Strength & Conditioning Coaches
Educational Summit & Awards Banquet
Monday, February 24, 2020
Trade Show & Education: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Awards Banquet: 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Westin Indianapolis Hotel
In charge of building, rebuilding, and refining the bodies of the most elite athletes in the world, the strength and conditioning coaches of the NFL have the ability to impact the outcome of the season more than almost any other coach. Once a year—during the national Scouting Combine—the NFL’s fraternity of strength and conditioning coaches puts down their professional rivalries for a night of mutual recognition, respect, and celebration.
Held in the ballroom of the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, and catered by the legendary Shula’s Steakhouse, the NFL Strength & Conditioning Coaches Banquet is the annual awards gala recognizing the top performers in the field. The all-in-one night of celebration and recognition of what it takes to build legendary players and championship teams includes:
- Awards presented in three categories, including the NFL Champions Award, the Coach of the Year Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award
- Educational presentations and inspirational speakers
- An abundance of top-shelf food
- Deep camaraderie where lifelong relationships are formed and networks are created
The NFL Strength & Conditioning Coaches Banquet – May the best coach win!
Educational Sessions sponsored by
Who Owns Pain and Range of Motion?
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.
About Dr. Kelly Starrett
Co-Founder, Head Coach and Physical Therapist, Chief Tinkerer, Movement Optimist
Kelly Starrett, DPT is a coach, physical therapist, author, and speaker. Along with his wife Juliet, Kelly is co-founder of The Ready State. The Ready State began as Mobility|WOD in 2008, and has gone on to revolutionize the field of performance therapy and self-care. Kelly received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California.
Kelly’s clients include professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. He also works with Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world and national record holding Olympic Lifting and Power athletes, Crossfit Games medalists, ballet dancers, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes.
Kelly is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers Becoming A Supple Leopard and Ready to Run. He is also co-author (with Juliet) of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller Deskbound. His latest book, Waterman 2.0, offers water-sport athletes a comprehensive guide to optimized movement and pain-free performance.
Kelly and his work have been featured on 60 Minutes, The View, The Joe Rogan Experience, CBS Sports, Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal and dozens of other books, magazines, and podcasts, including Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Body and Tools of Titans.
On top of co-founding The Ready State, Kelly and Juliet also started San Francisco CrossFit and StandUpKids together.
Founded in 2005, San Francisco CrossFit was the 21st CrossFit affiliate in the world. And StandUpKids is a non-profit dedicated to combating kids’ sedentary lifestyles by bringing standing/moving desks to low-income public schools. To date, StandUpKids has converted 95,000 kids from sitting to standing. Earlier in their careers, Kelly and Juliet also co-founded a kayaking camp for children with HIV called Liquid.
In his athletic career, Kelly paddled whitewater slalom canoe on the US Canoe and Kayak Teams. He lead the Men’s Whitewater Rafting Team to two national titles and competed in two World Championships. In his free time, “KStar” likes to spend time with his wife, Juliet, and two daughters, Georgia and Caroline. He also loves to mountain bike, paddle, and sauna. And while Kelly claims to tolerate the ice bath, according to Juliet he actually likes that, too.
A Review of Sports Nutrition for American Football
Eric Freese & Scott Sehnert
A greater understanding of the physical demands of football has allowed a more scientific approach to preparation and the manipulation of macronutrient ingestion to support training and gameday performance and recovery. This session will bring together Eric Freese of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and Scott Sehnert of the Dallas Cowboys to discuss the findings of evidence-based research with the Dallas Cowboys football team and provide practical take-aways for NFL SCCs.
About Eric Freese
Eric is a Principal Scientist and lead of the GSSI satellite laboratory at the Baylor, Scott, and White Sports Performance Center in Frisco, Texas. Opened in 2018, the satellite laboratory supports the broader GSSI strategy, serving as a lab and field testing hub to answer sport specific questions in hydration and sports nutrition while providing education and service to youth and elite athletes.
He completed is master’s and doctorate degrees in exercise physiology at the University of Georgia. Eric joined GSSI in 2018 but has worked at PepsiCo for three and a half years prior with the Nutrition Science team. There, he supported the implementation of nutrition strategies for PepsiCo, developed product guidance, supported ingredient scoping activities, and translated nutrition science. His research background has ranged from assessing metabolic and physiological responses to high-intensity interval training to purported mental and physiological benefits of phytonutrient supplementation. His interests focus on optimizing the recovery period to translate to increased performance capabilities.
Currently, he enjoys being active with his wife, playing golf, Olympic lifting, and high-intensity interval exercise.
About Scott Sehnert
Scott Sehnert was named the Dallas Cowboys director of sports performance leading into the 2016 season. In his role, Sehnert works closely with the athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches in developing player-specific nutrition, performance and recovery plans. He comes to Dallas after spending the previous seven years as the sports dietitian at Auburn University. In his role at Auburn, he oversaw the sports nutrition needs for AU’s 21 varsity sports, including nutrition education, counseling, training tables, body composition analysis and supplement evaluation.
Sehnert earned his bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Ball State in 2003. He earned his first master’s degree in nutritional sciences with a wellness and sports nutrition emphasis from the University of Kentucky in 2005. He completed his clinical training at UK’s Chandler Medical Center and the Lexington V.A. Hospital. Sehnert then earned a master’s in Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise physiology from Michigan State University in 2009. Upon completion of his first masters and clinical training, Sehnert spent three months as an intern with the U.S. Speed Skating Team and the University of Utah Sports Nutrition Program (2005). While working towards his second master’s, Sehnert was the coordinator of sports and cardiovascular nutrition program at Michigan State. During the final year of his
master’s program, he worked as an intern with the Spartans strength and conditioning staff. Sehnert is a Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and is a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition group. He also holds certifications with the AND as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association.
Sehnert and his wife, Beth, now live in Texas with their son, Leland and a daughter, Lyla.
The Westin Indianapolis
Twelve miles from the Indianapolis International Airport in the heart of downtown, the Westin Indianapolis welcomes you to our peaceful retreat infused with Midwestern hospitality.
We offer inspiring amenities, rejuvenating food and beverage outlets, and an essential location within the city. The enclosed skywalk connection to the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, will make it very convenient for your clients and attendees.
Spacious accommodations infused with modern décor foster an environment conducive for business meetings and special events. Shula’s Steak House and the No Name Lounge offer sophisticated dining experiences. With 39,000 square feet of event space, we can accommodate groups of every shape and size. And though we didn’t discover fresh air, we’re proud to offer it here through our Breath Westin® smoke-free hotel program.
Sponsors Are Saying…
Limited sponsorships for sponsorship are available. This association limits its strategic partners to a select number of companies that contribute intrinsic value to the development of football players and their Strength & Conditioning Coaches. Once your application is complete it will be reviewed and voted upon for approval.