Science to Practice

“Science to Practice” proposals have a strong scientific foundation and are rooted in current evidenced-based research. These sessions highlight new, innovative, and best practice-based strategies in the areas such as exercise prescription, program and class design, pedagogy or instruction techniques, assessment, and behavioral strategies and engagement. 

Key Focus: Skill building that betters clients.
Goal: Sessions in this category focus on translating evidence-based research and science into real-world practice. 


Thursday, March 16

Functional Aging Specialist Certification Workshop

Industry Presented Preconference| Functional Aging Institute
 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Cody Sipe

Cody Sipe

The Functional Aging Specialist Certification is the premier credential for health and fitness professionals who work with the largest and fastest-growing age group — older adults. Learn how to develop and deliver safe and effective functional exercise programs for clients of all functional ability levels and with a variety of health conditions. Use the evidence-based Functional Aging Training Model to improve all six Domains of Function (Musculoskeletal; Neuromuscular; Cardiorespiratory; Balance; Mobility; and Cognition) across the eight levels of the Hierarchy of Functional Aging by using proven functional assessment and training strategies. The complete online course and certification is included for all live workshop attendees.

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Alexis Batrakoulis, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, CPT, EIM

Obesity & Weight Management Exercise Specialist

Preconference
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Learn to analyze and evaluate the health and fitness needs of clients struggling with weight or obesity as part of their multidisciplinary health care team — including how to design, implement, evaluate and supervise their exercise training programs.

Friday, March 17

Christopher Rash

Christopher Rash

Better Warm-Ups for Better Movement

Interactive Workshop
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
When it comes to warming up, we can do better than spending five minutes on the treadmill, doing a few arm circles and calling it good. Learn how to teach warm-up techniques based on best practices and how to structure a complete warm-up that clients will get the most out of.

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David Geslak

Challenging Autism with Exercise

Interactive Workshop
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Exercise is one of the most underutilized and cost-effective treatments for individuals with autism. In addition to the health-related benefits, research shows that exercise can increase attention span, reduce stress, enhance language development and reduce stereotypical behaviors for individuals with autism. David Geslak, who has trained professionals around the world, will teach participants visual strategies, exercises and structured routines so you can make a difference on those with the world’s fastest-growing developmental disability.

Sweat Testing Workshop: Understanding the Science behind Sweat to Develop Individualized Hydration Recommendations

Industry Presented Interactive Workshop | Gatorade
 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

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GSSI Scientist TBD

Hear from experts from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) as they dive into the science behind sweat and the benefits of sweat testing for your clients. You’ll learn how to apply and utilize the Gx Sweat Patch in this interactive workshop. Gx Teams pairs with the single-use Gx Sweat Patch to teach you more about how your clients sweat during activity, provide you with unique sweat profile data and offer science-backed hydration recommendations for your clients. After a brief presentation, you’ll have the chance to get sweaty and test the sweat patch out on yourself during a short workout. Following the workout, you’ll learn how to use the Gx Teams app to interpret your results and develop hydration recommendations specific to your sweat rate and sweat concentration.

Emily Splichal

Emily Splichal

Bulletproof Your Feet

Interactive Workshop
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Join podiatrist and movement specialist Dr. Emily Splichal as she explores the pyramid of healthy feet and how it relates to strength, mobility and sensory stimulation.

Cody Sipe

Cody Sipe

Corrective Exercises to Improve Balance in Older Adults

Interactive Workshop
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Older adults represent both the largest and fastest-growing segment of the population — one for whom a fall can be very serious. Attendees will learn about and practice several critical corrective exercise strategies that are associated with balance and fall prevention.

Rachael Lewis

Rachael Lewis

Mom's Making a Comeback: The Implementation of Postpartum Corrective Exercise

Interactive Workshop
3 - 4 p.m.
The science of pregnancy and postpartum exercise is changing every day! Join us as we learn about the latest techniques for getting new moms safely back into their exercise routines through corrective exercise and specific exercise prescriptions.

Eric Rawson

Eric Rawson

The Best of the Rest: Beyond the International Olympic Committee Consensus Statement on Effective Dietary Supplements

Lecture
3 - 4 p.m.
The International Olympic Committee recently supported a consensus statement on effective dietary supplements for the high-performance athlete. However, more data have become available since the IOC’s statement was published. This lecture will review the latest data on dietary supplements, including immuno-stimulants, collagen and testosterone boosters.

Erika Jackson

Erika Jackson

Using PERMA to create PERMANENT Changes in the Lives of Clients and Patients: A New Psychology of Behavior Change

Lecture
3 - 4 p.m.
Learn to increase clients’ willingness and capacity for change by moving them out of the What’s broken? What hurts? What’s wrong? mindset and into the What’s right? What feels good? What’s possible? mindset.

Paul Gallo Ronai-Pete 

Paul Gallo; Peter Ronai

Active Afternoon powered by the Health & Fitness Journal -  The Exercise Professional’s Toolbox: The One-Two Punch for Immediate Assessment and Programming for Movement Improvement

Interactive Workshop
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Learn to increase clients’ willingness and capacity for change by moving them out of the What’s broken? What hurts? What’s wrong? mindset and into the What’s right? What feels good? What’s possible? mindset.

 Saturday, March 18

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Dane Robinson

Training the Athletic Advantage

Specialty Workout
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
In this true-to-form workout session, you’ll be transported into the world of the professional athlete training continuum, focusing of speed, quickness, agility, reaction and power. This workout will guide, coach and serve as the foundation for everyone ready to start their journey into athletic performance training!

Bonner-Kelly Paige Denison 

Kelly Bonner; Paige Denison

The New Standard for Inclusive Fitness Across the Lifespan

Lecture
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This session will cover best practices and lessons learned in applying the Guidelines, Recommendations, Adaptations Including Disability (GRAIDS) framework to a nationally disseminated evidence-based health promotion program, Enhance®Fitness(EF). Specifically, the framework was used to create recommendations to highlight and add information, guidance and resources on how to make programs inclusive of people with disability so that they can enjoy the same health benefits from programs as those without disability. Results will be shared from pilot evaluations as well as organizational experience embedding inclusive practices through all phases of their program training and delivery.

Kovacs-Sara Emily Van Wasshenova 

Sara Kovacs; Emily Van Wasshenova

Using Strong Conversation Skills to Find a Client's Why: Walk the Walk, and Talk the Talk

Interactive Workshop
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Have you ever struggled to apply behavior change theories into real conversations with clients? Translate theory into business and professional practice by learning how to identify why a client is seeking your services so you can create sustainable forms of motivation for them.

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Robert Powell

Proper Form is a “Joint Effort”: Identifying Functional “Limbitations” to Improve Technique

Interactive Workshop
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This interactive session will help attendees identify functional limitations of the human kinetic chain pertaining to the squat and deadlift and teach them how to implement appropriate exercise progressions and/or regressions to enhance health and performance across a broad range of clients.

Roberts-Keli Ryan Glatt 

Keli Roberts; Ryan Glatt

Boosting the Brain with Cognitive Tasks: Dual-Tasking Principles and Application

Interactive Workshop
3 - 4 p.m.
Exercise is beneficial for the brain, but what specific exercise prescriptions enhance cognitive function across the lifespan? In this session we’ll explore how to train both the body and brain for optimal cognitive performance.

Moving Meditation for Undergraduates and Graduate Students: How to Relax and Focus Under Stress and Academic Demands 
Industry Presented Specialty Workout | Jungshin Fitness®

3 - 4 p.m.

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Annika Kahn

Education is a privilege, but it also puts pressure on the body, mind and emotions. Learning the way of tensegrity through Jungshin’s moving meditation aids in the body’s ability to relax while the mind focuses — a much needed skill for 21st-century students.

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Stacey Lei Krauss

Feeling Grounded, Feeling Confident

Specialty Workout
3 - 4 p.m.
Discover how your movement is intertwined with your perceptions, thoughts and emotions — even during exercise! Experience surges of confidence while practicing science-supported “high power poses.” Then consider the life-changing effects that these emotion-enhancing movement patterns can have on your clients’ lives. This all-level bodyweight workout will feel great physically while also emphasizing the impact that exercise has on mental and emotional well-being.

Fitness vs. Fatness: Is Weight Loss Really Necessary for Cardiovascular Health?

Industry Presented Lecture | Wheat Foods Council
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Wheat Foods Council

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Glenn Gaesser; Michele M. Tuttle

Because maintaining weight loss is difficult, and considering the health risks associated with chronic weight instability, this session proposes an alternative approach to cardiovascular health that focuses on improving CRF and diet quality rather than reducing body weight.

Helen Vanderburg

Helen Vanderburg

Total Body Mobility

Interactive Workshop
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Learn about common imbalances in the body, and explore the upper and lower crossed syndrome theory as well as the role of fascia in mobility. Experience mobility exercises to target tight and weak spots in the body to enhance your personal training client sessions, add to your classes or create a dedicated mobility workout.

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Ted Vickey

Wearable Fitness Technology: Capabilities, Data, and Strategies for Client Outcomes Enhancing Integration

Interactive Workshop
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Wearable tech was the No. 1 fitness trend in 2022 according to ACSM’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends — and it’s taken first place five times in the past seven years. Learn the capabilities and limitations of various devices, how to interpret their data and how best to use them in your practice.

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