Tuesday June 26, 2018

9:15AM-10:15AM

SELECTION

Selecting the right talent is one of the most important decisions that a professional sport needs to get right. Unfortunately, there are many cases of teams picking players that don’t live up to expectations. Teams are often obligated to pick extremely high performers (e.g., #1 draft picks) when the opportunity presents itself. However, there can be “red flags” (medical/psychological/skill) that remove a player from contention. When do health or character issues become significant enough to rule out selection? What support staff should contribute to player evaluation and what tools help teams get their picks right?

SPEAKER: Dr. Mark Williams

TOPIC: Understanding Skills Important for Success and Developing Game Intelligence

SPEAKER: Dr. Derrick Anderson

TOPIC: Creating a Culture that Allows Talent To Thrive: a Personal Evolution


10:30AM-11:30AM

Player Development

What attributes define a player’s value and what can a player do to improve their chances of staying in the league and contributing to a winning performance? In some cases, support staff face the challenge of attempting to help a player improve who will primarily and rarely play. What performance-related attributes can improve and what magnitude of improvements can be expected? During an extensive season, what can support staff do to develop the athlete.

SPEAKER: Dr. Aaron Coutts

TOPIC: Training Load Management: Evolution of Personal Perspective

SPEAKER: Scott Livingston

TOPIC: Strength and Conditioning for Professional Team Sport: Evolution of Personal Perspective


11:30AM-12:30PM

Performing Well Consistently

NBA and NHL athletes are competing 2-5 times per week and face demanding travel schedules. How can support staff alleviate stress, maximize recovery, create an ideal social environment and encourage fitness development/maintenance while at the same time minimizing injury risk? Training Load Management techniques may hold contribute to some of these challenges.

SPEAKER: Dr. Shona Halson

TOPIC: Recovery with a Focus on Sleep: Evolution of Personal Perspective

SPEAKER: Dr. James Carter

TOPIC: Nutrition for Team Sport: Evolution of Personal Perspective


1:30PM-2:30PM

RETURN TO PLAY

The injured athlete presents many challenges for a professional team. How should injuries be prevented, identified/diagnosed, treated and the return to play process be monitored. Themes such as surgeon/physio selection, working with agents and family, criteria used to guide return to practice/play are all critically important. Communication with front office, owners and fans also adds to the complexity of working with the injured athlete. (Rehab through Play; Using Technology – Ultrasound). Protocols for return to play – firm or flexible.

SPEAKER: Dr. Jill Cook

TOPIC: Taking Care of Tendons: Evolution of Personal Perspective

SPEAKER: Bill Knowles

TOPIC: Return to Play – The Final Stages: Evolution of Personal Perspective


2:30PM-3:00PM

Using Technology to Enhance Performance

Innovative technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, eye tracking, and biofeedback tools can be used with established training practices to improve training outcomes. Team sports are often enamored with rapid learning as it pertains to skills, tactics and strategy. The ability to learn faster than one’s opponent is generally considered advantageous. What is the best way to allow players to familiarize with novel opposition in ways that improve competitiveness? How can technology enhance the learning process?

SPEAKER: Dr. Adam Kiefer

TOPIC: Novel ways to enhance learning: Evolution of a personal perspective.


3:30PM-5:00PM

Athlete Power Monitoring & Workshop

Innovative technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, eye tracking, and biofeedback tools can be used with established training practices to improve training outcomes. Team sports are often enamored with rapid learning as it pertains to skills, tactics and strategy. The ability to learn faster than one’s opponent is generally considered advantageous. What is the best way to allow players to familiarize with novel opposition in ways that improve competitiveness? How can technology enhance the learning process?

SPEAKER: Dr. Carlos Balsalobre-Fernandez

TOPIC:Athlete Power Monitoring


Wednesday June 27, 2018

9:30AM-10:00AM

SELECTION

Support staff are uniquely positioned within the Professional Team; obligated to interface with Front Office, Coaches and Players. There can be times when it is difficult to meet everyone's expectations especially when there are competing agendas. How support staff remain cohesive, objective, committed and passionate is an ongoing challenge. Ultimately, players need to know that support staff are a tight unit and are committed to the ultimate goal of helping them thrive in an incredibly demanding profession.

SPEAKER: Dr. Damon Centola


10:00AM-11:00AM

DEVELOPMENT

Preparing the professional athletes for the demands of competition can be particularly intricate and complicated due to the heavy competition schedule. Heavy training that promotes desired adaptations requires substantial motivation and cooperation. Another consideration is the Fatigue that develops when players train hard that can interfere with performance. Teams that manage Fitness and Fatigue and introduce programs that prevent injury often have an advantage when it comes to competition. In some team sports, loading the body in ways that do not encourage joint inflammation can be highly desired.

SPEAKER: Dr. Aaron Coutts

SPEAKER: Scott Livingston


11:00AM-12:00PM

COMPETITION

Some have suggested that Recovery Techniques represent an important and attainable competitive advantage. Post exercise nutrition, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage and compression all represent opportunities to facilitate adaptation and recovery. Of particular importance for most NBA and NHL sports that compete multiple times per week structuring routines that allow for adequate sleep. Competing on losing teams can be particularly stressful and dangerous for highly skilled players who may be overplayed in an attempt to win games. Getting nutrition and recovery right could directly translate into better adaptations and fewer injures.

SPEAKER: Dr. Shona Halson

SPEAKER: Dr. Louise Burke


1:30PM-3:00PM

RETURN TO PLAY

If Talent Selection is the most important job for a professional sport, injury prevention and injury management is likely the second most important priority. Preventing injuries, diagnosing injuries and guiding the rehabilitation process is tremendously important. When the process goes well, the injured player grows confidence in the team and when the process goes poorly owners, general managers, agents and the player themselves can become severely disappointed. In addition, managing a player that is not cooperative can result in many arguments and disagreements within the support staff unit. Getting Return to Play right is the hallmark of a sophisticated high performance support team.

SPEAKER: Dr. Jill Cook

SPEAKER: Bill Knowles

SPEAKER: Dr. Andy Barr


4:00PM-4:30PM

LEARNING AND DECISION MAKING

Within a professional team environment, learning and decision making are important fundamental activities. Teams that learn and adapt quickly are clearly at an advantage. Advanced technology is changing opportunities for learning as it pertains to team sport strategy and team work. Information collected during games or movement patterns that are associated with play can now be loaded into virtual reality environments to enable players to rehearse relevant, challenging sequences of decision making. In addition to VR there are other wearable technologies and player tracking technologies that allow support staff and coaches to bring data to the decision making. Although there are many complications and risks associated with implementing advanced sport technology into the team sport environment there are also many opportunities that could reflect a performance advantage. With comprehensive data sets and pressing timelines key decisions need to be made. In professional sport making the right decision in a way that support relationships and team work can be difficult. New research is providing insight into ways that small teams can be more effective with their decision making.

SPEAKER: Dr. Derik Anderson