2018 Agenda

This is the 2018 Agenda – The 2019 Agenda will be posted soon!




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Exhibitor Set-Up


Official Kickoff for the 2018 Sports Biometrics Conference –

Welcome Reception and Wine Tasting Hosted by Silicon Valley Bank at the Westin




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Coffee with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Welcome and Introductory Remarks



Better is Possible: Realizing the Promise of Advances in Science, Analytics, and Technology

There are scarcely few individuals, organizations, and industries that have effectively harnessed the vast potential afforded by advances in science, analytics, and technology. What separates those who have managed to use these systems to create measurable and meaningful impact from those who have not? And, more importantly, what can we do to realize the potential of these systems to maximize athletic performance and career longevity? It’s a simple and as complex as you might think.

Dr. Peter Vint

Dr. Peter Vint is an internationally recognized expert in high performance sport. He has served as a trusted advisor, consultant, educator, and speaker with leading sporting organizations including the US Olympic Committee, UK Sport, NOC*NSF, Titleist, Nike, Leaders, and professional sports teams in the NBA, NFL, MLS, MLB, and The Premier League.

Dr. Vint currently lives in the UK after being hired by Everton FC in 2016. As the first American Academy Director in the history of the Premier League, he was responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the Academy Performance Plan and the leadership of staff who support the physical, tactical, technical, psychosocial, and educational development of 160 Academy players ranging in age from U9-U19.  He successfully led the Academy through the Premier League’s 2016 Elite Player Performance Plan Audit to retain Category 1 status and introduced a number of programmatic enhancements ranging from an improved football development framework, holistic parent and player support initiatives, and more complete and effective implementation of sport science, medicine, and analytics…(read more)


Building a High Performance Team – from Data to Wins

The key goal for most sports organizations is win, both in championships and financial gain. So how do organizations obtain win-win relative to games and also not breaking the bank financially, one of the methods is through development of high performance data teams focused on evaluating inefficiencies and developing strategies for success. Creating an integrated and unified platform for a high performance program requires an understanding of varied domains important to human performance. The focus of this session is to understand the constructs in formatting a high performance program that is impactful for organizations, teams, and athletes.

James Oñate, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Associate Professor of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Ohio State University

James joined The Ohio State University faculty in January 2010. He is an academic research faculty member and Certified Athletic Trainer clinically interested in all aspects of human movement relative to optimal performance sustainment. He currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Division of Athletic Training, Director of the PhD Program, and Chair of the Graduate Studies Program in The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is also a member of the OSU Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute and the OSU Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance. He recently served as a research member of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), is a current member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and is a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association…(read more)


Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Sports Technology: Sword or Shield?

In Professional Sport, owners, senior administrators, coaches and athletes tend to be enamored with technology and state-of-the-art methodology that may contribute to a performance advantage.  The belief that granular, high precision feedback provided by state-of-the-art sensors and sophisticated analytics can improve performance is intuitively appealing. However, sport technology-based solutions can also contribute to secretive, isolated work environments where extremely bright individuals set unrealistic expectations and use software, sensors and elaborate theories to protect themselves from the disappointment that will inevitably be experienced by coaches and athletes.  In 12th Century battles, the warrior used a shield to protect and the sword to empower and inflict damage. Similarly, in professional sport it may be the case that technology is being used to protect the sport scientist rather than contribute to new insights that allow the team to be more competitive. Belief effects are so powerful in sport that even inappropriate interventions can produce performance gains if the practitioner is charismatic and convincing. The challenge for today’s advisors in professional sport is to use technology to gain insights to important questions and to convey evidence-based recommendations with conviction even though they work in a fragile insecure environment.

David Martin
Director of Performance Research and Development
Philadelphia 76ers

For the last 30 years Dr. David T. Martin has worked with elite coaches and athletes and leading sport science researchers. Dr. Martin has a BSci in Zoology, MSci in Exercise Physiology, a PhD in Zoology and Physiology and spent time at the US Olympic Training Center working as a research assistant. As a sport scientist at the Australian Institute of Sport, Dr. Martin assisted Cyclists in the lead up to the 1996; 2000; 2004; 2008; 2012 Olympic Games. Dr. Martin also worked with Winter Olympians (short track, skeleton, mogul skiing, cross-country skiing, paralympic skiing) prior to the 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 Winter Olympic Games…(read more)


Sleep, Jet Lag and Performance

Understanding the science behind sleep and circadian rhythms and athletic performance using case studies. ​Sleep is vital as a recovery mode as the focus on this increases there is an explosion of sleep tech. This talk will address the role of sleep tech based on clinically validated research.

Meeta Singh
Service Chief and Section head
Columbus Center Sleep Disorders Center

Dr Meeta Singh is a sleep doctor whose work and research focuses on “Coaching the sleep muscle” to help maximize performance in both individual athletes and sports teams. She also works with C suite executives to help with jetlag management and enhancing sleep.
She has served as a consultant for multiple NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA teams. She has also worked with college sports teams. As part of this service, Dr. Singh performs athletic sleep assessments with personalized prescriptions for better sleep. She also helps sports teams and athletes with their travel management with a focus on addressing sleep deprivation and jet lag and maximizing athletic performance. Her passion is lecturing and educating teams and athletes about the benefits of sleep on performance…(read more)


Lunch/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


How to Successfully Evaluate and Implement New Sports Technology

The impact that technology has today and will have in the future in sport is unquestionable. We are constantly exposed to a multitude of new devices and products claimed to be “critical for performance success or injury prevention.” This has led to a situation where sports organizations that are using or are considering the use of these tools can be, and are, actually harassed by numerous promoters of the next “Holy Grail”. This session aims to provide guidelines to help sports organizations with the technology vetting process and on the implementation of technology.

Lorena Torres Ronda
Sports Scientist
San Antonio Spurs

Based in the US, ​originally ​from Spain​, Lorena has extensive experience in professional and Olympic sports. Her career has spanned the NBA, G-League, FC Barcelona Basketball and Handball, and the Spanish national swimming team. She holds a PhD in sports science, is a strength & conditioning coach, and is passionate about merging science with practical applications…(read more)


Athlete Assessment and Movement Data in Professional Sports

A brief history of Dr Elliott’s and P3’s work in creating data driven performance and injury prevention models in US professional sports, with an emphasis on current work in elite athlete movement and systems.

Dr. Marcus Elliott
P3 Applied Sports Science

Marcus Elliott M.D., a Harvard-trained physician and exercise scientist, is an internationally recognized leader in performance enhancement and injury prevention. For more than two decades Dr. Elliott has been pioneering the use of sports science technologies and athlete assessment data in professional sports. He was the first Director of Sports Science in both the NFL and MLB. In 2005 he
founded P3 Applied Sports Science, whose team has redefined how we assess athletes and use athlete data for injury prevention and performance optimization in professional sports. At P3 he leads a team of 20 sports scientists, engineers, and data scientists. …(read more)


Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Case Study: Baseball

Ken Crenshaw
Director of Sports Medicine & Performance
Arizona Diamondbacks

Ken is in his 13th season with the D-backs and first as Director, Sports Medicine & Performance. He had served as head athletic trainer for the previous 12 seasons.

Ken spent 10 years with the Tampa Bay Rays from 1996-2005 where he was the Major League head athletic trainer from 2003-05, the assistant athletic trainer from 1998-2002 and the Minor League medical/strength and conditioning coordinator in 1996-97 before the Rays first season in 1998. The Rays medical staff was the 2005 Major League Training Staff of the Year by the Professional Athletic Trainers Association (PBATS) and 2004 Medical Staff of the Year by Baseball Prospectus…(read more)


Utilizing Neuroscience and Biometrics to Create Customized Performance Programs That Work In Any Sport

Learn how mastery of one simple movement screen can form the foundation of athletic optimization.

You will be shown the latest technology in Neuroscience and how it is being used along with other movement biomarkers to create individual customized performance programs that work. You will leave with a better understanding of the golf athlete and why other sports performance coaches are applying TPI’s process to reduce injury and improve performance.

Dave Phillips
Titlest Performance Institute

Dave Phillips is located in Oceanside, California and is a co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) – a state of the art facility that utilizes 3D Biomechanics, Physical Assessment Screens, Neuroscience, DNA testing and nutritional profiling to more optimally develop and train the performance of an athlete. TPI has now trained 22,000 certified experts across 62 countries and helped hundreds of thousands of recreational golfers, improve and enjoy the game.

Dave has been a member of the PGA of America since 1993, Golf Magazine Top 100 teacher since 2000 and recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 50 teacher in America. Dave frequently appears on the Golf Channel and as a co-host of the Golf Fitness Academy and Titleist Performance Institute Television shows, broadcast in 77 countries over an eight-year time frame…(read more)


Networking Reception Sponsored by Halo Neuroscience




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7:30AM – 8:30AM

Coffee with Exhibitors and Sponsors

8:30AM – 8:45AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks


Athletes Are Complex: The Next Generation of Understanding Training Loads and Effective Monitoring Programs

Mark Kovacs
CEO and Institute Director
Kovacs Institute

A sports industry executive with a unique background in sports administration, human performance and sport science. A performance physiologist, high performance director, sport scientist, researcher, professor, author, speaker and coach with an extensive background in leadership roles with some of the largest sports governing bodies and global companies. With a diverse background as an All-American and NCAA champion athlete, a distinguished coach, sports administrator and scientist, Dr. Kovacs brings a unique perspective to major projects in the area of optimizing human potential, sports administration, facility development and product innovation. Please visit www.mark-kovacs.com for more detailed information:

Dr. Kovacs has been a consultant for the United States Tennis Association, Seattle Mariners, US Soccer, NCAA, ATP, WTA, ITF, IMG Academy, Harvard University, Princeton University, LSU, UNC, ASU, Ga Tech, LSU, USC and has advised and consulted with over 20 NCAA Division I Athletic Departments on many aspects of sport science, facility design, developing high performance teams and reducing injuries…(read more)


Navigating the Sport Technology Space – The Why, What, and How

The evolution of technologies like wearable micro-electronics, smartphones, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence are paving the way for a constant influx of new gadgets in sport performance. While it’s great that companies are innovating and providing new technologies at a rapid pace, how can we ensure that we’re choosing the right things for our athletes? In this session, we will discuss ways to navigate the validity of these devices, understand how to select data types that are critical to your culture and mission, ways to implement and run continuous applied studies with your athletes, and some key data visualization techniques to help apply the data in real time.

Josh Hagen, Ph.D., M.S.
Director, Human Performance Innovation Center
Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, West Virginia University

Josh Hagen received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2000, M.S./Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering in 2004/2006 all from the University of Cincinnati. Josh executed his graduate research in bioelectronics at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Air Force Research Labs, and shortly after joined the 711th Human Performance Wing where he began his current research thrust in Human Performance Monitoring and Augmentation. At the 711th, Josh started and led the STRONG Team and focused on measuring physiology utilizing wearable sensors and blood biomarkers, developed novel analytics for correlating and modeling the data, and beginning to understand how to take that data to optimize performance in elite military and athletics populations…(read more)


Refreshment Break/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


The Performance Cortex: How Athletes Make Decisions

A cognitive revolution is approaching sports. Industry leaders are waking up to the realization that perceptual and decision-making abilities, strategizing, and athletic intelligence are the variables that are more responsible for on-field performance than speed and strength. The race to be able to accurately measure — and perhaps even bolster — those variables in order to make better scouting and screening decisions is on. In this presentation, journalist Zach Schonbrun, author of The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience is Redefining Athletic Genius, will examine the current research on the neural correlates of elite performance, and how technology is bringing some of that research to the sports fields. At the same time, this presentation will help provide an understanding for how to assess these new technologies before investing in them.

Zach Schonbrun
Contributing Writer, New York Times
Author, The Performance Cortex

Zach Schonbrun is a journalist who writes regularly for The New York Times, covering sports and business. His work has also appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, ESPN the Magazine, SB Nation Longform, VICE, Newsday, The Athletic, and Yahoo! Sports, among other publications.

Zach is the author of The Performance Cortex, which explores the neuroscience of motor skills, and was published by Dutton/Penguin Books in April 2018.

Zach has covered five Final Fours, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA postseason, US Open tennis and championship golf — among numerous other events — for the Times, as well as regularly contributing coverage of New York’s professional and college teams. Zach has authored six articles that have appeared on the front page of The New York Times…(read more)


Infrared Thermography for Injury Prevention Based on Thermal Analytics

During this lecture we will learn the use of how infrared thermography could help in the decision making of sports scientist, health & performance staffs in regards with tissue monitoring. Thermography has been used for injury prevention and return to play as an early indicator of inflammation. Understanding the daily global and local reactions to training loads related with temperature within the different tissues opens a new field of work for professionals about managing loads.

Javier Arnaiz Lastras
Athletic Performance Specialist
High Performance National Center Mexico City

Javier Arnaiz Lastras (Madrid, Spain 1990) holds a PhD in Sports Science from the Technical University of Madrid (INEF-UPM), as well as a MSc in Strength & Conditioning and Rehabilitation in Soccer (UPO, Seville).

His PhD titled “Monitoring the Acute Effects of Recovery, Training and Competition on Football Player´s Skin Temperature with Infrared Thermography” analyzes the application of infrared thermography in high performance soccer, a sport in which he spent more than 6 years in Spain working as a strength and conditioning coach.…(read more)



Lunch/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors


Leveraging DXA to Understand Body Types And Add Context To How Athletes Move In Their Sport

This session will focus on how we have been using DXA to identify abnormal distribution patterns in muscle or fat mass in a variety of athletes to add context to how they move within their sport. By integrating DXA data with other measurements (e.g. force plates, load monitoring) we are able to provide more individualized assessments to how athletes are responding to the demands of their sport. We will discuss how body type ratios influence movement patterns and how those ratios may change in the absence of total weight changes.

Tyler Bosch
Research Scientist
University of Minnesota

Tyler is a Research Scientist at the University of Minnesota and co-founder of Dexalytics, a body composition analytics platform. He completed his PhD in 2014 in Kinesiology followed by a two-year fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Tyler has worked with several of the University of Minnesota Athletic Teams including Men’s Hockey, Women’s Volleyball and Football. Additionally, he has consulted with numerous professional and collegiate sports teams.…(read more)


An AD View From the Top: Fine Tuning Your Athletic Departments Into High Performing Teams Using Smarter Data

Dr. Ted Leland
former Director of Athletics
Stanford University

Dr. Ted Leland is the former Director of Athletics at University of the Pacific and was the Director of Athletics at Stanford University from 1991-2005 and helped Stanford win 57 national colligate championships, more than any other Athletics Director in NCAA history. Dr. Leland helped fuel Pacific’s athletic performance by bringing in partners like Sparta Science to increase athlete performance and take student-athletes to a higher level of excellence. In addition to Stanford and Pacific, Leland was also the Athletic Director at Dartmouth College from 1983-89. His other career stops have included Northwestern University, where he was a Senior Associate Athletic Director from 1981-83 and the University of Houston as an Assistant Athletic Director from 1979-81. He


New Paradigms: Resistance Training and Proteins

Dogmatic thought dominates much of how resistance training (RT) is prescribed. There are age-old axioms in RT, amongst them: lots of protein needs to be consumed for maximal benefit and the more the better. That heavy loads are required for stimulation muscle growth. Finally, that increases in muscle size are driven by acute rises in anabolic hormones such as growth hormone, testosterone, and insulin-like growth factor. Perhaps surprisingly to some most of these paradigms have grains of truth to them but they are not requirements for hypertrophy nor are they requirements for strength. In this presentation new evidence-based paradigms will be presented addressing protein intakes that optimize adaptations to RT, loads that stimulate hypertrophy and strength gains, and finally the role of ostensibly anabolic hormones in the adaptation process to RT.

Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D., FCAHS, FACN, FACSM
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Adjunct Professor, Medicine (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Associate Member, Graduate Faculty in Medical Science (Cell Biology & Metabolism)
McMaster University

Stuart is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at McMaster University. Stuart is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American College of Nutrition (ACN). His research is focused on the impact of nutrition and resistance exercise on human skeletal muscle protein turnover…(read more)



Conference Wrap Up

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