4th Annual Rutgers Human Performance Conference

Presented by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)

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Preconference Clinic: April 21, 2017 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Located at the IFNH Center for Health and Performance at 61 Dudley Rd., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Visitors may park in Lots 97 & 98A without permits. Faculty, staff, and students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

9:45–10 a.m. Registration
10–11:20 a.m. Michael Camp, DPT, CSCS, PES, CES
"Strategies for Training with Shoulder & Back Pain!"
11:20 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Michelle Arent, MPH, CSCS, CISSN, USAW
David DiFabio MA, CSCS, CSPS, USAW
"Optimizing Metabolic Conditioning 'Met Con' Program Design; the Role of Bioenergetics and Technology"
12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Lunch & Networking*
1:40–3 p.m. Layne Norton, PhD
"Powerlifting Strategies—From Technique to Programming"

*Lunch options in the area: Harvest Restaurant is located inside the IFNH building and offers unique healthy dining options

Main Conference: April 22, 2017 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Located at the Rutgers Business School (Livingston Campus) 100 Rockafeller Rd., Piscataway Township, NJ 08854

Visitors may park in Lots Green, Scarlet, & Yellow without permits. Faculty, staff, and students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

8–8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45–9 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
9–10 a.m. Chris West, MS, CSCS
"Integrating Player Monitoring into the Sports Performance Model"
10–11 a.m. Robin Queen, PhD, FACSM
"ACL Injury Risk, Rehabilitation, Return to Sport, and Prevention of Secondary Injuries"
11 a.m. – 12 Noon Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD, FACSM, FNSCA
"The ABC's of Long Term Athletic Development"
12 Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking**
1:30–2:30 p.m. Darryn S. Willoughby, PhD, FACSM, FISSN, FACN, FASEP, CSCS, CISSN
"Nutritional Considerations for Strength and Power Athletes"
2:30–3:30 p.m. Susan M. Kleiner, PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN
"Optimizing Nutrition for Female Athletic Performance"
3:30–4:30 p.m. Shawn M Arent, PhD, CSCS*D, FACSM, FISSN
Roundtable Discussion: "From the Lab to the Field: How We Built a Title Contender"

**Lunch options in the area include: Livingston Campus Dining Hall, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Henry's Diner, Hoja Asian Fusion, Sbarro

EARN ACSM & NSCA CEUs for both the Conference and Clinic!

Registration Pricing Details

  Registration by 3/31/2017 Registration after 3/31/2017
  Clinic Main Conference Clinic + Conference Clinic Main Conference Clinic + Conference
ISSN Student Member $85 $10 $90 $90 $20 $100
Non-ISSN Student Member $85 $40 $110 $90 $50 $120
ISSN Professional Member $95 $95 $160 $100 $115 $180
Rutgers Faculty and Staff $95 $95 $160 $100 $115 $180
Non-Affiliates $95 $100 $165 $100 $120 $185
Military and First Responders $90 $90 $155 $95 $110 $170

For questions, please contact Bridget.McFadden@rutgers.edu.

Meet the Speakers

Clinic Speakers

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Michael Camp DPT, CSCS, PES, CES

Dr. Camp is a highly accredited & recognized Physical Therapist and Performance Enhancement Specialist. He graduated from the University of Maryland, with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Exercise Physiology. Upon graduation, he went to Osteopathic Medical School, then changed careers and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Camp is a former collegiate wrestler, natural competitive bodybuilder, and all around strength athlete! He is the owner of Bethpage Physical Therapy, Strength and Rehab, and Co-Owner of My Competitive Life. Dr. Mike Camp is continuously courted by many top pros from a multitude of sports, such as the UFC, Boxing, MLB, NFL to design their Strength & Conditioning Programs, or to consult about lagging injuries. As an author, he contributes monthly to Muscle & Fitness discussing programs involved with Health, Fitness, and Injury Prevention. Michael has been featured in Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Fitness RX, Muscular Development, Muscle Mag, and The Alpha Male Challenge. Michael is recognized as someone who can train with the best and in many cases, set the pace when working alongside top athletes.

Topic: "Strategies for Training with Shoulder and Back Pain!"

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Michelle Arent, MPH, CSCS, CISSN, USAW

Michelle Arent received both her Bachelor's degree and Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina. Michelle is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist to train athletes and improve athletic performance. She is certified by the CISSN as a Certified Sports Nutritionist to provide top-quality sports nutrition advice to athletes. Michelle is also certified by USA weightlifting as a certified sports performance coach to teach progressions of various weightlifting movements, as well as a kettlebell instructor. She is the Director of Rutgers Center for Health and Human Performance's Training and Conditioning Program a science based, research proven personal training and transformation program as well as a youth and professional athlete strength and conditioning program. Michelle is a competitive athlete herself having competed as a professional figure athlete in the IFBB with career highlights including a first-place finish at the 2006 IFBB Montreal Figure Championships.

Topic: Michelle and Dave will be presenting on "Optimizing Metabolic Conditioning 'Met Con' Program Design; the Role of Bioenergetics and Technology"

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David DiFabio MA, CSCS, CSPS, USAW

As a National Accounts Manager for Polar USA, Dave consults with numerous Olympic, collegiate, and professional teams regarding the use of wearable technology. Previously, Dave worked for his alma mater, Rutgers University, as a Fitness Coordinator, Personal Training Director, and Adjunct Professor. He has also worked in corporate fitness. His private training clientele have included collegiate and high school athletes, adults and children, and those with special needs or medical concerns. He has presented at NSCA, ACSM, and CSCCa affiliated conferences. He has written articles for Men's Fitness, The Fitness Expert Network, Men's Health, The Performance Menu, and FitOrbit.com Furthermore, he has coauthored studies on the impact of hardiness on performance changes in soccer players throughout the season as well as effects of carbohydrate/protein/antioxidant supplement on training parameters in Division 1 soccer players.

Topic: Michelle and Dave will be presenting on "Optimizing Metabolic Conditioning 'Met Con' Program Design; the Role of Bioenergetics and Technology"

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Layne Norton, PhD

Layne Norton received his bachelors in biochemistry from Eckerd College and PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois. His thesis area of emphasis was examining leucine content of protein sources as an indicator of protein quality and quantity to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. His research interests include protein quality, protein distribution, daily undulating periodization, and preventing post diet weight regain. He is the owner of BioLayne LLC, Co-Owner and CSO of Avatar Nutrition, and Co-Owner of Carbon by Layne Norton. Layne is also an elite powerlifter and professional natural bodybuilder. He is a professional natural bodybuilder with the IFPA and a Pro Natural Powerlifter with the USAPL. He won the 2010 Heavyweight class at the IFPA Pro International and placed top 5 at the 2010 IFPA World Championships. He won the 93kg class at 2014 USAPL Raw Nationals, qualifying him for the IPF World Championships. His best competition lifts include a 650 lb squat, 391 lb bench press, and 700 lb deadlift. He has written for a myriad of publications including Muscular Development, Fitness RX, Oxygen, Planet Muscle, Iron Life, Train Magazine, and many others. Dr. Norton is recognized as one of the most popular speakers in the fitness industry.

Topic: "Powerlifting Strategies – from Technique to Programming"

Conference Speakers

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Chris West MS, CSCS

Chris received his bachelor of arts in physical education from California State University and his Masters of Science in exercise and movement science from the University of Oregon. Chris joined the UConn staff in 2002 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Currently in his role as Associate Head Sports Performance Coach, he is responsible for all aspects of training for various sports teams. As the Director of Exercise Science, he has extensive knowledge and experience in athlete tracking and monitoring. His expertise has allowed him to develop parameters for measuring internal and external load derived from GPS, accelerometry and heart rate. He has integrated the use of athlete monitoring systems to track individual player workloads and readiness to maximize game performance. He is a leader in the field of heart rate training and conditioning and has been sought out to speak at international, national, and regional clinics, conferences and coaching conventions. Chris served as the Director of Fitness Education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for 6 years, delivering fitness education symposiums for the National Academy staff, Masters Coach candidates as well as special topics courses and select premier and national diploma courses. He also developed a soccer fitness course curriculum to be the standard education piece for all coaches educated through NSCAA. Along with his numerous speaking engagements, Chris has been published in Men's Journal, Men's Health, the New York Times, Stack Magazine, and in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Topic: "Integrating Player Monitoring into the Sports Performance Mode"

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Robin Queen PhD, FACSM

Dr. Robin Queen served for 11 years as the director of the Michael W. Krzyzewski (Coach K) Human Performance Laboratory at Duke University before going to Virginia Tech in 2015 to helm the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Laboratory as an associate professor in biomedical engineering and mechanics. Dr. Queen is also an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, an adjunct faculty at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an ISCE (Institute for Society, Culture and the Environment) Affiliate. Dr. Queen has an interest in whole body mechanics with an emphasis on loading symmetry and functional outcomes following surgical interventions, and has published more than 85 peer reviewed manuscripts and 3 book chapters. Dr. Queen has received numerous honors and awards including being selected as the 2017 recipient of the Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Queen's work with professional societies include her roles as chair of the Orthopaedic Research Society's Women's Leadership Forum and as a member of the annual meeting and basic science committees. In addition, Dr. Queen serves on the Women's Health Issues Advisory Board at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and is as a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board at Quest Diagnostics. Dr. Queen is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and serves as a member of the Strategic Health Initiative on Youth Sports and Health. In addition, Dr. Queen is the Diversity Chair for the American Society of Biomechanics and serves on the BMES ethics subcommittee.

Topic: "ACL Injury Risk, Rehabilitation, Return to Sport, and Prevention of Secondary Injuries"

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Avery D Faigenbaum EdD, FACSM, FNSCA

Dr. Avery Faigenbaum is a full Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey. His research interests focus on pediatric exercise science, resistance training, and long term athletic development. As an active researcher and practitioner, he has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, 40 book chapters and nine books. He has been an invited speaker at more than 300 regional, national and international conferences and currently serves as an associate editor of Pediatric Exercise Science and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. He was elected Vice President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2005 and served on the Massachusetts Governor's Council on Fitness and Sports from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Faigenbaum was an invited research scholar at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain in 2011 and the Instituto Regionale di Ricerca Educativa del Lazio, Italy in 2003. In 2014, he was invited to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland to develop guidelines on youth athletic development. Dr. Faigenbaum received his BS, MS, and EdD from Boston University and previously taught at the University of Massachusetts and Lasell College.

Topic: "The ABC's of Long Term Development"

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Dr. Willoughby holds a Ph.D. in Exercise and Muscle Physiology and Biochemistry with sub-emphases in Nutritional Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), International Society of Sport Nutrition (ISSN), American College of Nutrition (ACN), and American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP). He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the ISSN. Dr. Willoughby is a Professor of Exercise and Nutritional Biochemistry and Molecular Physiology in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation at Baylor University in Waco, TX where he is the director of the Exercise and Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory. His primary research focus is on the skeletal muscle molecular mechanisms regulating the effectiveness and efficacy of nutritional supplements and nutritional intervention using a nutrigenomic approach. Dr. Willoughby is well published in scientific research journals and is internationally renowned for being an active scientific contributor to the field of resistance training and exercise/sports nutrition, in addition to being highly-sought for speaking engagements relative to resistance training and sports nutrition.

Topic: "Nutritional Considerations for Strength and Power Athletes"

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Susan Kleiner PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN

Dr. Susan Kleiner is a titan in sports nutrition. Her seminal research on male and female bodybuilders launched the study of the nutritional needs of muscle building, power and strength. Her expertise and research has expanded to hydration, and she is passionate about the nutritional needs of athletic women and girls. She is the founder and owner of the internationally recognized consulting firm, High Performance Nutrition, LLC. With one foot in the academic world and one in the business world, she authored the bestselling legacy book Power Eating® now in its fourth edition, six other popular books, numerous academic chapters and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, as well as featured columns in all forms of media. Dr. Sue has consulted with professional athletes and teams, Olympians and elite athletes in countless sports. She is currently the High Performance Nutritionist for the Seattle Storm (WNBA) and formerly for the Seattle Reign FC (WNSL). She is co-founder and fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a member of The American College of Sports Medicine and The National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Topic: "Optimizing Nutrition for Female Athletic Performance"

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Shawn M. Arent PhD, CSCS*D, FISSN, FACSM

Dr. Shawn Arent is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health at Rutgers University. He is also the Director of the Rutgers Center for Health & Human Performance and Director of the Graduate Program in Kinesiology & Applied Physiology. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as well as the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). He currently the vice president of the ISSN. His research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and stress and the implications for health and performance, with an emphasis on underlying biological and behavioral mechanisms. His recent work has focused on physiological responses to training-related stressors and their contribution to optimal performance and recovery. He is a senior associate editor for the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, and the Translational Journal of ACSM. Dr. Arent also provides performance enhancement advice for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a number of sports, including soccer, hockey, football, wrestling, baseball, softball, gymnastics, rowing, and cycling. He is currently the sport science coordinator for the Texas Rangers (MLB), is on the national staff for the US Soccer Federation, has been the head exercise physiologist for the NJ Devils (NHL), and works closely with a number of teams at Rutgers University.

Topic: Roundtable Discussion "From the Lab to the Field: How We Built a Title Contender""

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ISSN: International Society of sports Nutrition.

Special Thanks to Our Platinum Sponsors:

  1. Dreem CBD.
  2. Polar: Listen to Your Body.
  3. Equinox Fitness Clubs.
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  1. Ultra 26.
  2. Carbon by Layne Norton.
  3. Dymantize Nutrition.
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