SCIENCE OF SPORTS

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DATE: Saturday, May 31, 2008
TIME: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
VENUE: Coles Sports Center
PARTICIPANTS: David Eagleman, Tom Crawford

Fans of all ages found something to cheer about when science and sports united. Olympic athletes and NBA players joined top neurologists, physicists, nutritionists, and trainers, to demonstrate just what it takes to be the best in the world and why science is a major player.

Sports fans of all ages found something to cheer about when science and sports brought their A-games to New York University’s Cole Sport Center . Scientists and athletes explored the physics and physiology of the human body as they relate to basketball, skiing, running and more. The program was a lively mix of action, audience participation and video, creating the excitement of a live sporting event. Olympic athletes and NBA players joined professional trainers, physicists and nutritionists to demonstrate just what it takes to be the best in the world and why science is a major player.

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Participants

DAVID EAGLEMAN
Neuroscientist, Author

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, best-selling author, and Guggenheim Fellow who holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His areas of research include time perception, vision, and synesthesia—a condition where stimulation of one sense triggers responses in others. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action, and is the founder and director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He has written several neuroscience books, including his latest, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. His work has also appeared in Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist.

tom crawford
Co-founder of Altheus, Managing Partner of High Performance Associates

Tom Crawford has been helping athletes, executives and teams across the U.S. perform at their highest levels for over 20 years — from youth programs to Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball association; from amateurs to “Top-10” professional tennis players. The co-founder of a Health and Human Performance company Altheus, Crawford is also a Managing Partner of High Performance Associates (HPA3.com), an athlete and executive performance consulting group. He can look back on a ten year tenure as the Director of Coaching for the United States Olympic Committee, where he led the development and management of education and performance programs for over 45 Olympic and Pan American sports, including virtually all Olympic teams and coaches. Previously, as Senior Director of the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, he was engaged in research and development touching on the complete continuum of human development.

Crawford was Indiana University’s first graduate to receive a double-doctoral degree in motor development and performance psychology. He has been described as “the most knowledgeable single-source expert in athlete and sports development in the U.S.,” and his programs at the National Institute were featured live on “CBS This Morning.”

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