Sport Exchange Summit 2018

Kansas City
Monday, June 11, 2018

14-223-12: The Iron Behind the Will 

Opening Keynote Session with Will H. Shields, Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015

An athlete’s success and progression to the top of their game is highly dependent on innate talent, drive, and determination. Yet, the longevity of an athlete’s competitive career and quality of life as they climb to the elite level is also highly dependent on a team of sport professionals. Will Shields brings a wealth of experience from his athletic achievements at Lawton High School in Oklahoma, to being a Cornhusker, Kansas City Chief, philanthropist and business owner.  Join Will Shields at the Sport Exchange Summit as he reflects on his journey from Lawton, Oklahoma to being inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

 Session Descriptions (Listed Alphabetically):

Session Title & Speakers

Session Description

Building an Effective “Team Behind the Team”


Mark Coberley, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CES, PES

What does it take to build an effective multidisciplinary team purposed to ensure total athlete wellness and performance? Hear first-hand experiences from a respected and award-winning sports medicine professional who continues to connect all assets of sports medicine. Recognize the challenges and opportunities of blending the different specialties of sports medicine, and consider where your organization can make strides to reinforce your “team behind the team.”

High Performance Sports Nutrition: Impact & Influence on Sports Programs


Dave Ellis, RD. CSCS

Sports registered dietitians (RDs) are a normative part of the High Performance Team where there is a commitment to feeding athletes.  Fueling at home and on the road is a full-time job, but is only a small piece of what teams are looking for when shopping the market for an experienced Sports RD.  Veteran sports professional, Dave Ellis, RD, will characterize the skill sets that have emerged for the four most common destinations where Sports RDs are getting full-time traction in working with athletes.  Dave has placed more full-time Sports RDs in the Collegiate, Olympic, Pro and Military ranks then anyone in the business over the last three plus decades of work in sports (,

Innovative and Effective Athlete Engagement Strategies: An Introspective and Synergistic Approach


Marcus Sedberry

With the growing challenges of generational distance between athletes and staff and the increasing decentralization of athletics organizations, it is ever more critical to engage “the team behind the team” and LEAN IN! Identifying ways to work with, through, and for today's athlete, this session will explore ways sports professionals can all “lean in” and bridge the gap between athletes, coaches, support staff, and administrators. Marcus Sedberry’s extensive background and success in player development and engagement will provide attendees with unique insights and actionable strategies to apply in their sport operations.

Life after Sports: Helping Athletes Transition and Build a New Identity


Chris Carr, PhD, CC-AASP, Daryl Dingle, Maria Moreno-Pardo,  Erin Reifsteck, Ph.D., Marcus Sedberry

After the final season, practice, or career-ending injury, many athletes are faced with the daunting question of “what’s next for me?” An athlete’s emotional attachment to their sport and identity can pose significant psychological hurdles. Effectively turning athletic skills into meaningful work experience on a resume or during a job interview can be a significant challenge. This panel discussion brings together a variety of practitioners and former athletes with direct experience in advising and supporting athletes in their transition away from sport. Attendees will recognize the scope of the issue and leave with tools to help their athletes thrive after their playing days have ended.

Marijuana: Impact of Legalization and New Forms of Consumption   


Ben Cort, LaTisha L. Bader, Ph.D., LP, LAC, CC-AASP

There has been a clear expansion in global perceptions and the use of cannabinoids among athletic populations.  New forms of consumption such as synthetics, waxes and oils, and the changing potency of THC cultivated from cannabis plants suggests a new era of unknown consequences related to addiction, health, and sports performance. Presenting information on this changing landscape of marijuana is Ben Cort, a nationally recognized spokesperson and active participant in the recovery community after his own struggle with substance abuse. Joining him is Dr. LaTisha Bader, an industry leader that currently practices in a marijuana-legalized state where she specializes in sport psychology and addiction counseling for athletes.

Out in Sports: Considerations for Supporting Trans Athlete Identities


Angela Cottrell, EdD., Jonathan Pryor, MEd

With an increasing awareness for LGBT athletes, institutional leaders are beginning to address how to create opportunities for everyone to play in an open, safe, and supportive environment. Despite the heightened exposure of the transgender community, transgender people are significantly more likely to experience harassment, violence, or exclusion than their non-transgender peers.  This workshop will discuss strategies to best support transgender athletes.  Specifically, we will acknowledge some “transgender basics” (i.e., terminology, myths, & facts) and provide considerations for improving policies and practices to establish welcoming athletic environments for the transgender community. This presentation will also include a brief panel allowing for Q&A with athletic transgender individuals from the Kansas City community.

Prescription Drug Abuse in Sport


Laurence M. Westreich, MD

According to the National Center for Drug Free Sport, prescription drug use is a growing concern on campuses and in professional organizations throughout North America. From pain management, to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) treatment, to illicit use that causes a dangerous “high”, these issues are on the minds of many medical and sports professionals. The addictive potential of these medications, the risk of lethal overdose, and assessments for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) will be discussed.

Race & Diversity Issues in Sport: A Case Study


Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas, University of Missouri - Columbia

International media coverage of race and diversity concerns on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus only emphasizes the need for athletic organizations across all levels of competition to audit their own programs and initiate change proactively. This keynote address from University of Missouri published author and researcher, Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas, will share their unique story, research, strategic action plan, and steps taken to influence positive change in this area. Truly a topic that affects all members of the “team behind the team,” this presentation is timely and surely not one to miss.

Race & Diversity Issues in Sport: Action and Influence


Kim Bishop, Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas, Dr. Pat Ivey, Dr. Rick McGuire

Following the Keynote presentation, Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas will join some of his colleagues for a panel discussion to further explore their model for change and research findings related to race and diversity in sport. The panel will provide additional perspectives and outcomes, and also allow for questions from the audience.

Running Effective Drug Testing Programs


Dr. Tom Hospel (PGA Tour Medical Director), Dr. Bryan Smith (MLB Medical Representative), Mary Wilfert (Associate Director, NCAA-Sport Science Institute)

Often perceived by athletes as a punishment or an inconvenience for athletic department and sports medicine personnel, drug testing is designed to serve a higher purpose in sport. This panel discussion will explore current trends and insider perspectives from medical representatives involved in drug testing programs for the NFL, PGA Tour, Minor League Baseball, and NCAA. Questions ranging from “what should we test for?” to “why direct observation?” and “are we effectively reducing drug use in sport?” will be addressed.

Sport Psychology: Professional Issues & Psychological Care of the Athlete


Chris Carr, PhD, CC-AASP

Athlete mental health awareness and treatment are quickly emerging as pressing initiatives at all levels of sports engagement. Sport psychologists are primed to the unique challenges and stressors experienced by athletes. Hear from one of the leading sports psychologists in America about the current landscape of mental health in athletics, and the vital role of the sports psychologist on the “team behind the team.”

Supplement Certification Programs: State of the Industry and What You Need to Know


Daniel Fabricant, PhD., Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS, John Travis, Senior Research Scientist at NSF International 

Many sport organizations do not condone the use of dietary supplements due to unknown variables that pose a risk to athlete health and safety, along with potential for contamination with banned substances. This panel discussion will address the “what’s” and “why’s” of third-party supplement certification programs that are striving to “clean up” the supplement industry for athletes and general consumers. From the shared expertise of the panel, attendees will better understand the pros and cons of banned substance testing, recognize products of concern, and begin to develop feasible approaches to help athletes make informed decisions about sports supplements.



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