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More Than 100 Sports Executives, Researchers Expected to Attend Annual Athlete Development Summit Hosted by Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists


Global Sports Leaders to Gather at Daytona International Speedway; Stan Van Gundy, Dr. David Lavallee, Paddy Steinfort Among Featured Speakers - Athlete Activism, Youth Specialization and Mindfulness and Meditation Among Topics to be Addressed

NEW YORK (PRWEB) August 07, 2018


Stan Van Gundy, Dr. David Lavallee and Paddy Steinfort Among Featured Speakers; Topics Include Athlete Activism, Youth Specialization and Mindfulness and Meditation

The Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS) announced today the agenda and guest speakers for its upcoming annual Athlete Development Summit. The Summit, which includes a daylong Research Symposium, is one of the top gatherings of global sports leaders and experts dedicated to the profession of athlete development and the overall well being of professional and collegiate athletes.

The PAADS 2018 Athlete Development Summit will be held August 15-17 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. More than 100 attendees from nearly every corner of men's and women's sports – professional leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NRL, WWE), teams, governing bodies (ACC, ATP, LPGA, NASCAR, USOC, WTA), player unions, collegiate sports, health, science and academia -- are expected. The Research Symposium will be held August 17 as part of the Summit.

The 2018 Summit has a comprehensive agenda covering a variety of important and timely issues and featuring several prominent guest speakers. They include:

  • Engagement in Sports Career Transition Planning Enhances Performance (Dr. David Lavallee, Professor at University of Abertay (UK))
  • Management & Coaches Perspective on Athletes & Athlete Development (Stan Van Gundy, former Coach and President of Basketball Operations, NBA)
  • The Dangers of Youth Specialization and Its Impact on Elite Athletes Today (Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, a leading expert on youth sports health, injuries and training patterns, Emory University Sports Medicine and Women's Tennis Association physician)
  • Mindfulness and Meditation for Elite Athletes (Dr. Brandon Nappi, Founder Copper Beech Institute)
  • Analytics and Athlete Development (Dr. Richard Luker, founder of the ESPN Sports Poll and CEO of Luker on Trends)
  • Mental Performance for Professional Athletes (Paddy Steinfort, former professional footballer with the Australian Football League and Head of Mental Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays)
  • We Matter: Athletes and Activism (Etan Thomas, former NBA basketball player and author)

"Our lineup this year is exceptional," said Duncan Fletcher, Executive Director of PAADS, "and we are very pleased to be returning to NASCAR's home. The field of athlete professional development is growing and becoming increasingly important to both athlete and organization. We are confident that this year's event will deliver a timely, informative and valuable event for our members."

The annual Athlete Development Summit is one of the primary events and services produced by PAADS. The Summit's primary purpose is to provide athlete development specialists with the opportunity to connect with athlete development specialists from other organizations and to hear from speakers from around the world who are experts in areas of concern to those in the athlete development industry. For more information on the 2018 Summit please visit PAADS

The Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS) is the global leader in the profession of athlete development and is a non-profit, membership corporation. PAADS is an association of professionals who help athletes maximize their potential and overall well-being. Through inter-sport collaboration, PAADS establishes standards to advance the athlete development profession. The Global Partners of PAADS include: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), ATP World Tour (ATP), Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), National Rugby League (NRL), United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). For more information on PAADS or the Athlete Development Summit please visit PAADS.

Duncan Fletcher

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