ESSI Symposium

October 11, 2018

ESSI will host its annual symposium where attendees can network and discuss the latest trends and innovations in sport science. This year’s agenda and focus will feature a full day of talks and panel discussions related to athlete rest and recovery, strength and conditioning in athletes, safety in sport and exercise, and youth sports, among other topics. The symposium is geared toward industry partners, athletic leaders and U-M faculty, researchers, clinicians and staff who work in exercise and sport science.

Junge Family Champions Center at Michigan Stadium
333 E. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
United States

If you have questions, please contact:
Lisa Rabaut

Agenda (subject to change)


8:00-8:30 am Registration and Breakfast

8:30-8:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • S. Jack Hu, PhD – Vice President for Research, Office of Research
  • Warde Manuel, MSW, MBA – Director of Athletics, University of Michigan

8:45-9:30 am Panel Discussion: Athlete Rest and Recovery
Moderated by Geoff Burns, Kinesiology Doctoral Student, Michigan Performance Research Laboratory, Professional Ultra Runner

  • Alex Wong, MS, Associate Athletic Trainer, U-M Men’s Basketball
  • Amanda Eccleston, MS – Professional Runner for Brooks Running
  • Cathy Goldstein, MD – Assistant Professor of Neurology (specialty in Sleep Medicine), U-M Medical School
  • Stephen McGregor, PhD – Professor of Exercise Physiology, Eastern Michigan University; USA Cycling Faculty Member and Coach

9:30-10:00 am The Real-World Impact of Student Research

  • Traci Carson, PhD Candidate, Epidemiological Science, School of Public Health – Physiological adaptations to low energy availability and chronic stress in female athletes
  • Ian Fox, PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – NBA data analytics
  • Rachel Vitali, PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering – The use of wearable sensors to measure knee rotations on the field of play
  • Erika Yasuda, Undergraduate Student, Movement Science, School of Kinesiology – The use of wearable technology to track muscle activity and improve performance technique in collegiate rowers

10:00-10:15 am Break

10:15-11:00 am Panel Discussion: Strength and Conditioning in Elite Athletics
Moderated by Georgia Giblin, PhD, Performance Scientist – Biomechanics, Queensland Academy of Sport

  • Ben Herbert, BA – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, U-M Football
  • Bo Sandoval, MS – Director of Strength and Conditioning, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Performance Institute
  • Yousef Zamat, MS – Major League Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, Detroit Tigers

11:00-11:45 am Youth Sports
Moderated by Rebecca Northway, MD, Instructor Specializing in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Sports Medicine, Michigan Medicine

  • Lori Adams, BS – Sport Dietician, Victory Program, McCallum Place
  • Tom George, PhD – Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice, Sport Psychology, School of Kinesiology
  • Cynthia LaBella, MD – Medical Director, Institute for Sports Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Pop Warner Medical Advisory Committee
  • Edward Wojtys, MD – William S. Smith Collegiate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Board of Directors for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine; NFL Injury and Safety Panel

11:45-12:15 pm Cutting-edge Sport Science: 2018 ESSI-funded Interdisciplinary Research

  • Cristine Agresta, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist, School of Kinesiology; Co-Director, Michigan Performance Research Laboratory – Sensor technology and complex analytics to assess, monitor and predict injury in elite baseball pitchers
  • Steven Broglio, PhD, Associate Professor of Kinesiology; Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Adjunct Professor of Neurology – Concussion diagnosis: Beyond “How many fingers am I holding up?”
  • Jenna Wiens, PhD, Morris Wellman Development Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – A data-driven, non-invasive approach for monitoring hydration status in athletes

12:15-1:20 pm Lunch

1:20-1:50 Cutting-edge Sport Science: 2018 ESSI-funded Interdisciplinary Research

  • Roland Graf, Dipl. Ing., Associate Professor of Art and Design, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design – A projection-based augmented reality system for inclusive recreational sports and performance tracking
  • SangHyun Lee, PhD, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Wearable-based physiological sensing to promote the elderly’s mobility
  • Xuewei Wang, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist, Chemistry – Wearable optical sensor platform for multiplexed sweat chemical monitoring

1:50-2:35 pm Panel Discussion: Safety in Sport
Moderated by Sami Rafit, MD, Head Team Physician, U-M Athletics

  • Asheesh Bedi, MD – Director of the Michigan Center for Human Athletic Medicine and Performance (MCHAMP); Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Early Career Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; U-M Athletics Orthopaedic Team Physician; Detroit Lions Team Physician; Orthopaedic Consultant for the NBA, Detroit Red Wings, NFL, and NHL Players’ Association
  • LaGwyn Durden, MS – Director of Sports Medicine, NCAA
  • Thom Mayer, MD – Medical Director, NFL Players Association
  • Kristen Schuyten, PPT, DPT, CSCS – U-M Physical Therapist; U-M Dance Medicine Research Committee; US Figure Skating Association Medical Team

2:35-2:45 pm Final Remarks by Ron Zernicke, PhD, DSc; Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Professor of Kinesiology, School of Kinesiology; and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Medicine

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