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Colby-Sawyer College Hosts 2010 Exercise and Sport Sciences & Athletics Symposium on Youth Sport Specialization

NEW LONDON, N.H. – This year the Exercise and Sport Sciences & Athletics Symposium at Colby-Sawyer College will focus on specialization in youth sports and seek to answer the question: Is it too much too soon?

The symposium will take place on Monday, March 22, in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Campus Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make reservations for the event and buffet luncheon, contact Ms. Terri Hermann at (603) 526-3616.

The 2010 ESS & Athletics Symposium will feature a host of expert speakers including Dr. Thomas Raedeke on “Burnout and the Changing Landscape of Youth Sport”; Dr. James Johnson on “How to Train Developing Athletes to Prevent Injury and Improve Performance”; Dr. Avery Faigenbaum on “A Coach's Dozen: 12 FUNdamental Principles for Building Young and Healthy Athletes”; and Dr. John Nauright on “Global Perspectives on Youth Sport.”

Thomas Raedeke is an associate professor of sport and exercise psychology at East Carolina University. A research expert on motivation, stress and burnout, he has co-edited special issues of the International Journal of Sport Psychology on athlete burnout and recently co-authored The Athlete Burnout Questionnaire Manual and a book titled Sport Psychology for Coaches. Dr. Raedeke's research on burnout stems from a broader interest in promoting positive sport and exercise experiences that facilitate continued involvement, personal development and psychological well-being.

James Johnson is professor and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Studies at Smith College. He is the author of Applied Sports Medicine for Coaches and is heavily involved in Smith College's highly ranked coaching education program. For the past 25 years Dr. Johnson has focused his work on applying exercise science to coaching. He speaks frequently on overuse injury and how to design exercise programs to prevent injury and improve performance.

Avery Faigenbaum is a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Faigenbaum lectures internationally to sports medicine and fitness organizations. As a leading researcher and practitioner in the field of pediatric exercise science, he has co-authored more than 120 scientific publications, 25 book chapters and eight books, including Youth Strength Training and Progressive Plyometrics for Kids.

John Nauright, professor of sport management at George Mason University, is also the director of the Academy of International Sport and a visiting professor of sports studies at Aarhus University in Denmark. Dr. Nauright is widely published in academic journals in sports marketing, sports history, the sociology of sport, tourism and South African history. He is also the author of several books including Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity and The Political Economy of Sport. He has guest-lectured at many universities around the world and has served as the keynote speaker at several international conferences.

Exercise and Sport Sciences

At Colby-Sawyer College, students may major in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Sport Management within the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department. Study in these three areas is integrated with the liberal arts and sciences, enhancing students' preparation for professional and personal roles in the exercise and sport sciences world. On-campus experiential learning and on-campus/off-campus internships provide students with practical learning experiences designed to strengthen both professional preparation and career placement. To learn more visit


Intercollegiate athletic competition is available for the dedicated student-athlete in a variety of team and individual sports. Colby-Sawyer College maintains a high-quality program that adheres to NCAA Division III standards and has a reputation for success in sports throughout the state and region. All varsity team members must be full-time students in good academic standing. The college recognizes the educational value of athletics and continuously supports students in reaching their optimal level of performance and in successfully integrating sports as an important part of their college experience. To learn more visit

Colby-Sawyer, founded in 1837, is a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Students learn in small classes through a select array of programs that integrate the liberal arts and sciences with professional experience.

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