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2021 NEXT LEVEL High Performance Summit

Price: $60.00 CE: 6.00

Are you an Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Physical Therapist, or a Sports Medicine Physician? Did you miss or were you unable to attend the webinar? In the Second Annual "NEXT LEVEL High Performance Summit" the Orlando Magic and AdventHealth drafted some of the top experts in human performance in delivering information that will elevate your professional performance. This event is approved by the BOC for Athletic Trainers and NSCA for Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for CSCS and ATCs.


Course Outline

  • The Role of the Foot in Athletic Performance 
  • Cognitive and Oculomotor Contributions to Non-Contact Lower Extremity Injury 
  • Practical Considerations for Making Body Composition Changes in Athletes 
  • Return to Sport After Injury: Consider the Chaos 
  • Quantifying the Numbers and Tactical Impact of High-Speed Efforts in Sport -
  • Athlete Durability - What the Experts are Saying about Eccentrics 
  • Recovery for Performance and Injury: Evidence, Periodization & Winning Margins 
  • Teaching, Training and Transfer 

Module Description

The Role of the Foot in Athletic Performance 

The foot has a dual role during performance to act as a mobile adaptor to help dissipate forces and act as a rigid lever during propulsion. Training foot function as part of a strength and conditioning program may not be common practice despite many foot injuries occurring in elite sport particularly where speed is involved. Lower limb stiffness qualities are important for performance and injury risk mitigation, and a good understanding of lower limb biomechanics is key. The short muscles within the foot and the long muscles that cross the ankle joint into the foot are important for foot function and can be trained with a good understanding of tissue mechanics. 

Cognitive and Oculomotor Contributions to Non-Contact Lower Extremity Injury

The high incidence of non-contact lower extremity injuries remains problematic for sports medicine professionals. Although previous intervention strategies have been primarily driven by biomechanical and neuromuscular risk factors, recent evidence indicates that cognitive and oculomotor attributes may also contribute to lower extremity injury. This presentation will discuss sensorimotor contributions to non-contact lower extremity injury, as well as the use of technologies and practice strategies to assess and train cognitive and oculomotor performance in athletes.

Practical Considerations for Making Body Composition Changes in Athletes

This presentation will cover the key considerations when addressing body composition in elite athletes. Body composition management is a key aspect of achieving ideal health and performance goals, yet many clubs do not have a systematic approach to this through the season. The presentation will review the type of assessment tools used, periodization strategies within the season and nutrition interventions.

Return to Sport After Injury: Consider the Chaos 

Return-to-sport (RTS) after injury is a complex process. Establishing the level of risk, planning, and adapting the RTS process involves blending a combination of relevant high-quality evidence (the ‘science’) and practitioner experience (the ‘art’) alongside shared decision-making. We recently proposed the ‘control-chaos continuum’ as an adaptable framework for on-pitch rehabilitation in elite football, incorporating progressively greater perceptual and neurocognitive challenges. The concepts from which the framework was constructed also have the potential for application across other team sports including Rugby, Australian Rules Football, Basketball and American Football. We explore important considerations when planning rehabilitation to gradually replicate the team training environment and the conditions of ‘chaos’ while respecting the principle of specificity.

Quantifying the Numbers and Tactical Impact of High-Speed Efforts in Sport  

Often times, sports organizations work in silos even though the coach sees the game and player performance holistically. Using an example from soccer, we will explore the process for combining tactical data with physical data in a way that bridges the gap between departments. Starting with the concept of sprints, we explore why sprinting is a limited resource and how we can begin to understand if a player is being efficient with their sprints. The definition of sprint efficiency is taken from a tactical context, allowing us to create a set of analysis that is meaningful for the organization and hints at the direction that sports analytics is taking. 

Athlete Durability - What the Experts are Saying about Eccentrics

Eccentric training is a widely popular topic, with many expert opinions that have conflicting applications. In this presentation, the topic of eccentric training is covered in detail, including ways to evaluate adaptations and programs. Also included are research findings that are extremely enlightening, as well as ways to leverage those results into a practical setting. Those that are interested in injury resilience and performance will be able to see both the science and art of working with such a modality.

Recovery for Performance and Injury: Evidence, Periodization & Winning Margins

Introduction to origins of fatigue and stress of individual and team sports athletes including an evidence-based monitoring framework to track readiness in the field. Brief review of evidence into strategies and interventions to improve recovery following exercise and injury followed by an introduction to effectively sequencing recovery strategies in a professional sporting environment.

Teaching, Training and Transfer

Identifying a framework used to identify movement tasks demands and reverse engineer back to exercise choices, coaching cues, and planning progressions. The focus is on providing evidence from literature and experiences presented in a simplified and unified way. The aim is for the coach to walk away with a pragmatic lens with which to combine technical and physical development. 

ACCREDITATION: This event has been approved for 6 CEUs by the Athletic Trainers-BOC, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist-NSCA, and Florida Board of Athletic Training.

Our Pro-Team lineup...

Head Coach, Speedworks

Director of Strength and Conditioning, Orlando Magic

Bears Sport Science Coordinator & Sport Dietitian

Clinical Lead: Foot and Ankle Rehabilitation, Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin, Ireland

Head of Sports Data Science, SL Benfica, Portugal

Researcher, Emory University Sports Performance and Research Center

Performance Scientist and Coach, Manchester United Football Club of the English Premier League

 

Learning Objectives

The Role of the Foot in Athletic Performance 

  1. The biomechanics of the foot.
  2. How certain biomechanical features and muscle impairments contribute to injury and performance.
  3. Assessing the foot strength and mechanics.
  4. Exercise prescription and integrating foot training into a strength and conditioning program.

Cognitive and Oculomotor Contributions to Non-Contact Lower Extremity Injury

  1. Decreased visual-spatial reaction time and working memory are associated with increased risk for non-contact lower extremity injury.
  2. Cognitive and oculomotor performance represent modifiable risk factors that can be assessed and trained with smartboard devices, stroboscopic eyewear, and reactionary light technologies.
  3. When designing practice conditions, coaches and clinicians should consider the decision-making, attentional, and reactionary components of their sport in order to increase cognitive and oculomotor demands.

Practical Considerations for Making Body Composition Changes in Athletes

  1. Identify the types of body composition measurement tools available to practitioner and the pros and cons of each method.
  2. Review how the periodization of body composition assessment is critical to success.
  3. Review nutrition interventions to manipulate body composition in maintenance, gain, and loss situations.
  4. Discuss common misconceptions about body composition assessment in practice.

Return to Sport After Injury: Consider the Chaos 

  1. Framing the return-to-sport process.
  2. Insight into the ‘control-chaos continuum.
  3. Important considerations in RTS planning.

Quantifying the Numbers and Tactical Impact of?High-Speed?Efforts in Sport? 

  1. Evaluating Physical Data from Raw GPS.
  2. Evaluating Tactical Context from Optical Tracking Data.
  3. Communicating the results through video.

Athlete Durability - What the Experts are Saying about Eccentrics

  1. Define what true eccentric overload training is and how to determine the specific adaptations over time.
  2. What the current research reveals on interventions for performance and return to play (R2P).
  3. Myths and misconceptions of isoinertial training and supramaximal eccentrics.
  4. Practical limitations of eccentric training in the real world, including athlete perspectives.
  5. New insight and science from leading experts in the clinical, training realm,  and research areas.

Recovery for Performance and Injury: Evidence, Periodization & Winning Margins

  1. Introduction to origins of fatigue following exercise.                      
  2. Review of literature for commonly used recovery strategies.
  3. Contemporary obstacles in managing recovery in elite athletes.
  4. Practical evidence- based framework to enhancing recovery in elite athletes.

Teaching, Training and Transfer

  1. Understand a basic framework of acceleration and deceleration assessment.
  2. Understand what shapes you would see with different types of movement strategy.
  3. Understand how you can simply measure different strategies.
  4. Understand how to manipulate exercise choices progression and coaching cueing to influence change in acceleration technique.

Qualified Planners/Faculty

Jason Avedesian, PhD, CSCS

Jason is a post-doctoral researcher at the Emory University Sports Performance and Research Center. His current research examines the relationship between sports-related concussion and musculoskeletal injury, as well as how neurocognition influences lower extremity injury risk. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Kinesiology, and Biomechanics from Michigan State University, Ball State University, and University of Nevada – Las Vegas.

Disclosures

This faculty member has disclosed there are no commercial bias nor any conflicts of interest.

Jonas Dodoo, MSc, BSc

Jonas developed as a coach through his passion for speed and power and was lucky enough to be under the tutelage of Master Coach Dan Pfaff for four years. Jonas had his first major successes within Olympic and Paralympic level Track and Field athletes. He spent 8 years identifying then developing multiple athletes from junior talent to international medalists. Jonas continues his work as a coach and coach educator out of Loughborough University where he consults with the staff and players of Premiership Football and Rugby clubs.

Disclosures

This faculty member has disclosed there are no commercial bias nor conflicts of interest.

Jennifer Gibson, MSc, RD, CSSD, IOC

Jennifer is in her 7th season as the Bears Sport Science Coordinator & Sport Dietitian and has 15 years of experience in elite sport. Previous to the Bears, she was a senior sport dietitian and applied physiologist with the United States Olympic Committee and within the Canadian Olympic sport system (2006-2015). Her sports included combat, acrobat, team and winter sports. She also consulted in professional sport including the New Orleans Saints (2013-15), Vancouver Whitecaps MLS (2006-2011), Women’s Tennis Association Pro Tour (2006-2013) and within the NBA (2013-2014). She has traveled to over 20 countries to service her athletes including 2 Olympic Games (2010, 2012), 2 Pan American Games (2007, 2011), 1 Canada Winter Games (2007), 6 world championships, and over 30 professional tournaments/games. Gibson also served as an adjunct sport nutrition lecturer for the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (2011-2015), and is active in research, having published 9 peer reviewed scientific papers and 7 book contributions. Gibson completed her bachelor’s degree at Ryerson University and her dietetic education at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. Her masters in Exercise Science was completed at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada. She is a distinguished graduate of the International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sport Nutrition and a Level III certified anthropometrist with the International Society for the Advancement of Anthropometry. Jennifer is also a Board-Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics with the American Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition. 

Disclosures

This faculty member has disclosed there are no commercial bias nor conflicts of interest.

Sundarshan Gopaladesiken, PhD

Suds is the head of sports data science for SL Benfica in Portugal. His responsibilities include using data to help with scouting, video analysis, and sports science and it has allowed him to gain a full picture of the performance workflow in sport. As SL Benfica has recently had high profile transfers like Ruben Dias and João Felix, Suds is familiar with the youth development pathway as well. Suds recently won 1st place in the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference for Overall Best Research as well as co-founded the Friend of Tracking YouTube channel--one of the best resources and communities when it comes to data science and football.

Disclosures

This faculty member has disclosed there are no commercial bias nor any conflicts of interest.

Colin Griffin, PhD

Colin works as a strength and conditioning coach at the Sports Surgery Clinic (SSC) in Dublin, where he is the Lead for Foot and Ankle Rehabilitation. His role involves managing a clinical team and treating complex lower limb injuries. Combined with his clinical role, he is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Côte d’Azur in France investigating achilles tendinopathy rehabilitation and lower limb biomechanics. Colin has been working at the SSC since 2014. He is a former Irish international athlete who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in the 50km Walk. His career highlights included finishing 10th at the 2010 European Championships and 12th at the 2012 World Cup, as well as previously holding the Irish record for the 50km walk. Since retiring from his race-walking career in 2013, Colin has been a regular in domestic road races with a marathon PB of 2.23.00 and half marathon 68.51. He also provides strength and conditioning support to some leading Irish athletes and coaches distance runners. 

Disclosures

This faculty member has disclosed there are no commercial bias nor any conflicts of interest.

Matt Taberner, DSportExSci, CSCS, RSCC*D, BASES HPSA

Matt is an experienced practitioner having spent over 12 years’ working within the English Premier League. Matt joined Everton Football Club in September 2013 as assistant 1st team Sports Scientist and was promoted to the role of Head of Sports Science in June 2014, before occupying the role of Head of Rehabilitation between July 2017 and August 2019. Previously Matt spent six years at Aston Villa Football Club as Lead Academy Sports Scientist. Matt holds a BSc in Sports Science, MSc in Sports Nutrition, NSCA-CSCS and RSCC*D, BASES High Performance Sport Accreditation and a Professional Doctorate in Applied Sport & Exercise Science from Liverpool John Moore’s University. Matt has published articles within the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal, BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, Science and Medicine in Football and the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal. 

Disclosures

This faculty member has disclosed there are no commercial bias nor any conflicts of interest.

Robin Thorpe, PhD

Dr. Robin Thorpe spent the last decade working as a Senior Performance Scientist and Conditioning Coach at Mancheser United Football Club of the English Premier League. Robin worked with the First Team (under managers' Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Ryan Giggs, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) delivering performance and conditionins support to players whilst overseeing and managing fatigue, recovery and regeneration practices throughout the Club as Head of Recovery and Regeneration. During this time Dr. Thorpe was part of a winning team achieving 10 national and international titles. Robin completed an applied PhD with Liverpool John Moores University investigating methods of fatigue and performance-monitoring, which has led to a number of original articles published in peer reviewed journals. Much of his work to date has centered around a model of moitoring the player response to stress in order to maximize athlete availability, training load prescription and recovery and the reduction of injury and illness risk. Dr. Thorpe also holds a position of visiting Research Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University and has worked with many high-profile individual athletes in professional Golf and Boxing. Dr. Thorpe also assisted in the preparation of the Mexicn national football team in the lead-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In May of this year Dr. Thorpe accepted a position as Director of Performance & Innovation at ALTIS working with World Class Track and Field athletes including Olympic Gold Medalists and World Record Holders in the lead up to the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020). As part of Dr. Thorpe's role, he manages and directs an integrated performance framework which covers sports science, strength & condiditoning and medical processes. Dr. Thorpe is the Director of the 'ALTIS LIVING LAB' which is an applied, contemporary performance & innovation lab involving applied and academic sports performance res

Disclosures

This faculty member has disclosed there are no commercial bias nor any conflicts of interest.

Carl Valle, USATF II

Carl has spent over 20 years in sport, both as a coach and a sports technologist specializing in performance analysis and innovation. Over the last decade he has consulted for Olympic programs, sports technology companies, and professional teams. He has spoken at the ISTA, NSCA, and NASE conferences and clinics, and is a certified level II sprint coach with USA Track and Field. No stranger to education, he has written over a hundred articles on sports performance with an emphasis on measurement and applied methodology. He currently is the Director of Innovation with Vortex, the private experimental division of several partnered training facilities, and teaches video analysis in his spare time.

Disclosures

This faculty member has disclosed there are no commercial bias nor any conflicts of interest.

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