The 2017 elitefts Sports Performance Training Summit has been over two years in the making. But to understand why an event like this is so special, you first have to understand why we at elitefts feel it’s so important for students and professionals in Sports Performance alike receive the absolute best experience possible…

“One has to be able to thread together scientific knowledge and sport technique while listening to one’s own feelings and the feelings of the particular athlete in question – It is at this point that coaching ceases to be a science and becomes an art.” — Charlie Francis

The role of a Strength and Conditioning Coach, and the profession as a whole has grown and evolved dramatically over the past 30 years. Scientific knowledge (and access to it) and the advancement of technology is at an all-time high. While the number of coaching positions being hired, sports performance centers open, and schools offering Strength & Conditioning academic programs has grown, the number of true artists in this awesome realm of sports performance hasn’t seemed to match the incredible growth.

We see many students and professionals hold tightly to the scientific advancements we’ve experienced in this generation while shunning the in-the-trenches work of coaches that came before them. While others push away scientific data completely under the representation of being “old school” and doing what they’ve done their entire careers.

The best coaches in sports performance, however, the ones that produce results on the field and in the weight room, that leave an impact on players and coaches far after their careers to come to an end have become true artists in this profession. While their coaching bios reflect championships, individual awards, books were written, and other achievements; the experience that meeting them brings, is what they are known for. They have the knowledge and ability to not only improve athlete performance in the most effective ways possible but to adapt that experience to athletes and coaches no matter who they are. This is something that a textbook or internship alone won’t teach you, but the right blend of knowledge and experience will.

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Here at elitefts we hold strongly to the motto of Live, Learn, and Pass On.  This combination of knowledge and experience that is required to become a true artist is deeply ingrained into the Live, and Learn of our motto, and this is how we selected the experts who would be teaching at the 2017 Sports Performance Summit. Those that Live have years of in-the-trenches experience, spending long hours with athletes refining their tools as an artist in this profession. They also Learn every day; reading, speaking with other coaches and attending conferences and seminars to grow their own knowledge to ensure their toolbox is never lacking what their athletes need to be at their absolute best. The last part of our motto is Pass On, and this is the opportunity you’re faced with now. As a company we’ve committed to the understanding that all the knowledge and experience, all the Live, and Learn, means nothing if it isn’t passed on to others. We’ve seen the number of true artists grow because of the willingness of experts to teach at events such as this, and the willingness of coaches to come and learn, network, and Pass On this experience themselves to others.

This event is more than two years in the making, and we knew we needed to wait and do it right because of the importance that this process, this Live, Learn, and Pass On is to ensure the profession of Sports Performance grows beyond anything that we could dream of.

This is more than a lecture or a class than a practicum or internship — this is an opportunity to blend all of those things together in the process to transform your coaching into an art.

Who Should Attend This Experience?

  • Head and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Collegiate, high school, and youth sport coaches
  • Sports performance coaches in the private sector
  • Sports Nutrition students and professionals
  • Personal trainers working with athletes
  • Graduate or undergraduate exercise science students
  • Certified Athletic Trainers working in dual roles
  • Anyone interested in the physical preparation of athletes

Attending This Experience Will Allow You To

  • Learn the training methods used by over 150 NFL Pro Football Players
  • Gain strategies that will allow you to Coach large groups of athletes as effectively as possible
  • Understand Sports Nutrition and how to fuel training and recovery in your athletes
  • Evaluate weight training injuries and understand how they are treated
  • Learn the about the proven path to becoming a Head NFL Strength Coach
  • Better serve athletes in the private setting no matter what their goals are

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Where the Summit Will Be Held

The Ohio State University Fawcett Center

2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210

The beautiful Fawcett Center Conference Theatre provides theater style seating will allow guests to move about the space comfortably. A free water and coffee station will be provided outside the auditorium throughout the day. Numerous restaurants are also within minutes from the venue for lunch. Parking is also free on site for all attendees. Attendees will receive a parking pass to print out to place on the dash for event day parking.

Who is Presenting?

The Summit will consist of five, 90-minute presentations from the following experts carefully chosen to provide an incredible educational experience.

buddy morris

Coach Buddy Morris

Buddy Morris, CSCS, otherwise known as Coach X to the elitefts faithful, was the first Strength and Conditioning coach to join the elitefts Q&A staff in 2002. Morris was a staple at the University of Pittsburgh and the originator of the Pitt Iron Works Gym where he trained five NFL hall of fame inductees, including Dan Marino, Rickey Jackson, Chris Doleman, Russ Grimm, and Curtis Martin. Morris is no stranger to rehabilitation, agility, flexibility, and speed development. He trained Roger Kingdom who won a Gold medal in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games in the 110-meter hurdles. Buddy Morris is recognized as one of the key pioneers in the strength and conditioning profession.

Ken Kinakin

Dr. Ken Kinakin

Dr. Ken Kinakin D.C., CSCS, is a sports medicine doctor, chiropractor, certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer! He’s also the author of the book “Optimal Muscle Training” and has competed in bodybuilding and powerlifting for over 20 years. Dr. Kinakin lectures around the world to doctors and personal trainers on the areas of weight-training, rehabilitation and nutrition. He is also the clinic director for the AIM Health & Wellness clinic, with a rehabilitation and training center in Mississauga, Ontario. Dr. Kinakin founded the Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists (SWIS), an organization that educates and certifies doctors, therapists and personal trainers in the area of exercise muscle testing, rehabilitation, and treatment of weight training injuries.

Justus Galac

Coach Justus Galac

Justus Galac, CSCS, begins his second season as the head strength and conditioning coach before joining the Jets in 2012 as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. He served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Villanova football team (2005-11) and earned recognition as the Samson FCS Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2010 for his work with the 2009 FCS National Champion Wildcats. In addition to his strength and conditioning responsibilities, Galac worked as a defensive assistant during his first two seasons with the Wildcats (2005-06).

eric Serrano

Dr. Eric Serrano

Dr. Eric Serrano, MD, serves as the Chief Medical Director & Formulator of Muscle Pharm Corp. Serrano also serves as a Medical Advisor of LLC. He is Physician in Pataskala, Ohio and has been practicing medicine in Ohio for over 12 years. He is considered one of the leading sports nutrition doctors in the country. His areas of expertise include sports medicine, weight loss, nutritional supplements, and strength and conditioning. He consults and lectures at conferences worldwide and serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Muscle Pharm Corp. Dr. Serrano served as Professor of family practice medicine at the Ohio State University and earned degrees at Kansas State University and Kansas University. He studied to become a Medical Doctor at KU and completed his Master Studies in Kinesiology, KSU, and Bachelor's of Science in Biology at KSU.

Mark Uyeyama

Coach Mark Uyeyama

Mark Uyeyama, CSCS, is the head strength and conditioning coach for the San Francisco 49ers, after having served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2008-10. In 2011, Uyeyama was named Samson Equipment’s NFL Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly. Uyeyama is responsible for overseeing the team’s strength and conditioning program, which includes strength, power development, speed, recovery, and regeneration, as well as the nutritional program for the players. He brings an individualized approach to the strength and conditioning position within a team-based context. Uyeyama served as San Francisco’s assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2008 to 2010 after having served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Utah State University from 2004 to 2007. Prior to working in the strength and conditioning field, Uyeyama played football at Butte Community College in Oroville, CA and Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. He earned a master’s degree in higher and post-secondary education from ASU in May of 2003. 

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Event Schedule:

Friday, February 24th, 2017

3:00 PM-5:00 PM: Summit Pre-Registration at OSU Fawcett Center

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

7:00 AM-8:00 AM: Summit Registration at OSU Fawcett Center

8:15 AM-8:30 AM: Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:30 AM-10:00 AM: Physical Preparedness for American Football - Buddy Morris, CSCS

10:00 AM-11:30 AM: Evaluation & Treatment of Weightlifting Injuries in Athletes - Dr. Ken Kinakin, D.C., CSCS

11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Break for Lunch (on your own)

12:45 PM-2:15 PM: Strategies for Coaching Large Groups of Athletes with Varying Needs - Justus Galac, CSCS

2:15 PM-3:45 PM: Sports Nutrition for Peak Athlete Performance - Dr. Eric Serrano, MD

3:45 PM-5:15 PM: “When a Bird Hangs Out with Bats”: Lessons from a Career in Sport - Mark Uyeyama, CSCS

5:15 PM-5:30 PM: Wrap-Up

6:00 PM: elitefts Post-Summit Social

The elitefts Post-Summit Social: Miller’s Ale House

This meet and greet social event will be an excellent networking opportunity and a chance to interact with the presenters and the elitefts staff. As most coaches know, learning doesn’t stop when the presentations are over. Unstructured sharing of ideas in a relaxed, social setting is often the most productive method for acquiring new knowledge and reinforcing your beliefs as a coach. Tailgate style appetizers will be provided, so in other words….FREE FOOD.


Registration includes attendance to the Sports Performance Summit and the Post-Summit Social, as well as bonus access to 50 videos from the Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists (SWIS) 2016 Conference presentations. (A $396.00 value!) – see product description for pricing details.

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Continuing Education Credits

Registered attendees will also receive certificates for approved CEUs for the NSCA and CSCCa:

  • NSCA: .8 CEUs
  • CSCCa: 4.0 CEUs


From: Columbus International Airport (CMH)

To: The Ohio State University Fawcett Center

Travel Time: 14 Minutes

  1. From International Gateway, take I-670 W/US-62 W toward Columbus.
  2. Continue on I-670 W toward Columbus.
  3. Take exit 2B to merge onto 315 N.
  4. Take the exit onto Lane Ave. toward Ohio State University.
  5. Turn right onto W Lane Ave.
  6. Turn left onto Olentangy River Rd.
  7. The Fawcett Center will be on your right.

Lodging Options

*Note: The Big10 Swim Championships are being held this weekend within the University area. Hotels in the area will be booked quickly, so please make arrangements early on. Additional lodging options outside of the University area are also below.

OSU/University Area Hotels (all under 5-minute drive to Fawcett Center)

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus/University Area

  • 3160 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202
  • (614) 268-8700
  • Rate: $164 per night

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot Columbus OSU

  • 3031 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43202
  • (614) 267-1111
  • Rate: $210 per night

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus Univ Area – OSU

  • 3045 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202
  • (614) 447-1212
  • Rate: $160 per night

 The Blackwell

  • 2110 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, OH 43210
  • (614) 247-4000
  • Rate: $174 per night

 Varsity Inn OSU South

  • 1445 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212
  • (614) 291-2983
  • Rate: $75 per night

Red Roof Plus Columbus – The Ohio State University

  • 441 Ackerman Rd, Columbus, OH 43202
  • (614) 267-9941
  • Rate: $100 per night

Columbus Area Hotels 

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus West/Hilliard

  • 5520 Maxwell Place, Columbus, Ohio 43228
  • 614-643-4300
  • Rate: $96 per night
  • 17-minute drive to Fawcett Center

Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Dublin 

  • 6170 Park Center Circle, Dublin, Ohio
  • 1-866-599-6674
  • Rate: $100 per night
  •  20-minute drive to Fawcett Center

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus/Dublin

  • 500 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio
  • 1-855-809-3512
  • Rate: $74 per night
  • 19-minute drive to Fawcett Center

Hyatt Place Columbus Dublin 

  • 6161 Parkcenter Cir Dublin, Ohio
  • 1-866-599-6674
  • Rate: $104 per night
  • 20-minute drive to Fawcett Center

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