A&M-Commerce in Dallas to Host Elite Athlete Performance Summit || Sponsored by Quality Care ER


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An A&M-Commerce track and field athlete in the air above the long jump pit.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Health and Human Performance will present an Elite Combined Event High-Performance Summit on Monday, July 11 at the A&M-Commerce Dallas site located at 8750 N. Central Expressway.

Alongside the Thorpe Cup, an international track and field competition presented by USA Track & Field in Dallas on July 9-10 between the United States and Germany, the summit will benefit individuals looking to improve their training efforts, of training and research by providing insight into the elite mindset of Olympic athletes.

Dean Culpepper, Ph.D., who leads the health and human performance department at A&M-Commerce, said the summit was a great opportunity for the department.

“Our department will team up with international track and field coaches and sports science experts to uncover and discuss key performance indicators that elite athletes need to address during training and competition,” Culpepper said. “In addition, the proceedings of the summit will be published in various professional journals.”

The summit will feature world renowned coaches Harry Marra and Boo Schexnayder as keynote speakers. ESPN consultant Jill Montgomery will serve as emcee and participate in a panel discussion.

Attendees will be able to network with Thorpe Cup coaches and athletes, listen to a panel discussion on Key Performance Indicators, and learn about applied biomedical and physiological research to improve elite performance using DARI Motion .

“DARI Motion is designed to help athletes perform at their best by combining functional and sport-specific movement screening,” said Michael Oldham, Ph.D., instructor and researcher for the department. “Athlete performance data is collected using high-speed videography and validated kinetics and kinematics to provide longitudinal tracking of athlete progress.”

Glen Sefcik, assistant athletics coach at A&M-Commerce, said the summit will help improve the university‘s athletics program.

“This event will provide valuable insights that our coaches can implement into future training strategies,” Sefcik said. “It’s also an opportunity for high school and club coaches to network with college coaches and recommend prospects for scholarship opportunities.”

View the list of panelists and register for the event.

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