Annual Conference

by Sarah Markey, January 9, 2015

9th CPSDA Annual Conference Banner

9th CPSDA Annual Conference and Symposium:
Fueling the Future of Performance Nutrition: Leadership, Technology and Applied Science

Register Now!

STUDENT MEMBERS REGISTER HERE. Students will be limited to 75 attendees. Additional registrations will be made available by April 24th if the conference has not sold out.

Host Hotel and Conference Headquarters
DoubleTree Resort, Hotel Paradise Valley – Scottsdale Arizona
May 17-19, 2017
Book Your Room – While there are rooms available at the host hotel, the CPSDA room block with the reduced rate has sold out. Use this link to check for cancellations in the room block.

Nearby Hotels:

Hilton Scottsdale
6333 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Residence Inn by Marriott
6040 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
5001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town
7300 E 3rd Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Having issues making a reservation? Please contact Sarah Markey, Director of Operations, at or (312) 498-3224.

Pre-Conference: Athlete Health
May 17th, 2017
8:15 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
DoubleTree Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Grand Ballroom

  • 8:15am – 8:20: Welcome & Opening Remarks: James Carter, PhD, Director – Gatorade Sports Science Institute
  • 8:20am – 9:20am: DHA Supplementation and Concussion Prevention – Jonathan Oliver, PhD, CSCS*D, USAW
  • 9:20am – 10:20am: A Look Inside FDA Food Safety Protocols – Dr. David Acheson
  • 10:20am – 11:20am: An Update and Refresher on Caffeine Intake and Athletic Performance: The What, The How, The Why – Lawrence Spriet, PhD

Register for the Pre-Conference

The pre-conference is brought to you by our partners at Gatorade. Registration is required and needs to be completed separately from your CPSDA conference registration.

9th CPSDA Annual Conference Agenda

May 17, 2017 
Time Function Speaker/Title Function Speaker/Title
9:00 – 2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Set-Up
9:00 – 12:00 p.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. Welcome
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. General Session 1 Kevin Deshazo:
The 5 Gears – Leadership
Accelerator Workshop
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. General Session 2 Troy Flanagan:
What High Performance Directors
Expect from Sports Dietitians
2:15  – 2:30 p.m. Sponsor Remarks: Gatorade
2:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
2:30  – 3:15 p.m. Break, Exhibits, Career Center
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. General Session 3 Christine Plonsky:
The Art of Negotiation – Do’s & Don’ts
of Presenting to the Administration
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Business Meeting Presented to all CPSDA members
by your Board of Directors
5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Party


May 18, 2017 
Time Function Speaker/Title Function Speaker/Title
7:30 a.m. Registration
7:45 a.m. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:30 – 8:45 am Sponsor Remarks: Kellogg
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. General Session 4 Jason Mihalik:
Concussion in Sport
General Session 4b Bruce Blumberg:
Are Chemical Obesogens
Thwarting Your Weight Goals?
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. General Session 5a Enette Larson Meyer:
Challenges for the
Vegetarian Athlete
 General Session 5b Amanda Carlson-Phillips:
Precision Medicine and the
Nutritional Status of Athletes Entering the NFL Draft
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Break, Exhibits, Career Center Student Session Shanyn Lancaster:
Navigating the Working
World as Young Professional
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. General Session 6a Kate Burks, Spencer Webb:
Techniques to Assess
Body Composition
General Session 6b Kate Moran, Sarah Grace Spann:
The Power of Social Media
12:15 – 12:30 p.m. Sponsor Remarks: National Dairy
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. General Session 7a Kris Ingmundson, Patrick Pimentel: Fuel Station Food
System Management
General Session 7b Bob Calvin, Leron Sarig:
Injured Tactical Athlete Nutrition Integration
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. General Session 8a Christine Peat:
Binge-eating Disorder:
A Primer on Diagnosis and Treatment
General Session 8b Brian Schilling:
Evidence-based Practice Made
Easy: Interpreting the Research
4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Sponsor Remarks: HumanN
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Break, Exhibits, Career Center
5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Hour
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Muscle Milk Awards Banquet


May 19, 2017 
Time Function Speaker/Title Function Speaker/Title
 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. General Session 9 Clint Wattenberg, Laura Barre:
Changing the Body Image Culture Within a College Athletics Program
 General Session 9a  Alicia KendigRob Skinner:
Rio 2016: A Sports Dietitian’s
Role: Logistics Vincere Pascens
 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  General Session 10 Josh Hingst:
Biomarkers, Nutrition, & Athlete Management
General Session 10a Brent SingerChristine Curry,
Allison Maurer: High School
Models: Outreach & Private Practice
 11:00 – 11:15 p.m. Sponsor Remarks:
Nordic Naturals
11:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall
 1:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. General Session 11 Amy Eichner:
Doping Milestones
General Session 11a Leigh Greathouse:
The Athlete’s Gut: What You
Need to Know About the Microbiome and Applications to Practice
 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. General Session 12 Supplement Certifications Panel
 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks