– FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION –Effective: 01-01-2019Cognitive Level2. Neuromuscular responses to exercise (e.g., chronicneuromuscular adaptations, motor unit recruitment patterns,nerve conduction, summation)C. Apply the Basic Principles of Biomechanics to Exercise SelectionRelative to Operation/Mission Performance1. Kinetic laws and principles of movement (e.g., lever systems,momentum, work, isometric/isotonic/isokinetic)2. Kinematic laws and principles of movement (e.g., velocity,anatomical planes of movement, joint angles)3. Relationship of type of muscle action (i.e., isometric,concentric, and eccentric) to force production (i.e., force- velocityand torque-velocity relationships)4. Muscle dynamics and the role of muscles in movement (e.g.,agonist, antagonist, synergist, stabilizer)D. Describe Bioenergetics and Metabolism (e.g., names andcharacteristics of energy systems, effects of manipulating trainingvariables) Copyright 2018. NSCA. All rights reserved.-1-713Total # ofQuestionssAnalysisA. Apply General Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology1. Muscle anatomy (e.g., muscle group names, specific musclenames) and muscle responses to exercise2. Bone and connective tissue anatomy and responses toexercise3. Cardiopulmonary anatomy and responses to exercise4. Explain responses of bone, muscle, and connective tissue tooccupation-related job tasks under loadB. Apply Basic Concepts of Neuromuscular Anatomy and Physiology1. Neuromuscular anatomy (e.g., motor unit, Type I and II fibers,muscle spindles, stretch shortening cycle, Golgi tendon organs)ApplicationI. EXERCISE SCIENCESRecallTactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F )Detailed Content Outline130 Items424

– FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION –Effective: 01-01-2019Cognitive LevelApplicationAnalysis681Total # ofQuestionsRecallTactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F )Detailed Content Outline130 ItemsE. Describe Physiological Adaptations to Exercise Designed toImprove Physical Performance (e.g., aerobic endurance, muscularendurance, muscular strength, speed and agility, muscular power,and flexibility)1. Explain physiological implications related to age, sex, andtraining statusF. Explain Detraining and Retraining1. The usual time course of detraining and retraining2. Minimum training requirements to maintain trainingadaptationsG. Identify Environmental Concerns (e.g., heat, cold, altitude, smoke,uneven terrain) for Tactical Athletes1. Physiological adaptations to diverse environmental conditions2. Environmental illnesses (e.g., heat and cold injuries, altitudesickness) and their predisposing factors3. Effect of environmental conditions on physical performanceand work capacity4. Process and time course of acclimatization/adjustment5. Recognize limitations to physical exercise in adverseconditions and manipulate training programs accordingly6. Effects of apparel selection and impacts on thermoregulationH. Explain the Endocrine (Hormonal) Responses to Exercise andStress1. Explain acute responses and chronic adaptations of theendocrine system to exercise and occupation-related job tasksin high stress situations2. Recognize the causes, signs, symptoms, and effects ofovertraining caused by inappropriate exercise and occupationrelated work environmentsII. NUTRITIONA. Explain Nutritional Factors Affecting Health and Performance Copyright 2018. NSCA. All rights reserved.-2-15

– FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION –Effective: 01-01-2019Cognitive LevelApplicationAnalysis4156Total # ofQuestionsRecallTactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F )Detailed Content Outline130 Items1. Health-related and performance-related application of food(e.g., food groups, food exchanges,,nutrient density)2. Basic nutritional needs of individuals and the uniquenutritional needs of tactical athletes (e.g., proteins,carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals)3. Caloric expenditure during various forms of exercise andoccupational tasks4. Chronic disease risk factors associated with dietary choicesand obesity5. Effects of fluid and electrolyte balance/imbalance on healthand performance6. Effects of unpredictable and/or prolonged schedules duringdeployment, field exercise, and shift work on nutritional statusB. Explain Nutritional Strategies for Optimizing Body Composition andMaximizing Physical Performance and Recovery1. Nutritional strategies for altering and maintaining bodycomposition2. Timing and composition of nutrient and fluid intake before,during, and after an exercise session oroperation/mission/shift3. Nutritional factors that affect muscular endurance,hypertrophy, strength, and aerobic endurance4. Nutrition strategies to mitigate unpredictable and/or prolongedschedules during deployment, field exercise, and shift workC. Recognize Signs, Symptoms, Behaviors, and PerformanceVariations Associated with Altered Eating Habits and DisordersD. Explain the Effects, Risks, and Alternatives Associated withCommon Dietary Supplements (e.g., creatine, protein, caffeine)1. Effects, side effects, and signs and symptoms of dietarysupplement useIII. EXERCISE TECHNIQUEA. Teach safe and effective exercise techniques Copyright 2018. NSCA. All rights reserved.-3-25

– FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION –Effective: 01-01-2019Cognitive LevelF.G.H. Copyright 2018. NSCA. All rights reserved.-4-Total # ofQuestionsD.E.AnalysisC.ApplicationB.1. Preparatory body and limb position (stance, posture,alignment)2. Execution of technique (body and limb positions, movementmechanics, breathing)3. Identification and correction of improper exercise technique4. SpottingExplain a Dynamic Warm-up that is Biomechanically andMetabolically Specific to the Prescribed Exercise Plan1. Expertise in movement patterns and energy systemsDemonstrate and Explain Resistance Training Exercise Technique1. Free weight training equipment2. Resistance machines3. Bodyweight resistance (e.g., proprioception, functionalmovement)4. Alternative Implements (e.g., rope climbing, kettlebells, loadcarriage)Explain Plyometric Exercise TechniqueExplain Speed/Sprint Technique both with and without OccupationalEquipment1. Recognize the difference between acceleration and maximalspeed and their applicationExplain General Agility Technique1. Multidirectional movement to include stopping, starting,dropping and rising2. Explain the difference between change of direction speed andagilityExplain Aerobic Endurance Exercise Technique1. Cardiovascular exercise modalities (i.e., machine and nonmachine)2. Machine programming and set-up3. Occupational specific endurance activities (e.g., loadcarriage)Explain Flexibility Exercise Technique1. Static stretching exercisesRecallTactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F )Detailed Content Outline130 Items

– FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION –Effective: 01-01-2019Cognitive LevelApplicationAnalysis71310Total # ofQuestionsRecallTactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F )Detailed Content Outline130 Items2. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretchingexercises3. Dynamic and ballistic stretching exercises4. Myofascial release (e.g., foam rolling)IV. PROGRAM DESIGNA. Perform a Needs Analysis Based on Job Requirements1. Identify critical job tasks2. Identify physiological, movement, and injury risk factors asthey apply each critical task3. Identify energy systems associated with critical job tasksB. Identify Circumstantial/Lifestyle Factors1. Professional factors (e.g., work schedule, environmentalfactors)2. Personal factors (e.g., family obligations, personal fitnessgoals)C. Assess and Evaluate Current Health, Fitness, and PerformanceStatus1. Identify abilities and limitations (e.g., age, sex, training status,injury status)2. Identify potential mandatory fitness requirementsD. Design Training Programs that Maximize Performance, ReduceInjury Risk, and Increase Long Term Wellness1. Target specific energy systems by manipulating trainingvariables (e.g., mode, intensity, duration, volume, work:restratio)2. Incorporate various training methods and modes (e.g.,resistance, plyometric, speed/sprint, agility, aerobic, flexibility,anaerobic threshold)3. Utilize the concept of specificity4. Optimize muscle balance5. Apply the principles of exercise order based on the goal of thetraining session6. Establish appropriate exercise progression/regression Copyright 2018. NSCA. All rights reserved.-5-30

– FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION –Effective: 01-01-2019Cognitive LevelApplicationAnalysis451Total # ofQuestionsRecallTactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F )Detailed Content Outline130 Items7. Apply the principles of periodization based on occupationaldemands8. Develop appropriate training variations based onenvironmental constraints and operational tempo9. Identify training objectives for each phase of rehabilitation andreconditioning, and modify program based on abilities andlimitationsE. Incorporate Mental Skills into Program Design1. Motivational techniques2. Mental imagery3. Team dynamicsV. ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATIONA. Design and Organize the Training Area1. Identify specific space and equipment needs of thepopulation(s) that will use the area2. Apply strategies to arrange and space the equipment withinthe training areaB. Implement Policies and Procedures for the Training Area1. Recognize the primary duties and responsibilities of thevarious personnel of the training area2. Establish rules for using the area based upon current industrybest practices and organizational guidelinesC. Create a Safe Training Environment1. Identify pre-participation screening and medical referralrequirements for program participants2. Establish checklists and schedules for equipmentmaintenance and cleaning3. Identify common litigation issues and methods for reducingand/or minimizing the risk and liability4. Establish and/or follow procedures to respond to emergencies5. Maintain appropriate training records Copyright 2018. NSCA. All rights reserved.-6-10

– FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION –Effective: 01-01-2019Cognitive LevelApplicationAnalysisTotal # ofQuestionsRecallTactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F )Detailed Content Outline130 Items57214552126. Identify needs and strategies to accommodatedynamics/logistics of training large groups (e.g., limitedequipment, experience level of tactical athletes andsupervision of training)D. Understand Professional and Legal Responsibilities1. Recognize litigation issues and circumstances2. Know when to refer individual to and/or seek input fromappropriate health care professionals (e.g., chronic disease,eating disorder behavior, supplement use, injury, pain,behavioral health issues)VI. TESTING, ASSESSMENT, AND EVALUATIONA. Administer Test1. Recognize tests used by tactical organizations (e.g., PhysicalFitness Tests, Job Suitability Tests, Fitness for Duty Test)2. Explain, and when appropriate, select tests based upon theunique aspects of the tactical athlete’s work demands,administrator and equipment availability, time constraints, andtraining status3. Develop alternative tests and make reasonableaccommodations for individuals with different abilities andlimitations4. Establish a plan for frequency of testing5. Administer testing protocols and procedures to ensureaccurate and reliable data collectionB. Evaluate Results1. Discuss criteria for rating test performance2. Use test results to design or modify training programs3. Discuss differences between tests, assessments andevaluationsVII. WELLNESS INTERVENTIONA. Describe Advantages of Performing Various Types of PhysicalTraining Copyright 2018. NSCA. All rights reserved.-7-

– FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION –Effective: 01-01-2019Cognitive LevelApplicationAnalysis386626Total # ofQuestionsRecallTactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F )Detailed Content Outline130 ItemsB. Describe Risks and Outcomes (e.g., stress fractures, over training)of Inappropriate Training (e.g., single modality training, excessvolume and/or intensity)C. Describe and Mitigate Risk Factors Associated with CommonChronic Injuries/DiseasesD. Understand Effects, Side Effects, Signs and Symptoms of CommonErgogenic Aids, and their Methods of UseE. Understand How Lifestyle and Occupation Affects Health Wellnessand PerformanceTotals Copyright 2018. NSCA. All rights reserved.-8-130

1. Identify pre-participation screening and medical referral requirements for program participants 2. Establish checklists and schedules for equipment maintenance and cleaning 3. Identify common litigation issues and methods for reducing and/or minimizing the risk and liability 4. Establish and/or follow procedures to respond to emergencies 5.