Strength Knows No Limits
With athletes representing 109 countries competing globally, para powerlifting is the fastest growing Paralympic sport in the world. Para powerlifting made its debut as a Paralympic sport at the 1984 Paralympic Games in New York. While originally only offered to lifters with spinal cord injuries, the sport is now open to athletes with any of eight eligible physical impairments.
Under the guidance of the Executive Director of Paralympic Operations Dr. Kelley Humphries and High-Performance Manager Mary C. Hodge, the USAPP team works diligently to ensure the success and growth of the sport’s athletes.
Welcome to the Home of Champions
You don’t have to be a Paralympic athlete to be one of the team. USAPP offers a number of ways to support these current and future US and international champions.
USAPP membership provides you with discounts on CEU’s, sanctioned events, apparel, and more. If interested in becoming a member, fill out the membership application below!Learn More
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Register for an Event
USAPP is here to support you in achieving your athletic dreams through Para Powerlifting training, clinics and competitions.Learn More
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Become a Coach or Volunteer
Help advance the sport of Para Powerlifting by becoming a USAPP Technical Official, Classifier or Coach.Learn More
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Become a Regional Hub
Apply to become a sanctioned hub or tournament site for USA Para Powerlifting.Learn More
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Support the Team
Whether it’s a spouse, child, parent or friend, every athlete has an inspiration to compete, a reason to excel. Help our dedicated athletes reach their full potential. Your donation can help fund the entire Para Powerlifting program, or support the athlete of your choice.Learn More
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Athlete Safety and the US Center of SafeSport
April 15, 2019 update – A revised SafeSport Code is now in effect. Go to https://safesport.org/ and see the new code.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a national nonprofit organization providing education, resources and training to promote respect and prevent abuse in sport.
The Center is governed by a nine-member board of directors, which includes subject-matter experts in the areas of abuse prevention and investigation, ethics compliance and sport administration.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport, located in Denver, Colorado, opened in March 2017. Through its abuse prevention and response programming, the Center seeks to enable every athlete to thrive by fostering a national sport culture of respect and safety, on and off the playing field.
Specifically, the Center will provide education and prevention resources related to:
• Emotional misconduct
• Physical misconduct
• Sexual misconduct
The Center’s Education and Outreach Office will administer national prevention programming, raise issue awareness, and provide resources and training to promote respect and prevent abuse.
• The Center will provide education materials, including talking points, fact sheets, brochures and training materials, and will centralize best practices.
• The Center will offer sport organizations easy access to educational opportunities for their coaches, staff, volunteers, parents and athletes
The Center’s Response and Resolution Office will investigate and resolve alleged policy violations of the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement’s 47 member National Governing Bodies and High Performance Management Organizations, including Logan University.
• The SafeSport Code identifies prohibited conduct and serves as the benchmark by which the Center determines whether or not a policy violation has occurred.
• Aggregate data from Center investigations will be used to identify trends and patterns across sport, strengthening national prevention efforts.
The Center has jurisdiction over Designated Persons.
These are persons:
• Within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of Logan University as a High Performance Managerment Organization for USA Para Powerlifting
• Logan University or the USOPC authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes or who will have frequent contact with athletes
• Identified by Logan University as being within the Center’s jurisdiction
The Center will have the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving sexual misconduct as it pertains to USA Para Powerlifting. Logan University will retain the authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations that are non-sexual in nature. Although, at Logan University’s request, the Center may exercise the discretionary authority to take on cases of this nature.
Report a SafeSport Concern – or call 720-524-5640.
Staff & High Performance Team
Dr. Kelley Humphries DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS, ICCSP, CCSP
Executive Director of Paralympic Operations
Coach Mary C. Hodge, MS, CPT
High Performance Manager
U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting
Coach Caitlin Brown
Assistant Head Coach
U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting
Coach John Gaglione
U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting
Financial Support Information
Each year the USAPP provides stipends, health insurance, and additional funding to athletes that meet designated qualifications. For more information on funding opportunities see the PDF below.Learn More
Individual Member Background Check Policy
Membership Organization Background Check Policy
Background Check Procedures
Advisory Council Policy
Code of Conduct
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
Gifts & Entertainment Policy
USOPC Athlete Advisory Council Selection Process
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Domestic and International Competitions