2016 Speakers




Eric Heiden, M.D.
Heiden Orthopedics

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.

In 2006, Dr. Heiden and his wife, Dr. Karen Heiden, relocated to Park City and worked at “The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH),” In 2008, Drs Eric and Karen Heiden established their own orthopedic practices in Park City and Salt Lake. As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Heiden finds that his experiences skating and cycling help him form a unique connection with his patients, many of whom are injured athletes.

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.

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.

Geoff Head
Sports Scientist, San Francisco Giants

Geoff HeadGeoff 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, Geoff worked at Fischer Sports Rehab and Conditioning, assisting a variety of MLB/NFL athletes with off-season training. Geoff 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. He holds the following certifications:

  • NASM – PES
  • NASM – CES
  • FMS – Level 1/Level 2
  • SFMA

Geoff currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ

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.

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.

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.

Through physiological monitoring Stephenson’s program has developed recovery strategies that have dramatically helped improve chronic overtraining, chronic pain/fatigue, and sleep. Strategies such as blood flow restriction techniques, modified sensory deprivation through use of Alpha chamber and Flotation tanks, and biofeedback have proven to be successful interventions. Physiological assessments, such as HRV, DC potential, and tensiomyography have also been successful in profiling elite performers as well as aiding in the manipulation of training loads in order to sustain high performance over long periods.

Mark began his career as an Athletic Trainer in an orthopedic sports medicine clinic for seven years before opening his own rehabilitation clinic and sports performance center. He transitioned to college athletics serving as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at the College of Holly Cross (1995 – 1996). Mark also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Providence College (1996 – 2002), where he was eventually promoted to the position of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (2002 – 2003).

Prior to working with NSW, Mark was the Director of the Human Performance Center at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) (2004 – 2009) where he over saw the resident strength and conditioning programs, physiological testing and assessments, and program development. His duties included serving as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Colorado College Men’s Ice Hockey team (2004 – 2009), High Performance coach for the Broadmoor Skating Club, and the Tactical Physiologist for the Colorado Springs Police SWAT team. While at the NSCA he developed the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) program.

Stephenson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science, a Master’s of Science in Health Science/Athletic Training, and is currently a Doctoral candidate in Psychology with a specialization in Sport and Performance Psychology. Mark holds certifications from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) BOC as an Athletic Trainer, Certified (ATC), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F).

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.

Pat maintains a sports consulting business and is a technology advisor to Stanford University Medical School where he is assisting them in bringing Artificial Intelligence technology to elite sports.  In addition, Pat’s book entitled, “Getting There: The Story of Sleep and Athletic Excellence” will be released this fall. The book provides a path for athletes and teams to maximize performance using state of the art technology, systems and education.

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.

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.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sports Sciences and Executive Editor for Human Movement Science. He also sits on the Editorial Boards of the Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Frontiers of Cognition and has acted as a Guest Editor for special issues of Journal of Motor Behavior, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, and the European College of Sports Science.

His research work has been funded by research councils in Australia (Australian Research Council) and the UK (Economic and Social Research Council; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; British Academy, Royal Society), commercial companies such as Nike and Umbro, as well as sport associations such as UEFA, FIFA, and UK Sport. He is a Special Advisor to UK Sport, is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science to work in High-Performance Sport. His clients have included numerous Olympic Sports and several professional sports including cricket, rugby union, Australian Rules football, and rugby league. 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.

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.

Dr. Thompson has been an invited speaker throughout his career at international conferences in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe, has published multiple articles and book chapters in the areas of EEG, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sports-related Concussions, Peak Performance and Biofeedback.

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. She is the author of the book, Sports Performance Measurement and Analytics: The Science of Assessing Performance, Predicting Future Outcomes, Interpreting Statistical Models, and Evaluating the Market Value of Athletes.

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.

After medical school, Phil founded Sparta Performance Science in the Silicon Valley as a facility to directly measure and enhance performance alongside athlete resilience to injury. This business evolved to include a larger technology business, Sparta Software Corporation (est. 2012), which provides an athlete data management platform to establish evidence based practices within sports organizations. We support over 30 organizations globally in every sport, including but not limited to, the Atlanta Falcons, University of Texas, Colorado Rockies, Golden State Warriors and more than 10 organizations in Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

This unique capability of Sparta Science was featured in the opening chapter of a 2014 New York Times bestseller “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” written by the editor of Wired Magazine, Mark McClusky. Sparta Science has had several 3rd party publications in peer reviewed journals through its work with 3rd parties like Stanford School of Medicine and BYU Statistics department. Sparta continues to develop predictive models and publications with academic partners all over the globe to establish evidence based practice in sports science.

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.

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. Rod has conducted clinics in many countries and has worked with thousands of swimmers and triathletes, including Olympians and world record holders. Swimming World magazine named Rod as one of the top ten people with the greatest impact on swimming in 2015.

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. Dr. Fadde can be reached at fadde@siu.eduWebsite: http://peterfadde.com

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.  From 2010-2014 he was a Reader (Associate Professor) in Perception & Action in the School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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.

Dr. Gray is the host and producer of the Perception & Action Podcast which examines how psychological research can be applied to improving performance, accelerating skill acquisition and designing technologies.  Website: http://perceptionaction.com/

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.

He has authored or edited six books with the most recent being, “Medical and Psychological Aspects of Sport & Exercise”, FIT Publishing (2002). Dr. Zaichkowsky has published over 100 papers on sport and performance psychology, sports medicine, research design, and related topics in scholarly journals or books as well as numerous magazine and newspaper columns. Additionally he has made more than 300 professional presentations world- wide and makes frequent expert commentary on television/radio (e.g.CBC, NBC, ABC, CNN,NESN, TSN, ESPN) , and in the print media such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail, El Pais.

His current research and consulting interests are in applying technology and science to human performance, specifically (1) psychophysiological self-regulation of performance stress using biofeedback and (2) neurofeedback, understanding the neural basis of elite performance using fMRI methodology, and (3) the development of “expert/championship” performance in sport and other domains. He has consulted with the U. S., Canadian, and Australian Olympic Organizations, Duke University Department of Surgery, Stanford Surgery, and High Performance Center, U.S. Military and Special Operations, Boston University Terriers, the NBA (Boston Celtics), Major League Baseball Players Association, Boston Red Sox, NFL, NHL Players Association, New England Patriots, Calgary Flames, Sydney (Australia) Swans, Field Hockey Canada, the Spanish World Cup Soccer Team, and Real Madrid soccer club.

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. Dr. Goldman has provided mental health care in a variety of settings for amateur, collegiate, semi-professional, and professional athletes. Starting in 1994, Dr. Goldman’s clinical experience includes working in university counseling centers, rehabilitation centers, private and government funded psychiatric children’s hospitals, school counseling centers, and outpatient therapy institutes.

Dr. Goldman has presented nationally and internationally as well as written about mental health issues in athletic and general populations. He has co-authored the NCAA’s Best Practices and Guidelines for Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness. Dr. Goldman is one of five national experts tapped by the NCAA to provide professional oversight for the new guidelines and revisions for the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook. He also wrote a chapter in the NCAA sponsored Mind, Body, & Sport: Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness. Dr. Goldman is a member of the NCAA Mental Health Task Force and the NFL/NCAA Mental Health Think Tank. In the fall of 2012, Dr. Goldman was part of a team of sport medicine professionals writing the first consensus statement regarding the treatment of mental health issues with Student-Athletes. The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is the first professional sports medicine organization to set such standards. He is also a member of the sport psychology registry for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Dr. Goldman is on the advisory board for STEP UP!, a bystander intervention program that has been adopted by over 150 universities and colleges. STEP UP! has earned national acclaim including the 2010 NASPA excellence award.

Dr. Goldman is also the creator of the Athletic Intelligence Quotient (AIQ), an intelligence test that assesses the innate cognitive abilities that are most utilized in attaining, developing, and applying athletic skills, strategies, and tactics. Dr. Goldman serves on the American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) Executive Committee as the Member-At-Large.

In addition to providing direct patient care, Dr. Goldman has also taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical students for the past 15 years. He held faculty appointments at the Saint Louis University’s medical school in the Psychiatry Department and the Sport Medicine Department as well as the University of Arizona’s Sport Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Goldman earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tulane University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. Further, Dr. Goldman is designated as a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Additionally, he received training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute. Besides providing direct patient care and co-leading groups with Dr. Ellis, Dr. Goldman received advanced training and certification in several psychological fields while a fellow and staff therapist. These include child and adolescent therapy and drug addiction treatment. Further, Dr. Goldman attained supervisory certification granting him permission to train other professionals in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

His specialties include: Athletic and Performance Enhancement; Sport Intelligence Assessment, Rehabilitation Psychology; Stress and Anxiety Disorders; Confidence; Anger Management; Depression Disorders; Substance Abuse; Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy; Cognitive Behavior Therapy; and Behavior Therapy.

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.