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Webinar: Body Composition: What is the Skinny?


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Topic: Body Composition: What is the Skinny? 

The webinar will focus on the methodologies of assessing body composition and issues to consider when deciding to have an athlete’s body composition assessed (or for you to ask yourself).  The webinar will cover the major methods for assessing body composition (skinfolds, hydrostatic, BIA and DEXA) offering the pros and cons of each.  The presentation will offer suggestions for due diligence before selecting a person or business to conduct such a test.  Also covered are some reasons not to do body composition assessment and considerations for the coach to discuss with the athlete should an athlete want to undergo such testing.

Purchase this archived webinar here. 

Sam Callan

Sam has been involved with high level athletic performance since 1995 when as a graduate student (MS Exercise Science ’97) at Georgia State University where he assisted in several projects with Olympic hopefuls in a variety of sports during the lead up to the Olympic Games. After earning his master’s degree, he worked in the Athlete Performance Lab at the USOC in Colorado Springs, CO where he worked with a wide variety of athletes in both resident programs and camp situations.   His duties in the lab included conducting a variety of laboratory and field based physiological tests.  He honed his body composition assessment skills in this position.

Sam left the USOC to establish the sport science department at USA Cycling.  After a change in philosophy, Sam took over the coaching education role and later athlete development job.

Sam became involved with Positive Coaching Alliance ( as a workshop trainer for its Double Goal Coach and its Second Goal Parent workshops.  In addition, he is exploring opportunities to provide coaching education and consulting services through webinars and podcasts and in using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

In addition to his master’s degree in exercise science, he has a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in counseling and higher education administration from Appalachian State University.

Sam’s athletic background includes numerous triathlons and marathons and got his belt buckle for finishing the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race.  These days he primarily runs so he can eat chocolate ice cream.




Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $24.99 for USAT Members or Coaches; $39.99 for Non-Members
Event Date: Apr. 19, 2012
Start Time: 4:00 PM MST

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