Kansas Athletics to Host Midwest Sports Performance Conference May 7-8, 2010

Jan. 27, 2010


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By Katie Cook, media relations student assistant

More than 400 years of training, knowledge and experience will be on hand at the Midwest Sports Performance Conference hosted by Kansas Athletics, May 7-8, 2010.

The two-day event at the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center on the campus of the University of Kansas will focus on preparing an athlete to compete in any sport at any level. Instruction will include: best practice training methods, student wellness education, programs for in-season and off-season preparation and ways to increase constant improvement at all skill levels.

The workshop offers a combination of theory and practice presented by many of college athletics’ most respected sports science professionals over a two-day period,

Dr. Andrew Fry, Chair at the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences at Kansas, and Andrea Hudy, KU Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Performance are co-directors of the conference.

Hudy has worked at KU for the past five years and has trained student-athletes that have competed in nine different national championships, including the 2008 KU men’s basketball national championship team. Hudy has a vast array of experience and is excited for the conference to be held at KU again.

“I think it is important to hold this conference at KU because we are in a good location for people from the east coast and west coast to come and see some of the best presenters in the world,” Hudy said.

With so much education available at the conference, Hudy is preparing to open the doors at the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center to presenters from all over the world. For instance, Meg Stone, two-time Olympic discus thrower from Great Britain, will be at the conference to discuss how to train the female athlete.

“I think the highlight of the event is all the presenters that we have,” Hudy said. “They are at the top of the strength and conditioning field. We have two tracks, one is a theoretical track with researchers and the second track is bringing the theory to practice.”

The bringing the theory to practice track will be hands-on demonstrations, like ‘It’s never “just a lunge” ‘ presented by Doug Edwards, Director of Sports Performance and Work Conditioning Coordinator.

Hudy believes another highlight of the conference is the sheer amount of information that is available from top professionals.

“The knowledge and experience of the group of people we have coming in is amazing,” Hudy said. “There is over 400 years of knowledge and experience coming from some of the best people in the world. You also get continuing education units from our governing body, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).”

The conference begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 7, and concludes with round-table discussions at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. Early conference registration, prior to April 5, is $225 per person. Students are $100. Late conference registration is $250 per person.

“I think it is a great conference that has international speakers that are at the top of their field, Hudy said. “To have that in Lawrence, Kan., at the University of Kansas is a great thing.”

For more information, schedules and downloadable registration forms, click here.

2010 Midwest Sports Performance Conference Presenters

William J. Kraemer, Ph.D., Ph.D., CSCS, FNSCA, FACSM

Andrew C. Fry, Ph.D., CSCS

Doug Edwards, ATC/L

Jeff Reinardy, MS, CSCS – 2009 NSCA Strength &

Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS, *D, FNSCA

Whitney Rodden, MS, CSCS, ATC, USAW, SCCC

G. Gregory Haff, Ph.D. C.S.C.S.*D, ASCC, FNSCA

Jay Hoffman, NSCA President

Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., CSCS, FACSM, FNSCA

Gary Winckler

Scott Greenawalt

Andrea Hudy, MS, CSCS, USAW-1

Brady Holt, MS, CSCS, USAW-SP

Lance Hooton

Jerry Martin, MA, CSCS*D

Molly McKinnon, MS, CSCS, USAW-1

Darric Honnold, MS, CSCS, USAW-1, PICP

Meg Stone

Michael H. Stone

Randy Bird, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

Murphy Grant

Patrick Moodie


Dr. Doug Stull, MD

Dan Lorenz, MS, PT, ATC/L, CSCS

Phillip Vardiman