5th Annual Rutgers Human Performance Conference

Presented by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)

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Preconference Clinic: April 20, 2018 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Equinox

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

Schedule
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. David Otey, CSCS
"Rotational Power for the Everyday Athlete"
11:20 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Tony Ricci, DSc, MS, CSCS, FISSN, CDN, CNS
Daria Albers, 3x European Kickboxing Champion
"Fight Club: Integrating Combat Sport Conditioning Movements into your Training Program"
12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Lunch & Networking
1:40 – 3 p.m. Andy Galpin, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA
"Olympic Lifting Variations for Movement or Mobility Restrictions"

Main Conference: April 21, 2018   8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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. AJ Neibel, PTA, CSCS, USAW, RKC
"Possibilities and Pitfalls: The Role of Sport Science in the NFL"
10–11 a.m. Bradley C. Nindl, PhD, FACSM
"Optimizing Military Physical Performance: Science and Strategies to Bolster National Security and Military Readiness"
11 a.m. – 12 Noon Andy Galpin, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA
"8 Big Nutrition Mistakes I've Made as a Scientist and Practitioner" (sponsored by Nutravigilance-Supplement Safety Solutions)
12 Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking
1:30–2:30 p.m. Darren Treasure, PhD
"Understanding the Mind of the Elite-Level Athlete"
2:30–3:30 p.m. Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS*D, CSPS*D, FNSCA
"Manipulating Resistance Training Frequency to Maximize Muscular Adaptations: How Often Should You Train?" (sponsored by Teacrine)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Rutgers Women's Soccer Coaching & Performance Staff
"From the Lab to the Field: How We Use Sport Science to Sustain Excellence" (sponsored by Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Athletes)

Registration Pricing Details

  Registration by 3/31/2018 Registration after 3/31/2018
  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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AJ Neibel, PTA, CSCS, USAW, RKC

A.J. Neibel completed his first season with the Jaguars after joining the organization in February 2017. In his current role, Neibel assists the medical staff as well as the strength and conditioning staff in transitioning players back into participation following injury. He also manages performance data for the coaching staff. Neibel spent the previous six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, most recently serving as the athletic performance manager in 2016. From 2013-2015, Neibel served as the head strength and conditioning coach, after spending the 2011-2012 seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. Additionally, Neibel worked for the Atlanta Falcons’ Physical Therapy Center in Snellville, GA., before joining the team’s athletic performance staff. Neibel joined the Falcons in 2011 after a two-year stint as a strength and conditioning consultant with the San Francisco Giants of the Major Baseball League and their affiliate, the San Jose Giants. Prior to joining the Giants, Neibel spent six seasons with the Oakland Raiders as a strength and conditioning/sports medicine associate. Neibel is a USAW certified level-one Olympic lifting coach, a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association, and certified in Russian Kettlebell training. Neibel, a native of Cupertino, CA, graduated from Long Beach State University in 1996 with a degree in sports psychology before earning a degree in physical therapy from Cerrito College in 1998. Neibel first broke into the NFL when he started with the Oakland Raiders as a strength and conditioning intern in 2003.

Topic: "Possibilities and Pitfalls: The Role of Sport Science in the NFL"

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Bradley C Nindl, PhD, FACSM

Dr. Bradley C. Nindl, PhD, FACSM, is the Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center and Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He has additional appointments as the Senior Military and Scientific Advisor for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Military Medicine Research and at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Previously, Dr. Nindl worked for over 20-years as an Army Medical Department scientist. Dr. Nindl received a BS in biology from Clarkson University in 1989, a MS in physiology of exercise from Springfield College in 1993, a PhD in physiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in 2012.

He is internationally recognized for his work in military performance and was Co-Chair of the 3rd International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance in 2014. He has performed research sabbaticals at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland (2009) and the University of Wollongong in Australia (2014) with the Finnish and Australian Defense forces, respectively. Dr. Nindl is also an Army Reservist (COL) and Commander of the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Group in Nashville, TN and has been deployed in 2004-2005 in Mosul, Iraq where he was awarded a Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.

Topic: "Optimizing Military Physical Performance: Science and Strategies to Bolster National Security and Military Readiness"

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Andy Galpin, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA

Dr. Andy Galpin is an Associate Professor, Founder and Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Lab, and Director of the Center for Sport Performance at California State University Fullerton. He is the author of the book Unplugged: Evolve From Technology To Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance, and Consciousness as well as the host and creator of the Body of Knowledge Podcast. Dr. Galpin has been an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton, since 2011, but spent the first 18 years of his life in rural southwest (Rochester) Washington. He was fortunate enough to win a Division III National Championship in football while earning his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Linfield College (2005). From there, Dr. Galpin spent time as a strength and conditioning/performance coach for a variety of clients that included numerous high profile professional athletes (MMA, BJJ, MLB, NFL, NHL, PGA, Special Forces, etc.) as well as various clinical populations (diabetics, permanently disabled, stroke victims, obese, etc.). He received his MS in Human Movement Sciences from The University of Memphis (2008) and his PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University (2011). Dr. Galpin is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Physiological Society and still actively coaches/competes in Weightlifting (Olympic-style) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dr. Galpin's research interests include the acute responses and chronic adaptations to human skeletal muscle (both at the whole muscle and cell level) following high intensity/velocity/power exercise. Dr. Galpin utilizes skeletal muscle biopsies to assess muscle fiber type, substrate concentrations, and cellular-signaling protein activity. Dr. Galpin's current research projects include 1) advanced methods of individual human skeletal muscle fiber typing, 2) describing the impact of non-traditional modes of anaerobic exercise, and 3) characterizing impact forces of professional mixed martial arts/kickboxing/boxing strikes.

Topic: Talk sponsored by Nutravigilance-Supplement Safety Solutions, "8 Big Nutrition Mistakes I’ve Made as a Scientist and Practitioner"

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Darren Treasure, PhD

Dr. Darren Treasure provides performance psychology support to elite level athletes who have competed and won at the highest levels of sport. He has worked with Nike's Oregon Project since 2007, and has had the opportunity to work with some of the world's finest distance runners including Olympic Gold Medalists Mo Farah and Matthew Centrowitz, and Olympic Silver & Bronze Medalist Galen Rupp. In addition to the Oregon Project, Dr. Treasure currently consults with a select number of NFL and NBA players and teams at the University of Oregon. Beyond his practical experience, Dr. Treasure has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and was a tenured Professor at Arizona State University with appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Psychology. He has published over 60 scientific articles and book chapters on motivation and performance psychology and has made keynote presentations in Croatia, France, Norway, Finland, USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He recently accepted an Honorary Professor position at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom where he will continue his research focused on understanding and optimizing human performance. Dr. Treasure graduated with his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Topic: "Understanding the Mind of the Elite-Level Athlete"

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Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA

Dr. Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA, is an internationally renowned fitness professional and widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on body composition optimization. Dr. Schoenfeld earned his PhD in health promotion and wellness at Rocky Mountain University, where his research focused on elucidating the mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy and their application to resistance training. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and serves on the editorial advisory boards for several journals including the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He is an assistant professor of exercise science at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, and heads their human performance laboratory. He also currently serves as Sports Nutritionist for the New Jersey Devils hockey organization. Dr. Schoenfeld earned the 2011 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year and is a lifetime drug-free bodybuilder who has won numerous natural bodybuilding titles. As a personal trainer, Dr. Schoenfeld has worked with numerous elite-level physique athletes, including many top pros. Additionally, he was elected to the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Board of Directors in 2012 and was the recipient of the 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award, presented by the United States Sports Academy for outstanding achievement in fitness and contributions to the growth and development of sport fitness through outstanding leadership activity.

Topic: Talk sponsored by Teacrine, "Manipulating Resistance Training Frequency to Maximize Muscular Adaptations: How Often Should You Train?"

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

Dr. Shawn Arent, is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Rutgers University and is Director of the Center for Health & Human Performance in the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and both his MS and PhD in Exercise Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Arent's research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and stress and the implications for health and performance. The primary emphasis of his research involves examining underlying endocrine mechanisms and biomarkers related to the HPA-axis and inflammation. He is specifically interested in the potential efficacy of acute and chronic resistance training as well as nutritional interventions for improving functional capabilities, mental health states, and the systemic response to stress in adolescents, athletes, and special populations. Dr. Arent's recent work has primarily focused on physiological responses to training-related stressors and their contribution to optimal performance and recovery. His research has included children, adolescents, and individuals with chronic health conditions, as well as athletes. Dr. Arent is on the national staff for the US Soccer Federation and works closely with a number of teams at Rutgers University. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Life Fitness Academy, the Center for Obesity Research and Intervention, and various biotechnology companies. His work has also received considerable attention by the popular media, including Shape Magazine, Men's Health, Prevention, Business Insider, and Self. He is on the editorial board for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Comparative Exercise Physiology, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Additionally, Dr. Arent was named the 2017 National Strength and Conditioning Association's "Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year."

Topic: "Round Table Discussion “From the Lab to the Field: How We Built a Title Contender"

Clinic Speakers

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David Otey, CSCS

David Otey is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Otey received his BS in Exercise Science from Rutgers University in which he assisted in both the Rutgers Athletic department and Exercise Science Research Lab. David is the 2015 Fitness Manager of the Year for Equinox and currently manages a staff of 65 Trainers and 750+ clients. Otey is a regular expert contributor to Muscle & Fitness, Men's Health, and Furthermore Magazines. Also featured in T-Nation, Men's Journal, and Women's Health, David is utilized for his expertise in Exercise Technique, Program Design, and general strength and conditioning education. On the academic side, Otey is a state and regional presenter for the NSCA and has written for NSCA's PT Quarterly on topics including Business Development and Exercise Technique.

Topic: "Rotational Power for the Everyday Athlete"

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Tony Ricci, DSc, MS, CSCS, FISSN, CDN, CNS

Tony Ricci is a Fellow and Advisory Board member of the ISSN and an ISSN Certified Sports Nutritionist. Ricci holds separate Masters degrees in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition, with Doctoral work in Health Sciences. He is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, he is the founder of Fightshape International, a multi-discipline performance enhancement company, through which he has coached scores of professional athletes in fight-sports including six World Champions. He consults many of the country's Fortune 500 companies on the development of their internal health and wellness programs; experience he obtained as the Sr. Nutritionist of Pfizer Inc. for 13 years. Ricci serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Dymatize Nutrition, holds State and Board Certifications as a Nutritionist (CNS/CDN), and certifications in Strength & Conditioning with the NSCA and NASM. Along with achieving black belts in several martial arts, he continues rigorous training in fight-sports and serves as the Sports Science Advisor for Team Serra-Longo MMA.

Topic: Ricci and Albers will present on "Fight Club: Integrating Combat Sport Conditioning Movements into your Training Program"

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Daria Albers, 3x European Kickboxing Champion

Daria Albers is internationally recognized as one of the best kickboxers in the world. Albers has been a professional fighter since the age of 22 and has claimed 3 European Kickboxing Titles, which include WKE Champion, WAKF-K1 Champion, and King of Kings Champion. Albers is also an (a-class) Muay Thai and Kickboxing Coach and continues to teach across Europe, North America as well as Australia. In addition to being one of the world's most accomplished kickboxers, Albers holds a B.Sc of Psychology from University of Hagen and a degree in Physical Therapy from Grone School of Germany. She is also a certified systemic coach; and in addition to training fighters of all disciplines in kickboxing, she holds a private practice in Mental Coaching and Sports Psychology based out of Wroclaw, Poland.

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Andy Galpin, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA

Dr. Andy Galpin is an Associate Professor, Founder and Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Lab, and Director of the Center for Sport Performance at California State University Fullerton. He is the author of the book Unplugged: Evolve From Technology To Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance, and Consciousness as well as the host and creator of the Body of Knowledge Podcast. Dr. Galpin has been an Assistant Professor at California State University, Fullerton, since 2011, but spent the first 18 years of his life in rural southwest (Rochester) Washington. He was fortunate enough to win a Division III National Championship in football while earning his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Linfield College (2005). From there, Dr. Galpin spent time as a strength and conditioning/performance coach for a variety of clients that included numerous high profile professional athletes (MMA, BJJ, MLB, NFL, NHL, PGA, Special Forces, etc.) as well as various clinical populations (diabetics, permanently disabled, stroke victims, obese, etc.). He received his MS in Human Movement Sciences from The University of Memphis (2008) and his PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University (2011). Dr. Galpin is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Physiological Society and still actively coaches/competes in Weightlifting (Olympic-style) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dr. Galpin's research interests include the acute responses and chronic adaptations to human skeletal muscle (both at the whole muscle and cell level) following high intensity/velocity/power exercise. Dr. Galpin utilizes skeletal muscle biopsies to assess muscle fiber type, substrate concentrations, and cellular-signaling protein activity. Dr. Galpin's current research projects include 1) advanced methods of individual human skeletal muscle fiber typing, 2) describing the impact of non-traditional modes of anaerobic exercise, and 3) characterizing impact forces of professional mixed martial arts/kickboxing/boxing strikes.

Topic: "Olympic Lifting Variations for Movement or Mobility Restrictions"

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ISSN: International Society of sports Nutrition.

Special Thanks to Our Platinum Sponsors:

  1. Compound Solutions.
  2. logo Nutravigilience.
  3. Polar: Listen to Your Body.
  1. Equinox Fitness Clubs.

Additional Sponsors Include:

  1. Nutrition 21.
  2. Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Athletes