Call for Papers | Strength and Conditioning for Female Athletes |Special issue of Strength and Conditioning Journal

Guest Editor: Nicole C. Dabbs
PhD (California State University, San Bernardino)

strength-and-conditioning-journalBackground and Context

Scholarly interest in female athletes is emerging rapidly and is at an all-time high. The need to prepare and enhance the knowledge of strength and conditioning coaches of the considerations for female athletes is essential. As the number of female athletes continues to grow, the amount of literature on female athletes has flourished. Scholars from multiple disciplines are investigating critical issues such as: female development in strength and power, mentoring, female athlete-coach relationships, female coaches, ethic, power and politics, and promoting the science and practice of and for women coaches.

In order to understand how the female athlete’s body responds to training, a majority of the research within the field is physiology-based and the recommendations for strength and conditioning coaches are largely bio-medical (e.g., sport physiology, injury prevention, nutrition). While scholars often assume that coaches need merely to acquire and use physiological and bio-medical knowledge and may also benefit to other issues currently raised with females and sports. Strength and conditioning in female athletes is recognized as multifaceted and requires diverse knowledge base with practical application for strength and conditioning coaches.

Call for Papers

This special issue aims to expand and challenge our thinking of females in strength and conditioning, as athletes and coaches. Building upon the growth of females, this special issue is timely and likely to have wide appeal and readership.

Specifically, the purpose of this special issue is to bridge the gap between research and literature in female athletes and female strength and conditioning coaches. We encourage submissions of interest to both contributors and readers such as (but not limited to):

  • Resistance training considerations for female athletes in a variety of sports (force, power, velocity, hypertrophy, etc.)
  • Injury prevention in females in specific sports
  • Social-psychological aspects of training females
  • Training mental intensity in female athletes
  • Types of motivation for female athletes
  • Mobility in specific joints for injury prevention or rehab in females
  • Modalities that increase sport performance in female athletes
  • Female strength and conditioning coaches influence on the field
  • Considerations for military training in females
  • Nutrition considerations in female athletes
  • Self-confidence and/or body image issues in female athletes
  • History or changes in female S&C coaches
  • Female youth considerations in sport
  • Gender Issues and Sport
  • Training programs for the female obese population

Writing and Publishing Guidelines

General Instructions 

The mission of the Strength and Conditioning Journal is to, “…publish articles that report both the practical applications of research findings and the knowledge gained by experienced professionals.” It is inappropriate to submit original research to this journal.

Submissions must be directly relevant for strength and conditioning coaches.

While scholars are encouraged to draw upon research in females, it will be the author(s) responsibility to transfer this material to the context of strength and conditioning. Authors will need to do more than state “females learn or experience…and females in strength and conditioning may glean from this…” Authors are encouraged to consult with the guest editor or an experienced strength and conditioning coach to help provide practical knowledge, examples or context. The guest editor has a reference list of research and literature on females in strength and conditioning, knowledge, and characteristics that is available upon request.

Authors are also encouraged to advance a new position, or a critique of existing one, related to the field of strength and conditioning as long as it is connected to females. More information can be found at the Strength and Conditioning Journal homepage.

Audience and Tone 

The audience for the SCJ is primarily practitioners. Submissions should be written without excessive technical or theoretical language while avoiding the recent concern to “dumb-down” articles. In other words, please write to your audience. Author(s) ability to balance these requirements is essential.

Submission Instructions

Strength and Conditioning Journal is a peer-reviewed journal with wide readership in the field. It has an impact factor of 0.713 and ranks 57/79 in Sport Sciences. It is, arguably, the most widely read and esteemed practitioner journal in the field of strength and conditioning. When submitting for this Special Issue for Females and Strength and Conditioning, please note in your submission that it is for the Female Special Issue, so that it is not published in the regular issues. Instructions for authors are available here.

Tentative Submission Deadlines

  1. Targeted submission deadline August, 2015
  2. Initial Peer review August-September, 2015
  3. Author corrections September-October, 2015
  4. 2nd Review if necessary September-October/November, 2015
  5. Publisher corrects and finalizing of manuscripts November-December, 2015
  6. Published issue targeted in February, 2016


*Please note: Delays in the submission process and the need to receive a sufficient number of manuscripts will ultimately influence the targeted publishing date.

Questions should be directed to:

Nicole C. Dabbs, PhD
Department of Kinesiology
California State University – San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway, HP 120
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Office: (909) 537-7565
Email: or

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