T. Jeff Chandler
Editor in Chief
With the continued growth of the strength and conditioning profession, the NSCA, as well as Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ), the SCJ Editorial Staff of the journal in partnership SCJ Publisher, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, continues to look for ways we can better meet the needs of our profession.
This issue is the first in a series of “Special Topic” issues we hope will be of interest to our readers. This issue is dedicated to the sport of baseball with David Szymanski serving as Guest Editor. David is a well-recognized and respected figure in the NSCA and the sport of baseball. As the Guest Editor, David took on the responsibility of assigning reviewers and editing the manuscripts you will see in this issue. David has worked tirelessly and effectively to produce this special issue of SCJ. I want to take this opportunity to thank David for the outstanding job he did in performing this task. His dedication to the profession of strength and conditioning and his knowledge and dedication to the sport of baseball are exemplary. I complement him for his outstanding work.
As we look to the future, there are numerous Special Topic issues that we believe would provide valuable information for our readers. The current plan is to publish 2-3 “Special Topic” issues per year. At this point, we have Special Topic issues currently planned for sport nutrition and tennis.
The mission of SCJ remains unchanged: to publish articles that report both the practical applications of research findings and the knowledge gained by experienced professionals. This mission includes, whenever possible, integrating both sources of knowledge, providing practitioners with the most accurate information available.
We encourage strength and conditioning professionals to share their opinions, ideas, and training methods. As the educated consumer of the information provided, you should carefully evaluate the information provided as you decide the training methods you implement in your programs. As a diverse group of professionals, we have different ideas and different ways of accomplishing our goals. I encourage you to respect the opinions of other professionals as you develop your philosophy of training and conditioning athletes and clients. My hope is that the information provided stimulates thoughts, discussions, and eventually evidence-based data collection and research to validate new training methods.
I would like to recognize the authors of these articles who put an extensive amount of effort into preparing and revising their articles, as well as the reviewers who provided valuable comments to guide the authors.
Any new endeavor such as this requires additional work and effort on behalf of the editorial staff, and I would like to recognize other individuals on the editorial and publishing staff who made a special effort to produce this issue. I would like to especially recognize the Managing Editor, Britt Chandler; Production Editor, Naomi Lescohier; and Publisher, Michael Hargrett. With much appreciation to all these individuals, I hope the Special Topic issues of SCJ will play an integral role in advancing the strength and conditioning profession.
T. Jeff Chandler
Editor in Chief