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“Sport Exchange Summit, Powered by Drug Free Sport” Announces Agenda

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“Sport Exchange Summit, Powered by Drug Free Sport” Announces Agenda
Day-and-a-half conference focuses on multidisciplinary learning for professionals throughout sport.


KANSAS CITY, MO. (February 16, 2018) – After a successful 2016 inaugural event complete with learning, debate, and collaboration, Drug Free Sport® is thrilled to announce the return of its biennial educational event, the “Sport Exchange Summit, Powered by Drug Free Sport”. The 2018 conference, to be held June 11 – 12 in Kansas City, MO, will draw professionals from all aspects of sport and wellness to examine trends, learn about cutting-edge developments, share best practices, and exchange ideas.

“The Sport Exchange Summit was one of the finest collections of expert presentations on a multitude of areas affecting health and wellness of athletes,” said Mark Coberley, Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine at Iowa State University. “The multidisciplinary approach to the meeting presents many perspectives and broadens awareness of the many issues that must be considered in today’s world of sport.”


This year’s event features two outstanding keynote addresses by industry groundbreakers, whose words resonate throughout sport. Billy Bean, Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Major League Baseball (MLB), will discuss the current diversity and inclusion efforts in MLB in a conversation about inherent discrimination and bias. Bean is the only living former MLB player who has publicly disclosed that he is gay, bringing an incomparable voice and credibility to the topic. San Francisco 49ers’ Seasonal Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers will speak on her journey and work in “Female Sport Professionals Working Within Male-Dominated Sports”.  As the second woman hired as a full-time NFL coach in league history, her experiences will make for engaging commentary and a dynamic presentation.

“Drug Free Sport’s mission is to help people maximize their innate potential in sport,” said Chris Guinty, President and CEO of Drug Free Sport. “The Sport Exchange Summit provides challenging and relevant topics to stimulate growth and understanding. We’re very proud to devote resources toward these industry and national conversations.”

Session topics include:

  • Generational Differences in Sports: Communication with Today’s Athletes
  • The Team behind the Team in Action: What Works, What Doesn’t
  • Multidisciplinary Approaches to Athletes with Disordered Eating
  • Sleep, Health, and Performance: Implications for Athletes
  • Handling the Mental and Physical Aspects of Injury
  • Considerations for Working with International Athletes
  • Addressing Performance Anxiety in Athletes
  • Prescription Stimulants in Sport: Use, Misuse, and Abuse
  • Managing Athlete Expectations and Pain After Injuries
  • Dietary Supplements – A Sports Industry Update
  • Inclusion and Acceptance
  • Marijuana and Sport: An Update on Legalization and Performance
  • Sport Technology and Data Analytics: Successful Integration into a High-Performance Program
  • Race and Diversity in Collegiate Sports: Are We Making Progress?

Experts from the National Basketball Association (NBA), the University of Texas, the University of Arizona College of Medicine, the Kansas City Royals, Arizona State University, the University of Colorado – Boulder, Denver Women’s Recovery, Mind Matters, P.C. Sports Psychiatry, Planned Positive Attitude, Drug Free Sport, and more will present to the audience.

An early-bird price of $349 for the day-and-a-half conference is available through February 28, held at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel. Registration includes breakfast, breaks with snacks/beverages, lunch, and a networking reception on June 11; and breakfast and breaks with snacks/beverages on June 12. From March 1 through the event date, registration will increase to $399.

As a core part of the Sport Exchange Summit, we are partnering with leading professional sport associations for continuing education:

  • Children’s Mercy Hospital is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Children’s Mercy Hospital designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Drug Free Sport is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. Board of Certification Certified Athletic Trainers may receive up to 10 Category A continuing education units (CEUs) through their attendance.
  • The Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) Education Board has approved the 2018 Sport Exchange Summit for 5.0 CSCCa CEUs.
  • The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved 0.7 CEUs for certified individuals attending this event.
  • The Professional Sport Psychology Group (PSPG) is co-sponsoring with Drug Free Sport in order to offer APA Continuing Education credit.  This event has been approved for 10 CEUs. PSPG is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  PSPG maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) approved 10 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) for certified individuals attending this event.

For more information and to register, visit Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Mark Bockelman at moc.t1569177362ropse1569177362erfgu1569177362rd@na1569177362mlekc1569177362obm1569177362.

The hashtag #SESummit will be used in social media discussions leading up to and throughout the event. Select speakers and event organizers are available for interviews prior to the event. Media passes are available by request for the Sport Exchange Summit by contacting Gene Willis at moc.t1569177362ropse1569177362erfgu1569177362rd@si1569177362lliwg1569177362.


Drug Free Sport is a world-wide leader in anti-doping solutions, health education, and performance optimization for athletes and sport. Our partners include MLB, the NFL, the NBA, the WNBA, the PGA Tour, the LPGA, NASCAR, the CrossFit Games, the NCAA, the Big Ten Conference, the NAIA, and more than 300 colleges, universities, and amateur athletics organizations around the world. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-compliant testing for performance-enhancing substances and industry-innovating sport drug testing collection and education technologies are just a part of the comprehensive and confidential total solutions Drug Free Sport provides for drug prevention needs. Drug Free Sport boasts a highly educated, experienced and diverse staff that is committed to technical innovation and maintaining the most extensive network of highly-trained certified sport drug-testing collectors in the industry.  For more information, visit or find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.