National Strength & Conditioning Association celebrates 2021 Educator of the Year Award Winner Dr Paul Comfort

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University of Salford academic Dr Paul Comfort wins Educator of the Year at The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) awards.

Dr Paul Comfort

These distinctive awards honour professionals around the world for outstanding achievement in their field and each of the award winners will be formally recognized at the NSCA’s National Conference which will be held from July 7-10, 2021 in Orlando, FL.

Paul is a Reader in Strength and Conditioning and programme leader for MSc Strength and Conditioning at the university. He is also an adjunct professor at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia and has authored / co-authored >150 peer reviewed journal articles along with numerous book chapters.

This isn’t the first prestigious award that Paul has won, having been awarded the Editorial Excellence Award for the Strength and Conditioning Journal in 2019 and the Editorial Excellence Award for The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in 2020, while also being voted on to the NSCA Board of Directors in 2020.

Commenting on winning the award, Paul said:

“It is a huge honour to receive the NSCA Educator of the Year Award 2021, especially considering the calibre of the previous recipients. I would not have met the criteria for the award if it were not for the outstanding students that have contributed to >50% of my publications in this field, which includes undergraduate students, and students from the MSc Strength and Conditioning, not to mention our fantastic group of existing and previous PhD students.

“A huge thanks also goes to Dr John McMahon and Dr Paul Jones for their continued input into this area of teaching and research at the University of Salford, along with our numerous collaborators from around the World.”

 The recipients of the awards are:

Educator of the Year – Dr Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS,*D

High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year – Sam Melendrez, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D

Nutritional Research Achievement Award – Grant Tinsley, PhD, CSCS,*D

Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year – James J. Tufano, PhD, CSCS,*D

William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year – Gregory D. Myer, PhD, CSCS,*D, FACSM

The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Editorial Excellence Award – Haley Bergstrom, PhD, CSCS,*D and Paul Cutrufello, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Strength and Conditioning Journal Editorial Excellence Award – Whitney D. Leyva-Camberos, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RSCC

State/Provincial Director of the Year – Julia Olsen, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F

NSCA Executive Director Michael Massik, said: “Congratulations to all the award winners for these well-deserved awards. Each of these individuals have changed many lives and exemplify what it is to be an NSCA professional. We are proud to have them as members.”

The NSCA community is composed of more than 60,000 members and certified professionals throughout the world who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength and conditioning coaches, performance and sport scientists, personal trainers, tactical professionals, and other related roles.

For more information regarding the NSCA and these awards, please visit NSCA Awards.


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