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Vision

At the IUSCA, we believe in the power of collaboration and the sharing of best practices to revolutionize sports performance and academic departments. Our diverse network of universities, experts, and professionals enables us to foster innovation, research, and advancements in S&C and sports/exercise science.

About Us

The International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association (IUSCA) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2019, dedicated to advancing excellence in sports performance and exercise science worldwide. As the only dedicated international accreditation body for S&C within the higher education sector, we partner with universities to improve academic and sports performance departments, recognize the best programs through our Degree Accreditation program, and provide world-class courses and qualifications through our International Qualifications Framework (IQF), Accredited International Strength and Conditioning Practitioner (aISCP), and Master Distinction (mISCP) programs. We also publish the sector's leading Diamond Open Access journal, the International Journal of Strength and Conditioning. Join us in shaping the future of sports performance.

Mission

Our key areas of focus include:

  • Degree Accreditation: Recognizing and endorsing exceptional academic programs in sports performance and exercise science through our rigorous Degree Accreditation process. This distinction highlights the institutions that consistently demonstrate excellence in curriculum, faculty, and resources, ensuring that their graduates are well-equipped for successful careers in the industry.

  • International Journal of Strength and Conditioning (IJSC): As the publisher of the esteemed IJSC, we contribute to the growth of knowledge in the sports performance and exercise science field. The IJSC features peer-reviewed research articles, case studies, and reviews from leading experts, providing a platform for the dissemination of cutting-edge insights and discoveries to enrich the academic and professional community.

  • International Qualification Framework (IQF): Developing a regulated certification/qualification framework that guarantees formal professional standards and allows for international portability of credentials.  

  • Collaborative Networking: Creating opportunities for institutions to connect and learn from one another, fostering a global community of sports performance and academic professionals.

  • Education & Professional Development: Providing cutting-edge resources, workshops, conferences, and seminars to promote continuous learning and development among our members.

  • Student Support & Engagement: Offering programs, resources, and mentorship opportunities to help students excel in their sports performance and exercise science studies and prepare them for successful careers in the industry.

  • Global Partnerships: Establishing strategic alliances with industry-leading organizations, institutions, and companies to advance research, innovation, and the overall development of sports performance and exercise science.

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Ron McKeefery, Head of S&C, UW Huskies

 I am in full support of the IUSCA, creating a global S&C community is something we can all benefit from.  

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Joe Kenn, Vice President Performance Education, Dynamic Fitness and Strength 

The mISCP allows me to continue to promote the profession at the highest levels and increase the reach I may have to help and mentor our future generations of performance professionals.

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Liane Blyn, Director of Sports Performance, Arizona State University

I strongly believe in and support the mission and the vision of the IUSCA. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of an amazing community of others receiving the mISCP accreditation

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Brijesh Patel, Associate Athletic Director Athletic Performance, Quinnipiac University

The mISCP gives recognition for what I have done for the field of Strength and Conditioning and what I will continue to do to help the next generation of coaches.

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Andrew Langford, Performance Consultant, IUSCA

It's great to have an international standard for courses and qualifications. This makes it easy for coaches to understand the level they are at, and where they want to be. 

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Rick Franzblau, Assistant AD for Sports Performance, Clemson University

I have high regard for this association as I think the IUSCA has done a tremendous job trying to link universities and students across the world to drive the performance industry towards new heights.  

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Jed Smith, Director of Strength and Conditioning, University of Northern Iowa 

It truly is an honor to be recognized by a group of internationally acknowledged professionals. This distinction is especially humbling and very meaningful to me as I accurately understand the standards set and quality control that is upheld by the International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Adam Hermann, Assistant Athletics Director Sports Performance, Northwestern

I believe that the IUSCA provides the international sports performance community with a governing body that our field can be proud of. The mISCP is another step that the IUSCA has provided our community to further validate our profession and the framework for growth and development to continue. I am proud to be associated with the IUSCA and with the mISCP distinction.

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Bobby Fisk, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, NJIT

I believe that the IUSCA provides the international sports performance community with a governing body that our field can be proud of. The mISCP is another step that the IUSCA has provided our community to further validate our profession and the framework for growth and development to continue. I am proud to be associated with the IUSCA and with the mISCP distinction.

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Stephanie Mock, Assistant AD for Sports Performance, University of Pittsburgh

Grateful and honored for the opportunity to collaborate with IUSCA providing opportunities for those internationally. We strive to bring in the top talent no matter what part of the globe they are from.

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Ashley Samaniego, Director of Sports Performance, CSUN

I am honored to be recognized by the IUSCA. This distinction is meaningful as it puts a milestone in my career. We are in a service-type profession and this distinction is a great reminder to reflect on the services I have provided. 

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Michael Hill, Associate Athletic Director of Sports Performance, Georgetown University

The mISCP is extremely important as our profession is not domestic, but rather transcontinental. As Practitioners from all continents, we are all working in the Human Performance profession and face similar challenges and successes. The IUSCA has brought together a platform to collaborate and celebrate those challenges and successes.

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Griffin Waller, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance, University of Portland

I’m honored to hold the mISCP distinction with the IUSCA. They have demonstrated a true passion for elevating the profession through innovation, education, and collaboration. The IUSCA is setting the standard for best practice within the industry and the mISCP accreditation is a distinction I greatly value.

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Stephen Englehart, Director of Strength and Conditioning, University of Colorado

The IUSCA has been excellent in developing the growing area of strength and conditioning (S&C) worldwide. What a great organization to be a part of. To be able to help young men and women worldwide with their development of strength and conditioning has always been a passion of mine. The Distinction award I am receiving is a true honor.

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Glenn Corcoran, Manager of the High Performance Training Centre, Bond University

I am driven to keep improving my knowledge, skills & qualifications within the industry to be the best I can be for myself, the athletes and teams I work with and to Bond University. The mISCP Distinction is another tool in the box that identifies and acknowledges the work, education & commitment to your field by an International Association that is striving to elevate the profile & professionalism of Strength and Conditioning worldwide.

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