Friday Sept 30, 2016
Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, Arizona
Time: 7:00-10:00pm in Room Palm 3CD. Doors open at 6:45pm.
On Friday September 30th, while attending the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) conference at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix Arizona, Thought Technology hosted a free seminar. The Focus on Gold 2016 seminar, part of Thought Technology’s peak performance seminar series, showcased a strong group of expert professionals and included theoretical presentations, testimonials, interactive discussions and a live demo of analysis and training with Canadian Olympic Snowboarder and multiple World Cup winner Caroline Calvé.
The lineup of experts included psychophysiology pioneers Vietta ‘Sue’ Wilson PhD and Len Zaichkowski PhD, AASP 2016 Coleman Griffith Keynote lecturer Gershon Tenenbaum PhD, Special consultant to the COC Penny Werthner PhD, Marc Strickland PsyD of the Oakland A’s and Lindsay Thornton EdD from the USOC.
Attendees were treated to accounts of real athlete intervention in preparation for and during the Rio Olympic Games, as well as anecdotes from Major League Baseball, other major sports and Olympics past. The experts also congregated on a panel for a 40 min Q&A which was covered a broad range of topics. Finally, Drs Wilson and Thornton assessed Caroline’s physiology at rest and under stress and described the techniques that helped her be part of 2 Olympic Games and become a world cup winning athlete.
Recordings of the event will soon be available.
Vietta "Sue" Wilson, PhD
Peak Performance Psychophysiology Pioneer
Vietta ‘Sue’ Wilson Ph.D. is a retired professor from York University, senior fellow with BCIA biofeedback and neurofeedback certifications, with a lifetime achievement award from Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. She specializes in psychophysiological assisted mental training for developing world calibre players. Sue has worked with an athlete in every Olympics since 1976 with many of her athletes being either Olympic medalist or on the professional circuit. She developed the basic psychophysiological software used in many parts of the world including the Canadian Olympic/Paralympic teams, United States Olympic Teams, professional hockey, soccer, baseball and golf. Currently she is working with Paralympic archers, tennis clubs/professionals, And Olympic Figure Skaters. After taking her feral cat to the clinic, Sue is providing stress management for a veterinary college.
Lindsay Thornton, EdD
Senior Sports Psychophysiologist, USOC
Lindsay Thornton, EdD, is a Senior Sport Psychophysiologist at the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). She has her Ed.M and Ed.D from Boston University in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in sport performance. Dr. Thornton trained under Dr. Len Zaichkowsky and Dr. Vietta Wilson for her focus in applied psychophysiology in elite sport. Dr. Thornton’s doctoral work examined the application of biofeedback and neurofeedback training program to create an optimal pre-performance state and improve competitive performance. She is licensed as a psychologist, and is board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback by BCIA.
Dr. Thornton has developed, advised and provided training for psychophysiology labs in elite athlete training centers domestically and abroad. She has spoken at various national conferences on the influence of the mind and brain on performance and health, and reciprocally, the neurocognitive influence of exercise on cognition and emotion. She is intrigued by the prospect of identifying psychophysiological markers for elite performance and using technology and education to enhance recovery and performance.
Marc Strickland, PsyD
Club Sports Psychologist, Oakland A’s
Marc Strickland, Psy.D is a renowned Sport Psychologist and founder and owner of Multisport Psychological Consultants in Phoenix, AZ. He received his doctoral degree from Argosy University, Phoenix in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Sport Psychology and has a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in Exercise and Sport Science. A former NCAA Division 1 athlete, Dr. Strickland has over 10 years of consulting experience with elite level athletes, as well as years of experience coaching.
Dr. Strickland has spent the previous three years utilizing sport science principles of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback to assist athletes in enhancing their performance. The use of empirically validated data allows for assessment and education to assist the athlete and/or coach to specify interventions and mental training.
Dr. Strickland has worked with hundreds of elite level athletes from: Major League Baseball, Track and Field, LPGA, PGA, and many others.
Dr. Strickland is a professional member and Certified Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and a member of the American Psychological Association. He is also a member of the US Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. His applied interest in working with athletes includes Biofeedback, management of Anxiety, and Performance Enhancement Strategies for Professional Athletes. He has presented research at both local and national conferences and has taught courses on Sport Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix.
Gershon Tenenbaum, PhD
AASP 2016 Coleman Griffith Keynote Lecturer
Gershon Tenenbaum is the Benjamin S. Bloom Professor of Educational and Sport Psychology and the Sport Psychology Graduate Program Director at Florida State University. He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University and the University of Chicago in measurement and research methods in psychology. Gershon was previously the Director of the Ribstein Center for Research and Sport Medicine at the Wingate Institute in Israel, and the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Sport Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. From 1997-2001 he was the President of the International Society of Sport Psychology, and from1996-2008 the Editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals in psychology and sport psychology in areas of expertise and decision-making, psychometrics, and coping with physical effort experiences. Among others: The Journal of Experimental Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, The British Journal of Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Frontiers in Psychology, PLOS One, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, and the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology).
Len Zaichkowsky, PhD
AASP Past-President, Worldwide consultant to sport, business and medical organizations
Education: BPE, University ofAlberta (Canada); EdM, University of Oklahoma; PhD, University of Toledo
Dr. Zaichkowsky is a widely known sport and performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human performance. For 37 years he was a professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine. Currently, Len is a science consultant for a number of sport, medical, military, and business organizations.
Professor Zaichkowsky is a past-president and fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (1997-99), a former member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, and currently section editor on psychology for the International Journal of Health & Sport Science. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for two sport technology companies, CogniSens Athletics, and Fatigue Science. Dr. Zaichkowsky is also a partner and Co-founder of BioCam, LLC, an indoor sport tracking and analytics company, and Director of Sport Science for a startup sport technology company, GameSense.
His current research and consulting interests are in applying technology and science to human performance, better understanding the neural basis of human performance, and the development of “expert” performance in sport and other domains. He has consulted with the U. S., Canadian, and Australian Olympic Organizations, Duke University Department of Surgery, Stanford Surgery, and High Performance Center, U.S. Military and Special Operations, Boston University Terriers, the NBA (Boston Celtics), Major League Baseball Players Association, Boston Red Sox, NFL, NHL Players Association, New England Patriots, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Sydney (Australia) Swans, Field Hockey Canada, the Spanish World Cup Soccer Team, and Real Madrid soccer club.
Penny Werthner, PhD
Dean of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Sports Psychology Consultant to the COC
Dean of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Sports Psychology consultant to the Canadian Olympic Committee
Penny Werthner, PhD, is Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her research is in the area of life-long learning from a pedagogical perspective, particularly in the area of high performance coaches; women and sport; and the use of heart rate variability biofeedback and neurofeedback for optimal performance in high performance sport. She is a former Olympic athlete in Athletics and has worked with Canadian coaches and athletes over the span of eleven summer and winter Olympic Games, from the 1988 winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada to the more recent 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, UK, 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2-time Canadian Olympian World Champion Alpine Snowboarder
Caroline Calvé is the veteran of the Canadian women’s alpine snowboard team who was initially fueled by the dream of competing at the Olympic Games. At Sochi 2014 she finished sixth in the parallel giant slalom (PGS) and 26th in the Olympic debut of the parallel slalom.
Caroline has been competing full time on the World Cup circuit since the 2005-06 season. After finishing 20th in the parallel giant slalom (PGS) in her Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010, Caroline had an international breakthrough in December 2011 when she won gold in the World Cup PGS event at Carezza, Italy. She was the first female Canadian alpine snowboarder to win a World Cup. She followed up with a silver medal at that same venue in December 2012. That was part of a career-best season for Caroline. She won her second World Cup event, parallel slalom in Moscow in February 2013, en route to finishing the 2012-13 season ranked third in the World Cup parallel standings.
This educational seminar will be offered in three parts:
Hosted by Marc Saab, Peak Performance consultant to Thought Technology, and featuring theoretical presentations, live demos, interactive hands-on demos with attendees, a product giveaway, and feature presentations from Marc Strickland of MLB’s Oakland A’s , and Penny Werthner PhD, Dean of Kinesiology, University of Calgary and Sport Psychology consultant to the Canadian Olympic Committee, including highlights from Rio 2016 and other successful programs in Olympic sport.
Featuring a panel of high profile experts, including all of our distinguished guests. Attendees will have the chance to speak to peers and to a two-time Olympian and world champion athlete, who have used the technology to prepare for performance in pro and Olympic sport.
Hosted by sport psychophysiology pioneer Vietta “Sue” Wilson PhD and Frank Degregorio, Thought Technology’s Director of Training, and featuring Lindsay Thornton of the USOC, and world champion snowboarder and two-time Canadian Olympian, Caroline Calvé. A practical program integration strategy of peak performance physiology training at the developmental and elite levels will be presented with Caroline connected live and demonstrating her skills.
Participants get a chance of winning Thought Technology's latest finger worn physiology sensor with mobile app*
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