ARTICLES: Column Editor's Notes: Special Populations and one-on-one
Dear NSCA Members:
As new editors of the Strength and Conditioning Journal's (SCJ) “Special Populations” and “One-On-One” columns, we want to continue to provide SCJ readers with the most current, comprehensive, and practical information. We are recruiting authors interested in writing 2-part articles regarding population specific strength and conditioning program development. Two-part articles would address the condition scope/management, exercise precautions, and goals in the “Special Populations” column and the program implementation, monitoring, evaluation and progression in the “One-On-One” column. A 2-part article would enable authors to expand the reader's knowledge in a practical and concise manner. Authors interested in submitting 2-part articles should specify their intentions to each column during the electronic submission process. Authors also may make separate submissions to either column. To learn more about submitting to SCJ, visit http://scj.edmgr.com.
The “Special Populations” column provides SCJ readers with an updated overview of specific chronic diseases, disabilities, and/or special conditions (e.g., “Youth,” “Prenatal”) that affect the exercise response(s) and strength and conditioning program development. The “One-On-One” column provides SCJ readers with updated recommendations and practical tips on organizing and implementing individual and small group strength and conditioning programs for specific populations. The practitioner should be able to put this information to immediate practical use.
Submissions to the “Special Populations” column should include the following:
- A brief overview of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and scope of the condition being discussed.
- Documented benefits of strength and conditioning programs for persons within the population being discussed.
- Special considerations and precautions for developing strength and conditioning programs for persons within the population being discussed (e.g., exercise contraindications, medications and their side effects, safety considerations, and precautions).
- Recommended skills and knowledge for practitioners working with the population being discussed.
- Specific strength and conditioning programming recommendations (e.g., exercise indications, general goals, and desired outcomes for persons within this population).
- Summary of the physical effects of this condition on people who have it and ways that well-designed strength and conditioning programs can improve physical function in persons who have this condition.
The “One-on-One” column provides SCJ readers with updated recommendations and practical tips on organizing and implementing individual and small group strength and conditioning programs for specific populations. This column should include practical tips for readers that include:
- Specific strength and conditioning programs for the population being discussed.
- Specific examples of how acute program variables (exercise mode, intensity, sets, repetitions, frequency, and rest periods) should be manipulated and individualized for populations being discussed.
- Specific examples of how chronic program variables (overview of program phase(s), emphasis, goals, and progressions) should be manipulated within this population being discussed.
- Specific examples of special monitoring techniques or rating scales that will help readers enhance client exercise safety and effectiveness.
- Summary of the strength and conditioning program development, implementation and progression process.
Authors submitting 2-part articles should assist readers by cross-referencing each of their articles in either the introduction or summary section of each article.
Authors interested in submitting a single (one-part) article to the “Special Populations” column should include information that covers all the bullet points from both columns mentioned.
Although our main focus is on providing you with excellent two-part articles, authors are encouraged to submit personal training articles that don't address a “Special Population” as independent One-on-One column articles. Articles on a “Special Population” that have very few or no exercise program guidelines would be considered an independent Special Populations column article. Our primary focus is on providing readers with thorough coverage of all topics. The two-part article approach will be our primary focus.
We welcome your submissions and encourage you to share your expertise!