ND and ACU Human Performance Summit 2020

Asking better questions.

Bringing together world leaders in high performance sport and athlete management.



11 June 2020

End Date

12 June 2020

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana, USA)

Summit schedule

Time Thursday 11 June Friday 12 June

8 – 8.45am

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Registration and coffee

Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June

Optional workout


8.45 – 9am

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Welcome and housekeeping


9 – 10.30am

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Keynote presentation

Innovative approaches to sports nutrition research, finding ways to ask and answer better questions. 
Professor Louise Burke (ACU/Australian Institute of Sport)

On the couch
Professor Louise Burke and Kari Oliver (Notre Dame Performance Dietitian)

Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June

Keynote presentation

Building resilience against ACL injury and reinjury with strength training. 
Dr Matt Jordan (Canadian Sport Institute) 

On the couch
Dr Matt Jordan, Kyle Skinner (University of Notre Dame) and Dr Bryan Mann (University of Miami)


10.30 – 11am

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Morning tea

Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June

Morning tea


11am – 12.30pm

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Practical workshop

Rehabilitation – How fast should we go?

Accelerated injury rehabilitation
Dr Jack Hickey (ACU), Dr David Opar (ACU), Dr Ryan Timmins (ACU)


Using tracking technology during injury rehabilitation
Michelle Truncali (University of Notre Dame)


Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June

Practical workshop

Strength and power – What should we measure in testing and training? 

Velocity-based training
Dr Bryan Mann (University of Miami)


Strength and power profiling
Kyle Skinner (University of Notre Dame)


12.30 – 1.30pm

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June


Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June



1.30 – 3pm

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Asking better questions to optimise athlete performance

Topic - coming soon
Professor David Martin (ACU)

Monitoring load and fatigue – Is it really worth the effort?
Associate Professor Stuart Cormack (ACU) 

Recovery strategies – Do they help or hinder?
Associate Professor Shona Halson (ACU)

On the couch
Prof David Martin, A/Prof Stuart Cormack, A/Prof Shona Halson and Kevin Ricks (University of Notre Dame)

Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June

If technology and data are the answer, what’s the question?

Breaking the two-hour marathon
Dr Peter Vint (USA Volleyball)

Technology and data in the NBA
Dr Lorena Torres (Philadelphia 76ers)

Topic - coming soon 
Mike Watts (Under Armour)
On the couch
Dr Peter Vint, Dr Lorena Torres and Mike Watts 


3 – 3.15pm

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Afternoon tea

Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June

Afternoon tea


3.15 – 4.45pm

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Concussion: Are we new and improved or still finding our way? 

Dr Matt Leiszler (University of Notre Dame, Football Team Physician)

Dr Jeff Kutcher (MD, FAAN - Kutcher Neurology Clinic) 

Jason Hugentobler (PT - Head of APTA Special Interest Group for Concussion)  

On the couch
Dr Matt Leiszler, Dr Jeff Kutcher and Jason Hugentobler  

Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June

Roundtable topics – chosen by you

Delegates will be invited to vote for topics they’d most like to hear about on day one of the Summit.


4.45 – 6pm

Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Optional campus tour or workout

Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June

Summit close and optional networking/drinks



Thursday 11 JuneThursday 11 June

Summit dinner

South Club, University of Notre Dame Football Stadium  

Host: Mike Harrity (Athletic Director University of Notre Dame)

Friday 12 JuneFriday 12 June

Presenter profiles

Dr Matt Jordan – Keynote Speaker Day 2

Matt-Jordan-200pxDr Matt Jordan is a strength and conditioning coach and applied sport scientist who has worked with international athletes over six Olympic Winter Games. Dr Jordan is currently the Director of Sport Science at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary and is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on neuromuscular adaptations to strength training and ACL injury/re-injury prevention in elite athletes. Throughout his career Dr Jordan has consulted with more than 30 Olympic and World Championship medallists, and he frequently provides expertise to high performance sport organisations.

Professor Louise Burke – Keynote Speaker Day 1

Professor-Louise-Burke-360pxProfessor Louise Burke is a sports dietitian with nearly 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She was Head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) from 1990 to 2018 and continues at the AIS as Chief of Nutrition Strategy. She was also the dietitian for the Australian Olympic team at the Summer Olympic Games from 1996 to 2012.  

Professor Burke’s publications include more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition. She is an editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. She was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition. In 2014 she was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition for the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at ACU in Melbourne.

Professor David Martin


Professor David Martin has accumulated 25 years of experience working with Olympic and professional athletes and is widely recognised as an innovator and leader in high performance sport. Professor Martin is also an accomplished applied sport scientist with more than 110 peer-reviewed publications investigating topics such as talent identification, demands of competition, fatigue management, competition analysis, altitude training, and thermoregulation. He often presents his research at international sport science meetings.

Professor Martin has worked with world-class coaches across different sports, including cycling, skiing, combat sports and basketball. At the Australian Institute of Sport, he was a senior physiologist, a national sport science coordinator for cycling and a project leader for cycling and skeleton talent identification projects. He was also a Director of Performance for the AIS Combat Centre, an initiative he spearheaded designed to raise international competitiveness in four Australian Olympic combat sports. For five Summer Olympic Games, he oversaw cycling sport science. The cycling teams supported by Professor Martin and his colleagues won eight gold, eight silver and 12 bronze medals. He has also worked with Australian world record holders, world champions and Australia’s only winner of the Tour de France. Professor Martin recently worked in the NBA where he served as the Director for Performance Research and Development for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is currently a professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Science at ACU and the Chief Scientist for APEIRON, a US start-up company focusing on performance and healthy aging.

Associate Professor Shona Halson

Shona-Halson-360pxShona Halson is an associate professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at ACU. Prior to this she was a senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for 15 years. She was the head recovery physiologist for the AIS from 2002 to 2018. Shona has a PhD in exercise physiology and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of sleep, recovery, fatigue, and travel. She is an associate editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Shona was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for three Olympic Games. She also provides consultancy services to the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and Nike as part of the Nike Performance Council and Nike Scientific Advisory Panel.

Summit details


Early bird options (until 21 May 2020)

General entry payment option: US$250
Alumni payment option: US$200
Student payment option*: US$125

Payment options (from 21 May 2020)

General entry payment option: US$300
Alumni payment option: US$250
Student payment option*: US$175

Cancellation information
"No show" or cancellation less than 1 week prior to Summit - no refund
Cancellation 1-4 weeks prior to Summit - 50% refund
Cancellation more than 4 weeks prior to Summit - 100% refund.

Please note: ACU Master of High Performance Sport students attending Notre Dame to complete the unit EXSC652 Contemporary issues in sports science do not need to register and pay through this site because your attendance is covered by your course fees.


We recommend summit attendees stay in one of the following accommodation options. Transport will be available from the below accommodation, to and from the summit daily.

Hampton Inn & Suites Mishawaka
Address: 7347 Heritage Square Drive, Granger, Indiana, 46530, USA
Telephone: +1 574 243 4600
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Candlewood Suites Mishawaka
Address: 1220 E Douglas Road, Mishawaka, Indiana, 46545, USA 
Telephone: +1 574 258 4088
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Mishawaka South Bend
Address: 211 East Day Road, Mishawaka, Indiana, 46545, USA 
Telephone: +1 574 252 4100
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Getting there

By train from Chicago

There is no train from Chicago's airports directly to South Bend, but you can take the Rapid Transit from O'Hare Airport to downtown Chicago, then connect to the South Shore Line which takes you to South Bend airport (about three hours). You would then take a taxi to campus for about $14 (10 – 15min taxi ride).

At O'Hare airport, follow signs for ‘Trains to the city’, and take the Blue Line (the only line at the airport) to downtown. Tickets are purchased from machines at the station entrance.

Once in downtown Chicago, get off at Washington Station and follow signs to ‘Randolph/Washington’. The South Shore Line's station is on Randolph Street.

Directions and schedules are at the South Shore website – click ‘Directions in Chicago’. You can buy a ticket at the station or on the train.

The South Shore Line trains are relatively infrequent on weekends (several hours or more between trains) but while you wait you will be in a nice part of downtown Chicago.

By car

The university is about two hours (by car) from O'Hare Airport, less from Midway Airport.

From O'Hare Airport, take Route 190 east out of O'Hare to Route 90 east (Kennedy Expressway) toward downtown Chicago where it merges with Route 94 south (Dan Ryan Expressway). Take the Skyway exit off the Dan Ryan Expressway and remain on Route 90 to the Indiana Toll Road, which eventually merges with Route 80. Get off at Exit 77 (South Bend/Notre Dame).

Alternatively, there is a limousine run by Coach USA (formerly United Limo) that runs from the Chicago airports (Midway and O'Hare) to Notre Dame. It will drop you off right at campus and it’s about a three hour trip (90 miles). More information is available here.

Further information

Email: Mandy Merritt mmerrit1@nd.edu (University of Notre Dame) or Associate Professor Stuart Cormack stuart.cormack@acu.edu.au (Australian Catholic University)


University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana 46556, USA

Master of High Performance Sport at ACU

If you are applying for ACU's Master of High Performance Sport (MHPS) or are a student already enrolled in the program, please note that the MHPS intensive program at the University of Notre Dame (USA) runs from 11 – 12 June 2020. The Human Performance Summit is part of your MHPS intensive program.

Semester 2 2020 applications for ACU's Master of High Performance Sport will open April 2020. For more information, email the high performance sport course coordinator, Dr Richard Johnston: Richard.Johnston@acu.edu.au.

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