Peter Haberl EdD
Peter Haberl joined the United States Olympic Committee in 1998. In his
current position as senior sport psychologist, he provides individual and team
consultations and counseling sessions to various resident and national team
athletes with a specific specialization in team sports. Haberl has enjoyed the
privilege of having worked at eight Olympic Games, three Pan American
Games, and one Paralympic Games with U.S. athletes. Prior to joining the
Olympic Movement in the U.S., Haberl played professional ice hockey in
Austria. Born in Austria, Haberl received his bachelor’s degree in sports
science from the University of Vienna, Austria. He later earned his master's
degree in counseling and his Ed. D. in counseling psychology at Boston
University. A licensed psychologist, Haberl focuses on mindfulness-based
interventions and cognitive-behavioral treatments.
Mindfulness in Strength and Conditioning?
Mindfulness has taken western psychology by storm in the last three decades with an explosion of research and a
multitude of applications in various clinical settings. In the last ten years, sport psychology also has increasingly turned
to mindfulness interventions as a helpful strategy to optimize performance and mental health. Is mindfulness also
useful to the field of strength and conditioning? This presentation will attempt to answer this question. by looking at
what mindfulness is and why it is relevant in a performance setting. The presentation will also look at what the field
strength and conditioning has to offer to the field of sport psychology when it comes to effectively training
mindfulness in athletes.
Ernie Rimer currently serves University of Utah Athletics as Director of Sport
Science. He is also a Ph.D. student in Utah's Department of Exercise & Sport
Science. Rimer expects to finish his Ph.D. in 2016. His research focuses on
novel insights and applications for sports performance and rehabilitation. His
studies include the acute effect of dietary nitrate supplementation on muscle
power, predicting repeated sprint ability from critical power and peak power,
the effect of single leg cycling training on measures of running performance,
and joint-specific biomechanics during rehabilitation. Beyond his activities at
the University of Utah, Rimer serves as a sport science consultant to various
elite sports authorities. He and his wife Alyssa own a home in Salt Lake City,
Utah. They share two daughters, Veronika Nikole (18), who is a senior in high
school, and Layla (2), who can push a stroller a mile without assistance.
Applying the Scientific Method in the Quest for
Greater Training Outcomes
As high performance professionals, we are on a quest for greater training outcomes, to increase the resilience and
physical capacities of our athletes’ bodies. Are we accomplishing this (i.e., asking a question)? This question can be
answered through the applied sport science process. Indeed, this process was first introduced to us when our grade
school teachers taught us the scientific method. Creatively applying research findings (i.e., doing background
research) to our training programs is a step toward sport science. We can learn more about our training systems if we
analyze results after the fact (i.e., collecting & analyzing data). Our quest becomes a journey of personal growth and
humility when we carefully plan (i.e., design an experiment), and then attempt to predict (i.e., form a hypothesis) what
will happen before executing that plan
The University of Texas at Austin. Donnie Maib started coaching at
the University of Colorado in 1994. From 1998 until present, Coach
Maib has been at the University of Texas, and is the Assistant
Athletics Director for Athletic Performance. Donnie played football at
Gallatin Senior High where he earned All-State, All-Decade, and All-
American Honors. He played football at the University of Georgia
where he started for 3 years on defense. Donnie has been married
19 years to his wife Karen and they have four girls.
Culture as a Cornerstone
A healthy team culture in sports is vital for winning championships. The challenge oftentimes
is, there can be a stronger emphasis on vision over culture. If you don’t manage and develop
your culture it will manage you. In this presentation, we will look at 5 components of building
and sustaining a championship culture. Building a championship culture takes a large amount
of time and effort, but over time it is well worth it – winning becomes who you are, not just
what you do.
Eamonn Flanagan PhD
Eamonn Flanagan is the lead Strength & Conditioning Consultant
with the Irish Institute of Sport. He has a PhD. in Sports
Biomechanics from the University of Limerick. Eamonn has
previously worked as a strength & conditioning coach for the Irish
Rugby Football Union, the Scottish Rugby National Academy
and Edinburgh Rugby.
Reactive Strength and Its’ Role in Sport
This presentation will discuss the physical characteristic of “reactive strength” paying special
attention to the team sport context. This talk will cover the physiological underpinnings of
reactive strength, how we can train and monitor reactive strength development and the
relationship between reactive strength and sports performance. The presentation will also
explore the effects of fatigue on reactive strength and sports performance.
Mike Young PhD
Mike has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, an MS in Athletic Administration and a PhD in
Biomechanics. Mike has earned NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, is recognized by USA
Weightlifting as a Club and Advanced Sport Performance Coach, a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer, is one of
less than 20 USA Track & Field (USATF) Level 3 coaches in the country and has a USATF Level 2 certification in
3 event areas.
Mike has served as the primary coach for national or international team qualifiers for several disciplines in Track &
Field, as well as Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Weightlifting. In the sport of Track & Field, he has coached or assisted
multiple Olympians, National Champions, Masters National and World Champions and Collegiate National
Additionally, he has served as the Strength & Conditioning coach for professionals in a wide range of sports
including the NFL, MLB and MLS. He served as the Fitness Coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS for
the 2012 & 2013 seasons. Prior to that, Mike was the sport performance coach for the 2x NASL Champion
Carolina Railhawks. Previously, Mike coached Track & Field at the NCAA level at 4 Universities, most notably
coaching 4 years at LSU where the team won 6 National Championships.
As an educator, Mike has been an instructor or professor at 3 universities and regularly guest lectures for
academic institutions around the world. He is one of the most sought after speakers in the world on athletic
development having spoken in Korea, the UK, Ireland, China, Japan, Jamaica and Canada in addition to the US.
He has developed and taught curriculums for US Police Forces, USA Track & Field, and USA Weightlifting.
Additionally, Mike is a prolific author, having written 2 book chapters, 2 books, and over 20 articles published in
nationally distributed publications ranging from New York Times to Runner’s World. He is regularly featured on
websites as far ranging as BBC, WebMD and Greatist and is a frequent contributor as a sport scientist to ESPN's
website and television programming. Mike is equally qualified as a sport scientist and coach educator. His
research on sprinting, stretching, balance and throwing activities have been published and presented in Regional,
National and International journals and conferences and he is an invited editor for the Journal of Sports Sciences
and Sports Biomechanics.
Using Subjective and Objective Criteria to Monitor,
Measure and Adapt Training in Major League Soccer
Mike will be discussing the guidelines, means and methods he has used to design player monitoring systems that
meet the criterion of providing valid and reliable data that is both accessible and actionable. This model is flexible
enough to work across varying budgets, sports, and logistics ranging from individual to team sports. The talk will cover
topics such as initial considerations and setup, selecting data streams to examine, aggregating data from multiple
sources and how to tackle logistical constraints.
Cory is the Head Strength and Conditioning coach at the Institut National
du Sport du Quebec in Montreal, Quebec; one of Canada’s Olympic
Training Centres. Cory completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physical and
Health Education at the University of Toronto where he also competed
as a member of the football team. Afterward, he completed a Master’s
degree in Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University in Perth,
Australia. He has been at the Institut National du Sport since May 2014.
In his current role he works primarily with athletes in Women’s ice
hockey, diving, judo, and fencing.
Athlete Assessment and Performance
Monitoring with Force Plates
The use of force plates is becoming increasingly common in high-performance sport for the
precise measurement of certain athletic qualities. In this talk, we will discuss the advantages
and disadvantages of using force plates in your athlete evaluations. We will look at examples
of monitoring daily, weekly, and monthly for a variety of key performance indicators.
John Crawley is the High Performance Director of Team Sports with the Sport Performance Division of the
United States Olympic Committee in Chula Vista, CA. He is responsible for providing performance impacting
services and expertise, high performance strategic planning, competitive analysis, and training and
competition performance support for eight (8) summer Olympic team sports, including; basketball, football
(soccer), water polo, volleyball (indoor and beach), field hockey, rugby sevens, team handball, and archery.
He also directs a multidisciplinary team of sport performance professionals to support strategies that optimize
medal winning opportunities for For almost 17 years John has worked in a variety of sport performance roles
with the United States Olympic Team, and has served with the USA delegation at multiple Olympic Games,
Pan American Games, World Championships, and World Cup events. From 1999-2002, John was a Sport
Biomechanist with the Coaching and Sport Sciences Division of the United States Olympic Committee in
Colorado Springs, Colorado and provided performance enhancement service to athletes and coaches
preparing for the Sydney (2000) and Salt Lake City (2002) Olympic Games. From 2002-2007, John served in
several capacities with USA Triathlon, including High Performance Manager, National Select Team Coach,
and Technical Services Coordinator during the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympic campaigns. John
served on the coaching staff at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and served on USA
Triathlon’s elite coaching staff at several International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships and
numerous ITU World Cups. John returned to the Sport Performance Division of the USOC in 2008 and was a
member of the USA delegation at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Summer Olympic
Games in London, and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He will also be a member of the
USA delegation at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
John earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his graduate degree in
Kinesiology from Arizona State University. In 2013, he completed the prestigious Olympic Sport Leadership
professional certificate program from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Better: Cultivating an Environment of Sporting
During this discussion, we will explore human performance in general (and Olympic sport performance in particular) through a broader and
more diverse lens. We will draw from a number of different performance domains; certainly sport, but also from entertainment, medicine,
business, education, military, and many others, to explore and apply lessons learned to the art and science of athlete and coach
development. These conversations are not meant to be prescriptive, and not meant to provide the audience with a “this is how you do it” recipe
for creating championship environments. Rather, these conversations are meant to be provocative, to offer different angles and insights into
the determinants of performance, to ask critical questions, and ultimately, to motivate and guide you to use some of these ideas to shape your
own environment. Additional resources will also be referenced that will allow you to individually and collectively explore these areas more
Tim Gabbett PhD
Dr. Tim Gabbett has 20 years’ experience working as an applied sport
scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports. He
holds a PhD in Human Physiology and has completed a second PhD in
the ‘Applied Science of Professional Football’, with special reference to
Physical Demands, Injury Prevention, and Skill Acquisition. Tim has
worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth
Games and Olympic Games cycles. He continues to work as a sport
science consultant and advisor for several high performance teams
around the world. Tim has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles
and has presented at over 200 national and international conferences.
For further information, visit www.gabbettperformance.com
Deciphering Training Load to Build More
Robust and Resilient Bodies
Tim Gabbett’s 20 years of detailed (much data per team) and wide-ranging (various sports, numerous countries) data provide the
empirical foundation for the ‘Training—Injury Prevention Paradox’ model. In part, this model describes the phenomenon that
athletes who are accustomed to high training workloads have FEWER injuries than athletes who may be training at a lower
absolute workload. Thus, high workloads, per se, are not necessarily associated with injury ('the paradox'). Gabbett has
identified, and published, that a key workload variable that predicts injury is the ratio of the Acute to Chronic (Training) Workload.
The Acute Workload is the training load over the past week and the Chronic Workload is the rolling average weekly training load
over the previous 4 weeks ('rolling' because it changes week by week). When the Acute: Chronic Workload Ratio exceeds 1.5
(which is not uncommon) the relative risk of injury is also considerably increased. He was one of the first to highlight that a ‘spike’
(an Acute: Chronic Workload Ratio >1.5) may lead to a delayed injury risk. Gabbett will share illustrative sport-specific examples
from published data collected in elite rugby league, Australian football and cricket. Finally, he will share his training philosophy on
building robust and resilient athletes.
Jorge Carvajal is a performance coach and consultant who works with
elite athletes. He has trained athletes at places like the University of
Florida, the University of Nebraska and the U.S. Olympic Training
Center. He currently works with NFL, Tactical and Big Wave surfing
Preservation of Coaching Performance
The session will uncover the exhaustive challenges involved in high performance sport and
bring forth ideas and tactics to help develop durability, resiliency and longevity in coaching
Jeremy Sheppard PhD
Jeremy has been applying his trade as a strength and conditioning coach since 1992. He is
currently the Director of Performance Services for the Canadian Sport Institute, and is High
Performance Lead for Canada Snowboard.
Prior to this role, he was the Sport Science Coordinator for Surfing Australia's Australia Institute of
Sport (AIS) program, and Performance Services Coordinator for Australian Volleyball Federation's
AIS program. Jeremy had previously worked with Canadian Sport Center in Rugby, Swimming,
Triathlon, and Cycling. Prior to this he had national team experiences with Athletics (Greece,
Australia), Beach Volleyball (Canada), Karate (Canada), as well as professional football codes
(NFL, AFL). He has had the good fortune of working with athletes who have won medals at
Olympic, para-Olympic and World Championship levels.
Jeremy has degrees in human movement (BA) and sport science (MSc, PhD), and is a graduate of
the National Coaching Institute of Canada. He is an Australian Strength and Conditioning
Association Level 3 Coach, and Master Coach, and an National Strength and Conditioning
Association, Coach Emeritus. Jeremy has written over 100 manuscripts, and 13 book chapters on
strength and conditioning.
The Course of The Curious Coach
As practitioners in the strength and conditioning field, there is an oft discussed concept of balancing
the art and the science in our methods. The context of balancing the two could suggest coaching art
and practice is almost an opposing force to science, and vice versa. This presentation will present a
context where art and science are not opposing elements, through examples of how evidenced based
Performance Models can inform the coaching Preparation Framework, with in-build flexibility,
creativity, and experimentation, and reflection
Michael Lepp is a coach/sport physiologist with more than 30 years’ experience assisting
athletes and teams develop effective strategies for individual and organizational human
performance excellence. Through his career, he has provided consultation in the areas of
human performance, medical applications related to athletic training and testing. He has
performed over 6000 exercise/performance evaluations during his career. He has also
designed and built five sport training facilities.
Michael holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of South
Carolina and has worked with and consulted numerous athletes in a variety of sports,
including professional soccer, NBA teams and professional cycling. Areas of emphasis
have been sport science and medical applications. Over the past 5 years, Michael has
served as Athletic Director and Coach at Joe Gibbs Racing. In that 5 years, JGR has won
over 100 races including a series championship in 2015. Over the past 10 years his time in
NASCAR has led to over 113 wins for the teams he has supported in addition to a Sprint
Cup Championship, His teams continued to be recognized nationally as the best pit crews
Building high performance teams is a complicated and arduous task. It involves a great deal of
knowledge and skill. This talk will provide a brief history on the process involved with recruiting
talented athletes and coordinating high functioning teams. This process combines a strong
analytical approach from data collection to help predict outcomes, in addition to a strong
reliance on an emotional intelligence model. This proven integration of a data and a holistic
judgment system has been embedded into programs that continue to thrive for both athlete
and team development.
Metrics and Mechanics to Building a High
Dan Pfaff is an internationally experienced and recognized educator/coach with forty four years of multifaceted
work. Background in directorships of international training centres, coaching staff development, Division I
intercollegiate track and field as a head coach, as well as numerous assistant coaching and teaching
positions. Extensive experience as a lecturer and curriculum designer for international, national, regional,
state and community level sports theory symposia and schools. Highly qualified leader with demonstrated
abilities in integrated support team management, coach and support staff mentoring, and community relations.
Actively involved with consulting services to a number of professional teams and individual athletes in a
variety of sports both domestically and internationally. Internationally recognized as a high performance center
director having served domestically and internationally.
Career high lights:
• Tutored fifty-three Olympians (nine medalists), fifty-eight World Championship competitors (eleven
medalists), and five world record holders. Directed athletes to fifty seven national records.
• Served on five Olympic Games coaching staffs (five countries) and ten World Championships staffs (six
• Lectured in thirty seven countries and published in over twenty countries.
• Appointed coaching education curriculum chair for both the United States Track and Field Coaches
Education Schools and the NACAC Caribbean Basin Project. Lead instructor for each organization at
the Level I, II, and III schools.
• Provided consultancy to players and teams in the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA, Canadian Winter Olympic
Programs, WTA and European Soccer Leagues.
• Coached twenty-nine NCAA individual national champions and one hundred fifty All-Americans.
• Lead staff member on teams that have won seventeen NCAA National Team Championships (f15
women, 2 men).
Lessons Learned from a Career of Coaching:
Barriers, Breakdowns and Breakthroughs
A sharing the journey I have been blessed with in a forty-four-year career ranging from
being a junior high wrestling coach to being in the stands at an Olympic Games. I will
highlight my failures, findings, network and use of science to influence the art of
Tracy Fober PT
Tracy Fober has been a Sports Medicine Physical Therapist and
Athletic Development Coach since 1998. She received her Masters
of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Chicago
and Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Washington
University in St. Louis. She is currently a Senior Strength and
Conditioning Coach at the US Ski & Snowboard Association,
working directly with the snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle teams,
and also helps transition national team athletes from rehabilitation to
full competition and training.
High Performing Reconditioning and
Restore and Prepare: Strategies to Optimize Return from Injury. Silos. Turf. Egos. A high
performance team faces well-known barriers when trying to coordinate all aspects of an
athlete's return from injury. This talk explores strategies to bring sports medicine and
strength & conditioning professionals together to make the transition from rehab to
return to training seamless, effective and positive.
Ben Rosenblatt PhD
Dr. Ben Rosenblatt is the Lead Men’s Physical Performance Coach for
the English Football Association. Prior to this he was lead S&C coach for
the Great Britain Women’s Field Hockey team who won Gold at the Rio
Olympic Games 2016. Ben was the Senior Rehabilitation Scientist of the
British Olympic Association and English Institute of Sports Intensive
Rehabilitation Unit for 4 years in preparation for many elite Judo fighter,
one of which won a Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. Ben has
helped physically prepare athletes and teams from multiple sports to
Olympic, international and national success over the past 10 years. He
completed his PhD in 2014 titles “a biomechanical analysis of the
principles of training in strength and conditioning for sprinting” and
remains passionate about working with coaches, athletes, medics and
teams to work out what’s important to them and find innovative and
creative ways of solving the problems that they face.
Relative Strength and Its Role in Sport and
Ben’s talk will focus around the work he did with the women’s field hockey team in preparation for the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Olympic Games is a grueling tournament for all sport and involves 8
matches in 13 days for field hockey. In order to be successful, the team must be able to tolerate
competitive stress and be physically capable of delivering their tactical objectives. Ben will review the
work he did with the team across multiple international tournaments to define the physical
characteristics of a tournament durable athlete. He will also focus on how he and his team
individualized the training process to make sure that they were tournament durable.
Tim is a Senior Strength and Conditioning Physiologist for the United
States Olympic Committee, He has been in his role for the past 7 years
and has helped prepare teams for the past 2 summer Olympic games. He
has been involved in strength and conditioning for 17 years, serving
coaches and athletes in collegiate, professional and Olympic settings. He
has assisted athletes and coaches at all 3 US Olympic Training Centers.
He currently is responsible for the physical preparations for the following
national teams: Men’s Indoor Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Women’s
Waterpolo In his tenure with the US Olympic Committee he has helped
support the attainment of 20 Major International Gold medals, 2 World
Cup titles, 2 World Championships, 3 Olympic bronze medals, 1 Olympic
silver medal and 2 Olympic gold medals. Tim lives in Southern California
with his wife(Jaclyn) and 2 kids (Tyler and Aly).