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CONFERENCE AGENDA

Leaders in Performance is a closed-doors, invitation-only summit for 700 top coaches, managers and performance directors from across the world, dedicated to achieving sporting excellence.

Through a series of Keynote Presentations, Interviews and Panel discussions featuring top performing individuals who have achieved great success in elite sport, attendees can expect to learn about the concepts, innovations and practical insight that can be applied to take sporting performance to the next level.


LEADERS IN PERFORMANCE 2013 CONFERENCE AGENDA

DAY 1: 9TH OCTOBER 2013

09:30-10:30
ASPETAR CONCUSSION SYMPOSIUM
CONCUSSION IN SPORT: PREVENTION, READINESS TO RETURN TO PLAY, AND THE DEBATE ON ‘CHRONIC TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPTHY-CTE’ — DO MULTIPLE CONCUSSIONS LEAD TO SERIOUS LONG-TERM HEALTH PROBLEMS

Concussion has moved from the medical lexicon to being on the minds of professional athletes, coaches, parents and sports administrators. This injury can limit a season, a career and a team’s ranking – bad publicity may threaten a sport’s viability if parents don’t let children participate. Specific topics covered in this symposium include; (1) Is there a risk of long-term health problems including depression, suicide, dementia if players have repeated concussions, (2) Do ‘minor’ concussions accumulate – can there be the equivalent of an ‘overuse injury’ for concussion in sports like football, (3) Do children’s brains need different concussion management. The symposium panel includes the world’s leading concussion experts from the fields of neurology and sports medicine. The aim is to address practical issues that can be applied by club management and legal offices.
Session sponsored by: Aspetar
Confirmed Speakers:
A/Prof Paul McCrory, Lead, Zurich Concussion Guidelines
Professor Roald Bahr, Head of Aspetar’s Injury and Illness Prevention Programme (ASPREV)
Professor Jiri Dvorak, Chairman, FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre
Dr Michael Turner, Chief Medical Adviser, British Horseracing Authority
Moderator:
Professor Karim Khan, Director Research and Education Centre, Aspetar

10:45-11:25
BLUEPRINTS FOR SUCCESS: BUILDING A WINNING TEAM AND MAKING IT LAST
For some it’s science, for others it’s art. But for all, building a winning team is the biggest challenge of all. What attributes do you look for in your coaches, players, leaders and support staff? What are the most important components of team chemistry? How do you execute your coordinated vision through the players on the field? We ask one of the Premier League’s most experienced managers and one of the NBA’s leading General Managers to share their lessons and recipes for success.
Session sponsored by: Prozone
Confirmed Speaker:
Sam Allardyce, Manager, West Ham United
Danny Ferry, General Manager, Atlanta Hawks

11:25-12:00
Networking Break

12:00-13:00
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF TALENT: CREATING THE STRUCTURES AND ENVIRONMENT FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE
Supporting thousands of athletes and performers to achieve peak performance is as difficult as it sounds. Two men responsible for just this will share their stories and show how creating the right environment, the right processes, and the right structures, can lead to Gold Medals and night after night of sell-out shows.
Session sponsored by: Keiser
Confirmed Speakers:
Simon Timson, Director of Performance, UK Sport
Bernard Petiot, VP Casting and Performance, Cirque du Soleil

13:00-14:15
Networking Lunch

14:15-15:00
WHEN THE HEAT IS ON: GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR ATHLETES IN HIGH TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENTS
High temperature events are common in sport and there remains considerable debate about both sport safety and sport performance in the heat. Whether in training or real competitive events, being able to achieve peak performance and maintain health in the heat is a key ability of a top athlete. This session looks at the strategies and techniques that can be used, and draws on real-life competition experiences to draw lessons you can take back to the training complex.
Session sponsored by: Aspetar
Confirmed Speakers:
Toni Minichiello, Coach to Jessica Ennis-Hill
Dr Juan-Manuel Alonso, IAAF Medical and Anti-Doping Commission and Aspetar Sports Medicine Physician
Dr Paul Dijkstra, Aspetar Sports Medicine Physician
Barry Fudge, UKA Physiologist, English Institute of Sport

15:00-15:30
Networking Break

15:30-16:15
ROLLING THUNDER: BUILDING A HIGH PERFORMANCE ORGANISATION
In July 2008 a basketball team arrived in Oklahoma City. They had no team name, no team logo, nor a place to practice. What they did bring with them was a defined set of core values and a strategic approach by which they would focus on building an organization, not just a team. This team would ultimately develop into the Oklahoma City Thunder, a source of civic pride and perennial post season appearances. Meet Sam Presti, Executive Vice President and General Manager, as he discusses the steps, methodology and discipline that he and his staff have shown as they continue to build the tradition of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Session sponsored by: Prozone
Confirmed Speaker:
Sam Presti, General Manager, Oklahoma City Thunder

16:15-16:45
Networking Break

16:45-17:30
THE REAL THING: MANAGING AT THE TOP
Recognised as one of the world’s very best football coaches, Carlo Ancelotti is one of 6 men who won the Champions League as a player and a manager. He’s won titles in Italy, England and France and has recently taken on one of the biggest jobs in world football, managing Real Madrid. In this exclusive interview for Leaders in Performance he will share his views on leadership, team building and winning, and examine the lessons from his career on which his philosophy has been built.
Session sponsored by: Delta Air Lines
Confirmed Speaker:
Carlo Ancelotti, Manager, Real Madrid CF


DAY 2: 10TH OCTOBER 2013

10:45-11:10
THE BIG IDEA: HOW INNOVATION CAN FLOURISH TO CONTINUALLY IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
One of the world’s top surgeons, former UK Health Minister, and key reformer of global healthcare will share his story of leading change and delivering innovation in one of the world’s largest industries.
Session sponsored by: GSK Human Performance Lab
Confirmed Speaker:
Professor the Lord Ara Darzi of Denham, Chairman, Institute for Global Health Innovation

11:15-11:55
THE PERFECT STORM: INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE
Reaching peak performance under intense pressure is essential in the physical and technical world of elite sport, and the innovations that provide marginal gains are what makes champions. Nothing can be left to chance, everything must be monitored and measured and an organisation must balance the flexibility to allow innovation to flourish with the rigidity to execute a strategy. This panel brings together sport’s leading technologists and innovators to highlight the complexity of human endeavour that goes into a winning performance.
Session sponsored by: ORRECO
Confirmed Speakers:
Troy Flanagan, High Performance Director, US Ski and Snowboard Association
Berthold Krabbe, Head of Innovation & Sports Research, Adidas

11:55-12:25
Networking Break

12:25-13:10
FREE YOUR MIND AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW: COACHING AND THE MENTAL GAME
Two coaches who have spent their careers motivating, developing and managing elite talent will share their experiences and discuss their proven approaches to mentally preparing teams for success. This session will examine one-to-one coaching relationships, building team mentalities and how mental coaches can best be used in sport.
Session sponsored by: Keiser
Confirmed Speakers:
Paddy Upton, Performance Director, Cricket South Africa
Ric Charlesworth, Head Coach, Australia Men’s Hockey

13:10-14:30
Networking Lunch

14:30-15:15
PUSHING THE ENVELOPE: WHERE NOW FOR THE NEXT 1% IN PERFORMANCE?
What is the next frontier for performance? Where can coaches look for the marginal gains that will make the difference between winning and losing? Across medical and performance science, physiology and neuroscience, this panel of experts examines the innovations on the horizon that will make a real impact on performance and how they could practically be embedded in a world-class high performance environment.
Session sponsored by: GSK Human Performance Lab
Confirmed Speakers:
Prof. Vincent Walsh, Professor of Human Brain Research, University College London
Tony Strudwick, Head of Fitness and Conditioning, Manchester United FC

15:15-15:45
Networking Break

15:45-16:35
AUSSIE RULES: HIGH PERFORMANCE IN THE AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AFL)
The AFL is one of the world’s toughest sports leagues and home to some of greatest athletes on the planet. It is also one of the most scientifically and technologically advanced performance environments you can find. So what are the performance techniques that make the sport unique? Find out from one of the league’s legendary and most successful coaches, Kevin Sheedy, as well as its most innovative and cutting-edge new breed coach, Alastair Clarkson.
Session sponsored by: Aspetar
Confirmed Speakers:
Alastair Clarkson, Head Coach, Hawthorn FC
Kevin Sheedy, Head Coach, Greater Western Sydney Giants


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