Event Agenda

Previous Event Agenda

Tuesday, December 3rd

2:00 PM-7:00 PM

Registration Hours at the Westin San Francisco Airport

5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Tuesday Evening Pre-Conference Reception @ Westin San Francisco Airport

Don’t forget to book your hotel stay accordingly

Wednesday, December 4th

7:30 AM-6:00 PM

Registration Hours at the Westin San Francisco Airport

8:30 AM-8:45 AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

8:45 AM -9:30 AM

David Martin

Technologies Impact On Performance

Experienced Performance Director with a demonstrated history of working in elite sport. Strong research interests, successful history developing innovative teams that provide world-class support to elite athletes. Focus on Sport Technology, High Performance Support Teams, Innovative Solutions, Sports Nutrition, Advanced Recovery, Specificity of Training, Team Sports, Cycling, and Sports Science.

9:30 AM -10:15 AM

Brandon Payne & Jeff Nyquist, Ph.D. 

“How Cognitive Training Measurably Impacts Performance: A Physical Approach and a Digital Approach – A Conversation with Brandon Payne, Steph Curry’s Personal Performance and Skill Coach and Jeff Nyquist, Ph.D. Founder and Chief Scientist of NeuroTrainer”

Brandon Payne is the founder of Accelerate Basketball and Accelerate Basketball Online. Accelerate Basketball’s model of player development has been carried out through countless players in both the NBA and WNBA. Payne’s systematic, organized, and progressive approach to player development has been the off-season choice for 2-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry. Since 2011, Payne has worked diligently as Curry’s professional skills trainer and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBSSports.com, Bleacher Report, NBA TV and many other media outlets. Through working with Curry, and many other NBA players, Accelerate Basketball has transformed basketball player development to seamlessly integrate technology and testing into workouts which allows athletes to be more efficient and effective.

Dr. Jeff Nyquist is the Founder and Chief Scientist of NeuroTrainer, the neuroscience-based virtual reality player development system. His life-long study of the brain began as a child with A.D.D., which required him to find innovative ways to stay focused and get good grades. By the time he received his Ph.D. what he had taught himself about his own cognitive training helped him create tools to help others recognize the power of the brain. As a researcher at Vanderbilt University and with support from the National Eye Institute, he developed a tool, which provided brain exercises that recovered visual function for visually handicapped children. Using consumer-ready virtual reality technology, NeuroTrainer now pinpoints and trains the brain-based skills used in professional sports. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the USAF, NeuroTrainer works primarily with MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS teams to augment player development and fill the gap in scouting data.

10:15 AM-10:45 AM

Morning Break

10:45 AM -11:30 AM

Aaron Coutts, Discipline Lead, Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Technology Sydney

Developing Integrated Athlete Monitoring and Decision Support Systems for High Performance Sport

Aaron is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Human Performance Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). For the past 20 years, Aaron’s research has focused on developing evidence-based methods for improving the performance and health of athletes. During this period, he has published more than 200 scientific articles.  Much of Aaron’s research has been on developing systems to measure, monitor and control the training process in high-performance athletes.

11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Bill Knowles – President, Knowles Athletic

Athletic Development’s Influence on Reconditioning:  We Are Not Progressing if We Accept Close Enough

Bill Knowles is world-renown in the field of Sports Reconditioning and Athletic Development, with over 30 years of experience at the professional, Olympic, and elite junior levels of sport.  Bill specializes in developing and implementing reconditioning strategies for athletes following injury; from immediate post-operative work through a return to performance.

12:15 PM-1:15 PM


1:30 PM -2:15 PM

Keith Baar, UC Davis

Strength Training and Nutrition:  Manage Load, Decrease Injury, and Improve Performance

Prof Keith Baar received his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan where he also served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the University of Michigan Football team. He then received a Master’s from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois where he discovered the molecular signal that causes load-induced muscle hypertrophy.

2:15 PM-3:00 PM

Dr. Keith Smithson, Pro Sports Vision Specialist

Visual Performance Assessment, Training and Rehabilitation.  A Review of Current Technologies and Topics

Dr. Smithson is the Director of Visual Performance for the Washington Nationals, the team Optometrist for the Washington Wizards, Spirit, Mystics and D.C. United, and Sports Vision Consultant for the Washington Redskins and Washington Capitals. Dr. Smithson offers sports vision consultations for serious athletes of all ages who are seeking an extra edge in athletic performance through vision enhancement.

3:00 PM-3:30 PM

Afternoon Break & Networking

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Sean Muller, Head of Exercise Science, Murdoch University, Australia, Training Visual Anticipation in Sports

Visual Anticipation and Decision-Making in Sport: Implications for Assessment, Training and Transfer

Dr. Sean Müller is a senior researcher specializing in the field of expertise and skill learning in sport. A focus of his research has been to understand how experts use visual information to anticipate in sport, as well as how anticipation can be trained and transfers to field settings. Dr. Müller has also conducted interdisciplinary research that combines visual anticipation with biomechanics and decision-making with sport psychology.

4:15 PM-5:00 PM

Paul Robbins, Director of Performance

A Fresh Look at Managing Loads – In Season Fatigue and How to Manage It

Paul is one of the country’s leading experts on cardiovascular programming and metabolic assessments. Currently is the Director of Performance, STATS LLC. Program analysis and design based on live data tracking systems for professional teams. Working with all NBA teams and developing new models for NFL, USTA and college sports as well as military special forces. 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, works with coaches on performance programming based on game data, and oversees the new wearable tech division.

5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Networking Reception

Thursday, December 5th

7:30 AM -4:30 PM

Registration Hours at the Westin San Francisco Airport

7:30 AM -8:30 AM

Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM -8:50 AM

Recap of What We Learned on Day 1

8:50 AM -9:35 AM

Keynote – Joseph Maroon, Pittsburgh Steelers

Accelerating Recovery: How Innovations in Neuroscience are Helping Athletes Maintain Peak Performance

Dr. Maroon has been the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1981, and is Medical Director of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He has successfully performed surgery on numerous professional football players and other elite athletes with potentially career-ending neck and spine injuries. Notably, he safely returned most of them to their high level of athletic performance.

9:35 AM-10:20 AM

Daniel Greenwood, Director of the Human Performance Center at the University of Memphis

Answering Applied Questions through Performance Science in Collegiate Athletics

Dr. Daniel Greenwood is the director of the Human Performance Center (HPC) at the University of Memphis. The HPC provides applied sport science solutions to practical questions posed by coaching, strength, and athletic training staff. Originally from Australia, he has held applied sport science roles in elite sport for over 15 years, most recently at the Australian Institute of Sport, and has a passion for using science, data and understanding to improve athlete performance and coaching pedagogy. With a background in biomechanics and specialization in skill acquisition Daniel’s ecological approach is evident within his research, constantly searching for practical outcomes to applied questions.

10:20 AM-10:45 AM

Morning Break

10:45 AM-11:30 AM

Lindsay Shaw Ph.D., USOC

Sleep Assessment and Management in Elite Athletes

Dr. Lindsay Shaw is a Senior Sport Psychophysiologist at the United States Olympic Committee. She serves as a sport psychologist and psychophysiologist meeting the performance and clinical needs of both winter and summer National Team athletes. She utilizes brain-computer interfaces, brainwave stimulation, sleep assessments, heart rate variability interventions, and other novel approaches in her work with elite athletes.

11:30 AM-12:15 PM

James LaValle, George Washington University

Optimizing Human Performance

James LaValle is an internationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, and expert and educator in integrative and precision health.  James is probably best known for his expertise in personalized integrative therapies uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital.

James is author of 16 e books and 20 books including the most recently released, Your Blood Never Lies, as well as his best seller, Cracking the Metabolic Code. LaValle is currently affiliated with George Washington University as a clinical instructor in the Masters of Integrative Medicine program, and received a Faculty of the Year award in 2017 from the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine, where he has taught for over a decade.

12:15 PM -1:15 PM

Don Dengel, Professor of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota

Muscle Mass and Muscle Function “More mass doesn’t mean better function” 

Donald Dengel, Ph.D., is the Henry L. Taylor-Arthur S. Leon Professor in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. In addition, he serves as the Core Director of DXA and Vascular Laboratory for the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine, which provides clinical vascular, metabolic, exercise and body composition testing for researchers across the University of Minnesota. Dr. Dengel also directs the Human Performance Teaching Laboratory for the School of Kinesiology, which is one of the leading teaching facilities for both human and exercise physiology as well as anatomy and biomechanics laboratory methods in the United States.

2:15 PM-3:00 PM

Michael Joyner, MD

“Breaking 2” – What Made the Recent Fast Marathons Happen & What Can We Learn From Them?

Michael J. Joyner, M.D., is the Caywood Professor of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic where he was named Distinguished Investigator in 2010. His research focuses on exercise physiology, human performance, blood pressure regulation, metabolism, and transfusion practices.

3:15 PM-3:45 PM

Dr. Hugh Fullager
Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, University of Technology Sydney

Effects of domestic and international travel on sleep and performance: implications for elite team sport athletes

Dr Fullagar is a lecturer in sport and exercise science at the University of Technology Sydney and his research is focused on evidence-based methods to improve performance and reduce injury in sport, with a specific focus on better understanding the relationship between fatigue, recovery (most notably sleep), injury and training load. In this presentation he will review both peer-reviewed on the effect of travel on sleep and performance implications for team-sport athletes combined with his own experiences across Australia, Europe and North America where he has worked in various professional sports and applied and research settings, including the NFL and NCAA. Specifically, Dr Fullagar will provide an overview of scientific literature summarizing the effects of domestic and international travel on sleep, performance implications of travel, jet-lag considerations for elite team sport athletes and offer evidence-based recommendations for optimizing travel schedules to enhance athlete health and well being.

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Wrap Up and The One Thing