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NASM & NSU Sports Science are Coming Together
for a Half-Day Event in Fort Lauderdale, FL

What to Expect from this Workshop:

NSU Florida and NASM are partnering to offer a one-of-a-kind Sports Performance Workshop. This half-day workshop will feature four different industry-leading instructors working together to bring you tips on how to provide cutting-edge strength and conditioning training for your clients.

You’ll gain the advanced knowledge, insight, and skills needed to help clients of all levels reach their peak performance potential.

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Specialty Sports
Performance Workshop

Hosted by: Tony Ricci, Ed.D, MS, FISSN, CSCS, PES, CES, CNS

Date: April 30th, 2022

Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm EDT

NASM CEUs: 0.4

$199 $25 with discount code NOVAPERF2022 - space is limited!

Register here or call us at 1-800-460-6276, option 1.

Note: This is a specialty workshop and is non-refundable within 7 days of the event. No transfers allowed.


Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

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Meet Your Instructors

Jaime Tartar

Jaime Tartar, PhD

Dr. Tartar is a Professor of Neuroscience at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She earned her Ph.D. in the Behavioral Neuroscience program at the University of Florida and completed Postdoctoral Training at Harvard Medical School. She earned a certificate in Sleep Medicine from Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine.

Her current research involves three main avenues of investigation: Brain health in athletes, mechanisms and consequences of acute and chronic and the impact of sleep and sleep deprivation on emotion and cognitive processing. Dr. Tartar is also the President and CEO of The Society for NeuroSports.

Session Title: Performance and Recovery: Why Sleep Matters for Athletes

Description: Sleep is critical to human health, emotional processing, and cognitive function. This talk will review what happens in the brain during sleep and the most recent findings on the consequences of sleep loss and sleep disorders. Sleep loss and sleep restriction are common occurrences in competitive sports and this can negatively impact athletic performance and athlete health.

We will explore findings on the extent and mechanisms through which sleep loss affects exercise and sports performance and provide evidence-based guidelines to improve sleep health for athletes.

Jackie Kaminski

Jackie Kaminski, MS, RDN-LDN, CISSN

Jackie Kaminski is A Registered Dietician with a master’s degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Florida State University. Jackie works with all populations and athletes across numerous sports with their dietary practice. However, while Interning at the UFCPI Jackie worked with the world’s most elite fighters and found her passion with fight-sport athletes. She is known nationally and internationally as -The Fight Nutritionist – and works with professional fighters in Boxing, Kickboxing, Bare Knuckle Fighting, Jiu Jitsu and MMA.

Session Title: Managing Body Composition in Weight Class Sports

Description: Decreasing body weight for most individuals is fairly easy. However, decreasing body weight and maintaining performance is a whole other ball game, especially in weight class sports. In this presentation, we will discuss various strategies that involve managing body composition in weight class sports such as general fueling guidelines for training and acute weight loss strategies when specific weights need to be attained.

Field research and case studies will also be presented to demonstrate how to appropriately execute the nutritional strategies discussed and how to adjust such strategies to the individual client.

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Julius Thomas, Psy.D.c

Julius Thomas is a former American football tight end. He played college football and basketball at Portland State, and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and was a two-time Pro Bowl tight end. He has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. Mr. Thomas is currently a Psy.D. candidate at Nova Southeastern University and is carrying out a research study on the relationship between contact sports and brain health.

Session Title: Psychology of World Class Athletic Performance

Description: The American Psychological association defines Mindfulness as awareness of one’s internal states. It can be used to help people avoid destructive or automatic habits and responses by learning to observe their thoughts, emotions, and other present-moment experiences without judging or reacting to them.

Julius will discuss some of the foundational tenets of Mindfulness and how to integrate these into your personal practice. This includes: Acceptance, Compassion, Present Moment, Awareness, Non- Judgement.

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Corey Peacock, PhD, CISSN, CSCS

Dr. Peacock's research focus is on athletic performance, supplementation, and special populations (Parkinson’s disease). His recent investigations have focused on improving athletic performance through improved strength, power, and body composition. By focusing his research on athletic performance, Dr Peacock has been able to provide hands-on learning experiences for students within the community.

These experiences have included athlete testing and research within the NHL, NFL, and NCAAF. Furthermore, I currently work with several professional MMA (UFC) fighters. Dr. Peacock is currently an Associate Professor at NSU Florida.

Session Title: Strength and Performance Applications for Contact Sports

Description: In this session attendees will gain an understanding of the importance behind biomotor and biomechanical qualities needed in contact sports. This hands-on session will include evidence-based findings, movement demonstrations, contact sports proper exercise selection and execution.