The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) proudly announced their selection of Shawn Arent as the 27th recipient of the William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year award. Arent is the director of the Center for Health and Human Performance at Rutgers Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH), associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, and director of the Graduate Program in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. Arent was selected based on his contributions to the NSCA, their community, and breakthroughs in the field of applied exercise and sport science.
“We like to recognize Dr. Arent for his outstanding accomplishment,” said Michael Massik, NSCA executive director. “This award is a small attempt to recognize him for the impact his research has made in exercise and sport science.”
Arent is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the International Society of Sports Nutrition. His research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and stress and the implications for health and performance, with an emphasis on underlying biological and behavioral mechanisms. His recent work has focused on physiological responses to training-related stressors and their contribution to optimal performance and recovery.
Arent also provides performance enhancement advice for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a number of sports, including soccer, hockey, football, wrestling, baseball, softball, gymnastics, rowing, and cycling. He is currently the Sport Science Coordinator for the Texas Rangers (MLB), is on the national staff for the US Soccer Federation, and works closely with a number of teams at Rutgers University.
“It is an incredible honor to receive this award from the NSCA, an organization that has had such a tremendous influence on my personal and professional development,” Arent commented. “It is both humbling and gratifying to be recognized for doing something that I love. The NSCA has taught me to appreciate the value of practical application and translation. In truth, this recognition is really a reflection of the efforts and quality of work of my staff at the Center for Health and Human Performance as well as the support and environment provided by the IFNH.”
Arent received his award at the 40th Annual NSCA National Conference that was held in Las Vegas from July 12-15. The conference brings together the best of the best from all reaches of the strength and conditioning industry. The NSCA is the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning. For more information regarding NSCA and their awards, please visit the NSCA website.