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SwRI to host 2017 International Human Performance Summit

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San Antonio — May 16, 2017 — The science of elite human performance is evolving at a rapid pace as researchers tap into data from the human body to reveal the complex roles of sleep, nutrition, genetics, training, and neuroscience in the performance of the world’s top athletes.

During the 2017 International Human Performance Summit July 15-16 – hosted by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio – professional and collegiate sports representatives will join elite military units to learn how to apply cutting-edge research that drives higher levels of human performance.

“A conference to discuss applications for the frontiers of research is long overdue,” said Kase Saylor, co-lead of SwRI’s Human Performance Initiative (HPI). “This is a unique opportunity to pick the brains of some of the smartest people in the fields of sports science, recovery, conditioning, and cognition.”

Keynote speaker Dr. Andy Walshe, Director of High Performance, Red Bull, will discuss how athletes from extreme sports are inspiring other sports to push boundaries. Other distinguished researchers providing detailed talks followed by Q&A include:

  • Dr. Aaron Clauset, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder, will speak on complex systems and understanding data and science behind scoring leads.
  • Dr. Shona Halson, Head of Recovery, Australian Institute of Sport, will discuss the importance of sleep in optimizing performance.
  • Dr. Daniel Moore, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto, will focus on protein for recovery and adaptation to the stress of exercise.
  • Dr. J.B. Morin, Sport Scientist, Professor at the University of Nice, will address the importance of individual force-velocity-power profiles for jump and sprint performance.
  • Dr. Yannis Pitsiladis, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Brighton, will discuss the latest research in genomics and genetics in sports science.
  • Dr. Vincent Walsh, Professor of Human Brain Research, Applied Cognitive Neuroscience,  will discuss decision making under pressure.
  • Dr. Mark Williams, Chair of the Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation Department, University of Utah, will cover the role of anticipation and decision-making from testing to training.
  • Dr. Mounir Zok, Director of Technology & Innovation, United States Olympic Committee, will discuss technology, innovation, and the 1% edge in sports.

Attendees will get 4.75 continuing education units (CEUs) from the CSCCa (Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association). “This is a great opportunity to engage with cutting-edge researchers in an intimate, small-group setting in beautiful and historic San Antonio, while earning CSCCa credits,” added Dr. Dan Nicolella, an SwRI researcher who specializes in biomechanics.

Registration is $375 through May 19. Rates change to $475 (May 15-31), $575 (June 1-30), and $675 (July 1-15). Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks in the Hilton Palacio del Rio hotel located on the scenic San Antonio River Walk. For more information, register at or contact Kimberly Pritchard, (210) 522-3930.

Download the event flyer to learn about advance registration discounts.

For more information, visit SwRI’s Human Performance Solutions page or contact Robert Crowe, (210) 522-4630, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238-5166.