Keynote Speakers

Avery Faigenbaum

Avery Faigenbaum is a Full Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Scienceat The College of New Jersey, USA.His research interests focus on youth resistance training, pediatric exercise science and preventive medicine. He has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, 40 book chapters and 10 books, and has been an invited speaker at more than 300 national and international conferences. He is a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and of the American College of Sports Medicine, and was awarded the 2017 Boyd EpleyAward for Lifetime Achievement from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Jeffrey McBride

Jeffrey M. McBride is a Professor in Biomechanics at Appalachian State University in the Department of Health & Exercise Science and the Director of the Neuromuscular &Biomechanics Laboratory. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland and he received his PhD in Human Movement from Southern Cross University in Australia.He completed his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at Penn State and his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from West Virginia University.He received the William J. Kraemer Sports Scientist of the Year Award from the National Strength & Conditioning Association in 2012.He is also a Fellow of this same organization.He has published 90 research studies in scientific journals and has over 100 conference abstract presentations.

Jean-Benoit (JB) Morin

Jean-Benoit (JB) Morin is Full Professor at the Faculty of Sport Sciences (Université Côte d’Azur, Nice, France), and a member of the Laboratory of Human Motor Function, Expertise Sport and Health. He is also an associate researcher with the Sports Research Institute New-Zealand (SPRINZ) at Auckland University of Technology.He obtained a Track & Field Coach National Diploma in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Human Locomotion and Performance in 2004. JB’s field of research is mainly human locomotion and performance, with specific interest in running biomechanics and maximal power movements (sprint, jumps). He teaches locomotion and sports biomechanics, and strength assessment. He is also a consultant for professional sports groups in soccer, rugby, sprint, and other power-speed sports. He practiced soccer for 10 years, practiced and coached track and field (middle distance and 400m hurdles) for eight years, and he is now enjoying trail running and road cycling.

Duncan French

Globally recognized as a leading expert in high performance sport, Dr.Duncan French is the Vice President of Performance at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.He is responsible for directing the state-of-the-art facility which provides performance services to UFC athletes.He has over 20 years of experience working with elite professional and Olympic athletes. Prior to joining the UFC, Duncan was the Director of Performance Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Before residing in the US, Duncan was a Technical Lead for Strength & Conditioning at the English Institute of Sport. He has worked three full Olympic cycles and has been the national lead for strength and conditioning to both Great Britain Basketball and Great Britain Taekwondo. As a strength and conditioning coach Duncan has coached a host of Olympic, World Championship, and Commonwealth Games medallists, as well as world-record holders from a variety of different sports. As a researcher, Duncan has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and seven book chapters. He was the chairman of the UKSCA from 2011-13 and received an Honorary Fellowship in 2014 for his services to the strength and conditioning industry.

Shona Halson

Shona Halson is a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, where her role involves service provision, education and scientific research. She has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and has been involved in conducting research into the areas of recovery, fatigue, sleep and travel. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Shona was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has authored several book chapters on sleep, fatigue and recovery.

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