ISSA Founders, Advisors, Course and Continuing Education Authors
The International Sports Sciences Association's advisors and authors are some of the most prestigious and respected names in the fitness industry. The years of scientific research they have conducted, the hundreds of professional publications, and college text books they have authored, is the basis of virtually all exercise, physiology, nutrition, and fitness courses taught around the world.
While others talk about their "experts" we urge you to see for yourself and take an in depth look at their biographies, publications, and accomplishments.
We're confident you'll see why ISSA is truly the World Leader in Fitness Education
Sal Arria Co-Founder and CEO
Sal A. Arria, MSS, DC was the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Clinic from 1978 to 1996 which was one of the first sports medicine clinics in the United States to incorporate a fitness training center within the clinic. During that time, Dr. Arria personally treated nearly 20,000 patients from all over the world and served as a team doctor for numerous state, national and world championship events. From 1980 to 1985 he served the US Track and Field team and was appointed as a team doctor for the 1984 Olympic Games. For 10 years, Dr. Arria was an active member of the Sports Medicine committee for the US Powerlifting Federation and served as a team doctor for numerous national powerlifting championships and three USPF World Championships.
His personal athletic achievements include winning the California State Powerlifting championships three times and was ranked in the top three in the USA in the 220-pound and 242-pound divisions. Dr. Arria was also appointed as a Special Advisor to the California GovernorÂ¹s Council on Physical Fitness and continues to consult many Olympic and professional athletes. He has appeared on numerous national radio and television shows including CBS, CNBC, ESPN and the Family Channel. He directed the American Institute of Health EducationÂ¹s 1996 TELLY AWARD winning show The Five-Step Back Solution. Dr. Arria was also the Fitness Program Designer for Kathy IrelandÂ¹s platinum award winning abdominal training video, ABSolutely Fit.
In 1988 Dr. Arria co-founded and has since served as the CEO of the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), the first organization to certify personal fitness trainers. Since that time, the ISSA has certified 180,000 personal trainers worldwide.
In 2003, Dr. Arria was a founding member of the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE), a not-for-profit organization which is responsible for defining scopes of practice, standards and national board examinations for personal fitness professionals. In 2004, Dr. Arria was elected President of the NBFE by the Board of Trustees.