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Spartanburg, S.C. – The physical education program at the University of South Carolina Upstate has been accepted into the National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program. Acceptance into the program indicates that the physical education program’s curriculum meets the recommendations of the NSCA for training students in the field of strength and conditioning, and that students pursuing the non-teaching physical education degree are receiving the best possible preparation to pursue careers training athletes to perform at their highest potential. 

“Being a NSCA-recognized school is very beneficial for USC Upstate and this affiliation will provide an advantage to our students and graduates,” said Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education at USC Upstate. “Additionally, it will serve as an enticement for prospective students.”

NSCA is the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, supporting and disseminating research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness. Students completing the curriculum are prepared to sit for the NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam and the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health Fitness Specialist exam, which result in the top credentials in the field.  The degree also prepares students for a wide variety of careers in fitness, as well as graduate study in Exercise Science and health professions such as Physical Therapy.  

For more information contact Dr. Ben Snyder, physical education program coordinator at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5528 or bsnyder@uscupstate.edu. To learn more about the National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program, visit www.nsca-lift.org/erp/.

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