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2018 Research Symposium

After the overwhelming interest and success of last year’s inaugural PAADS Athlete Development Research Symposium, the 2nd Annual ADRS will be held, August 17th in Daytona Beach, Florida, in conjunction with the Athlete Development Summit.

The Athlete Development Research Symposium will highlight innovative, practical, and timely interdisciplinary research on athlete development. Bridging the academy and professional practice, the ADRS will allow for a robust and enlightening exchange of ideas, strategies, and tools.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be submitted by Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5 pm ET and decisions will be announced on Monday, June 18, 2018. Research papers are designed to address theoretical, methodological, and/or pedagogical foci in athlete development. Accepted research papers will be assigned to a panel based on common themes, topics, and/or areas of interest. Poster/exhibit sessions should highlight research and projects in progress or in the early consideration stage and will be shared through author conversations with attendees. Panel proposals should address a particular topic/theme in athlete development with each panelist’s paper discussing some aspect of the theme.

We invite proposals for individual research papers, poster/exhibit sessions, and/or panel discussions addressing broad aspects of athlete development. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Nutrition, Healthy Eating and Disordered Eating
  • Health, Injury and Recovery
  • Personal Safety and Risk Factors
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Mental Skills for Athletic Performance
  • Predictors of Success in Sport
  • Skill Acquisitions and Expertise
  • Financial Education and Literacy
  • Career Development for Elite and Professional Athletes
  • Leveraging Sports: Transitions In and Out of Sport
  • Character and Leadership Development
  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Media Use, Education and Literacy
  • Athlete Identity
  • Support Services for Athletes
  • Sports Psychology and Athlete Development
  • Race, Gender, Identity, Culture, and Sports
  • Social Justice, Activism, and Sports
  • Coaching and Athlete Development: Participation and Performance
  • Please forward all submissions to Kelley Pellegatto at Thank you in advance for your interest in the PAADS Athlete Development Research Symposium.