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CSCA Advisory Team Spotlight – Tanner Care

CSCA Advisory Team Member Tanner Care is the Director of Performance for the Vancouver Bandits (CEBL) and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Simon Fraser University (NCAA). Originating from Burlington ONT, Tanner's journey in sport performance started through his own experince as an athlete in the sports of football, track, and bobsled.  He then received Strength and Conditioning mentorship at a young age from practitioners such as Larry Jusdanis and former CSCA Board Member Marcello Campanaro. Tanner now works in both professional and collegiate athletics that ranges across 13 different sports and has helped produce over 30 All-Americans.  The CSCA asked [...]

January 28, 2024|Categories: Interviews|

An Interview with Track Coach Les Gramantik: Part 1

In this article, CSCA Advisory Team Member Carla Robbins shares about her connection, and the details of her first interview, with track coach Les Gramantik in this three part series. Introduction In 2010, three years after I moved to Calgary, and while completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary, I moved in with someone named Rachael McIntosh. Rachael was a Canadian National team heptathlete at the time, who had just moved to Calgary to train with a new coach. This was after changing her sport pathway and letting go of her scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh [...]

May 1, 2023|Categories: Interviews|

Jon Reid – Programming Considerations for Amateur Hockey

Jon Reid is a former Junior and University Hockey player who went on to complete a Bachelor of Physical Education, along with a Master’s in the Science of Kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a former athlete, Jon has always been interested in strength and conditioning and overall athlete development. As Jon’s hockey career came to an end, it was rewarding to find a career path to help enhance the development of athletes. This brought Jon to his current position at APSolute Performance and Wellness, where he oversees the Strength and Conditioning department and delivers programming to both amateur [...]

November 29, 2022|Categories: Interviews, Programming, Youth Training|Tags: |

Advisory Team Spotlight: Belinda Cox – Guinness World Record Holder

Belinda Cox is a teacher and S&C coach living in Ontario. She is also humble and a World Record Holder for completing the most burpees in one hour. CSCA Please tell us about your teaching experience BC - I am going into my sixteenth year of high school teaching. I started my career in Shelburne, Ontario. When I first started teaching phys-ed, I taught the way I was mentored to teach and the way I experienced phys-ed when I was in class. It was all sport-skill based. One week of soccer, one week of basketball, one week of health…etc. It [...]

July 23, 2022|Categories: CSCA, Interviews|

CSCA Candid Conversations: From Pro Soccer to the NBA with Carl Bergstrom

Carl is a graduate of UBC in Vancouver and currently the Director of Performance for the San Francisco based Golden State Warriors (GSW) in the NBA. During this interview with CSCA Advisory Team member Scott Vass, he discusses his experience working in the private sector, amateur sport (Canadian Women’s Soccer Team) and professional soccer (Vancouver Whitecaps) that lead to his current role with the GSW. Topics also discussed in this interview are: - Career path from UBC undergrad to GSW - Importance of Mentorship and Networking for professional development & career advancement - Developing trust with athletes when entering a [...]

January 27, 2022|Categories: Industry, Interviews|

Advisory Team Spotlight: Hayley Legg

Hayley Legg PhD, CSCS,*D, ASCC Hayley is the Clinical and Sport Scientist at Craven SPORT services, Saskatchewan, supporting the S&C and Physiotherapy teams. Additionally, Hayley is a Senior Lecturer at St. Mary’s University in London, contributing to the distance learning Strength & Conditioning Science Master’s program. Prior to this, she contributed to the undergraduate Sport Science and Strength & Conditioning Science degree programs for a decade. She completed her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on upper body strength capacity in an aging population. Hayley has been an accredited strength and conditioning coach since 2008, works with a wide range [...]

January 27, 2022|Categories: Interviews|

Build Passion and Foster Community: An Interview with Dalhousie’s Brett Armstrong

Interview conducted by Travis Dorsey on behalf of the CSCA CSCA: Why did you start your journey of becoming a strength and conditioning coach? Was there anyone influential in your life to guide you? BA: I started my journey of becoming a strength and conditioning coach when working as an athletic therapy student intern at Dalhousie. Many of our athletes’ injuries were stemming from chronic overuse, poor exposure to gradual loading, and a need for simple scalable strength progressions. Soon after my athletic therapy intern experience, I first started working in a Sports Medicine Clinic in Toronto called the Sports [...]

January 27, 2022|Categories: Interviews|

Does This School Have the Strongest Students in Canada? An interview with George Kinch

Westisle Composite High School may be the strongest school in Canada, and George Kinch is the man responsible.  The Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association (PEISAA) Powerlifting Program has had twenty-five Championships, and Westisle has won twenty of these twenty-five.  I’ve witnessed his athletes perform at a number of these events.  It is absolutely incredible to see the level of strength displayed. A number of these athletes have since competed on the national and international stage competing and setting records in events hosted by the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) and the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF).  Some of these athletes have [...]

July 31, 2021|Categories: Interviews, Youth Training|

MISSION 202One – Adapting to a New Environment: My Experience With the Olympic Bronze Medal Canadian Women’s Softball Team

In December of 2019, I was approached by Mark Smith (Head Coach) and Scott Willgress (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach), asking if I would be interested in travelling south of the border for eight weeks to help train the Canadian Women’s Olympic Softball Team leading up to the 2020 Olympic Games. I had known Scott and Mark for a few years prior to this and have always followed their team, so when they asked me to join, it was a huge honour. For those who are not aware, Softball made its return to the Olympics for the first time since [...]

July 31, 2021|Categories: Interviews|

Tactical Strength and Conditioning and Law Enforcement Health and Wellness. S&C Coach Profile: Becky Swan

CSCA - You are in your 11th year with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) but prior to joining the department you worked primarily in sport. Can you tell us a bit about your professional experience prior to starting with the VPD? BS - When I was a student at Sheridan College, I worked as a student therapist for McMaster University’s men’s rugby and woman’s basketball, as well as with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. In 2007, I graduated from Sheridan College and started working as an Athletic Therapist with the Vancouver Whitecap’s Residency program and the Women’s National Soccer Teams (Senior [...]

July 29, 2021|Categories: Industry, Interviews|


REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY APRIL 29TH AT 12NOON EST / DATE: Saturday May 1st, 2021 WHERE: Virtual (Conference Link will be sent to participants the week leading up to the conference) Pre Conference Session and Introductions 10:40 - 11am EST BLOCK 1 12noon- 2:00 (AST), 11:00am- 1:00pm (EST), 8:00am- 10:00am (PST) Speakers: David Behm, Darren Steeves, Jonathon Fowles, Josh Nowlan, Ethan Rendell-Watson Moderator: Shauna Forsyth David Behm: Benefits of stretching for health: injury risk reduction and pain control  Evidence for the effectiveness of acute and chronic stretching for improving range of motion (ROM) is extensive and strong. Improved flexibility can have positive [...]

April 27, 2021|Categories: Business, CSCA, Industry, Interviews|


Through our partnership with lululemon, we are grateful for Global Ambassador Manoj Dias' time in sharing his skill with us surrounding the CSCA Conference. As we live through the challenges of 2020 and 2021, there has hardly been a time in our lives when a focus on being mindful and mental health was so important. As S&C coaches we often focus on physiological adaptations, while being fully aware of the importance of psychological health. If you are fortunate, you work with a transdisciplinary team that includes a psychologist, psychiatrist, mental performance consultant and/or a mindfulness specialist such as Manoj. Meet [...]

April 27, 2021|Categories: Interviews|

Strength Training in the High School Setting: How to Make Strength and Conditioning a Priority in Your School.

Background  I have been teaching and coaching for more than 20 years at the high school (HS) level and for 10 years at the USport level. I have also been in the Strength and Conditioning (S&C) field for 15 years or so, both at the HS and as an assistant at the USport level. I played University Football from 1992-1996 and trained without much guidance for a long time.   As a student, my University strength program was inadequate and poorly supervised. Those with proper foundations and knowledge were not very common or accessible. We did a lot of lifting until it hurt and then [...]

January 28, 2021|Categories: Interviews, Youth Training|

From American Football to Rugby: A Practitioner’s Journey

Kris Robertson began his professional athletic career in 2013 by being drafted 11th overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League (CFL) draft. Unfortunately, his career was cut short as a result of a knee injury. After a period working as an Assistant S&C Coach with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL, Kris began at the Canadian Sport Centre Ontario working with Rugby Canada. Kris is responsible for the physical development of the Senior Women’s National 15’s, as well as the Women’s Rugby Canada Development Academy.    In this interview Kris answers four questions and shares his insights into how [...]

January 28, 2021|Categories: Interviews|

CSCA Interviews: Modifications Made During COVID

Here are thoughts from four (4) people and the things they have done, and are still doing as a result of working modifications in dealing with COVID. Each video is 3 to 4 mins. Andrew Clark Brent Day Ben Bahrami Karsten Jensen

November 18, 2020|Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Interviews|

CSCA Candid Conversations: Derek Hansen

Derek Hansen is an international sports performance consultant and educator.  He has worked for over 30 years as a sprint coach and has been consulting with professional teams (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, MLB), national team organizations and collegiate athletic programs for over 20 years.  He specializes in speed development, strategic performance planning, return-to-play protocols and electrical stimulation technologies.  He offers consulting services through and educational courses via

November 18, 2020|Categories: Industry, Interviews|

CSCA Candid Conversations: Joe McCullum

Contact Preparation Post-COVID In this webinar, Joe McCullum, Head of Strength and Conditioning at the University of British Columbia, describes the movement skills necessary for success in combative sports and explains how they can fit into a strength and conditioning plan. Success in sport can be influenced by the quality of movement skills performed, combined with the rate of force development when performing these skills.  As a strength and conditioning coach it is our responsibility to develop fundamental movement skills that are transferable to sport, and the power necessary to execute these movements effectively.  Lifting, sprinting, agility, and jumping [...]

November 18, 2020|Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Interviews|

You Can’t Fake Strong! 38 year veteran S&C Coach Peter Renzetti chatting to the players Before you read this article, please note that the comment section is activated. Share your comments afterwards! How appropriate that I took the time to write this article over the Thanksgiving weekend. As I reflect on some of the questions before me it is a perfect time for me to be so grateful as I look back on 38 years as a strength & conditioning coach. I can proudly look back as somewhat of a OG in the field and more importantly I am awed and grateful for [...]

October 30, 2020|Categories: Interviews|

Working in the NBA and NHL: Dr. Craig Slaunwhite

Introduction and interview by CSCA Founding Director and current CSCA Advisory Team member Darren Steeves:  You know you are getting “older” when you are interviewing a veteran in the field that you trained many moons ago. Coach Slaunwhite was an athlete I got to watch and work with early in my career at Dalhousie University. He was an athlete above the rest. The one who took everything serious and left no stone unturned when it came to his own development. When other athletes were using alcohol on Saturday night or going out for some fast food he declined as it took away [...]

October 29, 2020|Categories: Interviews|
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