2016 Agenda







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Exhibitor Set-Up


Official Kickoff for the 2016 Sports Biometrics Conference –
Welcome Reception at the Westin




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Coffee with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Welcome and Introductory Remarks



Eric Heiden, M.D.
Heiden Orthopedics
5-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

EricH-200Dr. Eric Heiden is a leading sports medicine specialist. Although many claim “sports medicine” to be their specialty Dr. Heiden embodies the term like no other orthopedic surgeon.

Earning more medals in a single Olympics than any previous Olympic athlete and setting 15 world records in his speed skating career, Dr. Heiden is a true American sports icon. At the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games, he won the Gold in all five speed skating events, including sprint and distance, while setting four Olympic records and one world record.

After retiring from speed skating, Dr. Heiden began a second career in cycling. He quickly rose to the top, winning a United States Cycling Championship and competing with the 7-11 team in the 1986 Tour de France just a few years later. By 1991, Dr. Heiden had earned his medical degree from Stanford University and was ready to begin his third career – what he considers his life work – as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine.


Applying Science to Sport: Superhumans, Big Data, and Revolution

Science became popular and had a substantial impact on swimming performance from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. The impact was of a magnitude that has even been called a “revolution.” Then, with good reason, coaches became skeptical of science and reverted back to relying on conventional wisdom. This presentation will explain the role of science in sport performance and the process of data capture, analysis, interpretation, and application.

Rod Havriluk
President, Swimming Technology Research

HavrilukDr. Rod Havriluk is a biomechanist who specializes in swimming technique instruction and analysis. Rod has coached swimming at all levels – from age group to NCAA Division I. He serves on the advisory board for the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming; the educational committee of the International Swim Coaches Association; the editorial board for the Journal of Swimming Research; and the review board of numerous sport science journals.
Rod’s research focuses on three primary areas: optimizing technique, preventing shoulder injuries, and accelerating skill learning. He has presented his findings at many conferences and published in many journals.


KEYNOTE: A Sports Executive’s View of Biometrics

Kirk Lacob,
Assistant General Manager, Golden State Warriors


Kirk joined the Warriors in October 2010 as the team’s director of basketball operations.  In that role he supported on a variety of front office roles, including player personnel evaluation, draft preparation and scouting, as well as helping to further the use of statistics and technologies in basketball operations.  He also served two years (2011-13) as the team’s player development representative with the league office, coordinating and implementing programs to aid in the overall development of players both on and off the court.

Additionally, Lacob served for 3 seasons as general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBA Development League team that the Warriors own and operate. As GM of the Santa Cruz club, Lacob was instrumental in all aspects of the team’s operations, including roster formation as well as basketball and business operations.  He also played a vital role in the team’s relocation to Northern California from its former home in Bismarck, North Dakota prior to the 2012-13 season.

During the D-League team’s first two years in Santa Cruz, the club has made back-to-back trips to the D-League Finals.  This past season, Santa Cruz was named the 2013-14 NBA D-League Development Champion, an annual award recognizing the NBA D-League team that best embodies the league’s goals of developing NBA basketball talent via GATORADE Call-Ups and assignments.

A native of Woodside, CA, Lacob graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a degree in Science, Technology and Society. Lacob is active in local basketball leagues and on occasion plays at San Quentin State Penitentiary. He is a lifelong fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, all things Stanford Cardinal and, most importantly, the Golden State Warriors.


Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Understanding Injury Risk – Conventional Thinking vs Practical Application

The global race to increase performance and reduce injuries is at, what feels like, a peak. The last number of years have seen a radical explosion in the amount of data available to sports scientists but has this information made us smarter? And is it making our teams healthier? We will investigate conventional thinking and compare it to practical application to better understand the best approach to solving this problem.

Andrew Murray
Director of Performance and Sports Science, University of Oregon

Andrew Murray HeadshotAndrew came to Oregon in June 2016 to fulfill the new role of Director of Performance & Sport Science in the new Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Centre. His role is to promote data driven decision making within a multi-disciplinary environment that answers coach-led performance questions.

Scottish by birth, Andrew came to Oregon via way of the Middle East where he was the Senior Sports Physiologist at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar. In this role he supported the best male sporting talent in the country on their athletic development journey with a goal of representing Qatar at international level.

Prior to this Andrew had 5 years at the sportscotland institute of sport in Stirling, Scotland. Here he provided scientific support to help prepare Scottish athletes to perform on the world stage, encompassing the double home games of the London 2012 Olympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Prior to this he was Sport Scientist for Heart of Midlothian Football Club in the Scottish Premier League (2006-2008) and wrote and delivered coach education programmes for the Scottish Football Association.

An applied practitioner with over 12 years of experience on 3 continents, Andrew is also widely published in peer reviewed journals and has given a number of international conference presentations on sport performance and the application of scientific principles to make an impactful difference to preparation. He holds High Performance Sport Accreditation from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and is a Chartered Scientist (CSci). He has also completed the International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition in addition to his postgraduate studies in Physiology at the University of Glasgow.


Sustaining Peak Performance

Mark Stephenson
Human Performance Program Manager, Naval Special Warfare Development Group

Stephenson Headshot 2Mark oversees strength and conditioning, Sports Medicine, nutrition, mental performance/sport psychology, sport science/tactical physiology, testing and assessment, research and development, and recovery at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Mark brings with him over 27 years of experience of rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and sport science. Mark’s area of expertise is in the psychophysiological profile of the elite performer using various biomarkers such as, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), EEG, tensiomygraphy, accelerometry/GPS, and biofeedback to determine optimal training loads and recovery interventions. Stephenson consults with various collegiate and professional teams form the NFL, MLB, and NBA and regularly presents at both national and international professional conferences on topics related to sports science and the state of physical and psychological readiness, recovery, and performance.


Lunch/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Getting There: The Story of Sleep and Athletic Excellence

Sleep and fatigue research and its application to sports is relatively new. Pat Byrne will chronical the history of the scientific developments and introduce a state of the art system called, “Personal Performance Analytics”, developed over the past decade to enhance athlete and team performance. The system is a combination of US Warfighting Military Mission planning technology, advanced sleep technology and Artificial Intelligence diagnostic programs.

What is clear from the research is that sleep directly affects athlete and team performance in a measurable way.  “Personal Performance Analytics” is the ultimate tool to gain a competitive edge.

Pat Byrne
Global consultant on the science of sleep and fatigue

Pat ByrnePat Byrne pioneered the use of sleep and fatigue technology in professional sports in 2008, as a consultant to the Vancouver Canucks. He introduced US Military warfighting mission planning systems and advanced sleep technology to sports to reduce fatigue from travel and to increase player performance. His systems have been adopted globally by many sports teams and organizations including Caterpillar, Rio Tinto and the US Special Operation Command. He has consulted with over 20 teams in major sports including the Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks, the Dallas Mavericks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Seattle Sounders, the Seattle Mariners, the Florida State University Women’s National Championship Soccer Team, the West Coast Eagles (Perth AFL), the Brisbane Broncos (Rugby) and the US and Canadian Men’s National Soccer teams.


Making Sense of the Data: Case Study and Discussion

Paul Robbins
Director of Elite Performance for STATS

Paul RobbinsPaul is the President and owner of Cardio2Tech, a metabolic education and consulting companies as well as Director of Elite Performance for STATS LLC. At STATS Paul focuses on live program analysis and design based on live data tracking systems for professional teams. He is currently working with all NBA teams and developing new models for NFL, USTA and college sports. He got his start developing performance metrics from game data in European soccer. Paul analyzes real time training loads for each athlete, develops performance training based on energy systems demands, and oversees the new wearable tech division.

Paul has recently been appointed to the Sports Science Committee for the USTA, is currently NHL combine Ex Phys Director, has been a presenter on wearable tech at CES, USC BodyComp Labs, FAST wearables Global Wearable, and Gizworld.

Paul also developed the cardio programs and VO2 assessment programs for Athletes’ Performance (now known as EXOS) and their new corporate division, Core Performance. Their clients include thousands of professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS.

He has consulted for Intel and Google in the corporate market, worked extensively with Adidas to develop the MiCoach®, is the cardio specialist for NASM, is a contributing writer for three NASM textbooks, and is the creator of the 30/30 Interval Training Program and HR monitor.


Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


What Works and What Doesn’t – Using Analytics to Redefine Athlete Resilience

Dr. Phil Wagner
Founder, Sparta Performance Science

PwagnerPhil spent 8 years as a strength & conditioning coach at University of California Berkeley and University of California Los Angeles, including 3 National Championships, as well as a performance coach for the Canterbury Crusaders and the New South Wales Waratahs (professional rugby teams in New Zealand and Australia). Following his coaching career, Phil graduated medical school as a physician from University of Southern California, focused on studying biomechanics at their School of Physical Therapy’s Biokinesiology Lab.


Biomarker-based Assessment & Rehabilitation for Sports Concussion and Return-to-Play Readiness

Of paramount importance to an athlete is the optimal functioning of both the Central (CNS) and Autonomic (ANS) Nervous Systems.  Under optimal conditions these systems work continuously and in synchrony controlling among other things, an athlete’s mental and physical performance and recovery.  Degradation in either or both of these systems hinders an athlete’s ability to perform at their peak and puts them at risk of injury during both training and competition.

The most insidious threat to CNS and ANS function in sports is concussion.  Concussion causes a disruption in neuronal functioning that is not visible using conventional imaging methods and whose symptoms can resolve even in the presence of an unresolved injury.  Additionally, concussion has traditionally been thought of as an injury to the brain, yet research over the past decade has revealed that concussion is truly a “functional” injury that affects not only the CNS but also ANS function.

Despite the known importance of these systems in performance and the known long-term consequences of mismanaged concussions and sub-concussive impacts throughout a season, the measurement, data analysis and day-to-day use of electrophysiology information that can measure both CNS and ANS function, is not yet commonplace in sport.   Fortunately, technological advancements, research support and dissemination of knowledge are now converging to create an opportunity for athletes to train and recover safer and smarter through the application of CNS and ANS electrophysiology in sports medicine, in particular as it applies to concussion.

James W.G. Thompson, Ph.D.
Evoke Neuroscience

James Thompson Headshot smallDr. James Thompson holds both a Masters and Doctoral degree in Kinesiology (specializing in sports-related brain injury and electrophysiology), a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics (athletic training & rehabilitation) and a minor in Business and Marketing. Dr. Thompson is Board Certified in Neurofeedback and an Associate Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).

Dr. Thompson has worked in the field of electrophysiology for over fifteen years specializing in the development and application of Neurological and Physiological measurement and training technologies for a wide range of applications including brain injury/concussion, sports performance training, cognitive conditions and neuromarketing.  Dr. Thompson is the Co-Founder & CSO/CTO (Chief Science Officer/Chief Technology Officer) of Evoke Neuroscience, Inc. (www.evokeneuroscience.com), a company specializing the development and deployment of electrophysiology biometric measurement and training hardware, software and wearable technologies.


Networking Reception




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7:30AM – 8:30AM

Coffee with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Welcome and Introductory Remarks



Jeff Passan
Author, The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports
MLB Columnist, @YahooSports

Jeff Passan is the author of the critically acclaimed The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports, an instant New York Times Best Seller about baseball’s failure to understand the injury epidemic pervading the sport from the major leagues to Little League. He has written about baseball for 13 years, the last 11 at Yahoo Sports, where he is a columnist who also has covered three Olympics. Before Yahoo, he focused on baseball for The Kansas City Star and college basketball for The Fresno Bee. He is also the co-author of Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series, which exposed the fraudulent college football postseason and led the push for a playoff system. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2002 with a degree in magazine journalism.


Athletic Intelligence: A New Measurable with Significant Impact to On-Field Performance

When capturing the winning formula, sport industry leaders has always valued mental abilities but until recently perceived it to be an immeasurable part of the code. The truth is that intelligence is one of the most genetically stable traits we possess. The goal of this presentation is to define what is Athletic Intelligence, how it can be measured and interpreted. Most importantly, we will discuss how sport specific intelligence correlates to on-field performance. From finding hidden gems to avoiding coaching headaches to optimizing roster talent, please join us and learn how Athletic Intelligence can serve you and your team as the next competitive advantage.

Scott Goldman
Ph.D, Director of The Performance Psychology Team at The University of Michigan

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Dr. Goldman has served as a clinical and performance psychologist in the Athletic Departments of three major universities and currently is the Director of The Performance Psychology Team at The University of Michigan, where he provides direct patient care to student-athletes and consulting services to the coaches and staff.

As the Director of High Performance Psychology Center for the University of Michigan’s athletic department, Scott Goldman, Ph.D. provides direct patient care to the student-athletes as well as consulting services for the coaches and staff.


RV (Real Video) versus VR (Virtual Reality) for Training High-Speed Decision Making in Sports and Beyond

Virtual Reality has the world’s attention. But for training of expert perceptual and decision skills, such as baseball pitch recognition, savvy use of “real” video can be more effective and less expensive. Join a professor of Learning Systems and sports technology entrepreneur in a show-and-tell discussion of frugal innovation.

Peter Fadde
Professor, Southern Illinois University

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Peter J. Fadde, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Learning Systems Design and Technology graduate program at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Fadde earned his doctoral degree in Instructional Research and Design from Purdue University in 2002. Before earning his PhD, Dr. Fadde was a professional video producer and Athletics Video Coordinator for 13 seasons. Dr. Fadde has conducted research on training perceptual and decision skills in high-speed, high-stress performance domains including sports. He published The Sixth Tool: Training Baseball Pitch Recognition and consults with several major league organizations and college baseball teams. Dr. Fadde originated the instructional design theory of Expertise-Based Training (XBT) that repurposes expertise research methods in order to accelerate the development of expertise and expert performance.


Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Wearable Technology: The Next Generation

Ivo Stivoric
Senior Leadership Team, X (..formerly Google [X] )

IvoIvo Stivoric, an innovator and visionary in multi-sensor wearables who is internationally recognized for his role in developing today’s consumer body monitoring category, was also Jawbone’s Vice President of Research and Development, where he was responsible for expanding Jawbone’s proprietary wearable and sensor technology into new health and wellness arenas for both consumer and healthcare applications.

As a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of BodyMedia, acquired by Jawbone in 2013, Ivo has been a pioneer and leader in the development of wearable computing and wearable body monitors since 1999. His work has led directly to over 90 patents, broad adoption of wearable computing devices for consumer lifestyle management as well as medical research, and one of the largest living databases of raw and real-world human sensor data on the planet with more than 500 trillion sensor points collected and analyzed over 14 years.

Those achievements culminated in EE Times 40 honors as one of 40 innovators building the foundation of the next-gen electronics industry. Ivo’s background also includes serving as a co-founder of the Interaction Design Studio at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and co-director of the awardwinning Mobile + Wearable Computing Design Studio at the Engineering Design Research Center – both at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds an M.S. in Interaction Design with a concentration in Integrated Product Development, and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design with a concentration in sculpture, both from Carnegie Mellon.

Jake Waxenburg
Director, Athos

Jake_Waxenburg_HSJake Waxenberg is Director of Market Development at Athos. He serves as a key leader in Athos’ growth with over ten years of experience in strategy and development. Jake oversees marketing and product launch while building revenue development strategies and sustainable partnerships with countless organizations. He has established relationships between Athos and elite sports teams including The Ohio State Buckeyes, Florida State Seminoles, Golden State Warriors, and LA Clippers. As of late he has begun working towards expanding Athos’ influence in the sports technology space to high school athletes helping them develop their athletic careers through college and beyond.

Previously, Jake enjoyed an extensive athletic career, playing soccer throughout the United States and at the IMG Soccer Academy. Jake is a graduate of the University of Denver where he was a member of the men’s soccer team earning a conference title and a NCAA tournament appearance.

Susan Holcomb
Data Science Consultant

Susan HolcombSusan Holcomb was Head of Data at Pebble, the smartwatch company famous for breaking fundraising records on Kickstarter. She holds a degree in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park and did graduate work in physics as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Cornell University. She currently consults with Bay Area companies on problems in data science and analytics.


Developing Skilled Athletes: The Psychology of Greatness

Many factors contribute to the development of expertise. The contribution of hereditary characteristics and the importance of practice, instruction, and the mentorship of significant others such as parents and coaches are often debated. A common or lay opinion is that elite performers are born rather than made, creating the perception that less ‘gifted’ individuals may continually strive to reach excellence without making the necessary gains needed to become experts in the domain. However, recent research in the sport and cognitive sciences has indicated that individuals achieve excellence through many hours of deliberate, purposeful practice with the specific intention of improving performance. Typically, for example, elite athletes have to devote in excess of 10,000 hours of practice to achieve excellence, regardless of sport. This commitment and continual engagement in practice is the most important determining factor on the path to excellence. Hereditary factors may also be important in helping individuals develop the necessary ‘rage to master’ (i.e., the commitment and motivation to persist in practice over many years). The proposal is that expertise develops as a result of adaptations to the unique environmental constraints imposed during practice and performance. In this presentation, an attempt is made to highlight the practice history profiles of elite performers, with a particular focus, and to illustrate through reference to recent empirical research the type of psychological adaptations that arise as a result of extended involvement in practice. A particular focus will be on the development of perceptual-cognitive skills such as anticipation and decision making in team games and racket sports. Practical implications for talent selection and development are highlighted, with attempts to illustrate the nature and type of practice activities most likely to help nurture future generations of experts.

Mark Williams
Professor and Chair of Health, Kinesiology and Recreation at The University of Utah

Mark WIlliamsMark Williams is a Professor and Chair of Health, Kinesiology and Recreation at The University of Utah. He previously worked at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Florida State University, The University of Sydney, and Brunel University London.

His research interests focus on the neural and psychological mechanisms underpinning expertise and its acquisition across domains. He has published more than 160 full articles in some of the foremost peer-reviewed academic journals.  He has written 13 books, 80 book chapters, 60 professional articles, 85 journal abstracts, and delivered over 200 keynote and invited lectures in upwards of 30 countries and five continents. His work is cited in several popular science books such as ‘Bounce’ by Matthew Syed and ‘The Talent Code’ by Daniel Coyle.

The majority of his work has focused on soccer and he has advised numerous national associations and several teams including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Everton and Liverpool.


Lunch/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors

1:00PM–1:30 PM

Attaining Peak Performance Under Pressure

The session will first explore research which has identified metrics associated with anxiety and susceptibility to pressure in sports. These include physiological measures, gaze behavior, movement kinematics, and measures of an athlete’s attentional focus.  How these metrics can be used to identify the specific processes underlying “choking” under pressure in sports such as golf, basketball and baseball will next be considered.  Finally, I will discuss ways in which the data from these metrics can be fed back to a performer (both after they have executed their sports skill and in real time) to help produce “clutch” performance in high pressure situations.

Rob Gray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Head in Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University

Rob_GrayRob Gray, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Program Head in Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Gray earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from York University. After receiving his PhD in 1998, he worked as a Research Scientist for Nissan Motor Corporation in Cambridge, MA, USA.  In 2001 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the newly formed Applied Psychology Program at Arizona State University. Since 2005 he has also worked part-time as a Research Psychologist for the United States Air Force.  From January-June 2010 he was appointed as a Visiting Professor in Sport Sciences at the University of the Mediterranean in France.

His research focuses on perceptual-motor control with a particular emphasis on the demanding actions involved in driving, aviation, and sports. His goal is to conduct basic research that can be applied towards the improvement of training, simulation, accident prevention and human-machine interface development within these contexts.  He has consulted with a variety of university and colleges teams in the USA and youth academies in the UK.  In 2007 he was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association and the Earl Alluisi Award for Early Career Achievement in the Field of Applied Experimental & Engineering Psychology.


Sports Biometrics in Baseball

Gain insight into the current state of Sports Science in Major League Baseball. Learn the latest on the utilization of wearable technology and collection of biomarkers to better understand acute and chronic physiological adaptations to the stresses of athletic competition. Learn how to manage data, extract actionable protocols from the data, and practical applications to help your athletes gain a performance advantage, improve overall individual and team recovery, and reduce the risk of injuries. Current roadblocks to the implementation of sports science in MLB, and best practices will be discussed.

Geoff Head
Sports Scientist, San Francisco Giants

Geoff HeadJeff is currently in his 9th season with the San Francisco Giants, including 7 seasons as the strength and conditioning coordinator, and the past 2 seasons as the MLB sports science specialist. He worked with the 2010/2012/2014 World Series Championship Teams. Prior to the Giants, Jeff worked at Fischer Sports Rehab and Conditioning, assisting a variety of MLB/NFL athletes with off-season training. Jeff has served on the Grand Canyon University Board of Advisors for the development of the Exercise Science Curriculum. He holds a Masters degree in Human Movement and Sports Conditioning from A.T. Still University and received his B.S. from Northern Arizona University.


Does the Psychological Demeanor of Athletes Play a Role in Injury Prevention and Recovery?

Injury prevention and recovery has traditionally focused on physical biometrics. This session will focus on the psychological aspects of injury prevention and recovery, including:

  • What happens psychologically during an injury
  • Are some athletes more predisposed than others to getting injured?
  • Can the length of injury be reduced through sport psychological training?
  • How to assess and measure these intangible constructs, and what we can do with it
  • How to Mentally Prepare Athletes to Return to Play Following Injury?
  • A concept I call, “Train the Brain”
Dr. Lorena Martin
Director of Sports Performance Analytics, Los Angeles Lakers

Lorena-Martin-1-300x288-300x253Lorena Martin is an applied behavioral scientist, quantitative methodologist, and exercise physiologist. She specializes in the use of statistical methods in health behaviors and sports performance. Dr. Martin is an active researcher and analyst in health and exercise physiology, where she makes extensive use of both traditional explanatory methods and predictive models. She has consulted for the NFL, NBA, and the ATP organizations. An experienced professor of statistics and avid user of the R software environment, she holds a doctorate from the University of Miami and three years of postdoctoral research at UC San Diego prior to becoming faculty at Northwestern University where she currently teaches introduction to statistical analysis, biostatistics and epidemiology, and sports performance analytics.


Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Sports Biometrics in Basketball

Eric Leidersdorf
Director of Biomechanics, P3

Eric_Leidersdorf_HEric currently leads a team of researchers in the study of the elite athlete movement. Eric graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Biomechanical Engineering and has worked at P3 – an applied sport science training facility – since 2012. P3 utilizes video-based motion capture technology and dual-force plates to study athletes at the highest level of sport, becoming a trusted resource for athletes and organizations in the NBA, NFL, MLS, and MLB. P3’s Biomechanics Team is responsible for turning assessment data into actionable training prescriptions, used both in-house and by P3’s organizational partners. P3 currently stands as a world-leader in the biomechanical assessment of NBA athletes, and P3’s Biomechanics team is actively conducting research into injury-risk and performance prediction in basketball.

3:30PM –4:00PM

Using Data to Advance NFL Combine Training

NFL combine training is the ideal place to monitor and track the quality of every move made by an athlete. When the future of every prospective athlete is on the line, Athos’ program and reporting accuracy proves vital. Using electromyography (EMG) to record the electrical signals transferred between the brain and activated muscles, FastTwitch documented the intensity of each athlete’s workout through real-time data during and post-workout using Athos. The strengths and underlying weaknesses of each player’s performance were revealed throughout their training and performance output was directly related to glute activation, hamstring activation, and muscle contribution balance. With the help of Athos and their coaches, athletes were able to make appropriate adjustments to their training to enhance their performance. Athletes then made the appropriate adjustments to their routines to enhance their workout and performance according to their individual needs.

After the combine, the trends in muscle effort were aggregated across all FastTwitch athletes, comparing benchmark tests to combine results. The data revealed what successful athletes had in common allowing for FastTwitch to enhance their sports performance training for future combines and athletes.

Irik Johnson
Chief Performance Officer, FastTwitch

Irik_JohnsonIrik has focused his attention to developing and implementing the performance aspect of pro, collegiate, high school, and youth athletes, leading FastTwitch into one of the dominant forces in sport performance. His experienced background in coaching and sport science has allowed him to develop a unique approach to the progression, methodology, and sport-specific training used at Fast Twitch. Irik received his M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Human Performance at Ithaca College. During this time he also served as the strength and conditioning coach, as well as, a position coach for the football team.


Managing Greatness: How Sports Teams Can Integrate Sports Biometrics in Their Organizations

Often coaches struggle with how to leverage the knowledge offered by multiple disciplines that use biometrics: injury prevention, recovery, strength and conditioning…the list goes on. Len Zaichkowsky, who has consulted with many different pro teams, gives his take on how coaches should manage these diverse disciplines in an integrated way to achieve the biggest competitive edge for their team.

Leonard Zaichkowsky
Sport Science Consultant

ZaichkowskyDr. Zaichkowsky is a widely known sport and performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human performance. For 37 years he was a professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine, until his retirement. From 2010 to 2012 he was Director of Sport Science for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL where he introduced a comprehensive sport science program to the club, including the establishment of a “Mindgym”. Currently, Len is a sport science consultant for a number of sport, medical, military, and business organizations.

Professor Zaichkowsky is a past-president and fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (1997-99), a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and currently section editor on psychology for the International Journal of Health & Sport Science. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for two sport technology companies, CogniSens Athletics, Axon Sports and Co-founder of BIOCAM, L.L.C.


Conference Wrap Up

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