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Why Join PAADS?

The Athlete Development Specialist

  • You - May work in one or more of the multiple arenas in which you impact the lives of athletes from young amateurs to pros at the highest level.
  • You - Help athletes become better performers and, more importantly, better people. Whether you work in sports psychology, nutrition, coaching, financial planning, sports management, Sports medicine, are a health professional or any of the variety of other specialties.
  • You - Are key to the development of your client athletes.

Helping organizations and individuals develop the whole person in an athletic context

"Athletes are not special people – they are people with special talents. As athlete development specialists, we need to address the entire person. PAADS provides opportunities to learn and network about ways to build our skill sets so we can fulfill our responsibilities to the athletes we serve."

- Dr. Lauren Loberg, Director of Education, NFL Player Engagement, NFL

PAADS – the one-stop resource you need to enhance your skill set and knowledge base. Beyond identifying you as a dedicated leader and advocate for athlete development, PAADS membership provides you with:
  • Exclusive access to Members-only resources including whitepapers and useful articles to keep you up to date.
  • Connection to the Athlete Development Community via online e-groups.
  • Career advancement through an active Career Center that lets you view or post opportunities online.
  • The members-only PAADS Research Digest with articles on the latest in athlete development research.
  • Professional Development Opportunities available at member discounted pricing
  • Athlete Development Summit (ADS) – Annual program where you can learn and share best practices and grow your professional network
  • Executive Athlete Development Academy – Nurture your leadership potential while learning skills that will help you interact with your athlete clients.
  • PAADS Certificate Programs – University-based educational programs based on key content areas to help develop the Athlete Development Specialist.

You are PAADS - Join Today!

Make an investment in yourself, your career, and your profession by becoming a member of the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists! Go to and join today. Professional Membership Dues are only $95 for the year, while Student Members can join for $75.

PAADS has provided a great opportunity for me to understand, grow, and develop by networking and asking about the work of athlete development specialists with individuals already in the sports arena.

- AmberLace Moore, Mental Health Graduate Student, Bowie State University

I'm so proud to have been a part of PAADS from the very beginning, and I so enjoy the Athlete Development Summit for networking, for meeting new people, and getting new ideas. I feel like I get my batteries recharged.

- Dr. Carol Otis, MD, FACSM - WTA Advisor

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