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.

Charlotte Suetta

Clinical professor in Geriatrics at University of Copenhagen, and Chief Physician at Geriatric Department, Bispebjerg/Frederiksberg and Herlev/Gentofte Hospitals, Copenhagen. Head of Geriatric Research Unit, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen. Main interest is plasticity of human skeletal muscle in relation to aging, inactivity and exercise rehabilitation with a special emphasize to integrate basic cellular adaptations to overall muscle function in healthy elderly as well as clinical patient populations.

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.

Janet Taylor

Dr Janet Taylor is a Professor of Human Neurophysiology in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University. Her research interest is the control of human movement by the nervous system and she has over 170 peer-reviewed publications in the area. Her work focuses on how the motor pathway changes in response to activity such as fatiguing exercise, stimulation of the brain or nerves, and training or practice of motor tasks. Her aim is to better understand how the nervous system contributes to decrements in performance with muscle fatigue, and also to improvements in motor performance with practice in health and disease. Currently, she is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physiology and an Associate Editor for Exercise and Sports Science Reviews. She was chair of Commission I: Locomotion for the International Union of Physiological Sciences in 2015-2017.

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.

Nicholas Gill

Dr Nic Gill is a professional strength and conditioning coach and an Associate Professor in Human Performance. He is best known for his work in rugby, with 18 years working in the sport. For the last 11 years, Nic has been the strength and conditioning coach for the All Blacks, a period of unprecedented international success for the team that has included more than 120 rugby test match wins and World Cup titles in 2011 and 2015.   Beyond rugby, Nic has experience in a variety of other sports, including work as strength and power coach for the record-breaking rowers Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, and strength and conditioning coach of NZ Track Cycling Endurance team leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.  In addition to helping individuals and teams strive towards high performance, Nic is a lifestyle and fitness coach for a number of international corporate organisations and individuals who take their own health, fitness, well-being and performance seriously.  Nic continues to study and research many areas of human performance at the University of Waikato, constantly refining and evolving his philosophy for being fit and healthy, and having the winning edge in life and in competition.

Per Aagaard

Per Aagaard works as Professor in Biomechanics at the Institute of Sports Science  and Clinical Biomechanics, Muscle Physiology and Biomechanics Research Unit,  University of Southern Denmark. Previous affiliations have been at the Institute of Sports Medicine Copenhagen, Bispebjerg Hospital, andTeam Danmark Testcenter (Danish Elite Sport Association), Copenhagen.

 More than 250 articles and book chapters have been published in international scientific journals and text books. Specific research areas comprise (i) Adaptive changes in neuromuscular function and muscle morphology/architecture induced by training or  inactivity; (ii) Evaluation of mechanical muscle function (strength, power, RFD) in young and old adults incl. athletes and patients; (iii) Effects of resistance training on musculoskeletal health; (iv) Neuromuscular and biomechanical aspects of ACL injury; (v) Myogenic stem cell activation with training; (vi) Use of exercise in rehabilitation and prevention of tendinopathy and muscle-tendon injury; (vii) Athletic performance and biomechanical analysis in elite sports incl. aging master athletes.

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.

Invited Speakers

Brendan Scott

Brendan received his PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2016, which investigated the effects of hypoxia on responses to resistance exercise. His main research areas focus on exercise with systemic hypoxia (altitude) and localised hypoxia (blood flow restriction), as well as optimising methods to monitor athletic training. Brendan has consulted as a sports scientist with elite athletes and officials from a range of sports (rugby league, Australian rules football, soccer, elite powerlifting), and is also a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the ASCA. 

Brendan is currently a Senior Lecturer (Strength and Conditioning) at Murdoch University, where he teaches and coordinates units on strength training, sports science, and functional human anatomy.

Caroline Finch

Professor Caroline Finch AO is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia and Research Director of the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), which is one of only four centres worldwide recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health since 2010. She is strongly committed towards ensuring that her injury prevention research has a very real impact on community sport and much of her research has directly inform safety policy by Government Departments of Sport and Health, health promotion/injury prevention agencies, and peak sports bodies worldwide. In 2018, she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for ‘distinguished service to sports medicine, particularly in the area of injury prevention as an educator, researcher and author, and to the promotion of improved health in athletes and those who exercise’.

Dawn Scott

Dawn Scott first worked with the U.S. Women’s National Team in January of 2010 and is widely regarded as one of the foremost fitness and sports science coaches in women’s international soccer and has been a part of the U.S. staff for the past two Women’s World Cups and two Olympic tournaments. Scott previously worked with the English Football Association, where she had worked since 2001 as Head of Exercise Science (women’s teams), primarily working with the England Women’s National Soccer Teams. Scott also oversees the coordination and integration of sport science with all of the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) professional clubs in USA, to monitor and develop the physical performance of the National Team players. Scott was part of the support staff with the US team who won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as winners of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

She has co-authored on numerous research papers, as well as co-authoring a book chapter, on sports science as it relates to elite female athletes, especially soccer players. Scott is currently studying part-time for a PhD through the University of Western Sydney, working closely with her supervisor Dr. Ric Lovell developing a training model for elite female soccer players through the use of GPS, heart rate and subjective wellness data, aimed at optimizing the physical performance of elite female soccer players. She recently had her first scientific publication as the primary author published, ‘Individualisation of speed thresholds does not enhance the dose-response determination in football training’.

Dennis Taaffe

Dennis Taaffe, PhD, DSc, MPH, is a Professorial Fellow and Professor of Exercise Gerontology in the Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University and Director of the ECU Survey Research Centre. Dennis is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and an Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland.  His research work is in the area of exercise oncology and exercise gerontology, predominantly examining the effects of exercise on the musculoskeletal system and physical function.

Greg Haff

G. Gregory Haff is an Associate Professor in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University. A/Prof. Haff is a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is the President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Dr Haff is the co-author of the text “Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training” and a popular speaker at international conferences. He was the President of the National Strength & Conditioning Association from July 2015 until July 2018 and currently serves as the Sport Scientist on the Australian Weightlifting High Performance Advisor Group. A/Prof Haff has served as a consultant for the Chinese Olympic Committee (weightlifting/rowing), and the English Institute of Sport (Track Cycling/Netball/Weightlifting). From 2003-2004 he served as a member of the United States Olympic Committee Performance Enhancement Team for Weightlifting. In 2014, Dr Haff was named the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association: Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year for Education and Research. Additionally, in 2011 he was awarded the NSCA’s William J. Kraemer Sport Scientist of the Year Award for his applied sport science research. A/Prof Haff is a Level 3 Weightlifting Coach in the United States and Australia. In 2017, he was the Head Coach of the Australian Jr Men’s and Women’s Oceania Weightlifting Teams.

Jacqueline Alderson

, PhD, FISBS is an Associate Professor at The University of Western Australia with ∼ 130 peer reviewed publications in the broad areas sports performance, sports injury prevention and biomechanical modelling. She is a fellow and former director of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport. She was a member of the IOC’s biomechanics special projects at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and has an extensive academic, community and industry engagement portfolio from groups such as; The Australian Research Council, The Australian Institute of sport (AIS) and associated State Institutes, Swimming Australia, New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation, Cricket Australia, Hockey Australia and the International Cricket Council.

Her current areas of research interest involve wearable technologies, augmented/mixed reality, data science and machine learning, to create translational tools for use by coaches and athletes – at scale.

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.

Keijo Häkkinen

Keijo Häkkinen is a professor at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He has been qualified for the scientific competence for the academic chairs of the professorship in Biomechanics in 1989, Exercise Physiology in 1991 and Science of Sport Coaching and Fitness Testing in 2001 at the University of Jyväskylä, and obtained the adjunct professorship in Biology of Exercise Training in 1992 at the University of Oulu, Finland. He has nearly 400 international peer-reviewed original articles, 60 peer-reviewed reviews in scientific journals, articles in books and conference proceedings, 8 co-authored books, and 170 domestic publications and 9 co-authored books. His research interests are broad but they focus on neuromuscular and hormonal responses and adaptations during both strength training and combined strength and endurance training in men and women and in athletes. He has given numerous presentations in international scientific congresses and various seminars, and contributed to the organizing process of about 30 International Congresses. He is the chairman of the International Scientific Committee of International Conference Series on Strength Training. He received the NSCA Impact Award in 2015.

Ken Nosaka

Professor Ken Nosaka worked at Yokohama City University in Japan for nearly 20 years before relocating to Edith Cowan University in April 2004. He is currently a Director of Exercise and Sports Science in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. Over the past 14 years, his main roles in the School were to coordinate Postgraduate research programs of Exercise and Sports Science (2007-2014), direct the Center for Exercise and Sports Science Research (2007-2012), and supervise PhD and Masters by research students. He received the Vice Chancellor’s Award “Excellence in Research Supervision” in 2008, and the Vice Chancellor’s Award “Excellence in Research” in 2012. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, and about 80% of them are associated with eccentric exercise. Some of the key words of his research include exercise-induced muscle damage, delayed onset muscle soreness, the repeated bout effect, and eccentric exercise training. His current h-index is 48, and his published papers have more than 8000 citations.

Matt Jordon

Dr. Matt Jordan has been a strength and conditioning coach for elite athletes over six Olympic Winter Games. Matt holds a Master of Science in Exercise and Neuromuscular Physiology, and a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Calgary. His area of expertise is the interface between coaching and science with a special interest in: program design for elite athletes; assessing neuromuscular adaptations to strength/power training; athlete monitoring; neuromuscular profiling; knee injury prevention; and return to sport neuromuscular monitoring after knee injuries. Throughout his career as a strength coach/sport scientist, Matt has consulted with more than 30 Olympic and World Championship medalists. He also provides his expertise to high performance organizations in the NHL, NBA, NFL and military.

Ritva S. Taipale

Ritva S. Taipale completed her PhD in 2013 at the Department of Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland. Her work primarily focused on neuromuscular, cardiorespiratory, and hormonal responses and adaptations to concurrent strength and endurance training in recreational endurance runners (men and women). Ritva is currently a senior lecturer at the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences in Kajaani, Finland where she teaches exercise physiology, coaching, and anatomy. Her post-doctoral research has focused on women, hormones, and performance.

Ritva has the highest level coaching certification from the Finnish Ski Association and has also coached distance runners, however, she is currently taking a break from coaching to spend time with her family including her daughter who was born in October of 2017.

Rob Newton

Professor Robert Newton, PhD, AEP, CSCS*D, FESSA, FNSCA is Associate Dean, Medical and Exercise Sciences and Research Professor, Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University Perth, Western Australia.  Current major research directions include: reducing decline in strength, body composition and functional ability in cancer patients; cancer related fatigue and the influence of exercise; exercise medicine and tumour biology.

Professor Newton has published over 350 refereed scientific journal articles, 450 conference abstracts and papers, two books, 16 book chapters and has a current Scopus h-Index of 69 with his work being cited 16,000 times. As of 2018 his research had attracted over $35Million in competitive research funding. In 2018 he received the career achievement award from the Cancer Council WA and was a finalist for Western Australian of the Year.

Sophia Nimphius

Sophia Nimphius, PhD, PCAS-E, CSCS*D, ASpS2, AHPM is an Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University (ECU) that has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and five book chapters, leads High-Performance Services for Softball Western Australia and is a current Board Member for the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. She previously served as the Sport Science Manager at Surfing Australia Hurley High-Performance Centre and has been privileged to receive several awards for her contribution to the field such as the 2017 Female Leader in Exercise & Sports Science by Exercise and Sports Science Australia. She is a passionate advocate and mentor for women and minorities in an effort to enhance their representation in high-performance sport positions.

Tony Blazevich

Tony Blazevich, PhD,is a Professor of Biomechanics in the School of Medical and Health Sciences, and the Director of the Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research (CESSR). His research aims to determine: (1) the relative influence of musculo-tendinous and neural factors on human movement performance; and (2) the adaptive responses of these factors to exercise training and detraining. His research therefore requires the understanding and use of a broad range of techniques in the areas of biomechanics,neurophysiology and strength & conditioning, including medical imaging, brain and muscle electrical and magnetic stimulation, muscle biopsy and 3-D motion and force analysis techniques. Tony has worked with athletes at all levels, from development programs to Olympic Gold medallists, and currently works as a consultant at both domestic and international levels in Australia and Europe.He is the author of Sports Biomechanics: The Basics (3rd edition, Bloomsbury, UK).

Travis Triplett

N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA is a Professor of Exercise Science at Appalachian State University, and the incoming President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (USA). Her past experience includes Research Assistant in Sports Physiology at the US Olympic Training Center, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Southern Cross University in Australia, and international research at the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) and the University of Valencia (Spain). Dr. Triplett has served as Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Assistant Editor-in-Chief for the Strength and Conditioning Journal, and received the NSCA’s Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator and William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist awards.  She also served on advisory boards for NASA, one of which developed resistance exercise countermeasures to micro-gravity environments for the International Space Station.  She is a founding Fellow of the NSCA, and holds the Sports Performance Coach certification from USA Weightlifting.

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