Health Sciences


Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator Certification Course (TSAC-F)

One of the areas of current job growth in the field of Sports Medicine is for strength and conditioning practitioners to work with tactical operators. The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) developed the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) to prepare practictioners to apply scientific knowledge to physically train military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, protective services, and other emergency personnel to improve performance, promote, and decrease injury risk.  Those successfully certified after completing this course will be uniquely qualified to conduct needs analyses and physical testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide general information regarding nutrition for tactical operators.

The Masters of Science in Sports Medicine (MSSM) program at Armstrong is currently one of 10 graduate programs in the United States to be included in the NSCA’s Educational Recognition Program (ERP) and is proud to be one of the first programs in the country to offer this advanced course to our students beginning in Fall 2013. The TSAC-F course will become a required course in the Strength and Conditioning focus area within the MSSM program, replacing SMED 6080 as a required course (SMED 6080 will become an elective).

Garth Spendiff, an expert in the field of tactical strength and conditioning, will teach Armstrong’s TSAC course in the 2013-14 academic year. Spendiff was instrumental in developing the TSAC program with the NSCA and is recognized nationally for his expertise. He was formerly the Exercise Physiology and Training Director at the Federal Law Enforcement Center in St. Simons Island, Ga., and is currently an independent contractor for the United States Customs and Border Protection Service.