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.
- 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
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