2019 National Conference

Michael Waller

Moderator: Preventing Exertional Illnesses and Incidents in Athletes

A panel of collegiate strength and conditioning coaches will discuss initial health screenings for athletes, reducing risk in first year athletes, and how to adjust programming for returning athletes. There will be specific discussion on preventing exertional rhabdomyolysis, programming for athlete(s) returning from exertional rhabdomyolysis, reducing risk of exertional heat illness and approaches for post strength/conditioning recovery. The discussion will provide coaches with programming suggestions for at-risk environments and issues that should be part of their emergency action plan.

Dr. 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, 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) and is currently an associate professor at Arkansas Tech University in the Department of Health and Physical Education. Dr. Waller has over 20 years of experience and has worked as private strength coach (WCS-Gattone Sports Performance), & clinician (WCS-Occupational Rehabilitation), fitness director, and personal trainer. Dr. Waller has coached power-lifters and weightlifters, as well as preparing athletes for high school, collegiate athletics, and mixed martial arts.