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September 25th to September 29th









Who is this symposium for?

  • HIgh School Athletic Trainers
  • High School Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Sports Dietitians
  • High School Coaches
  • College Students
  • Sports Medicine Clinicians

Topic & Speaker Lineup

Versatility of Omega 3 Supplementation for Athletic Performance and Concussion Treatment 

Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN (1)

Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN 

 Monday September 25th @ 12pm CST

Omega 3 deficiency is the world's largest nutrient deficiency at 80% of the globe while 95% of Americans are below baseline values. This presentation will provide an overview of the functions and application of Omega 3 intake from food and supplementation along with it's role in athletic performance and brain health/concussion. .

Post Concussion Therapy to Facilitate Return to Play

Sara Mele - MS, CCC-SLP (1)

Sara Mele - MS, CCC-SLP
Monday September 25th @ 7pm CST

This 60 minute lecture will provide a basic overview of the scope of cognitive behavioral intervention for athletes who sustain a concussion and what to look for/identify hallmarks of Persistent post-concussive symptoms. A very clinical perspective will be taken by providing intervention options, followed by a discussion and approaches to be taken as a rehabilitation team.

Weight and Athletic Performance

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD (1)

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD
Tuesday September 26th @ 12pm CST

This presentation will take a look at the age-old belief “The thinnest athlete is the best athlete,” the harm this has created among young athletes, and what we as RDs can do to help change the culture.

Game Speed

Gary Schofield, MAT, CSCSD, RSCCE (1)

Gary Schofield, MAT, CSCS*D, RSCC*E
Tuesday September 26th @ 7pm CST

As our understanding of athletic development has grown over the last few decades, we now understand that speed is a skill and therefore, can be developed. In this presentation, Coach Schofield will demonstrate how to program the athlete to maximize both speed and agility to create an explosive athlete in sport!

The "C" is for Conditioning

Tim Kettenring, CSCS, USATF, USAW (1)

Tim Kettenring, CSCS, USATF, USAW
Wednesday September 27th @ 12pm CST

Conditioning has gotten a bad rap over the last few years because of a misunderstanding of the principles of how energy systems function and how to apply these principles in practice. This presentation will clarify energy system function in sport and how to program conditioning to maximize adaptation.

Sprains, Strains and Other Mysterious Growing Pains

Diane King, MS, RD, ATC, CSSD (1)

Diane King, MS, ATC, RD CSSD
Wednesday September 27th @ 7pm CST

During practice or competitions injury can occur. No athlete nor training staff wants this to happen. In this presentation we will review common injuries seen in the high school setting, especially for those athletes that are "on the grow" and determine if they can be prevented.

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Muscle Cramping: Myths and Misconceptions

Kevin Miller, PhD, ATC (1)
Kevin Miller, PhD, ATC
Thursday September 28th @ 12pm CST

The etiology of exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC) is controversial. This has led to numerous myths and misconceptions regarding their treatment and prevention. In this presentation, I will discuss the top myths and misconceptions regarding EAMC and discuss the most recent evidence pertaining to their cause, treatment, and prevention.

Establishing your Coaching Identity: The Art and Service of HS Strength Coaching 

Ryan Johnson, MEd, CSCSD, RSCCE (1)

Ryan Johnson, MEd, CSCS*D, RSCC*E

Thursday September 28th @ 7pm CST

As we mature in the profession and develop our style, philosophy, and identity we will see that it can change and grow. Coach Johnson will share his thoughts and feelings on the integration of behavior management and soft skill development and how factors such as these are just as vital to coaching as are the physical outcomes.

 Pitching Mechanics

Kristen Nicolson, PhD (1)

Kristen Nicolson, PhD
Friday September 29th @ 12pm CST

This presentation will cover normal throwing mechanics, identifying mechanics that increase injury risk, and identifying mechanics that impact performance. The presentation will focus on how high school coaches and athletic trainers can identify these mechanics without high tech equipment

Fueling the Injured AthleteBrett Singer, MS, RD, CSSD (1)

Brett Singer - MS, RD, CSSD

Friday September 29th @ 1:30pm CST

This presentation will discuss the impact of muscle disuse and potential nutrition strategies to help mitigate muscle atrophy. We will discuss potential energy and macronutrient needs, in addition to supplements of interest. Lastly, we will discuss potential considerations for all practitioners to identify athletes who may need more attention with nutrition support after injuries.

What others are saying about our symposiums...

Sports Dietitian

“"I have attended all of the sport symposiums and have found the information well prepared and very beneficial for improving my skills as a sports dietitian. The symposiums provide a wide array of topics. The symposiums' have been well worth my time. I grabbed a VIP pass with symposium 4.0 and I would say the amount of CEU's you get for the price is a steal.
Thanks to all who put on this wonderful week of education."”

Registered Dietitian

Sports Dietitian

“I have been an athletic trainer for over 20 years and this is one of the best symposiums I have attended. The information shared was excellent and left me wanting more. I have already shared several things with me student athletes. I find it important as an athletic train that we have the best sports nutrition information to share with them.”

Head Athletic Trainer

Meet Our Presenters

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Dr. Kevin Miller is a Professor in the Athletic Training Program at Texas State University. His research interests include the causes, treatments, and prevention of exertional heat illness with a specific emphasis on exercise-associated muscle cramping and exertional heatstroke in American football players. He has published over 65 peer-reviewed manuscripts in medical journals and presented over 100 international, national, or regional presentations on topics related to heat illness. He has co-authored several national and international position statements including the 2015 NATA Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illness, the Statement of the Third International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference, the 2021 NATA Roundtable on the Pre-hospital Care of Patients with Exertional Heatstroke. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training and is a member of the Korey Stringer Institute’s Medical and Science Advisory Board and the NATAs Convention Program Committee.

Sara Mele - MS, CCC-SLP

Sara Green Mele has over 20 years clinical experience in the rehabilitation of adults with neurogenic speech, language and cognitive disorders and dysphagia. Ms. Mele began her career at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, where she gained a foundation in cognitive deficits in brain injured patients. She continued her career at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (currently The Shirley Ryan Institute) where she was on staff for over 10 years as a clinical Speech-Language pathologist, working with patients and mentoring SLP’s. Her clinical expertise is working with adults with neurological diagnoses including, progressive diseases, spinal cord injury, brain injury, dementia, and other neurological diagnoses, as well as with the unique difficulties noted in patients with burns of the face and neck. Sara was a clinical lecturer for Northwestern Medical School while at The Shirley Ryan Institute , lecturing to medical staff and mentoring allied health professionals. She later became Education Program Manager at The Shirley Ryan Institute, organizing national and international educational programs, managing the speech/language pathology graduate school program, and developing new curriculum and clinical programs for The Shirley Ryan Institute. Sara has served as an expert witness on cases on legal cases, including the Terry Schiavo case in Florida. She has presented extensively to hospitals, insurance companies and academic facilities. Currently, Sara is working as Clinical Faculty at Louisiana State University; as well as, having a private practice seeing patients with Post-Concussion Syndrome or Persistent Symptoms of Concussion.

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD

Technically speaking, Nancy Clark is a registered dietitian (RD) and board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). Practically speaking, she is a trusted nutrition educator, mentor, food coach, and sought after speaker, both nationally and internationally. Nancy has a private sport nutrition practice located in the Boston-area (Newton MA), where she counsels both fitness exercisers and competitive athletes. Nancy's clients have included the spectrum from student athletes to Olympians. She has been Team Nutritionist for the Red Sox and has worked with the Boston Bruins and Celtics. Her nutrition advice and photo have even been the back of the Wheaties’ box! Nancy completed her undergraduate degree in nutrition from Simmons University in Boston, her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and her graduate degree in nutrition with a focus on exercise physiology from Boston University.

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recipient of their Media Excellence Award and their Medallion Award, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and on the executive committee of Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES). Nancy is among the original sports nutritionists in the US who helped grow this niche into a viable career option. She has encouraged many RDs to follow their dreams to become a sports nutritionist. For more than 35 years, she led workshops across the country for RDs, personal trainers, coaches, and health professionals interested in learning more about exercise science, nutrition for performance, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Her best-selling Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook (now in its 6th edition) has sold more than 850,000 copies. This popular resource offers both sports nutrition science as well as practical "how to" tips, with specific menu ideas and food recommendations. She also writes a monthly nutrition column called The Athlete's Kitchen, which appears regularly in over 100 sports and health publications and websites. Health and fitness are personal values for Nancy. She has completed several marathons, bicycled across America, and hiked in the Himalayas. She lives in the Boston-area with her husband and dog and has two grown children. For more information, please visit www.nancyclarkrd.com. You can follow her on twitter at @nclarkrd.

Gary Schofield, MAT, CSCSD, RSCCE

Gary Schofield, Jr. MAT, CSCS*D currently serves as the Athletic Director and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Strong Rock Christian School (Locust Grove, GA). Strong Rock Christian School is one of the top independent schools in the nation. From its founding in 2007, they have offered educational excellence in Academics, Fine Arts, Athletics, and Missions to prepare the next generation of leaders. Schofield will be charged with leading and developing the elementary and youth athletics program while assisting the Director of Athletics with the Academy and High School programs. Schofield, MAT, CSCS*D, previously served as a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) for over 23 years, and is currently a certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction via the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Most recently, Schofield served as the National Director of Youth and High School Development for PLAE, a global performance brand, where he was was able to travel the country and connect with coaches and Athletic Directors through building strategic educational platforms and creating unique customer experiences. Prior to PLAE, Schofield was the Director of Athletic Development at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Ga. for 20 years, where his program earned the Strength of America Award for six consecutive years for the highest standards of safety and success for young athletes and in 2012, he was awarded the National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. With a background in athletic training and strength & conditioning, Schofield has experience working with professional and amateur athletes in numerous organizations, including the National Basketball Association, Arena Football League, East Coast Hockey League, World Championship Wrestling, North American Soccer League, USA Track & Field Indoor Championships and the Georgia State Olympic Development Program. In 2016, Schofield co-founded the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) to educate, equip and empower high school coaches to make a positive impact in the lives of students. Schofield is currently remains a Founding Board Member of the NHSSCA.

In 2019, Schofield became a member of the Marietta College Athletic Training Advisory Board (ATAB) for his alma matter. He also serves as an adjunct instructor for Marietta College’s Masters in Athletic Training Program and a guest lecturer for Setanta College (Ireland). He has served as the Georgia State Director and the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). After earning a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine, with an emphasis on athletic training, from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, He continued his education with the graduate program in athletic training at Georgia State University and completed the Master of Arts in Teaching program in physical education through the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. A popular speaker, Schofield has presented multiple times at several state, regional, national and international clinics and conferences. He is a proud father of his son Brett and daughter Savannah and honored to be married to his wife Amanda for the past 22 years.

Tim Kettenring, CSCS, USATF, USAW

Tim Kettenring is a 16 year coaching veteran with experience at every level of sport. His current role is as the High Performance Director for Nola Gold Rugby of Major League Rugby. Tim is the co-owner of the Conditioning Project, a coaches’ health and experiential learning platform. He also owns a private training facility, Valhalla Performance, in New Orleans, LA where he trains high school athletes and active adults. Prior to his current roles, Tim was the head strength and conditioning coach at Loyola University-New Orleans for 6 years, director of sports performance at Revolution Sports Performance for 2 years, and assistant strength and conditioning/sport coach at Holy Cross High School for 4 years. Tim is also the Louisiana State Director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds a BS in exercise science, along with CSCS, USAW, USATF, and CHPC credentials. Tim and his wife, Julie, live in New Orleans with their three year old son, Colt, and four year old Labrador mix, Bear.

Diane King, MS, RD, ATC, CSSD (2)

Diane King, MS, ATC, RD, CSSD is an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and Registered, Licensed Dietician. Diane has worked in the field of sports medicine since 1988. She currently works full-time as an Athletic Trainer with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Sports Medicine Program and South Forsyth High School in Cumming GA. Diane serves on the Georgia High School Association’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. She has worked with the Georgia High School Association to develop nutrition education material and helps administer the high school Wrestling Minimum Weight Certification program. Diane has served on the Gatorade Sports Nutrition Speaker Network as well as the NCAA Speakers Bureau. Diane has served the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association in several capacities including Secretary/ Treasurer and President and is committed to maintaining the strength of this profession. Diane was one of the Athletic Trainers at the Aquatics Venue during the 1996 Olympic games and served as the Nutrition Consultant for the Atlanta Falcons NFL Football team from 1994 – 2007. Diane received a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Memphis State University and A Master’s degree from Louisiana State University in Human Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.

Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN

Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN has been working in the field of high performance and Sports Nutrition for the past 21 years designing personalized nutrition programs for high school, college, and professional athletes. He currently serves as the Dietitian/Healthcare Account Manager for OmegaQuant Labs, where their team works to research and provide Omega 3 Testing for healthcare practitioners, collegiate and professional teams, and supplement brands. He currently serves as the Sports Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant for Fairchild Sports Performance in Houston where he designs nutrition programs for high, college, and professional athletes. He is also an adjunct faculty for Concordia University of Chicago’s Exercise Science department where he teaches graduate courses in Vitamins/Minerals, Sports Nutrition, and Exercise and Nutrition for Weight Management. He is also the Co-Founder of the company My Sports Dietitian (www.mysportsd.com), an online Sports Nutrition education company that provides digital tools (Eat 2 Win Nutrition App) and services for High School and Collegiate Athletic Programs, Performance Centers, and Club Sport Teams. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer/Formulator for Liquid Fuel Nutrition, an innovative Sports and Hydration beverage that uses a low-glycemic carbohydrate and optimal electrolyte ratio to help athletes and individuals achieve sustained energy and blood sugar control for optimal performance and health. www.drinkliquidfuel.com. He was the Sports Dietitian for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-2013 and New Orleans Pelicans from 2008-2013. He also served as the Sports Dietitian for the Tulane Athletics from 2002-2014 and the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine’s NFL Players Association Brain and Body program from 2013-2016. He’s been fortunate to work with a long list of NFL and MLB players throughout his career.

Ryan Johnson, MEd, CSCSD, RSCCE

Ryan Johnson – “RJ” teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Wayzata Public Schools, a position he began in 2000. Wayzata Athletics has captured 77 team state titles in his tenure. RJ was named the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) 2017 National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. He is currently serving on the Executive Council of the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA). after previously serving as the Region 6 Director / Board Chair. A former volunteer firefighter, he also received an Award of Merit from the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety for participation in a lifesaving CPR/AED effort to revive a player that suffered sudden cardiac arrest while at practice. Johnson is a frequent clinician, speaker, and his Wayzata Trojan Power program has been visited by over 70 other high school and small college programs. He also volunteered his time in the Rockford School District, where he and his wife and four children reside, formerly serving as the Rockford Area Athletic Association President, Youth Football Director, and Coach. In 2022 RJ was awarded the NSCA’s honor of Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E)

Kristen Nicolson, PhD

Kristen Nicholson, PhD, joined the Wake Forest pitching lab staff in October 2018 as the director of the lab and lead of biomechanics research. She earned her undergraduate in Mathematical Science from Clemson University in 2010 and her MS and PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware in 2015. Dr. Nicholson is currently an Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Nicholson has a particular interest in the development of non-invasive tools and methods for assessing kinematics and implementing scapular kinematics in baseball pitching. Her primary focus in the pitching lab has been optimizing pitching performance while reducing injury risk and using motion capture and biomechanics as a player development tool.

Brett Singer, MS, RD, CSSD

Brett Singer has been a sports dietitian with Memorial Hermann Rockets Sports Medicine Institute for over 10 years. Prior to his role there, Brett also served as a clinical dietitian for several years within Memorial Hermann. Within his role for Memorial Hermann, Brett served as a sports dietitian for Houston Dynamo FC for over 4 seasons, and has also served as a contract dietitian for multiple high school athletic programs within the region.

Brett enjoys teaching and mentorship. He has helped create and lead the Memorial Hermann Sports Nutrition Residency program, has served as a CPSDA SNIP Mentor, and also helped create the Texas Sports Nutrition Symposium. Additionally, Brett has been a contributing author on multiple text book chapters including on the topic of injury nutrition for athletes. Outside of his role with Memorial Hermann, Brett previously served as an adjunct professor for University of Houston Master of Athletic Training Program, and currently serves on the CPSDA Board of Directors.

What others are saying about our symposium...

Sports Dietitian

“"The symposium was very educative and the fact that the presenters were providing evidence based data, made it very reliable information to add to ones informational raportoure. It is a wonderful place to invest an hour of your time as a sports nutritionist or dietitian to get up to date information and get a boost on interaction with your clients. You will never second guess yourself.
The experience is overwhelmingly amazing "”

Registered Clinical Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist

Sports Dietitian

“I found the Sports Nutrition Symposium to be very worthwhile! The range they offered regarding relevant topics of interest, in addition to the speaker range & specialty were very valuable. I certainly will be attending more in the future, and feel it is something any sports specialist can attend.”

Registered Dietitian and Health Coach

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