Keynote Speakers 2012

Craig Liebenson  Craig Liebenson






LA Sports and Spine

Keynote Topic: Regional Interdependence: How Functional Pathology Limits Performance

Sunday Breakout Lecture: The Core as the Punctum Fixum in Sport: A Key to Making Movement Patterns More Efficient

Dr. Liebenson is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Chiropractic, Division of Health Sciences at Murdoch University, Perth Australia and consultant for the Murdoch University and the Anglo-European Chiropratic College M.Sc. program in Chiropractic Rehabilitation. The first ever chiropractic member of the McKenzie Institute (U.S.) Board of Directors, he serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; the PM&R  Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation; the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy; and Journal of Manual Therapy.

Dr. Liebenson is the first health care provider to receive a Certification of Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Back Pain Care. He is actively engaged in ongoing research on the spinal stabilization system as a Visiting Scholar at Pr. Stuart McGill’s Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo. He regularly assists Pavel Kolar in his courses and has worked with both Dr. Karel Lewit and Pr Vladimir Janda beginning in 1987. Dr. Liebenson publishes extensively and is the editor of  the book/DVD Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practioner's Manual (2nd ed), 2007.

He has had books published into Spanish, Greek, Korean and Japanese. He was the team chiropractor for the N.B.A. Los Angeles Clippers from the 2006-2007 season until 2009-2010 seasons and is currently a consultant for the M.L.B. Arizona Diamondbacks and Athletes Performance International.

Bill Knowles






iSPORT Training

Topic: Reconditioning and Return To Competition Strategies for the Joint Compromised Athlete.

Athletic Development Coach and Sports Rehabilitation Specialist
Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

• 21 years professional experience working with World-class, Olympic, Professional, Elite, & Nationally ranked athletes from around the world.
• Professional and World-Class sports include: Soccer (football), Rugby Union, Ice Hockey, Basketball, Football, Aussie Rules Football, Golf, Alpine and Freestyle Mogul Skiing, Snowboarding and Swimming
•Former Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Strength and Conditioning at Burke Mountain Academy (Vermont, USA) for 12 years. BMA is recognized historically as the best youth sports academy in the world for alpine ski racing.
The list of Olympic, World Cup, and World Junior success is unparallel in the Unites States and worldwide.
• Author of numerous articles on injury prevention and performance training in ski publications, strength and conditioning magazines and health journals.
• Featured speaker dozens of times around the United States, Canada, England and Scotland on topics related to injury reduction programs, rehabilitation/reconditioning, and performance training for all types of athletes.

For the past 21 years Bill Knowles has been working with elite level athletes from around the world. As a sports rehabilitation specialist, Bill has helped Professional and Olympic level athletes recover from season ending and career threatening injuries. His energy and enthusiasm keeps every training session educational and fresh, while his unique experiences allows a creative approach to address any injury situation. Bill’s rehab philosophy allows each athlete the opportunity to express their inherent athletic ability quickly following injury or surgery. This mean the “down time” is minimal and the athlete stays very active and motivated.

After receiving his education at Cortland State College in New York, Bill began his career at the world renowned sports academy for Alpine and Nordic ski racing; Burke Mountain Academy. As the Head Athletic Trainer and Performance Director Bill took care of countless knee injuries and developed his skills that began to attract world-class ski racers from Europe and North America. Since then athletes from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia have visited Bill in Killington, Vermont. Bill has also traveled extensively working with and visiting many of the top sports clubs in the world.

This success has evolved to designing and implementing rehab and performance programs that have placed athletes back into the English Premiership and Championship Football Leagues, The Rugby World Cup and Premiership Squads, Baseball World Series, Winter Olympic podiums and X-Game podiums.

As a former collegiate soccer player, ski racer, and coach, Bill delivers his training programs they way an athlete understands and respects.


LSU Plyo Coach 




Freelap track and field


The Freelap Timing System is an easy-to-use, fully automated timing system that is designed for a wide variety of training scenarios.  Freelap can be used to time fly-in sprints, splits, block starts, tempo runs, recovery times, laps, long and triple jump runway speed, football combine 10 and 40-yard dash,  and agility patterns, to name a few. It is used on the track, football and soccer fields, basketball courts, hockey rinks, and velodrome.

A Freelap timing system will be raffled prior to Boo's presentation.  Winners must be in attendance to claim this prize.




Topic: Multijump Exercises:  Applications for Teaching, Training, and Rehab

Irving "Boo" Schexnayder is regarded internationally as one of the leading authorities in training design. He, as co-founder of SAC, brings 31 years of experience in the coaching and consulting fields to the organization.

Most noted for his 12 years as a member of the Track and Field coaching staff at LSU. Schexnayder, who coached collegiately at Louisiana-Lafayette and Blinn Junior College prior to arriving at LSU, placed quite an imprint on the collegiate track and field scene. Regarded as one of the world’s premier field event coaches, he was the mastermind behind 19 NCAA Champions during his collegiate coaching career. He was a part of 12 NCAA Championship teams and a pair of Juco National titles, as well as developing a host of conference champions and All-Americans.

Schexnayder has also been a prominent figure on the international scene, having coached triple jumper Walter Davis to multiple World Championships, and long jumper John Moffitt to a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He also tutored former US Long Jump Champ Brian Johnson, Miguel Pate, ranked 6th in the world in 2008, and US Indoor Champ Jeremy Hicks. He has coached 10 Olympians, and has served on coaching staffs for Team USA to the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, and was the Jumps Coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

As impressive as Schexnayder's accomplishments are on the track, he has been just as successful off the track. He is certified at Level I, II and III, and owns the prestigious Master Coach Designation from USA Track and Field. He has formerly served as national chair of USATF's Coaching Education Committee, Jumps Subcommittee chair, and chair of the Biomechanics subcommittee.

Schexnayder currently serves as the Director of the Track and Field Academy, the educational branch of the US Track and Field and Cross Country Association. He also instructs biomechanics, training design, and event specific courses in the Academy and chairs it's advisory board.

An educator by profession and a mentor of hundreds of coaches, he has been very active in curriculum development for Coaching Education programs, and has lectured nationally and internationally on speed/power training programs, biomechanics, track and field specific training and rehabilitation. He has authored several publications covering these topics.

He has also been very active in the consulting field, working in NFL player development and combine prep from 2002 to the present, and consulting for individuals, high school programs, collegiate programs, and several foreign NGBs in the areas of training design, jump improvement, speed training, rehabilitations, and specialized programs for football, basketball, soccer, golf, and volleyball.

Prior to his collegiate and international career, Schexnayder was a successful mathematics teacher and prep coach at St. James High School for 11 years, coaching football, track and field, and cross country.

The Vacherie, La., native was class valedictorian at St. James High in 1979, and earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at Nicholls State University. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in physical education in 1983 and later added a master's degree in administration and supervision in 1988, again earning cum laude honors.

Boo's Video: review by Kebba Tolbert

Alan Grodin  Grodin




Inside Tracker



Sovereign Rehabilitation

Topic: The Art vs. The Science of Treating the Spine


Alan Grodin has 37 years of experience as a clinical physical therapist.  A nationally renowned, master clinician, Alan is recognized as one of Atlanta’s leading physical therapists.  Especially respected for his expertise in spine-related physical therapy, Alan commonly treats Atlanta Hawks players and has treated the Atlanta Ballet.  He is currently in private practice as the President/CEO of Sovereign Rehabilitation, in Atlanta, GA.  He has also been an instructor with the University of St. Augustine since 1979.

Alan Grodin is a graduate of Downstate Medical Center in New York and completed graduate work in Kinesiology at New York University.  He has lectured internationally in the area of soft tissue and joint mobilization.  His publications include: Myofascial Manipulation: Theory and Clinical Management, Soft Tissue Mobilization, Sports Injury Management: A Quarterly Series, a chapter on Soft Tissue Mobilization in Rational Manual Therapies and a textbook: Myofacsial Manipulation: Theory and Clinical Application, published in 2011.


Chris Powers



Perform Better



University of Southern California

Topic: Proximal Factors Contributing to Running Injuries


Christopher M. Powers, Ph.D., P.T. is an Associate Professor in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Southern California.  His primary research interests are concerned with the kinematic, kinetic and muscular actions associated with human movement, the pathomechanics of orthopedic disabilities, and issues related to rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Powers is an active researcher, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles.  He frequently lectures both nationally and internationally on topics related to lower limb biomechanics and the pathomechanics of orthopaedic disorders.