Loyola Hosts Second-Annual Athlete Performance Conference

June 25, 2008

BALTIMORE - Loyola College in Maryland will welcome as many as 300 high school and college strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts for a two-day conference on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19.

The Strength and Conditioning/Athlete Performance Conference, sponsored by Fusion Sport, has been developed by Loyola's Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Robert Taylor.

He has combined classroom presentations and on-field demonstrations designed to help educate and inform participants in many aspects of strength and conditioning, rehabilitating athletes, sports nutrition and recovery techniques.

"As athletics become increasingly competitive at all levels, a properly designed strength and conditioning programs is crucial to the success of any athlete or team," said Taylor, who, along with representatives from 13 NCAA Division I programs and other presenters from the athletic performance private sector, will discuss strategies for improving and enhancing successful sport-specific and individual training needs with an emphasis on safety and efficiency.

An Australian based company, Fusion Sport, has taken the top sponsorship spot this year. Fusion Sport products and services have revolutionized the strength and conditioning and rehabilitation programs of many of the world's leading teams, institutes, universities and schools. They will be demonstrating their products live during the conference. Last year's lead sponsor, PowerCranks, will again be in attendance along with representatives from Polar Electro, Woodway, Power Systems, Perform Better, Fitness Resource, EggWhites International, and CytoSport who will be providing products for breakfast and lunch. Bill Jacobs, Michelle Rockwell, and Anne Sweeney have also made generous contributions to this year's conference.

This year's conference has been recognized by the National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA) as its national conference. Participants are eligible for continuing education credits from the NSPA and other organizations, including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and National Athletic Trainers' Association.

The cost for the two-day workshop is $100 ($50 for students), $25 of which will be donated to the Jason Hadeed Children's Fund. The fund benefits the children of Jason Hadeed, a coach who presented at last year's conference and a friend of many of its participants. Hadeed was killed in a shooting in his Rockville neighborhood in February. For more information on the children's fund, the conference, or to register, please go to or call 410-617-5372.