NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 51

Section 17
Club Strength and Conditioning Coaches

By the opening of preseason training camp for the 2021 season, each Club shall secure the services of at least one (1) strength and conditioning coach on a full-time basis to serve as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Each individual hired for the first time to perform services as a Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for a Club must, as of the hiring date, have a Master’s Degree in an accredited exercise science, health science, or physical education-related discipline; a certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) (or a similar organization as the parties may agree) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) at least five (5) years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach since he/she first received the foregoing certification and demonstrated experience working with elite athlete populations (i.e., Division I Collegiate, Olympic, professional level athletes or SOF-specific tactical professionals. All Head Strength and Conditioning Coaches, regardless of year of hire, shall complete annual Continuing Education Units (CEUs) on jointly-agreed upon relevant topics. The parties shall jointly appoint an independent, third-party credentialing organization to verify that the club strength and conditioning coaches appointed pursuant to this Section satisfy these requirements.