Rick Howard

Rick Howard

  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Location: Stuzebecker HSC
  • Email: RHoward@wcupa.edu
  • Phone: 610-436-2424


One of my favorite quotes is, "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." This quote applies to my personal philosophy that I must always continue to learn and grow physically, mentally, and socially. It also applies to my academic philosophy that we must meet students where they are to provide the best chance for success. It applies to my primary/research interest in providing a cradle-to-grave approach to adopt a physically literate culture.


  • Enrolled in Doctoral Program, Health Promotion and Wellness, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT, Anticipated Graduation Winter 2019/2020.
  • Master's of Education,School Leadership, Wilmington (DE) University. 2007.
  • Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education, Temple University, 1984.

Research Interests

  • Physical Literacy
  • Long-term Athletic Development Cradle-to-Grave
  • Youth Fitness
  • Youth Strength and Conditioning
  • Strongman


Position Statements

  • Lloyd, R., Cronin, J., Faigenbaum, A., Haff, G, Howard, R., Kraemer, W…Oliver, J. (2016). The National Strength and Conditioning Association Position Statement on Long Term Athletic Development. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(6), 1491-1509.
  • Lloyd, R., Faigenbaum, A., Stone, M., Oliver, J., Jeffreys, I., Moody, J… Myer, G. (2013). Position statement on youth resistance training: the 2014 international consensus. British Journal of Sports Medicine, BJSM Online First, published on September 20, 2013 as 10.1136/bjsports-2013-092952.
  • Coakley, J., Faigenbaum, A., Howard, R. (2010). National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Guidelines for participation in youth sport programs: Specialization versus multi-sport participation [Position statement]. Reston, VA: Author.


  • Barreiro, J. and Howard, R. (2017). Integrating unstructured free play into organized sports. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39(2), 11-19.
  • Howard, R. and Lloyd, R. (2015). Taking a long-term view of youth physical development: a summary of an invited review of long-term athletic development (LTAD). USOC Coach, 26(1), 20-25.
  • Lloyd, R, Oliver, J., Faigenbaum, A., Howard, R, Ste. Croix, M., Williams, C., & Myer, (2015a). Long-term athletic development- Part 1: A pathway for all youth. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(5), 1439-1450.
  • Lloyd, R Oliver, J., Faigenbaum, A., Howard, R, Ste. Croix, M., Williams, C., & Myer, G. (2015b). Long-term athletic development- Part 2: Barriers to success and potential solutions. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(5), 1451-1464
  • Stodden, D. F., Howard, R., Faigenbaum, A. D., Richardson, C., Meadors, L., Moore, W., & Cullen-Carroll, P. (2012). Promoting integrative youth physical development in the United States. UK Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal, 26, 10-18.


  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified With Distinction.
  • United States of America Weightlifting, Level 1


  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • SHAPE America
  • US Center for Coaching Excellence
  • North American Strongman

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