2018 National Conference

Michael Waller

Lower-Body Deceleration Programming

A brief discussion on the physical factors that influence deceleration and acceleration from a practical perspective will precede the application of drills. Various forms of decelerating movements that a strength and conditioning coach can incorporate into an athlete's program will be demonstrated in videos and images. The explanation on physical qualities that can be developed from each movement, appropriate progressions, and suggestions on program integration will be included.

Dr. Michael Waller earned his doctorate in Exercise and Sport Science from The University of Utah, Master's Degree in Exercise Science from Concordia University in Chicago, and a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Western Illinois University. Dr. Waller is a member of the Written Examination Board for the Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification (SCCC) for the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). He is currently an Associate Professor at Arkansas Tech University in the Department of Health and Physical Education. Dr. Waller is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified personal trainer through the NSCA. He has been privileged to be mentored in powerlifting by Dr. Roger Gedney and Judy Gedney, weightlifting by Mike Gattone, and sport science by Dr. Patricia Eisenman. He has presented at NSCA state, NSCA regional and NSCA national conferences (Annual, Sport Coaches and TSAC) on topics such as weightlifting, deadlifting, kettlebell instruction, testing & assessment, long-term athletic development, and programming.

Dr. Waller has written over 3 dozen peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles in the Strength & Conditioning Journal, International Journal of Kinesiology & Sports Science, Journal of Sports Research, and the strength journal MILO. He has co-authored two books with Dr. Tim Piper on strongman training (Alternative Training Methods) and another on the coaching instruction of power programming and exercises (Power Training). Dr. Waller's research interests have included blood lactate response to sled pushing, effects of a 6-week hip extension strength program, and upper-body power. He has over 20 years of experience in a variety of positions having worked at Velocity Sports Performance, WCS-Gattone Sports Performance, WCS-Occupational Rehabilitation, fitness director and personal trainer. Dr. Waller has his own strength and conditioning consulting business M.A.S.S. Sports Performance, and has competed in the sports of powerlifting and weightlifting. Dr. Waller has coached powerlifters and weightlifters, as well as preparing athletes for high school, collegiate, and mixed martial arts competition.