Speakers

Dr. Peter Vint
Co-Founder
Protea

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.

From 2012-2015, Peter served as the Senior Director of Competitive Analysis, Research & Innovation with the United States Olympic Committee and led the development of world-class programs to support data-driven sport performance, planning, and resource allocation decisions. In less than two years, Vint and his team developed comprehensive data collection, analysis, tracking, and reporting systems to establish, monitor, and predict athlete and team performance trajectories and medal winning probabilities for more than 100,000 international, senior elite athletes and teams competing in over 400 Summer and Winter Olympic events.

As USOC High Performance Director between 2009-2012, Dr. Vint led a team of sport science and medical professionals in support of five National Governing Bodies, including USA Track and Field and USA Swimming, which won 64 medals during the London Olympic Games.  He was responsible for high performance planning, resource allocation, and maximizing athlete performance through the effective integration of sport science, technology, medicine and analytics. In partnership with key members of USA Track and Field, Vint led a series of transformation changes to deliver new, comprehensive, and performance-impacting programs and services to athletes and coaches. Athletes who participated in these programs achieved 2.3x the number of season-best performances compared to athletes who did not.

Dr. Vint started with the USOC in 2005 as Senior Sport Technologist where he was responsible for developing and implementing sport specific measurement systems and worked to help make performance-related technologies more accessible and usable for coaches and athletes. Solutions ranged from customized sensor integration and software design to match analysis and performance analytics. 

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. 

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.

Responsible for multi-million dollar budgets in diverse areas including corporate research and development, sport science, coaching education, strength & conditioning, performance analytics, wearable technology among other areas.

Dr. Marcus Elliott
Founder
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.

Prior to his work at P3, Dr. Elliott worked in research or athlete development with a number of
Olympic athletes and organizations. His first professional sports team position was in 1999 with the
New England Patriots, where as their injury prevention specialist he launched a successful
multidisciplinary injury prevention program. In 2010, Dr. Elliott became the first ever Director of
Sports Science and Performance in Major League Baseball, with the Seattle Mariners. Dr. Elliott now
consults with dozens of top organizations in professional sports through P3, including many in the
NBA, a sport where they have granular assessments on about half of the league’s athletes (48% of
the athletes on 2017 season opening rosters for all NBA teams).

Utilizing the deepest and most reliable athlete assessment database in professional sports, Dr.
Elliott is now working to harness powerful machine learning and cognitive computing tools to
create more insight and better models in the performance and injury space. He is confident that Big
Data will allow us to begin unlocking the hidden code of sports performance and injury, and, most
importantly, to create practical advantages for athletes.

Dr. Elliott is the 2019 Augustus Thorndike visiting professor at Harvard Medical School, and lives in
Santa Barbara California with his wife Nadine and their three children.

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. Dr. Martin is known for his innovative projects such as the Australian Skeleton initiative, Cycling Talent ID, Wind Tunnel Developments and the AIS Combat Centre. Dr. Martin has collaborated with Australian Special Forces, has appeared on the ABC TV Miniseries “Redesign My Brain” and the Fox8 Reality TV series “The Recruit”. Dr. Martin currently has more than 100 peer reviewed publications, 10 invited book chapters and is an adjunct associate professor at Edith Cowan University and the University of Canberra. His research has focused on fatigue, training load quantification, demands of competition, tapering, thermoregulation, belief effects and altitude training. For the last three years Dr. Martin has been the Director of Performance Research and Development for the Philadelphia 76ers where he was responsible for creating an elite support unit for NBA players. As an advisor to elite coaches, Dr. Martin is interested in sport technology and creating environments that promote sporting excellence.

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.

Prior to that, Ken Was the Atlanta Braves strength and conditioning coordinator from 1992-95. He also spent 3 seasons as an athletic trainer in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system from 1989-2001.

Ken graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in sports medicine and is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Dave Phillips
Co-Founder
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.

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” talks about the application of infrared thermography in high performance soccer, sport in which he spent more than 6 years in Spain working as a strength and conditioning coach.

Javier was the Head of S&C for the National Basketball Team of Mexico (3rd place in FIBA AmeriCup last year) as well as the responsible for Olympic teams and athletes at the High Performance National Center in Mexico City training for Tokyo 2020 in Taekwondo and synchronized swimming national teams. He has also a background working with fencing, judo, triathlon, and wrestling within the same center. In addition to his academic and professional experiences, Javier is also a sports entrepreneur. He is part of the ThermoHuman team where is in charge of sports science education for European football clubs, big leagues in America as well as professional soccer teams in Latin America from Brazil and Mexico.

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.

In 2018, Josh became the Director of the Human Performance Innovation Center at the Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute at West Virginia University, as well as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience. Here he leads a multidisciplinary team focused on optimizing the performance of military, athletics, and clinical patient populations.

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.

In between his Master’s and PhD work he served as the Director of Sports Performance for Fitness Revolution in Chicago, IL. Tyler has been involved in sports and performance training for most of his life as both an athlete and coach. He has over ten years’ experience training athletes of all levels as well as coaching soccer across all levels.

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. As well he is keenly interested in diet and exercise-induced changes in body composition and the influence of all of the aforementioned in aging persons. Dr. Phillips’ has more than 270 publications, 140 public scientific presentations, and is currently working on aging well so he can keep up with his three sons!

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. He has been an active member of the youth sports community in central OH as the Director of Sports Performance at Bo Jackson Elite Sports, Vice President of the NeXT Basketball Foundation while also coaching baseball at Olentangy Liberty High School and throughout the Ohio travel baseball community. He resides in Powell, OH with his wife Deb and his two boys Matthew and Mason.

Meeta Singh
Service Chief and Section Head
Henry Ford Sleep Laboratory

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.

She is the Service chief of the sleep medicine, and section head and medical director at the Henry Ford sleep laboratory in Michigan. She did her training in psychiatry at the Mayo clinic and a sleep fellowship at the Henry Ford hospital. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (under the American Board of Medical Specialties) as a psychiatrist and sleep medicine subspecialist. She is a member in good standing of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine the Sleep Research Society. She is also a speaker at national conferences aimed at educating physicians and business organizations about this subject.

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.

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 was an assistant football coach and instructor of physical education at Stanford in 1978-79.

 

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.