Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit

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October 27-28, 2021

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 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.


Registration for the 2021 Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit is now open and is available through the second day of the conference. The cost includes access to all lectures, posters, and panels, as well as lunch and a reception on Oct. 27, breakfast and lunch on Oct. 28, and coffee and refreshments both days.

Registration fees

  • Student – $50
    • Auburn University students can register for free, but pre-registration by July 1 is required.
  • Veteran – $75
  • Presenter – $100
  • Early – $120
  • Regular Registration – $135
  • Late Registration – $150
  • One Day Only – $80

Important dates

  • August 1 – last day for early registration
  • August 2 – October 1 – regular registration
  • October 2 – October 27 – late registration

To request special services, accommodations, or assistance for this event, please contact Miranda Nobles by email or by phone at (334) 844-1941 as far in advance of the event as possible, or indicate on your registration submission any accommodations needed.

On-Demand Option!

If you are unable to attend in person, you may register for the Summit and you will receive access to the recorded videos of all the presentations for 6 months.


Conference attendees receive a discounted rate at The Hotel at Auburn University.

Other hotels in the area include: Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort and Spa at Grand National, The Collegiate Hotel at Auburn, and many other national chains.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation requests received by October 13, 2021 will be issued a full refund. No refunds for cancelations will occur after this date. Participants needing to cancel after October 13, 2021 will be able to switch to virtual attendance. Those wishing to switch to virtual attendance prior to October 13 will receive a refund for the difference in cost.

To request a refund or to switch to virtual attendance, please email matthml@auburn.edu.



Colonel Kevin A. Bigelman | Director for the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) System, United States Army

Michele A. Kane PhD | Captain, Nurse Corps, United States Navy

Lieutenant General Ron Clark | Commanding General, US Army Central Command
“Stay ready, so you don’t have to get ready!”

Sergeant Major Troy E. Black | 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Speaking on human performance and its importance to Marine Corps readiness

Read speaker bios >>

Keep checking back as more keynote speakers will be added.

Continuing Education Credit Information


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The National Strength and Conditioning Association has approved 1.4 CEUs for attending the conference.

CEUs are available for Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Specialists. Once approved, 14 contact hours/CEUs will be made available through the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers.

2021 WRC Tactical Athlete Summit Learning Objectives 

While there are many valuable aspects that will be provided throughout the summit, the main learning objectives include: 

  • Recognize the special requirements of tactical athletes compared to other athletic populations 
  • Distinguish how fitness impacts daily service member readiness and ability to perform essential duties
  • Implement new methods to improve health, wellness, and resilience, including nutrition, mindfulness, and new fitness methods 
  • Contrast current methods with new research-based methods to train tactical athletes and prevent musculoskeletal injury 


 No special or specific materials and equipment will be required. Facemasks must worn at all times indoors per Auburn University policy.  

Call for Proposals

Abstract submissions are closed. All proposals will be reviewed and an announcement of accepted proposals will occur via email by August 30, 2021. Presenters must register for the conference by September 10, 2021 for their abstract to be formally accepted.

The Warrior Research Center (WRC)

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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 email JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D., ATC. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit!