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Sport Movement Skill Conference 2019

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Concordia University, St. Paul - Athletic Performance Center

1407 Marshall Ave

Saint Paul, MN 55104

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Dear Friend in Sport Movement Enhancement,

I am grateful to announce that on Thursday, May 16th (PRE-Conference session only), Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th, Concordia University in St. Paul, MN will once again play host to the Sport Movement Skill Conference in 2019. It is truly my pleasure and honor to welcome both attendees and speakers to contribute to the 2nd edition of this event with the aim of understanding sport movement behavior more deeply and advancing sport movement skill acquisition methods to another level.

As you may recall, the 2018 SMSC took on an emphasis of “Using Ideas from Ecological Dynamics to Enhance Movement Behavior in Sport.” Under that theme structure, our speakers highlighted the need for integration among and across all roles within our field. Though we will still be looking for integration from each of the respective niches within the movement skill community, our direction this year will be different…in fact, drastically different!

Within our shared field of sport movement skill behavior, we often find ourselves drawing distinct lines in the sand; specifically, as it pertains to the theories that we hold and the camps of philosophies that we stand our ground from in our practices. Thus, our theme for SMSC ‘19 will be “Meeting in the middle for the sake of movement skill.” This event will be all about ‘Cohesion & Convergence’! Crossing this bridge of uncharted waters will surely have its moments of tremendous challenge, whether it’s in the simple differences in perspective or in the form of fired-up debate. However, I believe that this workspace will represent our field’s challenge point. It is my hope and expectation that the study of sport movement behavior will benefit greatly from a more cohesive, integrative approach between the various schools of thought.

It is up to ALL of us now to finally represent this change across the profession. In my view, this needed change is to lock arms and unite based on our passions, to courageously reflect on our differences, all while also exploring our common grounds within our theoretical thought processes. There is much work to be done across our field in this regard. No matter how much further we have to go, if finding more of the truth is what drives us, we owe it to the field (and athletes everywhere) to take this outlook and embrace it.

As it was last year, I believe wholeheartedly that the 2019 SMSC will be unlike any that has taken place before. It is through each of you that we can take the steps towards cohesion and convergence within the movement skill community. I hope you will consider joining us in Minnesota this May to do exactly that and add even more momentum to the Movement!

Till next time, let’s all continue to master the art of optimizing movement.

Yours in Movement Mastery,

Shawn Myszka, SMSC President

Event Schedule:

More specific information on the entire program will be updated as it becomes available so check back here frequently.The event will kick-off on Thursday, May 16th with our first-ever PRE-Conference session (limited registration available for $99). The bulk of the educational sessions at the SMSC will then take place from 8am-7pm on Friday, May 17th, and 8am-5:30pm on Saturday, May 18th. Here is a partial list of some of the confirmed presenters:

Our Science-KEYNOTE Speaker will be none other than my friend, Dr. Rob Gray of Arizona State University and the host of the popular Perception-Action Podcast. Dr. Gray is an individual who possesses the unique ability to package information from the scientific research community into a digestible, practical, applied fashion.

Our Coaching-KEYNOTE Speaker will be my man in movement, Loren Landow, the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Denver Broncos. Loren’s resume and reputation speaks for itself but the long and short of it is that you won’t find anyone as passionate and committed towards advancing movement skill within his athletes as Loren is.

Other confirmed presenters include:

Shaun Larkin, Skill Acquisition Coordinator at the Los Angeles Dodgers

Scott Salwasser, Director of Speed & Power for football at Texas Tech University

Tyler Yearby, Education Consultant & Sport Movement Coach at Life Time (MN)

Ross Cooper, Individual Skill Acquisition & Movement Coach (TX)

Harjiv Singh, PhD Student at UNLV

Austin Einhorn, Movement Coach at Apiros (CA)

Michael Zwiefel, Owner/Performance Coach at Building Better Athletes (IA)

Jorge Carvajal, Owner/Performance Coach (FL)

Jeff Moyer, Owner/Performance Coach at DC Sports Training (PA)

Ryan Hasenkamp, Sport Scientist at Nebraska University

Rich Bartel, Individual Quarterbacks Coach (TX)

Korey Van Wyk, Kinesiology Professor/S&C Coach at Northwestern College (IA)

Julie Eibensteiner, Owner/Physical Therapist at Laurus Rehab (MN)

Tommy Flanagan, Owner/Performance Coach at Strength2Strength (CO)

Cassie Weaver, Sports Psychologist at Mentally Strong Consulting (MN)

Chad Henry, Physical Culturist at NME Fitness, LLC (MN)

Cameron Josse, Director of Sports Performance at DeFrancos Training Systems (NJ)

*Additional speaker confirmations are coming in frequently as our aim is to have over 20 individuals from across the sport movement behavior community in this schedule once it’s all said and done! You can be rest assured that the line-up will be jam packed with both expertise and passion!

Conference Registration & Pricing:

SUPER Early Bird; between 10/15/18 and 12/31/18 at midnight - $99.00 + taxes/fees

Early Bird; between 1/1/19 and 3/1/19 at midnight - $199.00 + taxes/fees

Conference Registration; between 3/1/19 and 5/15/19 at midnight - $299 + taxes/fees

One Day ONLY Registration for either 5/17/19 or 5/18/19 - $149.00 + taxes/fees

NOTE: Registration prior to the event is required as this year there will NOT be ticket registrations available at the door!

For a special rate for current students please e-mail me at shawn@optimizemovement.com

Additionally, for group discounts (4 or more attendees from the same location), please reach out via e-mail as well.

Cancellation & refund requests will be accepted up to 30 days prior to the event. The Conference and its associated events are subject to have any changes in presenters as well as possible cancellation without notice. In the event of a complete Conference cancellation, all paid registration money will be fully refunded.

NEW in 2019…PRE-Conference Session

Title: Designing Representative Learning Environments to Enhance Agility in Sport

Presenters: Shawn Myszka (SMSC President), Rich White (Head of Strength & Conditioning at Concordia University) and the CU Strength & Conditioning Staff

Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2018

Time: 1:00pm-6:00pm

Cost: $99 + taxes/fees

Note: To keep it more manageable for a wonderful, hands-on learning opportunity for all delegates, there will be a limited # of registrations available for this PRE-Conference session (thus, be sure to register ASAP!)


1:00-2:00 – Lecture – Concepts of Constraints-Led Approaches and Nonlinear Pedagogy

2:15-3:30 – Practical Application – Designing Representative Tasks with Constraint Manipulations for Agility Movement Skill Enhancement

3:45-5:00 – Practical Application – Designing Representative Tasks in Larger Groups

5:00-6:00 – Open group discussion/Q&A

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