Kinesiology professor selected to present at national conference

Jan 2, 2012 | General News

Dr. David Szymanski, associate professor of kinesiology and Eva Cunningham Endowed Professor in Education at Louisiana Tech University, has been selected to present at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) annual Coaches Conference, January 7 in San Antonio, Texas.
The presentation titled, “In-season Training for the Pitcher – The Why and How,” will describe the physiological responses to baseball pitching during simulated and intra-squad games. Szymanski will offer specific recommendations for designing in-season strength and conditioning programs for starting, middle relief, and closing pitchers.

Dr. David Szymanski

“This is a great opportunity to inform those in attendance about the research we are doing at Louisiana Tech with the baseball team and then describe how to use the information in an attempt to train baseball pitchers optimally based on their pitching role,” said Szymanski.
Szymanski, who specializes in exercise physiology, was the 2008 recipient of Louisiana Tech’s Virgil Orr Undergraduate Junior Faculty Award and the College of Education’s Outstanding Faculty Research Award.  His research interests include baseball and batted-ball velocity, baseball and throwing velocity, sports performance, and body composition.
In addition to his teaching and research activities, Szymanski is also the head strength and conditioning coach for the Bulldog baseball team.  In 2011, Szymanski was elected to serve as president of Louisiana Tech’s Faculty Senate as well as an at-large seat on the NSCA’s Board of Directors.
“Since we have been conducting baseball related research here for the last five years, graduate students from around the country are now looking at attending Louisiana Tech to continue their education, assist in training the baseball team, and having the opportunity to get jobs in professional baseball,” Szymanski said.
“One of our former graduate students is working as a minor league hitting instructor with the St. Louis Cardinals, one is working as a Triple-A strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Twins, and another will have an internship as a strength and conditioning coach this summer, also with the Twins.”
The NSCA’s Coaches Conference offers a combination of education, the latest sports science information, and practical field coaching presentations.  The conference is comprised of lectures and hands-on sessions from top coaches, practitioners and researchers, sharing their multi-sport conditioning expertise.
The NSCA is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978 that serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.