We are excited to bring you the 2023 PFSCCA Education Summit!
Please help us decide which presenters to bring in. In addition to a Nutrition presentation brought to you by Gatorade, we will be including two educational presentations. Your selections include:
- Managing Player Performance & Injury Data with Health & Safety Testing
- Presented by: Tom Myslinski, MS, CSCS-D, RSCC-D
- Understanding Fascia Flexibility Training for American Football
- Presented by: Ann & Chris Frederick
- Collision vs. Combat: Building Performance-Impacting Training Systems for the ‘Full-Contact’ Athlete
- Presented by: Dr. Duncan French
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for full presentation descriptions and presenter bios. Then, let us know which presentations you prefer most by submitting the form below.
Managing Player Performance & Injury Data with Health & Safety Testing
Presented by: Tom Myslinski, MS, CSCS-D, RSCC-D
Potential and general topics to be covered:
- Guardian caps (initiated league wide in 2022)
- Dari markerless MoCap review (currently with 18 teams)
- Digital athlete (an external load management software)
- Pre-season training load review
- League injuries in 2022 (big picture)
- Sprinting mechanic screen
- Digital toolbox
About Tom Myslinski
Myslinski has worked in the NCAA and NFL as a professional athlete and strength and conditioning coach for over 25 years, finishing his career as the strength and conditioning coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Myslinski is now a Research Specialist with Biocore. Their mission is to provide the highest level of engineering and analytics expertise to clients dedicated to the understanding and reduction of injury. We do this by performing influential and highly-cited research, maintaining state-of-the-art testing capabilities, and leveraging a global network of leaders in biomechanical engineering and data analytics.
He holds a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, and a MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Understanding Fascia Flexibility Training for American Football
Presented by: Ann & Chris Frederick
Fascia flexibility training includes new concepts of stretching & flexibility that is an essential component for building greater injury resiliency, optimizing recovery and enhancing performance. Unlike traditional muscle based stretching, fascia stretching & flexibility training is whole body, non-linear & 3-dimensional approach. It improves muscle expansion, contraction and activation which transfers directly to safer and more effective movement on the football field.
Key take aways about fascia stretching & flexibility training:
- Improve & maintain joint, muscle, nerve and peak athletic performance.
- Easily integrates with other types of traditional training and rehab therapy.
- Programs are quick to learn and follow, and results are immediate.
- Supported by the latest sport and fascia science from the 2022 Fascia Research Congress held in Montreal.
- Has been successfully used by numerous NFL teams & Hall of Fame players since 1995.
About Ann & Chris Frederick
Ann Frederick was hired as graduate assistant in the intercollegiate athletic department at Arizona State University in 1995 for her expertise in flexibility training and assisted stretching. After getting outstanding results from working with a wide range of athletes from all sports, Ann was directed to work exclusively with the Sun Devil football team. Greatly improving power and performance particularly speed and agility, reducing injuries by 45%, and decreasing recovery time, she proved to be a key component in helping that team get to the 1997 Rose Bowl. When Olympic hopefuls for the men’s wrestling team were training at ASU, the head coach immediately offered Ann a position as stretch coach with the team for the 1996 games. Her work was key in keeping the wrestler’s injury free, recovering faster, and improving strength and power, resulting in outstanding performances winning multiple medals. Soon after that success, Ann was referred players from the NFL at which time word spread throughout the league about “The Stretch Lady” and her incredible results with players.
Chris Frederick has been a physical therapist since 1989, specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine and fascia flexibility training. Working with his wife Ann providing assisted stretching to NFL private clients and teams since 1999, Chris also developed dynamic warm-ups as well as post training recovery flexibility programs for individuals and teams. Chris has authored chapters and other content for 8 books, including the science based 2021 “Fascia in Sport and Movement” 2nd edition by Robert Schleip, PhD, et al.
Together the Fredericks have worked with 3 Super Bowl teams, multiple Hall of Famers and starters from many teams in the NFL from 1996 – 2018. They co-authored 4 popular books on their method, titled Stretch to Win and Fascial Stretch Therapy, both now in their 2nd editions. Ann and Chris are subject matter experts on stretching and flexibility for NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), producing the Stretching and Flexibility Coach certification program for them. Recognized as global leaders in the stretching and flexibility industry, the Fredericks have experience presenting at multiple international conferences for over 30 years. They have been lead instructors teaching their method at monthly live workshops since 1999. While athletes have known Ann’s company and method as Stretch to Win® in the past, the technique was then called Fascial Stretch Therapy™ for years and is now known as Frederick Stretch Therapy™ or simply FST.
Collision vs. Combat: Building Performance-Impacting Training Systems for the ‘Full-Contact’ Athlete
Presented by: Dr. Duncan French
This presentation will draw parallels between the various challenges experienced by Football Strength & Conditioning Coaches and those presented to Coaches working with world-class Mixed Martial Artists, fighters, and combative athletes. Most notably, the presentation will seek to address specific considerations relating to physical development of collision and combative athletes against a backdrop of highly complex training demands; truncated training phases and limited exposure to training impulse; and training around the compromising effects of injury, overreaching, residual fatigue, and sympathetic overload. The presentation will offer first-hand insights into the impactful diagnostic approaches used to build highly efficient decision-making and programming strategy, how truncated training phases influence exercise prescription, and explore the methods adopted at the UFC Performance Institute to prepare athletes for the most combative of sporting arenas.
- Discuss the highly complex variables that impact strength/power training strategy in world-class combat athletes.
- Review performance-impacting diagnostic models that support decision-making and effective strength/power exercise prescription in elite level combative athletes.
- Use effective decision-making to identify key factors that ‘increase the probability of success’ (IPOS) within the strength & conditioning domain, then integrate performance initiatives to facilitate IPOS in fighters entering the most combative of sporting arenas.
- Evaluate the strategic benefits of ‘effective minimal dose’ approaches to the development of strength, power, and energy systems when challenged by finite schedule or training-phase constraints.
- Explore impactful training methods that target beneficial physical and physiological adaptations within athletes populations compromised by injury, non-functional overreaching, or chronic fatigue states.
About Dr. Duncan French
Globally recognized as a leading expert in high performance sport, Duncan has 25 years of experience working with elite professional and Olympic athletes. Presently, Duncan is the Vice President of Performance for the UFC Performance Institute. He is responsible for directing performance services to approx. 650 UFC fighters globally, as well as managing three state-of-the-art high performance facilitates in Las Vegas and Shanghai, with Mexico City opening in 2023. Prior to joining the UFC, Duncan was the Director of Performance Sciences and the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Notre Dame. Before residing in the USA, Duncan was a Technical Lead for Strength & Conditioning at the English Institute of Sport. He has supported three Olympic cycles and has been the national lead for Strength and Conditioning to both the Great Britain Basketball Team and Great Britain Taekwondo. Duncan is the former Head of Strength & Conditioning at Newcastle United FC in the English Premier League. As a Strength and Conditioning Coach Duncan has coached a host of Olympic, World Championship, and Commonwealth Games medalists, as well as world-record holders from a variety of different sports. As a researcher, Duncan has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and nine book chapters and is the coeditor for the NSCA Essentials of Sport Science textbook. He was the chairman of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association from 2011-13 and received an Honorary Fellowship in 2014 for his services to the strength and conditioning industry.