The “Sport Exchange Summit, Powered By Drug Free Sport” Announces 2018 Dates, Location and Call For Speakers

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The “Sport Exchange Summit, Powered By Drug Free Sport” Announces 2018 Dates, Location and Call For Speakers

Biennial event focuses on “the team behind the team” in pro, collegiate, amateur and high school athletics.

KANSAS CITY, MO. (March 2, 2017) – In July 2016, a new professional education conference focusing on “the team behind the team” in sports held its inaugural event, with great success. “The Sport Exchange Summit, Powered by Drug Free Sport” brought together professionals from all points of engagement in the athletic experience for two days of intense learning from category experts. The National Center for Drug Free Sport (Drug Free Sport®), the industry leader in drug education and testing within professional, collegiate and amateur athletics, will once again host this biennial event on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO.

“I had the privilege of attending the inaugural Sport Exchange Summit,” said Kenny McCarty, Head Athletic Trainer at Arizona State University. “Drug Free Sport did a great job of bringing together experts in various fields related to athletics at all levels. The format of the summit allowed and encouraged interaction with the speakers and panelists. I gained valuable knowledge and insight which I was able to pass along to my staff and colleagues in Sun Devil Athletics. Anyone working in any profession related to athletics at any level would benefit from attending the Sport Exchange Summit in 2018.”

In preparation for the event, a Call for Speakers is now underway to once again invite the industry’s best and brightest practitioners to present. Scheduled topics (subject to change) for the 2018 Sport Exchange Summit include:

•Sleep Science •Race & Diversity in Sport •Psychology of Coaches & Working Together •Marijuana & Sport: Performance-Enhancing or Not? •LBGTQIA Athletes in Sport: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion •Considerations for Working with International Athletes •Prescription Drug Abuse in Sport: Stimulants & Opioids •Concussions: Perspectives for Interdisciplinary Action •Using Technology & Data for High Performance •State-of-the-Art Sport Facilities: More Money, More Problems? •New Trends in Substance Use, Abuse, and Detection •Multidisciplinary Approaches to Athletes with Disordered Eating •Female Sport Professionals Working Within Male-Dominated Sports •Addressing Stress Management, Depression, & Performance Anxiety in Athletes •Understanding Generational Differences Between Athletes & the Multidisciplinary Team

“There is no single conference that specifically targets multidisciplinary learning and collaboration for all professions in sports medicine, athlete development, care and performance,” said Lara Gray, Director of Education for Drug Free Sport. “This makes the Sport Exchange Summit such a novel continuing education opportunity. The topics we bring to the Summit are timely, and often difficult—yet imperative—to discuss with every member of the ‘team behind the team’. It is our hope that others see the impact and importance of this education model and decide to join us in 2018.”

If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please contact Lara Gray, Director of Education ( with contact information, a current bio, desired honorarium and three – five bullets detailing how you/your recommended speaker offer(s) expertise in the proposed topic area. Submissions will be received until April 30, 2017.

Conference registration will be available in June, with additional details communicated through the conference’s official website,


ABOUT DRUG FREE SPORT: The National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc. (Drug Free Sport®) is a world-wide leader in the sport drug-testing industry. Drug Free Sport administers comprehensive drug-testing programs, manages national and international collections, develops drug-testing policies and provides educational services to a wide range of clients in sport, including MLB, NFL, NBA, WNBA, NBA D-League, PGA Tour, LPGA, USGA, CrossFit Games, NCAA, the Big Ten Conference, NAIA, World of Outlaws auto racing and more than 300 colleges, universities, and amateur athletics organizations around the world. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code-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 solution 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. Drug Free Sport is based in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit or find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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