Drug Free Sport Staff Writers

Drug Free Sport Staff Writers

Friday, March 11, 2016

Drug Free Sport Presents Sport Exchange Summit 2016!

We are gearing up for our first education conference and are thrilled to share our dynamic program featuring sport industry professionals and subject matter experts. From our work, we know that bridging effective communication and collaboration between all of these parties is essential for providing optimal care to athletes AND supporting organizational success. 

The Sport Exchange Summit not only provides current information on topics related to athlete care, but also encourages the opportunity to learn and network from other sport professionals. Attendees will be a multidisciplinary crowd of sport dietitians, athletic trainers, strength & conditioning coaches, team coaches, team physicians, sport psychologists, athletic administrators, and others who directly impact athlete performance and well-being.

This week we are excited to highlight three of our speakers!

Out in Sports: Considerations for Supporting Trans Athlete Identities
Day One, July 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm.

Jonathon T. Pryor, Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Programs and Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will be engaging attendees in a timely discussion on strategies to support transgender athletes. Over the past year, the transgender community has received increased exposure in the media. In anticipation of this social movement, it will be important for athletic organizations to proactively create opportunities that support these individuals while maintaining the integrity and competition of sport. This session will not only cover "transgender basics" such as appropriate terminology, but also provide discussion and considerations for transgender athletes in competitive sport. 

Running Effective Drug Testing Programs
Day Two, July 13, 2016 at 9:30 am.

Mary Wilfert, Associate Director for the NCAA Sport Science Institute,  will join this panel discussion on current trends and perspectives related to the administration of effective drug testing programs in sport. Wilfert will be joined by Dr. Tom Hospel, Medical Director for the PGA Tour, and Dr. Bryan Smith, Medical Representative for the Major League Baseball Drug Program. Attendees will gain a heightened understanding of why drug testing is an effective deterrence model, and explore the new science and technologies being used to identify performance-enhancing substances. This session will also provide an opportunity for attendees to ask the panel questions in an open forum. 

Race & Diversity Issues in Sport: Action and Influence
Day One, July 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm.
Dr. Pat Ivey, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity for the University of Missouri-Columbia, will be presenting as a panelist for the Race and Diversity discussions on Day One of the event. Ivey's doctorate in sport psychology effectively folds into his experiences as a professional athlete (signed by the San Diego Chargers in 1996), award-winning strength and conditioning coach, and current work at the University of Missouri to address university programs and partnerships available to athletes of all backgrounds and ages. Given the recent media coverage on racial tensions at the University of Missouri, Ivey and his colleagues are making positive strides to create change on campus, and have much to offer on this important topic affecting sport organizations around the country. 


  • Building an Effective "Team Behind the Team"
  • High Performance Sports Nutrition: Impact & Influence on Sports Programs
  • Innovative and Effective Athlete Engagement Strategies: An Introspective and Synergistic Approach
  • Life after Sports: Helping Athletes Transition and Build a New Identity
  • Marijuana: Impact of Legalization and New Forms of Consumption
  • Out in Sports: Considerations for Supporting Trans Athlete Identities
  • Prescription Drug Abuse in Sport
  • Race & Diversity Issues in Sport: A Case Study
    (led by University of Missouri officials)
  • Race & Diversity Issues in Sport: Action and Influence
  • (led by University of Missouri officials)
  • Running Effective Drug Testing Programs
  • Sport Psychology: Professional Issues & Psychological Care of the Athlete
  • Supplement Certification Programs:
    State of the Industry and What You Need to Know

Early Bird Registration ends March 31st! 

Get more information and register at sportexchangesummit.com

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