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2021 NEXT LEVEL High Performance Summit

Registration Fee: $60.00 Hours: 6.00 August 13, 2021
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August 13, 2021
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Orlando Magic and AdventHealth
Collyn Welsch
Contact Hours: 6.75, Category: Category A, Expires: 1/1/2022
1885 Bob Johnson Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
Phone: 719-815-6826
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Are you an Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Physical Therapist, or a Sports Medicine Physician? If so, this day is for you! In the Second Annual "NEXT LEVEL High Performance Summit" the Orlando Magic and AdventHealth have lined up some of the top experts in human performance. This full day event is geared towards 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 for 6 CEUs Catagory A.

Summit Topics

The Role of the Foot in Athletic Performance - Collin Griffin, PhD; Clinical Lead: Foot and Ankle Rehabilitation, Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin, Ireland

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 - Jason Avedesian, PhD, CSCS; Researcher, Emory University Sports and Research Center

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 - Jennifer Gibson, MSc, RD, CSSD, IOC; Bears Sport Science Coordinator & Sport Dietitian

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 - Matt Taberner, DSportExSci, CSCS, RSCC*D, BASES HIPSA; Director of Strength and Conditioning, Orlando Magic

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 - Sundarshan Gopaladesiken, PhD; Head of Sports Data Science, SL Benfica, Portugal

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 - Carl Valle, USATF II; Director of Innovation at Vortex

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 - Dr. Robin Thorpe, PhD; Perfomance Scientist and Coach, Manchester United Football Club of the English Premier League

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 - Jonas Dodoo, MSc, BSc; Head Coach, Speedworks

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. 

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

More about our speaker lineup...

Head Coach, Speedworks

  • Presentation: Teaching, Training and Transfer

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.

Director of Strength and Conditioning, Orlando Magic

  • Presentation: Return to Sport After Injury: Consider the Chaos

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. 

Bears Sport Science Coordinator & Sport Dietitian

  • Presentation: Practical Considerations for Making Body Composition Changes in Athletes

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.  

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

  • Presentation:  The Role of the Foot in Athletic Performance

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. 

Head of Sports Data Science, SL Benfica, Portugal

  • Presentation: Quantifying the Numbers and Tactical Impact of High Speed Efforts in Sport

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.

Director of Innovation at Vortex

  • Presentation: Athlete Durability - What the Experts are Saying about Eccentrics 

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.

Researcher, Emory University Sports Performance and Research Center

  • Presentation: Cognitive and Oculomotor Contributions to Non-Contact Lower Extremity Injury

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.

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

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

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 research in attempt to push the boundaries of sports innovation-science and knowledge to athletes, coaches and the industry as a whole. Most recently Dr. Thorpe has accepted consultancy roles in the NBA and MLB as well as the tech giant Intel.