5 years ago we started to organise a Leaders in Performance Conference (LPC) at the National Training Center in Papendal. It was a meeting with the goal to bring people to together to talk about the latest in Sports Nutrition and to translate science to practice, to provide a networking opportunity and an overall great opportunity to learn! The title of the conference did not contain the word nutrition, even though the event itself had a strong nutrition focus. The reason was that the idea behind it was that we could expand this conference into other disciplines like physiology, strength and conditioning, psychology, medicine, technology and so on. Now, in 2023 the LPC has grown to a 3 days event with all these disciplines, and it is coming up soon!!
A selection of speakers at the LPC XL 2023
The first day of the LPC-XL starts with a bang! Colin D Ellis will kick off the event with a session about Culture in sport. The culture of a sports team determines in large part what is and isn't possible, and it is sometimes an obstacle. But changing culture is not easy... This is what this first part will about: how can you create a stimulating and positive culture that embraces change and innovation?
The day will then combine medical and strength and conditioning topics:
Cardiac screening in elite sports; high stakes for prevention - HARALD THUNE JØRSTAD
What is pain and what can we do about it? - SIOBHAN MILNER
Monitoring sleep and other physiological functions - SHONA HALSON
Practical prevention in elite sports; the waterpolo case - MICHEL VERKADE
The day will be concluded by Merijn Zeeman, sportive director of Team jumbo Visma. In 2016, Team LottoNL-Jumbo was at the bottom of the ranking. The budget was cut in half, a vision was absent and there was a lot of negativity. People didn't feel involved and didn't work together to give the team a future again. Now what? Where to start? Merijn Zeeman's presentation will reveal the journey and growth of the current Team Jumbo-Visma team, now the best cycling team in the world. How did they manage to reach the top starting from the bottom? What was the underlying plan and what role did the culture change play?
Day 2 will kick off with Jeroen Otter, the incredibly successful short track speed skating coach who will discuss Leadership in elite sport.
We will then move into a day that is mostly nutrition oriented:
Sustainable eating for elite athletes - ALBA REGUANT CLOSA
Anabolic properties of plant derived proteins - LUC VAN LOON
How to strengthen the bone by diet and training - CRAIG SALE
Impact of nutritional supplements on sleep - SHONA HALSON
TeamNL project eating disorders - LARA VAN GENECHTEN
Does RED-S exist? - ASKER JEUKENDRUP
The second day of the LPC-XL will conclude with the extremely experienced sports scientist David Martin who will discuss Belief effects in olympic and professional sport: past, present and future This will be an entertaining as well as fascinating talk because what we believe influences performance, but what does this mean for sports practice? What does this mean for the sports practitioner? And what are some of the potential ethical issues?
Day 3 will start with a keynote by Dr Alan Curry on Taking care of mental health is everyone's business
The day will then involve talks on key psychological aspects required to perform at the highest level:
Sustainable performance in an elite context - JUDITH UPMEIJER
Possibilities and limitations of monitoring athletes - MICHAEL KELLMAN
Every sport is a mind sport - MARC HENDRIKS
Join the LPC XL 2023 and be part of this amazing event!