimum, and I easily learned a years worth of information in 2 days.  Speakers were approachable and attendees were very laid back and fun.


This year's speakers include Dr. Craig Liebenson, Dr. Christopher Powers, Boo Schexnayder, Sean Skahan, and the always popular Cal Dietz.  I didn't think Art could top last year, but it seems he did.  Again, there are multiple tracts (hockey and basketball strength and conditioning, sports medicine, as well as extended workshops in addition to keynote speakers) to appeal to a broad range of professionals.  Attendees also include previous speakers such as Charlie Weingroff, who still has my head reeling from his talk last year (this year I am looking forward to meeting and interacting with Patrick Ward, who always has a ton of great information to share).

If you are involved in any facet of health, human performance, manual therapy, rehabilitation or a combination thereof, it would behoove you to make a serious effort to attend.  Kudos to Art Horne for making this happen year after year, while raising the bar each time!  Registration information can be found HERE.


Bret Contreras and Chris Beardsley's Strength and Conditioning Research

What Bret and Chris Beardsley have produced is a fabulous "one stop shop" for all things as they relate to current strength and conditioning research.  Many of us are in a situation where we receive multiple journals form various professional organizations that pile up month after month without a glance.  We then end up suffering from "option paralysis" and just give up on reading anything, which hurts us as a professional and a practitioner.

With Strength and Conditioning research, the tedious work of mining and discerning excellent peer reviewed research  has been done by Bret and Chris on a monthly basis, leaving us with a tight and thorough summary of each study as well as practical applications.  Each month encapsulates fifty studies in four categories: strength and conditioning, biomechanics, physiology and physical therapy.  Other studies that weren't reviewed but deemed important are in a separate on-line catalog for monthly members.

This month, some cool studies included the effects of kettlebell training vs. weightlifting in jumping, strength and body composition, relationships between strength, sprints and change of direction, ACL strain and jump landing, and inflammatory markers following massage therapy.  There were forty six other studies as well, all easy to digest and understand.  Minimally, 60% were pertinent to my daily practice, and that was just after glancing at the table of contents.

I have been after a resource like this for over ten years, and am really grateful that this one now exists.  At $10 a month, it is a no-brainer, and it has already exposed me to over 100 papers that I probably would not have looked at if they didn't show up in my in box seamlessly every 4 or so weeks.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is a strength coach, personal trainer, physical therapist (or PT student), athletic trainer or a combination of all of the above.  To sign up, click HERE (please note, I am not an affiliate, only a fan).