Women's Health Symposium: October 30-31, 2021

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USA Para Powerlifting

As the home of USA Para Powerlifting, Logan University is proud to support the health, safety and achievement of these amazing athletes.


USA Para Powerlifting

As the home of USA Para Powerlifting, Logan University is proud to support the health, safety and achievement of these amazing athletes.

Paralympic Games Countdown

Time Remaining…

August 24th – Sep 5, 2021
Toyko, Japan

First Annual USA Para Powerlifting Virtual 5K Event!

Help USA Para Powerlifting athletes raise funds by participating in our first ever virtual 5k!

Event date: October 10-17, 2021
Register now through October 9th


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

Get Involved

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

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!

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USAPP Membership

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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.

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Register for an Event

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Become a Coach, National Technical Official or National Classifier

Help advance the sport of Para Powerlifting by becoming a USAPP Technical Official, Classifier or Coach.

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Become a Coach, National Technical Official or National Classifier

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Become a Regional Hub

Apply to become a sanctioned hub or tournament site for USA Para Powerlifting.

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Become a Regional Hub

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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.

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Support the Team

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Event Calendar

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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
• Bullying
• Hazing
• Harassment

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

Quick Reference Guides
SafeSport Youth Athlete Training

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 via its Grievance Policies and Procedures and/or Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures. Violations via this link, by email at usaparapowerlifting@logan.edu, or via the Grievance Although, at Logan University’s request, the Center may exercise the discretionary authority to take on cases of this nature.

Learn more at USCenterforSafeSport.org 

Report a SafeSport Concern – or call 720-524-5640.

Logan’s has adopted the following MAAPP for USAPP. Click here for details.

Paralympic Operation Department Advisory Council

PODAC Nominations

Download Nominations Document

Self Nomination Form

Advisory Council Member Self-Nomination Form


Paralympic Operations Department (POD) Athlete Advisory Council (AAC)

POD AAC Election Procedures

POD AAC Declaration of Candidacy Form

Important Dates

  • October 12, 2021 – Declaration of Candidacy Forms open and eligible athletes emailed
  • October 19, 2021 – Declaration of Candidacy Forms due by 5:00 pm CST
  • October 26, 2021 – Election Ballots Open for voting
  • November 2nd, 2021 – Voting closes at 5:00 pm CST
  • November 13th, 2021 – Athlete Advisory Council Members named
Athletics, USAPP

Nine Athletes Selected for Team USA Para Powerlifting

In just a few weeks’ time, Jake Schrom will fly to Tokyo, Japan to represent Team USA for Para Powerlifting at the postponed 2020...

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USAPP team member Jake Schrom lifts

USAPP’s Jake Schrom Makes Personal Best at World Cup in Dubai, Advances to Tokyo Paralympics

It’s been a busy year of competition for the USA Para Powerlifting (USAPP) team after all international sports competitions were put on...

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Online Resources, Resources, USAPP

Webinar: Chiropractic, Rehab and Paralympics

Webinar: Chiropractic, Rehab & the Paralympics 5 p.m. CST, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 Session led by: Dr. Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, EMT-P,...

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Staff & High Performance Team

Dr. Kelley Humphries-Mascoll, DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS, ICCSP, CCSP

Executive Director of Paralympic Operations
Office: 636-230-1736

Coach Mary C. Hodge, MS, CPT

High Performance Manager
U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting
Office: 636-230-1856

Dr. Theresa DeLorenzo, DCN, RD

U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting
Office: 636-230-2705

Coach Caitlin Brown

Assistant Head Coach
U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting
Office: 636-230-1873

Dr. Jessica Stapleton, PhD

Mental Performance Coach
U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting
Office: 309-863-1994

Ms. Chelsi Figley

Athlete Representative
U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting

Dr. Melissa Engelson, DC, DHPE, MS, CSCS, DACBSP®, ICCSP

Medical Advisor
U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting
Office: 636-230-1717

Coach Butch Schovanec

Head Coach
U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting
Office: 636-230-1873

Online Store

Logan University USAPP apparel is now available online! Browse our store, and show your support for America’s para powerlifting athletes.

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USAPP Equipment

Logan University USAPP equipment is now available online!

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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.

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Rules and History of Para Powerlifting

For more about the rules and history of Para Powerlifting.

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Additional Resources