6th Annual Rutgers Human Performance Conference

Presented by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)

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Preconference Clinic: March 29, 2019 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Located at the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) Center for Health and Human Performance at 61 Dudley Rd., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Please register for parking during the preconference clinic at this link (lots 97 & 76).
Registration for special event parking is only for visitors to the University. Visitors must register for the event using the above link and complete this process before the event or they may receive a citation. Rutgers' Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

Schedule
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Jonathan Mike, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, USAW, NKT-1
"Fundamentals of Squat Progressions and Variations"
11:20 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Traci McCarthy, DPT, CSCS, USAW
Michelle Arent, MPH, CSCS, USAW, CISSN
"Olympic Weightlifting- Exercise Progression and Movement Assessment"
12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Lunch & Networking
1:40 – 3 p.m. Zach Even-Esh, MA
"A Developmental Approach to Training Athletes from Youth to Olympic Level"

Main Conference: March 30, 2019   8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

Please register for parking during the main conference at this link (lots Green, Scarlet, & Yellow).
Registration for special event parking is only for visitors to the University. Visitors must register for the event using the above link and complete this process before the event or they may receive a citation. Rutgers' Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

Schedule
8–8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45–9 a.m. Shawn Arent, PhD, CSCS*D, FACSM, FISSN
Welcome & Introduction
9–10 a.m. Bob Alejo, CSCS
"What Comes Around, Goes Around - The History and Progression of Strength Training"
10–11 a.m. Arny Ferrando, PhD, FISSN
"The Battle with Father Time: Nutritional Considerations"
11 a.m. – 12 Noon Andy Fry, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA
"You Like Lotsa Caffeine?…So What?"
12 Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking
1:30–2:30 p.m. Eric Rawson, PhD, FASCM, CSCS
"Dietary Supplements and the Elite Athlete"
2:30–3:30 p.m. Jose Antonio, PhD, FNSCA, FISSN, CSCS
"Protein and the Fat Pants Gene"
3:30–4:30 p.m. Aaron Wellman, PhD, MSCC, CSCS, SSN (NY Giants)
Josh Hingst, RD, CSCS (Eagles)
Evan Marcus, M.ED, CSCS, USAW (Browns)
"NFL Strength Coaches Discussion: Lessons Learned and Current Trends"

Registration Pricing Details

  Registration by 3/1/2019 Registration after 3/1/2019
  Clinic Main Conference Clinic + Conference Clinic Main Conference Clinic + Conference
ISSN Student Member $90 $10 $90 $100 $20 $100
Non-ISSN Student Member $90 $40 $110 $100 $50 $120
ISSN Professional Member/Rutgers Faculty $90 $95 $155 $100 $115 $180
Non-Affiliates $90 $100 $160 $100 $120 $185
Military and First-Responders $90 $90 $150 $100 $110 $170

Meet the Speakers

Conference Speakers

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Bob Alejo, Director of Sports Science at Power Lift

Topic: "What Comes Around, Goes Around-- The History and Progression of Strength Training"

Bob Alejo is the Director of Sports Science at Power Lift, a role he has held since the summer of 2017. Prior to coming to Power Lift, Alejo served as the Assistant Athletics Director/Director of Strength & Conditioning for North Carolina State University (2011–2017). He has also served in a coordinating or strength and conditioning role for the following teams: United States Men’s Olympic Volleyball team, Oakland Athletics, Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes, University of California– Santa Barbara, Fordham University, the 1993 United States National Team/1994 World Cup Soccer Team, UCLA and California State University– Chico. Alejo graduated from California State University Chico with a B.A. in Physical Education and Biological Sciences. While attending Chico State, he was a four-year starting catcher for their baseball team. He currently resides in North Carolina.

Arny Ferrando, PhD, FISSN

Topic: "The Battle with Father Time: Nutritional Considerations"

This presentation focuses on the physiological changes associated with aging and their effects on older active/athletic endeavors. Discussion centers on protein requirements with aging, and in particular, the importance of essential amino acid (EAA) intake. Data on protein/EAA intake and subsequent effects on muscle and whole-body protein kinetics is presented. Current dietary recommendations on types and amount of protein intake are discussed, and data is presented which demonstrates that ounce-equivalent intake of various protein foods are indeed, not equivalent in their effect on protein kinetics. Further, effects of various protein sources are highlighted, as is the timing of intake in relation to exercise. Discussing the likelihood of surgical intervention in athletic and active populations, considerations concerning EAA intake are presented in light of surgical rehabilitation and subsequent inactivity. The advantages of free-form EAA ingestion are discussed, along with formula and product considerations. Finally, rear-view mirror observations on aging are presented with presentation conclusions.

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Dr. Ferrando's work has focused on the preservation of skeletal muscle, and includes investigations utilizing exercise, pharmacological and nutritional interventions to ameliorate muscle loss. His many investigations have spanned diverse circumstances of muscle loss; including space flight, kidney disease, heart failure, burn injury, trauma, post-surgical rehabilitation, and aging. Much of his work focuses on optimal nutritional/protein intake in these circumstances, and he holds a patent on a nutritional formulation designed to improve muscle recovery. His current work focuses on optimal nutrition during aging and nutritional supplementation to enhance soldiers' performance.
He has career-long funding from both federal and industry sources, and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, invited reviews, and book chapters. Fun Fact: Dr. Ferrando is the Principal Investigator of a study investigating the efficacy of canine detection of thyroid cancer. This ground-breaking program is demonstrating the ability of specially trained canines to assist physicians in the actual diagnosis of thyroid cancer in human samples.

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Andy Fry, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA

Topic: "You Like Lotsa Caffeine?...So What?"

Andrew Fry, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA is a Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Kansas. He received his degrees from Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Penn State University, followed by two years of post-doctoral training at Ohio University. Dr. Fry was a faculty member at The University of Memphis for 13 years, where he was Director of the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory. In 2007, he relocated to the University of Kansas, and in 2008, in collaboration with KU Athletics, he co-founded the Research and Coaching Performance Team to address sport performance research needs for KU student-athletes. Recently, he helped create the Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory to further study sport performance. His research has focused on resistance exercise, sport physiology and biomechanics, muscle and endocrine responses and adaptations to exercise, overtraining, and dietary supplementation. Andy has been a board member and vice-president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and President of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2018, Dr. Fry was awarded the Boyd Epley Lifetime Achievement Award from the NSCA. He is married to Dr. Mary Fry, a sport and exercise psychologist, and has two children, Jared (age 20) and Lindsey (age 19).

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Eric Rawson, PhD, FASCM, CSCS

Topic: "Dietary Supplements and the Elite Athlete"

Eric S. Rawson is Chair and Professor of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. Dr. Rawson received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied under the direction of Dr. Priscilla Clarkson. Over the past two decades, Dr. Rawson’s research has focused on the interactions between nutrition and skeletal muscle. In particular, Dr. Rawson has extensively studied the effects of the dietary supplement creatine on muscle and brain function. Dr. Rawson has been an active member in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) since 1996, has served on the ACSM Board of Trustees, on the ACSM Annual Meeting Program Committee, as Chair of the ACSM National Chapter Nutrition Interest Group, and is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic ACSM regional chapter. Dr. Rawson has delivered more than 150 professional presentations, is co-editor of the text Nutrition for Elite Athletes, co-author of Nutrition for Health Fitness and Sport, and has authored/co-authored numerous articles and book chapters. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and various foundations.

Jose Antonio, PhD, FNSCA, FISSN, CSCS

Topic: "Protein and the Fat Pants Gene"

High protein diets- bad for your bones? Harmful to the kidneys? In this seminar, Dr Jose Antonio will cover the latest research on the effects of high protein diets on body composition and health. Furthermore, he will delve into the role of genetics as it applies to body composition

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Jose Antonio, PhD completed his doctorate and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is the Program Director of Exercise & Sport Science at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL, and the CEO and co-founder of the ISSN. His research interests focus on the role of sports nutrition vis a vis athletic performance and body composition. His recent investigations have examined the role of high protein diets on health and body composition in recreational bodybuilders. He hates cold weather, loves to paddle, and is addicted to coffee.


Topic: "NFL Strength Coaches Discussion: Lessons Learned and Current Trends"

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Aaron Wellman, PhD, MSCC, CSCS, SSN

Aaron Wellman is in his fourth season as the Giants' strength and conditioning coach and in the NFL following a 20-year career at the Division I collegiate level. When he arrived in 2016, Wellman significantly changed the Giants’ offseason and in-season training regimens, and the result was a substantial decrease in the number of season-ending injuries suffered by Giants players. Prior to joining the Giants, Wellman was an assistant director of strength and conditioning coach for the University of Notre Dame in 2015. Wellman spent the previous four years (2011-14) as the director of strength and conditioning at the University of Michigan. He was responsible for the yearly programming of strength, speed and football-specific conditioning. Prior to his tenure at Michigan, Wellman held similar director positions at San Diego State University (2009-11) and Ball State University (2004-09). Wellman is a registered master strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (MSCC), a certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS) and a specialist in performance nutrition by the International Sports Sciences Association (SSN). A native of Ligonier, Indiana, Wellman was a four-year member of the Manchester (Ind.) University football team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 1996. Wellman added separate master’s degrees from Indiana University in Applied Sport Science (1998) and Nutrition Science (2009). In May 2018, he completed a PhD from Bond University (Queensland, Australia), Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

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Josh Hingst, RD, CSCS

Josh Hingst was named the Eagles strength and conditioning coach during the 2013 offseason after spending the previous season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to joining the Jaguars in 2012, Hingst previously spent three years (2009-11) as the director of sports nutrition at Nebraska and also spent the 2008 season with the Atlanta Falcons as the team’s nutritionist. At Nebraska, Hingst directed body composition analysis, nutrition education, performance fueling strategies and counseling for sports supplements and hydration. In addition, he coordinated menus and education at the Nebraska training table and planned meals on the road for various Nebraska teams. He is a registered dietitian and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Before his stint in Atlanta, Hingst spent five years in strength and conditioning and sports nutrition capacities at Florida State, where he earned his master’s degree in clinical nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition. A native of Hooper, NE, Hingst received his bachelor’s degrees in nutritional sciences and dietetics and exercise science from Nebraska in 2001. He also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Huskers while enrolled as a student.

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Evan Marcus, M.Ed, CSCS, USAW

Evan Marcus is in his third season with the Browns and 12th in the NFL. Prior to Cleveland, Marcus spent two seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Before the Vikings, Marcus oversaw strength and conditioning at the University of Virginia as the director of football training and player development from 2011-13. He also spent time at Virginia as the team’s head strength and conditioning coach from 2003-06. Prior to his second stint at Virginia, Marcus served as head strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-10. He served in the same capacity with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. Marcus got his start in the NFL working for the New Orleans Saints as an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2000-02. Before his time in the NFL, Marcus worked his way through the college ranks beginning at Arizona State from 1991-92. From there, he spent time at Rutgers (1993), Maryland (1994), Texas (1995-97) and Louisville (1998-99). Marcus played football at Ithaca College, where he was a three-time letterman as an offensive lineman and started in the 1988 NCAA Division III National Championship. He graduated from Ithaca with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and earned his master’s degree while coaching at Arizona State. A native of Union, N.J., he attended Cranford High School. Marcus and his wife, Lori, have a son, Jake, and daughter, Anna.

Clinic Speakers

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Jonathan Mike, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, USAW, NKT-1

Topic: "Fundamentals of Squat Progressions and Variations"

Jonathan Mike studied exercise physiology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. He served as a strength and conditioning assistant at Western Kentucky University for two years (2003-2005) helping to train athletes in baseball, softball, track, and swimming. In 2006, he was also a strength and conditioning assistant at the University of Louisville for women's soccer, softball, men’s soccer, and field hockey. In addition, he has also worked at University of Louisville within the campus health initiative program. He is a member of the NSCA Certification Exam Developing Committee (NSCA-CPT), and has co-authored a book chapter in Dietary Protein and Resistance Training (May 2012) and wrote three more book chapters for Personal Training Textbook (2014). As an exercise physiologist, strength coach, writer, and strongman competitor, he has a passion for exercise, performance training, and a passion to educate and empower others. He has been competing in the sport of Strongman since 2007, and qualified for the National Competition in 2009.


Traci McCarthy, DPT, CSCS, USAW
Michelle Arent, MPH, CSCS, USAW, CISSN

Topic: "Olympic Weightlifting- exercise progression and movement assessment"

Traditional Olympic Weightlifting involves the full snatch and the clean and jerk. Both lifts are highly explosive and powerful. Power developed from the lifts can be carried over to athletic performance. Due to the technicality of the formal lifts, exercises that breakdown the components can be better applied to the athletic population. This saves time on learning technique and skill development. The hang clean, push press, high pull, and snatch balance exercises can all help with power development and strength. Studies have shown carryover from these lifts to improvements in vertical jump, squat strength and 40-yard dash time. The goal of the presentation is to introduce these lift components, analyze proper movement patterns, and teach ways to improve mobility to achieve appropriate form.

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Traci McCarthy is a Physical Therapist who specializes in outpatient orthopedics. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from CUNY Staten Island in 2012 and completed her BS in Exercise Science from Rutgers University in 2008. Currently, Traci is working on her PhD in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at Rutgers University. She is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a USAW sport performance coach. Traci also has an adjunct faculty position in the Doctoral of Physical Therapy program at New York University. Her interests involve the effects of exercise throughout pregnancy and during postpartum recovery as well as athlete rehabilitation with a focus on return to sport. Traci is a former national level competitor in Olympic Weightlifting.

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Michelle Arent received both her Bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina. Michelle is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with an interest in training athletes and improving 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.

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Zach Even-Esh, MA

Topic: "A Developmental Approach to Training Athletes from Youth to Olympic Level"

Zach Even-Esh is the founder of The Underground Strength Gym and creator of the Underground Strength Coach Certification with over 1,000 certified coaches around the world. He has been consulting & training of athletes and coaches since 2002 on full time basis. He is a bestselling author of the Encyclopedia of Underground Strength & Conditioning and operates two strength & performance facilities in NJ, The Underground Strength Gym. On a daily basis Zach consults with athletes & coaches from around the world, sharing his knowledge in training as well as business building for strength & conditioning coaches and performance coaches. His passion is helping others in the many facets of strength: strong mind, strong body, strong business and a strong life as well as success in all areas of life. His ultimate goal is to take the Underground Strength Gym Model and have the system built into schools, corporate, as well as commercial gyms.

 

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