The 6th Annual Rutgers Human Performance Conference was a resounding success! The event, hosted by the IFNH Center for Health & Human Performance (CHHP) and presented by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), had the largest draw in its history with almost 400 people from around the country in attendance for the two-day event. The conference, consisting of a pre-conference clinic on March 29 and a main conference on March 30, featured top researchers, sport scientists, and practitioners in sport science and nutrition from across the U.S.
The intimate hands-on clinic held at the state-of-the-art CHHP testing and intervention facility offered participants a chance to interact and learn from biomechanical researchers, physical therapists, and youth/collegiate strength coaches on topics such as squat variations, Olympic lift progressions, and techniques to train youth athletes.
The main conference afforded attendees the chance to learn from five of the leading sport scientists and coaches in human performance. Presentation topics included nutritional considerations for older populations, the progression of strength training, caffeine and performance, dietary supplementation for elite athletes, and protein and the obesity gene.
The conference culminated in a round table discussion with three current NFL strength coaches discussing their journeys into the NFL.
“It amazes me how much this conference has continued to grow over the last six years,” said Shawn Arent, CHHP director. “We are very fortunate to get truly world-class researchers and practitioners to speak here. In addition to attendees from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, we’re now seeing people attend from around the country. This has provided real value and recognition to the efforts we’re making at Rutgers and at the IFNH Center for Health & Human Performance in the field of Sport Science. And we are so grateful to our sponsors, speakers and attendees who make this all possible.”
The International Society of Sports Nutrition is an academic society dedicated to promoting the science and application of evidence-based sports nutrition and supplementation.
The Center for Health and Human Performance is a research laboratory dedicated to improving the health and performance of athletes, military and emergency personnel and people of all ages wanting to maximize health and weight goals. The Center is part of the interdisciplinary research and outreach at the New Jersey Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health at Rutgers University.