Early Registration Deadline Tuesday, April 5 for Midwest Sports Performance Conference at KU

March 30, 2011

The early registration deadline for the Midwest Sports Performance Conference hosted by Kansas Athletics is this coming Tuesday, April 5. Early conference registration, prior to April 5, is $225 per person, while students are only $100.

Kansas will be hosting the third annual Midwest Sports Performance Conference on May 13-14, 2011. More than 400 years of training, knowledge and experience will be on hand for the two-day event at the Anderson Family Strength and ConditioningCenter on the campus of the University of Kansas.

The conference’s focus will be 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 conference is continuing education approved for NSCA (1.6 CEU’s) and the BOC provider.

Andrea Hudy, KU Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Performance, is a co-director of the conference and is looking forward to the variety of knowledge that will be shared over the two-day conference. She believes that the conference will present people with a new approach to sport performance training, in both research and coaching.

“We’re tying to bridge the gap between research and practical coaching,” Hudy said. “We will give you two tracks to look into. One being, if you’re interested in research, the other a practical approach. We try to bring those two aspects together because that’s what we’re interested in.”

Among this year’s presenters will be keynote speaker and former diving standout Mary Ellen Clark, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in 1996 at Atlanta and 1992 in Barcelona.

“She’s a world renowned speaker,” Hudy said of Clark. “We’re actually going to try to get her to speak to our student-athletes as well. She’s a great motivational speaker.”

Also headlining the presentations are famed resistance training researcher, Dr. William Kraemer, as well as several coaches from around the country who have gathered years of expertise in the field.

“I want people to see our world-class facilities,” Hudy said of her goals for the conference. “I want people to hear our world-class presenters. I want people to understand that this is a small, intimate conference where we want our speakers to make good connections with them, and great networking.”

The conference begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13, and concludes with round-table discussions at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Late conference registration is $250 per person.

2011 Midwest Sports Performance Conference Presenters

Mary Ellen Clark, Keynote Speaker

Roger Marandino, MS, CSCS, *D

Greg Werner

Jerry Martin

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

Jay R. Hoffman, Ph.D., CSCS, FNSCA

Patrick McHenry, MS, CSCS*D

Phillip Gallagher, Ph.D.

Andrew C. Fry, Ph.D., CSCS, FNSCA

Mark Paulsen

Andrea Hudy, MS, CSCS, USAW-1

Chris Dawson

Lance Hooton

Scott Greenawalt

Phillip Vardiman, PhD, AT