Partial 2019 Speakers – More To Come!

Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS

Clinical Professor and Vice-Chairman Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh
Team Neurosurgeon, The Pittsburgh Steelers

Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACSDr. 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.






Dr. Fergus Connolly
Author of Game Changer – The Art of Sports Science

Dr. Fergus Connolly is one of the world’s foremost human performance thought leaders and influencers, and has applied performance science with leading sports, military, and business teams. He is the only coach to have full times roles in every major sport, including soccer (Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers), professional and college football (San Francisco 49s and University of Michigan) and rugby (Welsh national team).




Per Lundstam
Director of Athlete Performances
Red Bull

As the Director of Athlete Performances at Red Bull in Santa Monica Per supports athletes in their pursuit of improving athletic performance as well as building a platform for human exploration in performance. Per started with the Red Bull performance team in January 2010 and has now been exposed to the very dynamic world of Red Bull for over 9 years. Per’s career has included roles within different ski federations including sport science development within the US Ski & Snowboard Association. Furthermore, Per worked within the Swedish Ski Federation in the early 90’s over a 4-year period. Per lives in Park-City, UT with his wife and one son.



Bill Knowles – President
Knowles Athletic

Bill Knowles

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.  

As a Certified Athletic Trainer, Bill began his career in 1989 in alpine ski racing at the world-renown Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont, USA.  During his fourteen years, Bill honed his skills in reconditioning and then moved in the direction of a performance director with an aim in reducing the injury rates through preparing better ski racing athletes.  It was during this experience that Bill clearly understood that the best injury prevention strategy was entwined in the best athletic development process…and this journey was the basis of defining what reconditioning was to become; a performance-based approach for helping athletes following injury.        

Over the last fifteen years, Bill has worked with athletes and teams from around the world.  He has lectured and trained staff from over 80 professional sports organizations throughout North America, Europe, and Australia; in addition to multiple colleges and universities. This includes governing bodies of sport such as the RFU (England Rugby), The FA, Australian Institute of Sport, Chinese Olympic Committee, US Soccer, US Skiing, The England Institute of Sport, and the NCAA.  Athletes and Teams have utilized Bill’s services including Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Saracens Rugby, Philadelphia Eagles, NY Yankees, Geelong Cats, and the NY Islanders. 

Notable athletes include Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Murray, Peyton Manning, Carson Wentz, Dara Torres, Jonny Wilkinson, Frank Lampard, Nic Naitanui, and Nik Kronwall… to name a few.    

Currently, at Knowles Athletic in Philadelphia, PA, Bill has a world-class reconditioning facility to meet the needs of athletes who have been injured or have chronic performance deficits through an injury history. They immerse themselves for many days or weeks developing a strategy to improve their return to performance and prolong their career. Alternatively, he travels to sports team, organizations or athletes as a consultant.

Keith Baar Ph.D., Professor

Head of Department – Functional Molecular Biology Laboratory
University of California Davis

Keith Baar

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. He did his postdoctoral studies on the molecular mechanism underlying the muscular adaptation to endurance exercise under the direction of Dr. John O. Holloszy at Washington University in St. Louis. From there, Prof. Baar founded his first laboratory in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Keith is currently the head of the Functional Molecular Biology Laboratory (FMBLab) at the University of California Davis. 

Over the last 15 years, Keith has worked with elite athletes, as a scientific advisor to Chelsea Football Club, USA Track and Field, Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, British Cycling, The English Institute of Sport, Leicester Tigers Rugby, and the Denver Broncos, to maximize the effects of training for both endurance and strength while minimizing injury. His research is focused on determining the molecular mechanisms underlying the physiological and functional adaptations of the musculoskeletal system to nutrition and exercise. The result of this research is over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals from the Journal of Applied Physiology to Nature. His current work is focused on how loading and nutrition alter tendon/ligament/ECM health and performance.

Aaron Coutts PhD, Distinguished Professor

Director – Human Performance Research Centre (University of Technology Sydney)
Head of Department – Sport and Exercise Science (University of Technology Sydney)

Aaron Coutts PhDAaron 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.  Further to his academic work, Aaron also provides sport science advice to several leading national and international sporting organizations.  He is presently the Director of Sport Science Research and Innovation at the Carlton Football Club and consults to leading teams in European football and the NBA. Aaron is also the Director of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and a member of the Nike Sport Research Laboratory Advisory Board.  He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, Science and Medicine in Football and an editorial board member for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

Before his tenure with the USOC, Peter held positions in academia, human factors research, and was a small business owner. He earned a Ph.D. in biomechanics, held a post-doctoral fellowship in Motor Control and Learning, and completed an executive leadership program at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Lindsay Shaw
, PdD
Senior Sport Psychophysiologist
United States Olympic Committee

Dr. Lindsay Shaw

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. She has a passion for blending objective and subjective data in her work with athletes.

Dr. Shaw was a student-athlete at UPenn, and has her masters and doctoral degrees from Boston University in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in sport performance. She is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback by BCIA. She has received postdoctoral training in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia at UPenn.  She serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Shaw has authored numerous peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and other publications. She frequently presents her work to professional associations.

Dr. Shaw has developed, advised and provided training for psychophysiology labs in elite athlete training centers and National Olympic Committees domestically and abroad. She was a partner with RTSG Neuroscience Consultants and a consultant with Clinical and Sport Consulting Services, among other positions before joining the USOC in 2013. 

Dr. Shaw is intrigued by the prospect of identifying psychophysiological markers for elite performance and using technology and education to enhance performance and well being.

Dr. Sean Müller, PhD

Head of Exercise Science
Murdoch University, Australia

Dr. Shawn Muller

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. He has an in-depth knowledge of perceptual-motor skill learning, feedback, and instruction principles for sports skills.

Dr. Müller has collaborated with several sports organizations such as Cricket Australia, Hockey Australia, and Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball Organization. Findings from his research have been used to assess and train athletes in a variety of sports.

Dr. Keith Smithson

Director of Visual Performance
Washington Nationals

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. He also conducts visual and perceptual testing for children experiencing difficulty in school, and for adults with computer vision eyestrain or focusing problems.  Dr. Smithson is an industry leader in the evaluation and treatment of post-concussion vision syndrome. Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry utilizes the newest technology to address vision-related issues post-concussion. Dr. Smithson is the chair-elect of the Sports and Performance Vision Committee of the American Optometric Association and a member of the Virginia Optometric Association. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Pennsylvania College of Optometry.