Peak Performance: The Path to Exceptional Athletic Achievement
Wednesday, March 10, 2010The 2010 Winter Olympics has been an incredible example of "peak performance". We've witnessed athletes who are stronger, faster and more focused than ever before, shattering previous performance records, conquering the odds and performing under the most excruciating emotional circumstances. What is the ‘top-secret' science behind the training? What are the next advances that are about to emerge? What ethical boundaries are being pushed?
11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Spend a day with the scientists and the psychologists that work directly with the world's greatest athletes, professional sports teams and 2010 Olympians. Hear their stories about the latest advances in the science of athletic conditioning and clues to what the future may hold in the quest for peak performance.
André Picard, award-winning Globe and Mail public health reporter and Dr. Edward Coyle, Human Performance Laboratory and exercise physiologist for Lance Armstrong, will moderate the discussion.
- Dr. Andrew Jones, Chair, Department of Applied Physiology, University of Exeter, UK who is internationally recognized for his research in both endurance sports physiology and in cardio-respiratory physiology;
- Lead investigator in Canada's top secret Own the Podium program, Dr. Darren Warburton, Department of Human Kinetics, School of Human Kinetics, University of British Columbia, and founder/director of the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory at UBC;
- One of North America's leading performance and sport psychologists, Dr. Saul L. Miller, who has worked with teams including the Vancouver Canucks, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Rams, Clippers and Kings, Seattle Mariners, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, plus PGA Tour golfers and Canadian, US, and European Olympians in over a dozen different sports;
- Dr. Anthony Galea, Medical Director, ISM Health and Wellness Centre, Ontario who is world renowned for his practice in the area of treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in athletes and has served as team physician at the Olympic games and World Championship events in a variety of sports;
- Psychologist for the Canadian snowboard team at the 2010 Olympics, Dr. David Cox, Professor, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University;
- International Paralympic Committee Sport Science and Medicine Group member, Dr. Vicky Tolfrey, Director, Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, Loughborough University, UK, who has provided applied sport science to Paralympic athletes since 1994;
- An inductee in the Swimming Queensland Hall of Fame, Dr. Brendan Burkett, Director, Centre for Healthy Activities, Sport and Exercise (CHASE), University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia whose research and teaching revolve around his engineering background, with a particular focus on technology for people with disability;
- Paul Melia, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Ottawa, whose work includes the administration of Canada's Doping Control Program and working with governments and sports organizations to build a national ethics strategy for amateur sports;
- Dr. Judy Illes, Professor of Neurology, Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Co-Founder and Executive Committee member of the Neuroethics Society;
- Dr. Jim Rupert, Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, who received funding from the World Anti-doping Agency to investigate the use of gene expression analysis as a strategy to detect blood-doping and has co-authored a number of articles on the science and ethics of gene doping.