Meet Your Panel of Presenters
Sport Injuries: Patterns,Trends & Current Thinking
Presented by: Dan Pfaff
Dan Pfaff is a world-renowned track and field coach who has trained national, world, and Olympic championship athletes. His impressive background includes directorships of international training centers, coaching staff development, Division I intercollegiate track and field as a head coach, as well as numerous assistant coaching and teaching positions.
During this presentation, you’ll learn how to utilize information from an athletic sprinting movement screen specifically designed for speed and quickness in athletes.
Key takeaways include:
- Become a better coach, athlete and/or practitioner
- Become a better consumer of sports medicine services
- Improve communication among athletes, coaches and performance service providers
- Improve understanding of kinesiological factors for wellness
- Improve work quality and capacities
- Reduce acute and chronic injury occurrences
- Reduce lost man hours and competition absences
- Improve coach/athlete reporting skills
The Anatomy of Hamstring Injuries & Prevention
Presented by: Dr. Bryan Heiderscheit, Dr. David Opar, Dr. Silvia Blemker, Dr. Ryan Timmins & Dr. Jack Hickey
A joint presentation from the research group at Australian Catholic University (ACU) discussing the following topics:
- Risk factors for hamstring injury
- A deep look into hamstring muscle injury susceptibility with imaging, modeling, and AI
- Exercise Selection Considerations for HSI Risk Mitigation
- Approaches for the Accelerated Introduction of Eccentric Loading in Hamstring Injury Rehabilitation
ACL Injury/Re-Injury Prevention: Why Monitoring Concentric/Eccentric Force Asymmetries Matters
Presented by: Matt Jordan
Dr. Matt Jordan holds a PhD in Medical Science and a Masters in Exercise Physiology with a specialization in neuromuscular physiology. Matt’s PhD research focused on return to sport neuromuscular monitoring for athletes with ACL injury. Over his career, Matt was the personal strength coach to 30 World and Olympic medalists.
In this presentation, Dr. Matt Jordan will provide a detailed overview on how to assess and monitor vertical jump concentric/eccentric force asymmetries for ACL injury and ACL re-injury prevention.
Key takeaways include:
- Identify neuromuscular deficits associated with ACL injuries that can’t be seen with the coaching eye alone
- Explore the relationship between vertical jump force asymmetries and ACL injuries
- Discuss strategies for implementing asymmetry monitoring in order to guide return to sport decision making and prevent ACL re-injury
- Present real-world case study examples employing vertical jump force asymmetry monitoring to identify neuromuscular deficits, prevent ACL injuries and optimize return to sport after ACL reconstruction
- Provide considerations for using vertical jump force asymmetry monitoring to improve training program design and training strategies to prevent ACL injuries
Enhancing Injury Resilience & Performance: A Spine Perspective
Presented by: Stuart McGill & Brian Carroll
Dr. Stuart McGill authored 240+ scientific journal papers and mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on low back injury to various government agencies, many corporations and legal firms and professional international athletes and teams worldwide. He has directed the recovery of injured athletes to many championships and records.
Brian Carroll is a world-class powerlifter with over a decade of elite, world-class lifting under his belt. Coming back from a devastating back injury in 2009 that broke multiple bones and compiled with years of destructive mistreatment to his body, most experts said he would never recover. Nonetheless, Brian returned to the pinnacle of world-class lifting, while successfully becoming 100% pain and symptom-free. He is now dedicated to helping others avoid the same mistakes that he made through seminars, speaking engagements, courses and private and group coaching.
In this presentation, Dr. Stuart McGill and Brian Carroll will discuss:
- Stiffness and mobility: Essential role of core stability for distal athleticism
- Muscle pulsing for speed-strength athleticism
- Building training capacity with spine hygiene and programming
- Assessment: understand injury and pain mechanisms, tuning the body with individual program design
- Programming: Essential drills and progressions Hands-on Practical
Speed-Based Knee Rehab & Return to Play Protocols
Presented by: Irving “Boo” Schexnayder
After this presentation you will be able to:
- Apply neural training principles in the rehabilitation environment.
- Apply eccentric training principles in the rehabilitation environment.
- Remediate performance training to fit the rehabilitation environment.
- Properly progress sprint, jump, and weight training in the knee rehabilitation program.
About Irving “Boo” Schexnayder
Irving “Boo” Schexnayder is regarded internationally as one of the leading authorities in training design. He brings 41 years of experience in the coaching and consulting fields, and is most noted for his two tenures on the LSU track and field coaching staff. Regarded as one of the world’s premier coaches, he has developed 27 NCAA Champions, has been a part of 13 NCAA Championship teams and a pair of Juco National titles, as well as developing a host of conference champions and All-Americans. Schexnayder has also coached 17 Olympians and multiple World Championship and Olympic medalists.
An educator by profession and a mentor of hundreds of coaches, he has lectured nationally and internationally, and authored several publications on speed/power training programs, biomechanics, track and field specific training and rehabilitation. He has also been very active in the consulting field, working in NFL player development and combine prep from 2002 to the present, and consulting for individuals, high school programs, collegiate programs, professional sports teams, and several foreign NGBs in the areas of training design, jump improvement, speed training, rehabilitations, and specialized programs for football, basketball, soccer, golf, and volleyball.
Who Owns Pain and Range of Motion?
Presented by: Dr. Kelly Starrett
In the modern era of the League, everything is filmed and tracked. Player pain and dysfunction are too often hidden when a player’s job and role are on the line. Our modern definition of injury then is, “ a player is injured when they cannot perform their role on the team.” What should we do then about the injury “gap” between pain and the inability to express movement in normative, physiologically native ranges?
The one place in the building where players are safe to restore and enhance their function is the weight room. Our elite football athletes are masters of compensation and dynamic movement problem solving, and too often position and game coaches are devising drills to teach around movement inefficiency. Lack of ROM or painful movement are signatures of lost power, movement choice, and resiliency.
Fortunately, Strength Coaches have already developed the perfect movement diagnostic system: the weight room. Range of motion and movement control are the foundations of strength and coordination training that can be read, assessed, and adjusted in real time. The weight room does not require movement screening and the parallel assessment languages so vital to the medical staff. Because mobility is so dynamic over the course of the season, the Strength Staff are the best prepared to identify compensation, movement minimums, and key movement vital signs. The only question is: Why is the treatment room so far away from the diagnostic squat rack?
- Identify key motion components in standard strength training exercises.
- Finding opportunities to treat pain by restoring position.
- Making soft tissue work timing make sense.
- Identify positional level movement priorities and minimums.
- Identifying key signatures of compensation as movement prediction tools.