2018 Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit

Better…Faster…Stronger – Improving Tactical Athlete Performance
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September 26-27, 2018
Auburn University ~ Auburn, AL

Hosted By the Warrior Research Center

This conference is the intersection of health, technology, and innovation for our U.S. Armed Forces. Industry, academia, and government all come together to share novel ideas and report key findings to optimize tactical athlete performance. The theme for the 2018 Tactical Athlete Summit is Better…Faster…Stronger – Improving Tactical Athlete Performance.

The two-day summit is hosted by the Warrior Research Center, part of the Auburn University College of Education, School of Kinesiology. The summit consists of keynote speakers, presentations, posters, and panel discussions about research in the field and new projects related to soldier training, injury prevention, medical treatment/rehabilitation, equipment/vehicle impact, and more. Researchers and non-researchers, including athletic trainers, military personnel, police and fire divisions, and equipment manufacturers, as well as students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

TBD (Day 1) 

Coming Soon!

Mr. Douglas Tamilio, Director Natick Army Research Labs
Mr. Douglas Tamilio, Director Natick Army Research Labs; 2017 Keynote Speaker

Coming Soon!

Mr. Jeffery Langhout, Director, Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center
Mr. Jeffery Langhout, Director, Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL); 2017 Featured Speaker

Registration for the 2018 Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit opens March 1, 2018. The cost includes access to all lectures, posters, and panels, as well as lunch and a reception on September 26, breakfast and lunch on September 27, and coffee/refreshment breaks both days.

  • Early Registration (through June 15) $70
  • Regular Registration (June 16 – July 31) $85
  • Late Registration (August 1 – September 27) $100
  • Student Registration $30
  • Presenter Registration $35
  • Veteran Registration $55
  • Wednesday Only $50
  • Thursday Only $50
Register Online

Agenda Coming Soon!

See the 2017 TA Summit Agenda


The 2018 Tactical Athlete Summit will be at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn Campus (VCOM – Auburn) Built in 2014, the 100,000 square foot, four-story, state-of-the-art building is situated on 16 beautiful acres located on the Auburn University campus. The Summit will be in the conference room on the ground floor equipped with a new A/V system and three screens. Tables and chairs provide space for laptops, work materials, and beverages.

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Ample parking is available at the building free to conference participants. Get Directions to VCOM-Auburn at 910 S. Donahue Drive.


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A limited number of hotel rooms are available for conference participants Tuesday night, September 25 and Wednesday night, September 26, at a special group rate. Please make a reservation by September 5 for the discounted rate and reference the 2018 Tactical Athlete Summit.

*Please note that it is an Auburn University home football game weekend and different hotel rates and availability may apply to Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening if you choose to stay in town for the weekend.

Call For Proposals

Kaitlin McGinnis doctoral student, Auburn WRCEach year the Warrior Research Center welcomes abstract proposals for the Tactical Athlete Summit. We accept proposals for research and/or clinical application presentations, posters sessions (graduate student and professional), and expert panel discussions. This year the submission deadline is Friday, May 18, 2018. All proposals will be reviewed and an announcement of accepted proposals will occur via e-mail by Friday, June 1, 2018. Presenters must register for the conference by July 1, 2018 for their abstract to be formally accepted.

Please read the Tactical Athlete Summit Call for Abstracts instructions for more details about submission guidelines.

Submit Abstract

The Warrior Research Center

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The WRC is located in Auburn, AL, and is directed by JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D., ATC, a Professor in Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology. Dr. Sefton is also the director of the Neuromechanics Research Laboratory. WRC’s mission is to assist the United States Armed Forces to maximize readiness through improved Warrior health and wellness, improved physical and technical performance, and innovative vehicles and equipment in order to fight and win in a complex world.

WRC serves as the central contact point for networking and collaboration among the military, public safety divisions, and academia to achieve research-driven results with shared resources.

For questions or additional information about the WRC or the Tactical Athlete Summit, please send an e-mail to JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D., ATC. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit!

2019 Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit Fall 2019 (Date TBD) – Decreasing lost duty days through injury prevention
2020 Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit – Fall 2020 (Date TBD) – Mitigating the impact of tactical equipment