March 21-24, 2019 • Hilton Chicago • Chicago, Illinois

Sports Medicine

The continuum connecting medicine with fitness is integral in the field today. Building the relationship between doctor and patient is now shared by professionals in the fitness industry. Keep abreast of the risks associated with exercise programming and modifications you need to be aware of for your patients.


The Art and Science of Better Movement


Kevin Hendry


Based in Vancouver, Kevin Hendry is the Director of Education for RAD Roller. He is a Practicing Kinesiologist, Strength & Conditioning Coach and is currently completing Year 4 of a 5 year graduate program in Osteopathy. He has completed certifications from FMS, SFMA, NKT, CEP and Anatomy Trains and was recently invited to lecture and instruct exercise science labs at Simon Fraser University. He has over a decade of experience coaching and he consults with NCAA Division 1 athletes, NHL hockey players, CFL football players, Canadian National Team athletes and BC Hockey League players.




This session will be delivered once during the week as a workshop, and twice as a regular lecture.

Our collective knowledge of the need for optimal mobility and the benefits of self-myofascial release (SMR) has increased substantially over the past 10 years. Research has proven that SMR is successful in improving mobility, preventing injury, aiding in recovery from exercise and reducing muscle soreness. This session will teach you how to perform SMR with laser-like precision by learning to find the driver of dysfunction so that you can refine your intent. 5 common mobility mistakes and solutions will be highlighted along with a movement approach to ensure that results last



The Heat is On: Strategies to Safely Train and Compete while Optimizing Performance in Hot Environments

MIchael Weiss

Michael D. Weiss, M.S., ACSM EP-C, is a part-time university faculty lecturer. He is a frequent speaker to the corporate and academic communities providing presentations focusing on the importance of physical activity for the prevention and management of chronic disease and the role of environmental extremes on sports performance. Michael is also a contributing writer to health and fitness publications. Through his own company, Alta HPS, he provides performance testing and training programs to endurance athletes as well as delivering health and wellness talks to corporate groups.


Michael’s presentation will provide a brief overview of the thermoregulatory mechanisms encountered while exercising in environmentally stressful conditions specifically heat and humidity. Attendees will gain a practical knowledge of the heat acclimatization process and be equipped with the means to effectively and safely apply the principles in their practice. Moreover, whether for general fitness or training elite athlete’s health and fitness professionals will be given the practical tools to assess hydration needs to maintain optimum levels of performance while preventing the onset of heat illness.


Preventing Running Injuries – Evidence and Programming

Roberto Ruiz

Roberto Ruiz, MA, EP-C, CSCS, NASM-CES, NASM-PES, is a Health Science Specialist with Fit To Win, the Wellness program at the Pentagon DiLorenzo TRICARE Clinic in Washington D.C.  He is an exercise physiologist and was previously at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, U.S. Army War College in Carlisle PA.  Roberto has over 18 years of experience as an exercise professional where 15 of those years are with senior leaders and executives of the military.   Currently, he primarily performs running gait analysis on Active Duty members of the military.  Additionally, Roberto performs health risk screening, aerobic testing, body composition analysis, and teaches classes.  Roberto serves a fitness/running consultant to the White House Medical Team.  He has spoken at numerous national and regional conferences on the topics of running biomechanics, core strength, running shoe recommendations, and strength training.  Roberto serves as the director of Fit To Win’s intern program, teaching and mentoring exercise science students from George Washington University.


Running can hurt, but it doesn’t have to – pain can be optional! Preventing running injuries can make you and your clients running regimen enjoyable, comfortable, and productive! Roberto will discuss evidence-based strategies (strength, mileage, pace, core, biomechanics, gear, warm-up) that will help mitigate the risk of running injuries and how to implement these strategies into existing programs.


Early Bird