James Smith is the founder of Global Sport Concepts, which began in 2013 in order to serve as an educational resource for sport and military professionals. The directive from the very beginning was to serve as a unifying agent for change given the Balkanized nature of specialty fields and the vast differential that exists between what is currently happening and what is possible in the education of coaches and military leadership, the people who hire/promote those individuals, and the people who hire/promote the people who hire/promote those individuals…
Jeremy Frisch is the owner and director of Achieve Performance Training in Clinton, Mass. He is the former assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Holy Cross athletic department. While there, he worked directly with the Crusader men’s basketball team, in addition to serving as the strength coach for Holy Cross’ men’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, field hockey, tennis and women’s track & field squads.
Prior to joining Holy Cross, Frisch served as the sports performance director at Teamworks Sports Center in Acton, Mass, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of all strength and conditioning programs. He also served as a speed and strength coach for Athletes Edge Sports Training, and did a strength and conditioning internship at Stanford University. Frisch is a 2007 graduate of Worcester State College with a bachelor’s degree in health science and physical education. He was a member of the football and track teams during his days at Worcester State and Assumption College.
Craig spent six years in Naval Special Operations as a Special Warfare Combat Crewman (SWCC) and close to two years on the High-Threat Protection team for the U.S. Ambassador to Baghdad in Iraq. He’s the founder and co-founder of two different fitness businesses with three facilities in operation in Colorado and South Dakota. Craig trained special operations personnel for foreign governments on three different continents, has been published in the Journal of Strategic Studies, and is now studying human performance and how it relates to motor and perceptual learning. Currently, Craig oversees the physical preparation programming for Precision Nutrition, an online platform that employs behavioral modification strategies to maximize body composition for health and performance.
Dr. John Childs is a founder and CEO of Evidence in Motion and partner in Confluent Health, which includes EIM; a network of 70+ physical therapy clinics in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas; and Fit for Work, which provides employers consultative services to decrease injuries and workers’ compensation costs. A graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a BS in biology (1994), he completed his MPT from US Army-Baylor University (1996), MBA from the University of Arizona (2000), Master of Science in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh (2002), PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh (2003), and DPT from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions (2010).
Dr. Childs is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. A Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at South College and Associate Professor in the US Army-Baylor Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, Dr. Childs served a 20-year career in the Air Force, having collaborated on more than $10 million in grant funding and published more than 150 papers in leading scientific journals. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for both the Physical Therapy and Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy journals. Dr. Childs was recently recognized as a “Health Care Hero” in San Antonio and is the youngest ever Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, the profession’s highest honor recognizing individuals for professional excellence and making a profound impact in advancing the profession.
Dr. Sidney Dekker was born near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He studied psychology at the University of Nijmegen, now known as Radboud University, where he was ranked among its famous alumni. After completing his Masters’ Degree in Organizational Psychology from Nijmegen, he pursued a Masters’ in Experimental Psychology at Leiden University, also in the Netherlands. Four years later, he earned his PhD in Cognitive Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University in the USA, where he worked with his advisors Prof. David Woods and Dr. Charles Billings.
Since his PhD, Sidney has gained worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking work on human error and safety. He was previously at Lund University in Sweden as Professor where he founded the Leonardo da Vinci Laboratory for Complexity and Systems Thinking, as well as an MSc in Human Factors and System Safety. He has also been a Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Honorary Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and visiting Professor of Community Health Science at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, in Canada.