Friday, March 19, 2010

The NSCA and Ethics

I have been a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (America) since about 1982. In the years that they used to issue annual membership wall certificates, I framed mine and placed them up on the wall with pride. They went from about 1982 to about 1990. It was only when they stopped issuing these yearly wall certificates that I took them down, because as the years passed the missing years may have given the perception that I my membership was no longer current.

So I have been a member for about 28 years. It's been 21 years since I attended my first NSCA convention in America.

When the NSCA opened in Australia in 1988 I served immediately as the (honorary) State Director for Queensland, and did so until about 1986 (8 years). From 1989 to 1996 I served also as the Executive Director, running and growing this professional body. The Australian organization changed names twice during the period 1988 to 1996.

So I have had a long history with this organization, and feel I have 'paid my dues'.

Recently I did something that I never done before in my 28 year association with the NSCA. I submitted a formal complaint to the NSCA (America) Ethics Committee. After holding my silence for so long, I felt it was time to draw a line in the sand, and to find out where the professional body stands in relation to certain behaviours.

This complaint centred around the authorized release for commercial and personal gain by a former casual employee of a proprietary information - a 32 week training program and supporting material provided by KSI to a client organization in 2000. The complaint also drew attention to what I considered were dishonest and misleading claims by the 'author' in relation to the origin and purpose of the program. Another part of this complaint referred to the duties of the publishers in relation to ensuring that copyright breaching material is not published.

I don't take any pride or happiness out of taking this action - however I take feel even less positive about the behaviour that led to this action.

I believe it is time to draw a line in the sand in relation to integrity and honesty in relation to this matter, and we are all going to learn the NSCA's definition of ethics and integrity by how they rule in this case.  Does it have the courage and integrity to stand by its stated ethical standards?


  1. Ian - as someone who owns and values many of your books and videos I hope that your investigations are not wasted.

    You have put too much time and effort into exposing the ruthless pilaging of your own work for it to go unpunished.

    I wish you well in seeking a satisfactory conclusion. I also hope that people become more aware that you are the true source of the strength and conditioning concepts and theories that are being sold as that of another author.

    Best regards.

  2. Ian - have the NSCA taken appropriate action?

    I understand if you are unable to comment.