HES instructor Rick Howard coordinates largest NSCA regional conference in nation

HES instructor Rick Howard coordinates largest NSCA regional conference in nation


Rowan University Health & Exercise Science instructor Rick Howard’s leadership in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has provided students and faculty at Rowan the opportunity to participate in the NSCA’s Mid-Atlantic Region Conference. The conference, held at Neumann University, Aston Township, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 1-2 included the highest attendance of any of the nine regional conferences, and the Rowan contingent of more than 25 students was the largest.

Howard is the NSCA Mid-Atlantic Region coordinator and chair of the NSCA Regional Committee. One of his main responsibilities is planning the yearly conference held at a university in the Delaware Valley. This year, the attendance spiked to more than 500, the most ever for any region in the country.

In years past, the attendance was around 350. “A perfect storm of great speakers and topics, along with it being a recertification year, were the keys to higher attendance,” Howard commented. “Rowan was well represented, and two of our faculty members did a great presentation.”

Those professors, Drs. Greg Biren and Daniel Freidenreich, presented “Common Nutritional Deficiencies in Athletic Populations,” which reviewed the most common nutritional deficiencies in today’s athletes. Topics included the role of each nutrient in performance, the effect on performance and strategies to correct the deficiencies for the purpose of enhancing performance. Biren and Freidenreich split the interactive presentation, with Freidenreich focused on specific nutrients and Biren on the practical application of getting those nutrients into the athlete’s diet. Biren also is part of the state chapter and helped coordinate the regional chapter conference as well.

Rowan students also played a role, helping South Jersey Strongman Arthur Boss with his “Functional Strength Through Strongman Event Training” panel. They were instrumental in helping manage the hands-on activities as part of his presentation.

“Rowan’s representation at the conference was amazing, especially since the students have to pay their own way,” commented Howard. “It shows that the program is moving forward and continuing to grow.”

Howard has been a part-time professor at Rowan since 2012. He has been involved with the NSCA since 2003 and created the Mid-Atlantic Region. He is also a professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and at Keilir Health Academy, a university in Asbru, Iceland, which he frequently visits.