By Published On: July 19, 2021

This summer, Concordia University Chicago faculty and a graduate student will present free webinars in the series, “Return to Play: Strategies for Athletes to Retrain and Recondition Without Injury.“

These webinars are for coaches, trainers and athletes of any level who want to learn proven, research-based strategies for athletes to retrain, recondition and return to peak performance in a post-pandemic world. All while avoiding injury.

They will be presented on Thursdays from July 15 to August 19 and will feature the talented faculty, students and alumni from three leading universities in exercise science, including Concordia University Chicago.

You’ll learn about topics such as:

  • base testing for body recomposition
  • goal setting for retraining
  • reconditioning for competition
  • nutrition for injury prevention and recovery
  • coaching challenges in recreational sports
  • the importance of movement for aging populations
  • common misconceptions that can lead to injury
  • paying attention to your mental health as you get back in shape

Learn more about the complete series.

Interested in attending? Register here.

Victoria Burgess, PhD, CISSN“Athlete Body Recomposition Through Base Training and Nutrition”

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Victoria Burgess, PhD, CISSN
CEO, Tactical Athlete Nutrition
Concordia University Chicago, Adjunct Faculty

In this webinar, Dr. Burgess will help coaches, trainers and athletes understand how they can use base performance testing and body composition testing to understand you or your athletes or clients’ current state of conditioning. She’ll also discuss how you can develop a proper training and nutrition plan to bring your athletes, clients or yourself back to the levels they were at pre-COVID, while avoiding overtraining, undereating, and more.

Todd Grober, PhD (ABD), Concordia University Chicago, Exercise Science, Human Performance“Coaching Recreational Sports in a Post-COVID World”

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Todd Gober, MS, PhD (ABD)
Concordia University Chicago

As coaches, it is imperative that we assess our athletes’ overall impact from the pandemic as they enter or return to recreational sports. This presentation will explore those physical, mental, and lifestyle impacts during the pandemic which may increase their risks of injury. The importance of goal setting will be discussed as the coach and athlete must establish agreeable performance measures which reinforce slow progression focusing on injury prevention. Training plan development will be discussed primarily focusing on the importance of a “Return-to-Sports” phase before prescribing an annual periodized training plan. This presentation will conclude with a discussion on the importance of monitoring progression while reinforcing injury prevention.

“Roundtable: Nutrition Strategies to Reduce Injury Risk and to Facilitate Healing”

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Tavis Piattoly MS, RD, LDN
Joanne Villaflor, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD

Concordia University Chicago

This roundtable discussion will feature sports nutrition experts Joanne Villaflor and Tavis Piattoly, as they cover nutrition strategies to facilitate healing and prevent injury, and improve health. This webinar will cover everything you need to know about how to assess the nutritional needs of an athlete, the impact proper or poor nutrition can have on injury, proper nutrition strategies, and more.

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