Conference Tentatively Planned for May 14, 2011

Just wanted to give everyone the heads up on a conference I’m planning for May 14, 2011 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I will have four presenters, two of which are members on our forum here at As I have the previous three years, I will ensure that this is a top quality event worthy of everyone’s attendance.

I will provide specific details in about a week’s time so that people can set their schedules accordingly.

I believe these types of events are a good way of having members connnect with each other. The conference will run on a Saturday, but it could also give us a chance to meet on the Friday or Sunday to have an informal discussion on training ideas. Let me know if anyone is interested in this concept. The conference will be modestly priced so as to be as inclusive as possible.

Thanks again for your support and dedication to this community.

Sounds great! I’ll be there. I like the idea of meeting up in a less formal setting also, that would be terrific. It would be really cool to learn from you all.

Will there be a dvd just in case people cant make it?

I will be holding another conference in the Vancouver, BC area in May 2011 featuring a number of very experienced practitioners. Details are provided below. To download a copy of the conference brochure, click here.

[b]2011 BC Strength, Fitness and Conditioning Conference

Effective Injury Prevention and Management

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Joseph Horrigan, DC, DACBSP, CSCS

Benno Nigg, Dr.Sc.Nat.,M Dr.H.C.Mult

Rob Panariello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS

Sal Alosi, CSCS

Loren Chiu, PhD, CSCS

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Our Presenters: We are proud to offer you some of the highest quality speakers available, touching on various aspects of fitness, health and conditioning.

BENNO NIGG, Dr.Sc.Nat.,M Dr.H.C.Mult

Presentation Topic: “Shoes and Orthotics – Aligning the Skeleton?”

Born in Switzerland, Dr. Nigg studied Nuclear Physics at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland). In 1971, he started his activities in Biomechanics. In 1976, he became the Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at the ETH Zurich. In 1981 Dr. Nigg accepted an invitation to move to the University of Calgary, where he founded, developed and was director of the Human Performance Laboratory, a multi-disciplinary Research Center concentrating on the study of the human body and its locomotion. Currently, this research center has close to 175 co-workers, working with micro- and macroscopic approaches on the understanding of movement and exercise. Dr. Nigg has received many awards and recognitions, including the Olympic Order, honorary degrees from the Universities of Salzburg and Innsbruck and an honorary professorship from the University of Shanghai. Dr. Nigg’s research concentrates on human locomotion with main emphasis on mobility and longevity and its application to movement related products such as orthoses, shoe insoles, sport shoes, surfaces and sport equipment. Dr. Nigg has co-operated with many major sport shoe and sport surface companies.


Presentation Topic: “Knee Injury Rehab and Prevention”

Rob is a licensed Physical Therapist, NATA Certified Athletic Trainer, and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He received his physical therapy and athletic training degrees from Ithaca College and his Masters of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from Queens College.

In the field of sports physical therapy and athletic training Rob has 30 years of experience. He has rehabilitated athletes at all levels of competition. He has conducted research in these fields and has more than 60 sports medicine and strength and conditioning journal publications and book chapters. He has lectured nationally on the topic of the sports rehabilitation of athletes including the annual national meetings of the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the National Athletic Trainers Association, as well as presenting his research at the World Congress of Physical Therapy in Washington D.C. Rob also has 29 years of experience in the field of strength and conditioning. He has lectured nationally on this topic including the annual national meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has studied the science of strength and conditioning at the national sports training institutes of Bulgaria, and was previously known as the USSR and East Germany. He has served as the head strength and conditioning coach for St. John’s University (1986 - 1995),

He has served or presently serves as a sports physical therapy/strength and conditioning consultant to the many strength and conditioning coaches, medical staff, and athletic teams and Universities. This includes the NFL’s Atlanta Falcon’s, Denver Bronco’s, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Giants, St. Louis Ram’s, the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, NJ Nets, the University of Delaware, University of Virginia, Kansas University, and Temple University. Rob was elected the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.


Presentation Topic: “Shoulder Injury Rehab and Prevention”

Dr. Horrigan is the President of Horrigan Sports Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Center. He has served on the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians for seven years, of which four years were as Vice-President, and served as the Chair of the Written Examination Committee for nine years. Dr. Horrigan was awarded the 2001 Sports Chiropractor of the Year. He has also served as the Head Speed-Strength and Conditioning for the Los Angeles Kings for three years. Dr. Horrigan served as the Team Chiropractor for the Long Beach Ice Dogs hockey team for several years and as their Director of Speed-Strength and Conditioning for seven years. Dr. Horrigan serves on the Medical Committee for USA Weightlifting. He served as the Chief Medical Officer for Team USA for the 1999 Junior World Championships and 2003 World Championships in Weightlifting. He also lectures for USA Track and Field in the Elite Hurdle Development Program.

Dr. Horrigan teaches differential diagnosis to third-year students at the Southern California University of Health Sciences and serves on the Postgraduate Faculty at the Southern California University of Health Science/Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Northwestern College of Chiropractic, and Palmer College of Chiropractic in the Sports Medicine Department. He has been published in several professional journals. He also wrote the IRONMAN Magazine Sports Medicine Column for ten years and has resumed this column in the March 2004 issue. He has intermittently written the Sports Medicine Column for INSIDE KUNG-FU and MS. FITNESS magazines. Dr. Horrigan co-authored two books, THE 7-MINUTE ROTATOR CUFF SOLUTION, and STRENGTH CONDITIONING, AND INJURY PREVENTION FOR HOCKEY. Dr. Horrigan also served as Medical Consultant for the films, “The Matrix”, “Charlie’s Angels II Full Throttle”, “Spiderman II”, and served as Athletic Performance Consultant on “Seabiscuit”, “Skeleton Key”, and “Things We Lost in the Fire”.


Presentation Topic: “Injury Prevention Through Proper Program Design”

Sal Alosi has spent the past 10 years as a strength & conditioning coach in the National Football League. His most recent stint was with the New York Jets where he was the teams Head Strength & Conditioning Coach from 2007-2010. During that four year period, the Jets were the least injured team in the League in both number of players placed on the Reserve-Injured list and by the number of games missed by starters. The program Sal developed has been heavily influenced by Charlie Francis and Louie Simmons to name a few. Sal holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Hofstra University and numerous professional certifications through reputable organizations such as the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Functional Movement Systems, and United States of America Weightlifting.


Presentation Topic: “Living in 3D - A New Perspective on Injuries in Sport”

Loren is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Neuromusculoskeletal Mechanics Research Program at the University of Alberta. Loren’s research integrates the fields of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to study human performance. Current research investigates the generation of muscle strength and its role in multi-joint movement. Loren has also conducted extensive research in the areas of:

• Analysis and optimization of multi-segmental motor skills
• Acute responses and chronic adaptations to resistance training
• Transfer of training to motor skill performance

In a addition to research, a major component of the NMRP is knowledge translation. This includes the training of high-performance athletes, performance assessment and evaluation, and injury consultations. The success of the program is due to the interaction of research and practice to drive scientific innovation.

Conference Schedule:

Each presentation will be a 60-80 minutes in length, including time at the end of the presentation for questions and discussions.

8:15am to 8:45am - Conference Registration – Package Pick-Up

8:45am to 9:00am - Introduction

9:00am to 10:15am - Joseph Horrigan – Los Angeles, CA, USA
– Horrigan Sports Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Center –
“Shoulder Injury Prevention and Management”

10:15am to 11:30am - Benno Nigg – Calgary, AB, Canada
– University of Calgary - Human Performance Laboratory –
“Shoes and Orthotics – Aligning the Skeleton?”

11:30am to 12:30pm - Lunch Break – 60 minutes

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Rob Panariello – New York, NY, USA
– Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy –
" Knee Injury Prevention and Management"

1:45pm to 3:00pm - Sal Alosi – New York, NY, USA
“Injury Prevention Through Proper Program Design”

3:00pm to 3:15pm - Refreshment Break – 15 minutes

3:15pm to 4:30pm - Loren Chiu – Edmonton, AB, Canada
– University of Alberta - Neuromusculoskeletal Mechanics Research Program –
"Living in 3D - A New Perspective on Injuries in Sport "

4:30pm – 6:00pm - Presenter Panel Discussion – 90 minutes

Location: SFU Burnaby Campus – West Mall Complex Room 3520

Registration Information:

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the conference or the registration process. Please register early, as we have limited seating for this event.

Conference Fee: $215.00 CAD

Regular Registration Due Date: April 22, 2011

Late Registration Fee: $250.00 CAD (April 23, 2011 onwards)

For more information on the registration process or the conference itself, please contact SFU Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Derek Hansen via e-mail at or by phone at 778 782 4059.

NSCA and BCRPA continuing education credits will be available for this event.

Five easy ways to register:

  1. Online at: (course code 3266)

  2. By Phone: 778-782-4965 (VISA / MasterCard required for payment)

  3. By Mail: Attn: SFU Recreation & Athletics
    8888 University Drive
    Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
    (VISA / MC / Cheque)

  4. By Fax: 778-782-3425 (VISA / MC)

  5. In person (8:30am - 4:00pm) at the General Recreation Counter at SFU Chancellor Gym

Please make cheques payable to: Simon Fraser University

Register On-Line Today at:

For followers, it is important to note that:

  • Joe Horrigan performed soft-tissue work on Ben back in 1988 when they passed through Los Angeles. He also wrote a great article on Charlie and Ben back in the early 1990’s for Iron Man Magazine (when almost everyone else turned their back on Charlie - with the exception of Al Vermeil).

  • Rob Panariello knew Charlie through some rehab work they did for a few NFL teams. Charlie had a great story about Rob that he relayed to me back in 2001.

  • Sal Alosi is a follower of Charlie’s training philosophy and is also a forum member.

So, if you are looking for some good professional development, and you are a follower of, might be a good event to take in and meet up with some like-minded people.

Too bad you couldn’t have this at the time of the PacifiCanada race series in early July. I usually hang out in Whistler and drive to (or, I should say, around) Vancouver for races.

Damn. My local zones is that weekend.

On the right is a high school sprinter I was coaching last year at the Cal State Los Angeles Last Chance Qualifier meet held on the same day of this seminar. On the left is Tyrone Edgar.

I think you know where I’ll be on 5/14.

Damn my uncle lives 5 minutes of car from there but due to work I won’t be in my “second nation” ;(:frowning:

Number Two, is there going to be video of seminars for those od us who have too much commitment to come, school and baby. Thanks in advance.

“Come, school and baby” - that pretty much my deal and priority list as well!

I always shoot video of the conference presentations. The question is whether or not the presenters want to release their information. I edited Al Vermeil’s presentation from last year, and have been working with him to make it available soon.

So, I will discuss with individual presenters and figure it out.

Rob Panariello has posted some great stuff on various websites and forums. Nice to see someone with a true appreciation for the classic lifts and not try to re-invent the wheel or manufacture controversy in order to sell DVDS.

Yes - Rob is one of those guys that works hard, gets results in his practice and is an industry leader. However, because he is so busy getting results, he doesn’t have the time to flood the internet, boasting about his expertise and making up contrived blog posts every week to sell product.

We need to spend more time learning from these types of professionals, rather than worshipping the internet self-promoters.

Obviously Number Two I won’t be able to make it being thousands of miles away, but I’d urge everyone anywhere near to travel to it…

You’re guaranteed …
(a) …to learn from real world experts
(b) whose primary aim is to be the best they can be in their field and
© you won’t be fed bullsh!t from publicity specialists
(d) and network and learn from genuine experts and good people during the coffee breaks

I hope members appreciate the effort that Number Two has gone to in organizing this seminar - It’s not an easy thing to do and he’ll most likely be out of money by the end of it too when all is said and done.

Don’t miss it - if you can at all get there.

Thanks No23. My goals every conference are to:

  1. Provide quality speakers with proven records
  2. Break even

Sometimes I reach my goals, sometimes I don’t!

I luckily live in the Vancouver area and have attended the last 3 conferences No2 has put on and can say that they are top notch with very knowledgeable presenters. I have always came away with a lot more knowledge and understanding of concepts that I had not understood in the past or even knew about. I apply a lot principles I learned at these conferences to the rival university sprinters that I work with. So i encourage anybody who can attend do attend. I know i will be there.

This comment is worth Gold. Seriously
I maybe get a chance to spend 1 day a month or 2months to work on my Website - havnt done a article or blog post in 6months!

I can only imagine the spare time one must have to always be working on Internet selling. It’s never quick and easy like they promote. Then once you’ve done your own training…

I agree wholeheartedly. There must be a relationship between how many blog entries you write and how much time you actually train other people or yourself.

I would be especially interested in seeing Joe Horrigan’s presentation. I’ve been a big fan of his for over 20 years.

Derek, when we were at the 2002 Asheville seminar didn’t you tell me that you did some training with Joe in soft tissue techniques some time back?

No actual training per se, but I have observed him working on some athletes (a few I have coached). And, I’ve spent years talking with him about therapy and training. Very knowledgeable guy.