IN AUGUST 2012, A NEW NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (SC) COACHES WHO MAY WORK WITH FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION TEAMS WENT INTO EFFECT. THIS RULE AFFECTED SOME OF THE LARGER PROGRAMS AND SEEMS TO HAVE NOT ALTERED ALREADY UNDERSTAFFED PROGRAMS. THIS NEW RULE DOES RAISE SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING ATHLETE SUPERVISION AND SAFETY AND NEW SC COACH DEVELOPMENT. SIXTEEN SC COACHES PROVIDED THEIR OPINIONS. A DESCRIPTION OF THE SHORT-TERM AND POTENTIAL LONG-TERM IMPACTS OF THIS RULE IS DISCUSSED.
1Department of Kinesiology, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho; and
2Strength and Conditioning, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Shawn R. Simonson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, the Kinesiology degree Program Area Coordinator, and the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Boise State University.
James T. Moffitt is the Louisiana State University Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Josh Lawson is currently pursuing his master's degree and is a Graduate Assistant in the Strength and Conditioning department (swimming and diving) at Louisiana State University.