2017 Agenda


 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017


12:00PM–7:00PM

Registration

Please pick up your badge for your admission to the conference program, breakfast, lunches and receptions.

1:00PM-5:00PM

Exhibitor Set-Up

5:30PM-7:30PM

Official Kickoff for the 2017 Sports Biometrics Conference –
Welcome Reception at the Westin


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017


7:30AM–6:00PM

Registration

Please pick up your badge for your admission to the conference program, breakfast, lunches and receptions.

7:30AM–8:30AM

Coffee with Exhibitors and Sponsors

8:30AM-8:45AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

8:45AM-9:30AM

KEYNOTE

Marques Colston
President/CEO
Dynasty Digital

marques_colstonA Super Bowl Champion, and the all-time leading wide receiver in New Orleans Saints history, Marques Colston currently serves as the Managing Partner of Dynasty Digital, a multi-faceted digital consulting company, serving various industries including sports technology.

Marques is also an investor and advisor to various early stage companies with a focus on sports technology, and his pursuits have been featured in Inc. Magazine. Colston serves on the Advisory Board for the One Team Collective, a sports technology accelerator run by the NFLPA.

He is also a co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, as well as Special Advisor and Consultant to Sports Testing, Inc. where he assists in the development of a global strategy that positions the company to maintain its rapid, global expansion in all areas of athlete evaluation, monitoring, and reporting.

9:30AM–10:15AM

Overview: The Rise of the Quantified Athlete

Josh Walker
Managing Director
Sports Innovation Lab

joshwalker_hsFormer VP of Research at Forrester Research and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at General Catalyst, Josh has successfully launched and grown several venture-backed software and data businesses.

Josh currently runs the Boston Sports Analytics group and helps drive product direction and strategy for the Sports Innovation Lab. He began building the Sports Innovation Lab’s research platform after meeting with owners and operators across professional sports. The opportunity was a familiar one. There were too many vendors selling complicated technology to buyers who wanted to optimize their operations without having to learn technology. The market wants an objective voice to help with these decisions and a way to demystify sports technology. In December 2016, Josh incorporated the Sports Innovation Lab with his partners Isaiah Kacyvenski and Angela Ruggiero to address this global market need.

Isaiah Kacyvenski
Managing Director
Sports Innovation Lab

isaiah_kacyvenskiNFL veteran turned entrepreneur and investor, Isaiah has been involved in conceptualization, product development, business development, marketing, and sales across a broad range of tech, biotech, sports, and consumer applications.

Mr. Kacyvenski is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sports Innovation Lab. Mr. Kacyvenski has a very deep background in wearable sensor technology as the former Global Head of Business Development and Chairman of the Sports Advisory Board at MC10, a cutting-edge conformal electronics company focused on optimizing objective physiological data capture outside of a controlled setting. Isaiah joined MC10 after graduating from Harvard Business School and remained there for 6 years as he was involved in the ideation, development, sales, and marketing of several different technologies at MC10, including the revolutionary, physiological data capturing electronic patch, the BioStamp, multiple award-winning CheckLight– a sports impact indicator– as well as the first-of- its-kind hydration monitor to name just a few. Isaiah is also an investor in, and advisor to, several companies in technology, sports, biotech, consumer, media, and sports medicine.

Angela Ruggiero
Managing Director
Sports Innovation Lab

angela-ruggieroA four-time Olympic ice hockey player, Ruggiero grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, where she was a four-time All-American, as well as an Academic All-American. She also holds an M.Ed. in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Ruggiero currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for the 2024 Los Angeles Olympic Bidding Committee and is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sports Innovation Lab, the leading independent market research and advisory firm delivering insights on the intersection of sports and technology.

Angela Ruggiero was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee of directors and began serving as an International Olympic Committee Member in February 2010, following her election to represent all Olympic athletes on the IOC Athletes’ Commission. She is the current Chair of the IOC Athlete’s Commission and a Member of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee.

10:15AM–10:45AM

Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors

10:45AM–11:30AM

Sports Nutrition: Emerging Internal Load Biometrics & Personalized Fueling Tactics

This session will give you an overview of some of the most promising internal load biometrics that are guiding personalized fueling tactics for athletes. In the US, Sports RDs are increasingly playing a full-time role in the collection and interpretation of these internal load biometrics that are defining best practices to improve athletic performance and availability on gameday.

Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS
Consulting Sports RD
Major League Baseball and MLB Players Association

ellisDave Ellis is a 35+ year sports veteran credited with staffing more full-time registered dietitians (Sports RDs) in High Performance settings than anyone working in sports. Dave worked 20 years in the collegiate ranks between the University of Wisconsin and University of Nebraska before starting a private consulting practice 15 years ago. Dave clients are a who’s-who list of championship professional and college teams along with his developmental work with USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) and USA Baseball. Most recently Dave has been named to a one-of-a-kind position in sports as the Consulting Sports RD for Major League Baseball and MLB Players Association where he plays a leadership role in the Food and Supplement Security space. Dave’s exposures are as deep and diverse as you will find in the High Performance fueling space and he is an equally skilled presenter. Dave is also a Level V USA Hockey Coach and lives in Colorado Springs (www.daveellisbio.com, #fuelingtactics). Read more…

11:30AM–12:15AM

Post-Game and Training Performance: Regeneration and Recovery

Recovery is a key aspect to sustaining peak performance. There are many different methods and technologies that aid in the regeneration and recovery of both the brain and body. This presentation will discuss some of these technologies and how they affect both the brain and body. We will also discuss the success and failures of different technologies in the applied setting.

Mark D. Stephenson, MS, ATC, CSCS, CSPC
Director of Sports Science
Neurosport Science, Inc.

Stephenson Headshot 2Mark is the Founder and President of NeuroSport Science, Inc., a consulting firm that also owns and operates Rejuvenate Active Recovery Centers in Naples, FL. Mr. Stephenson has over 28 years of experience working in the field of human performance in both sports and military. Mark’s area of expertise is in the psychophysiological recovery of the elite performer using various recovery modalities such as, Flotation Tanks, Cryostimulation Chambers, Photobiomodulation, Biofeedback, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), EEG, and tensiomygraphy, to determine optimal training loads and psychophysiological recovery interventions.

Previously, Mark served as the Human Performance Program Manager for an elite military unit within in the Special Operations Command (SOCOM).  While at this unit, Stephenson oversaw strength and conditioning, Sports Medicine, nutrition, mental performance/sport psychology, sport science/tactical physiology, testing and assessment, research and development, and recovery.  Read more…

12:15PM–1:30PM

Lunch/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors

1:30PM–2:15PM

KEYNOTE 2

Joe Rogowski
Director of Sports Medicine and Research
National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)

rogowski-joeJoe Rogowski is entering his third year consulting for the NBPA. Prior to his role with the players association, he worked ten years in the NBA as a director of performance and as a certified athletic trainer. During that period, he worked with the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets and served as president of the strength coaches association.

Currently, Rogowski advises the union and its members on research driven medical and performance outcomes and as well as preserving the health and safety of the athletes. In addition, he has been appointed to the NBA wearables committee. A first of its kind for professional sports.

During the offseason, Rogowski presents on several sports medicine topics at various conferences, both nationally and internationally. He is a published author who co-wrote several articles for both The Journal of Strength & Conditioning and The Journal of Athletic Training. In 2013, he co-authored the book “Conditioning and Strength for Human Performance.”  Read more…

2:15PM–3:00PM

Using Technology to Measure Sweat Content and Help Athletes Stay Hydrated

Doug Casa, Professor
Department of Kinesiology
UConn

doug_casa_2For Douglas Casa, the opportunity to maximize athletic performance in the heat and prevent sudden death in sport is the culmination of a life-long path; his passion for the study of exertional heat stroke started in 1985 when he suffered an exertional heat stroke while running a 10K race. This experience motivated what has become his life’s cause: the study of exertional heat stroke, heat illnesses, hydration, and preventing sudden death in sport – his ultimate goal is to find ways to maximize performance in challenging circumstances while working prevent needless tragedy during sport and physical activity.

“I was fortunate to receive amazing care on-site from the athletic trainer; the EMT’s in the ambulance; and at the hospital from the emergency room physicians and nurses. I only survived because of the exceptional care I received. I was just 16 years old at the time, but I have been driven by this experience since that day,” Dr. Casa explains when asked about what motivates him. He celebrated his 30th anniversary of surviving his exertional heat stroke on August 8, 2015.

In April 2010 Kelci Stringer (Korey’s widow), James Gould (Korey’s agent), and the NFL asked Dr. Casa to develop and run the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) at the University of Connecticut. Read more…

3:00PM–3:30PM

Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors

3:30PM–4:15PM

Sports Performance, New Generation Biometric and Metabolic Sensors, and Player Health

Leslie Saxon, MD
Executive Director
USC Center for Body Computing

leslie_saxonExecutive Director, USC Center for Body ComputingClinical Scholar, Professor of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Leslie Saxon is a professor of clinical medicine (clinical scholar) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and preventing sudden cardiac death. In addition to her work in cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Saxon serves as the executive director of the internationally acclaimed USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) and newly formed USC Virtual Care Clinic (VCC). The CBC is currently a place for all USC schools, including medicine, engineering, business and the cinematic arts, to form interdisciplinary relationships and accelerate the future of fully integrated, “connected” medicine alongside public and private sector partners. She is a well-known authority on the pre-clinical and clinical development and testing of wearable and implanted technology, including networked devices used in medical, wellness and fitness disciplines. With her clinical expertise, she is a valuable strategist in developing device models and software solutions that offer engaging user-feedback based on real-time physiologic data. Read more…

4:15PM–5:00PM

How Technological Advances Could Create Better Tests for Brain Injury and Change Sports Culture

Dr. Chris Nowinski
Co-founder and CEO
Concussion Legacy Foundation
8/4/10 11:03:05 AM -- Boston , Massachusetts..NFL'er Chris Nowinski ..Photo by Vernon Doucette for Boston University Photography

Photo by Vernon Doucette for Boston University Photography

Dr. Chris Nowinski is the co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through advocacy, education, policy, and research. He co-founded the Boston University CTE Center and VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank in 2008, where he currently serves as the Outreach, Recruitment, Education, and Public Policy Leader. After an All-Ivy football career at Harvard, Dr. Nowinski became a professional wrestler with WWE, where he was named 2002 newcomer of the year and was a 2-time Hardcore Champion, before he was forced to retire due to post-concussion syndrome at age 24. His challenging recovery from post-concussion syndrome led him to write the critically-acclaimed book Head Games in 2006 in an effort to educate parents, coaches, and children about this previously hidden public health issue. Read more…

5:00PM–7:00PM

Networking Reception


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017


7:30AM–5:00PM

Registration

Please pick up your Registration Swag Bag and Badge. A badge is your admission to the conference program, breakfast, lunches, receptions and official after parties.

7:30AM – 8:30AM

Coffee with Exhibitors and Sponsors

8:30AM-8:45AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

8:45AM-9:30AM

KEYNOTE

Getting Better: Thinking About Marginal Gains & Elite Performance

The margin of victory and what separates a good from great athlete can represent a tiny percentage of overall performance.  This has led to the search for so-called marginal gains in human performance. In this session Dr. Michael Joyner will review current and historical examples to ask why and how human performance is improving.  Are there physiological explanations? Technique based explanations? Is it better training?  Better Equipment?  Improved psychology? Better sports medicine?  Something sociological?

Using this framework Dr.Joyner will then ask how sports science can inform or generate an evidence base to help the athlete, coach, trainer, analyst and management use science and technology to improve performance.  He will also focus on a series of questions to help the practitioner evaluate new approaches, claims and paradigms related to human performance.  These questions can be summarized via the following key points:

  1. 1) Is it meaningful?
  2. 2) Is it measurable?
  3. 3) Is it actionable?
  4. 4) Is it durable?

By using this framework the goal is to empower the athlete and performance team to think critically about how best to incorporate science and technology into their program.

Dr. Michael Joyner
Caywood Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic

michael_joynerMichael J. Joyner, M.D., is the Caywood Professor of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic where he was named Distinguished Investigator in 2010. His research focuses on exercise physiology, human performance, blood pressure regulation, metabolism, and transfusion practices. He has been interviewed numerous times in popular print and electronic media and written on exercise and health for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Outside and Runner’s World. Dr. Joyner’s interest in athletics includes developing the original “2-hour” marathon concept in the early 1990s. On a personal level he has run a 2:25 marathon and finished 15th in his age group for the mile swim at U.S. Masters swimming nationals. Read more…

9:30AM–10:15AM

How to Improve Monitoring Compliance With Athletes

Isaiah Kacyvenski
Managing Director
Sports Innovation Lab

isaiah_kacyvenskiNFL veteran turned entrepreneur and investor, Isaiah has been involved in conceptualization, product development, business development, marketing, and sales across a broad range of tech, biotech, sports, and consumer applications.

Mr. Kacyvenski is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sports Innovation Lab. Mr. Kacyvenski has a very deep background in wearable sensor technology as the former Global Head of Business Development and Chairman of the Sports Advisory Board at MC10, a cutting-edge conformal electronics company focused on optimizing objective physiological data capture outside of a controlled setting. Isaiah joined MC10 after graduating from Harvard Business School and remained there for 6 years as he was involved in the ideation, development, sales, and marketing of several different technologies at MC10, including the revolutionary, physiological data capturing electronic patch, the BioStamp, multiple award-winning CheckLight– a sports impact indicator– as well as the first-of- its-kind hydration monitor to name just a few. Isaiah is also an investor in, and advisor to, several companies in technology, sports, biotech, consumer, media, and sports medicine.

10:15AM–11:00AM

Using 3D Motion-Capture To Enhance Performance and Prevent Injuries

Learn how technology specifically 3D Motion-Capture is integrated into a English Premier League Soccer Academy sport science and medicine structure. The introduction will give an overview of the Arsenal Academy sport science and medicine department. An overview will then be given to the philosophy of the sport science and medicine department and an description of their physical development framework. This will lead onto a description of what happens at the club on a day to day basis and what facilities and technologies are available.

The first part of the presentation will provide the context to the why and how technology fits into the academy. The second half of the presentation will provide a closer look at movement and how it is assessed and developed as the players go through the different stages of development. Des will discuss what interventions can help the development of young players. The last section will give an overview of how 3D motion capture supports the sport science and medicine department in maximizing the development of players.

Des Ryan
Head of Sport Medicine and Athletic Development
Arsenal FC (Academy)

Des joined Arsenal in February 2013 after a successful strength and conditioning career in the rugby world. Des worked for the IRFU as fitness education manager and his responsibilities involved managing the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme for IRFU strength and conditioning coaches and managing the fitness development structures for rugby players in under-19 sides and below.

Before this, Des worked as head fitness advisor at Connacht Rugby from 1998 to 2008. During this time he had worked with the Ireland A rugby team for three years and assisted with the Ireland senior team. At Arsenal Des is the head of the academy sport medicine and sport science department. He over sees the physical development of players aged from 8 to 23. During his time at Arsenal Des has helped develop the size of the department and the facilities at the academy which help graduate a number of players from the academy to the first team.

Des has completed a Masters in Strength and Conditioning and is also a tutor with the IRFU, Setanta College and a tutor trainer with World Rugby. Des has been UKSCA accredited since 2008 and In 2016 Des completed the BASES high performance sport accreditation. He has a keen interest in the area of long-term player development and has presented at many conferences around the world over the last few years.

11:00AM–11:30AM

Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors

11:30AM–12:15PM

Interactive Sports Analytics Using Artificial Intelligence

Wearables and tracking devices now available capture more than 100 data points per second on an athlete’s performance. But how can that data be used?

Artificial Intelligence is now helping to tackle the challenge. Artificial Intelligence is helping players and their sports science teams come up with objective measures and spot scenarios that would otherwise be impossible to detect.

In this session, Patrick Lucey, Director of Data Science for STATS, will discuss how to use AI to answer questions such as:

  • What is the best position for players in a particular game situation?
  • What play is my opponent likely to run next?
  • What is the likelihood of a team scoring in this situation?
  • What happens if I switch this player with another player?
Patrick Lucey
Director of Data Science
STATS

patrick-luceyPatrick is the Director of Data Science at STATS, where his goal is to maximize the value of the 35 years worth of sports data that they have. Previously, he was at Disney Research for 5 years, where he conducted research into automatic sports broadcasting using large amounts of spatiotemporal tracking data. Previous to that, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University/Department of Psychology at University of Pittsburgh conducting research on automatic facial expression recognition. He received his BEng(EE) from USQ and my PhD from QUT, Australia in 2003 and 2008 respectively. He was a co-author of the best paper at the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and in 2017 was co-author of best-paper runner-up at the same conference. Additionally, he has won best paper awards at INTERSPEECH (2007) and WACV (2014) international conferences. His main research interests are in artificial intelligence and interactive machine learning in sporting domains. Read more…

12:15PM–1:15PM

Lunch/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors

1:15PM–2:00 PM

Every Decision Starts With Data: How Data is Being Used by The Most Tech-Savvy Teams

The FC Dallas performance analysis department is a leader in MLS. The team’s cutting-edge fitness and recovery practices are well known. The data-centric mindset has come to encompass nearly every move the technical staff makes, from player recruitment to tactics to the training ground and beyond.
Hear Skylar Richards talk in detail about the FC Dallas approach to data analysis and the results he has achieved.

Skylar Richards
Director of Sports Science and Head Athletic Trainer
FC Dallas

skylarSkylar Richards has eleven years with the MLS and six years with FC Dallas where he serves as the Director of Sports Science and Head Athletic Trainer. Since joining the team in 2012, Richards has helped the team win the Western Conference and Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and maintain the highest player availability in the league. Richards’ previously served with the Colorado Rapids as the team’s assistant athletic trainer and head strength and conditioning coach. Prior to joining the Rapids for the 2012 season, Richards was with the Columbus Crew from 2007 to 2012 as an assistant athletic trainer and fitness rehabilitation specialist. Richards serves on are the MLS Sports Technology Committee, Sports Advisory Council Member board for AdvoCare and the Sports Performance Board for Athos. His academic background is focused on the areas of athletic training and exercise physiology.

2:00PM–2:45PM

Using Data to Prevent Injuries and Develop Training Programs

In this session we will discuss use of tracking data to develop player training programs, use of injury databases to understand return to play and performance, and the role technology plays in optimizing return to play. We will also discuss the role of the team physician and how to optimally integrate medical providers in analytics programs. Finally, we will discuss the ethical issues with data collection and strategies to share data with players to help them derive the most value from data.

Robby Sikka
Associate Director of Data Analytics
Mayo Clinic

sikkaRobby Sikka is a board-certified anesthesiologist in Minnesota specializing in orthopedic and regional anesthesia. He has an interest in clinical outcomes research, technology, and analytics. Robby also serves as the associate director of data analytics for Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, and is the lead clinical research scientist and is on the clinical faculty at TRIA Orthopaedic Center. Robby presently serves as a consultant to the National Football League, National Basketball Players Association, and is a sports science consultant for the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Wizards, and several other teams. Robby attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate studies and USC Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles for medical school. After graduating with honors from both schools, Robby completed an anesthesiology residency at the University of Minnesota.. Robby is currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN.

2:45PM–3:15PM

Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors

3:15PM–4:00PM

How to Enhance Sports Performance With Cognitive Training Using Motion Object Tracking

A still largely unresolved question is to what extent perceptual-cognitive abilities of elite athletes play a role in their successful decision-making. While competing, athletes often have to process complex dynamic visual scenes and make rapid decisions based on their situational awareness and expertise.

We propose that high-level decision making abilities exhibited by elite athletes depend in part on some perceptual-cognitive capacities merged with sport-specific expertise. The 3D-MOT approach (Faubert & Sidebottom, 2012; Faubert, 2013) was designed to isolate fundamental properties that are present while processing dynamic visual scenes. The goal was to develop a general measure that could assess individual differences in the perceptual-cognitive capacities required for processing dynamic visual scenes and to determine whether it is possible to improve these abilities by training and show transfer to relevant skills. The research to date demonstrates that: 1) It is possible to measure individual differences on this ability (Faubert & Sidebottom, 2012); 2) The level of sport performance corresponds with the learning rate on this task (Faubert, 2013); 3) The initial measures are predictive of sport-related decision making metrics in professional sports (Mangine et al., 2014); 4) Training on this task shows transfer on real life sports performance measures (Romeas et al., 2015) 5) The brain is plastic to this process and training on this task improves relevant brain function as measured by cognitive metrics and brain imaging (Parsons et al., 2014).

In this talk Dr. Faubert will explain the principles, review the relevant studies and discuss potential future avenues for research.

Jocelyn Faubert, PhD
Professor, School of Optometry, Université de Montréal
NSERC-Essilor Research Chair
Director, Applied Research Center (ARC)

faubert-jocelyn_1538_smallJocelyn Faubert is a full professor and directeur adjoint (equivalent of vice dean) of research and graduate studies at the School of Optometry of Université de Montréal.  He also holds the NSERC-Essilor Industrial Research Chair on Visual Function (since 2003).  His research interests are diverse dealing from low- to high-level perceptual and cognitive processing, human performance, development, aging, optics and photonics spanning from a fundamental perspective to translational research.  He has published over 160 research articles in peer-review outlets in numerous fields including experimental psychology (e.g. Psychological Science, Memory & Cognition, Frontiers of Psychology) sports science (e.g. Journal of Sports Psychology & Exercise, Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology) vision science (Journal of Vision, Vision Research, Perception and Psychophysics, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science) neuroscience (e.g. Brain, Neuroimaging, Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex) engineering (e.g. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation) optics-photonics (e.g. Optics Express, Journal of the Optical Society of America, Journal of Nanophotonics) rehabilitation (e.g. Journal of Neurotrauma, Brain Injury, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair) development (e.g. developmental psychopathology, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders) gerontology (e.g. Journal of Gerontology, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society) and general journals (e.g. Scientific Reports, PloS One). Read more…

4:00PM–4:15PM

Conference Wrap Up

Note: Agenda topics, schedule, and speakers are subject to change.