Wednesday June 27, 2018


Decision Making

Within a professional team environment, decision making is an important fundamental activity. 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. Damon Centola



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



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



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


Advanced Learning

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.

SPEAKER: Dr. Adam Kiefer



The topic of creating a winning culture has long been of interest to professional coaches and support staff. When the team is winning and the relationships between players, coaches and staff are authentic and supportive it all seems easy but when the locker room falls apart and hope is lost, team face serious challenges. What is a winning culture and what steps can be put in place to increase the likelihood of sustained success?

SPEAKER: Dr. Derick Anderson

4:30PM – 4:55PM

Team Sport Technology

Losing can be painful and at times unforgiving. When teams fail to meet expectations coaches and front office can find themselves searching for answers. Were the right strategies put in place? Was execution a problem? Are the athletes fit enough? Did fatigue influence the performance? Advancements in technology allow player movement patterns, heart rate and skill execution to be quantified. As more detailed objective measures are made during competition it becomes easier to pinpoint those parts of the performance that may have contribute to a loss. This presentation will introduce some commercially available technology that is being used by the Philadelphia 76ers and describe some of the reasons the technology was implemented.

SPEAKER: Dr. David Martin