Aspen Sports Summit returns for second year |

Aspen Sports Summit returns for second year

The inaugural Aspen Sports Summit, pictured here, was a huge success. Founder Bill Francioni is bringing it back for a second year on Sept. 9 and 10.

Bill Fabrocini, an Aspen-based orthopedic physical therapist and sports-performance training coach, could have done a number of things for his 50th birthday last year.

Instead of splurge for his own benefit, he pulled together his extensive resources in sports medicine to create the Aspen Sports Summit. The event brought in some of the top minds in the field, highlighted by concussion expert James Kelly, with the dual purpose of teaching as well as raising money for charity.

With the success of that first year, Fabrocini — in conjunction with The Aspen Club — is bringing it back for another go and hopes to continue to see it grow.

“How do you use these connections, other than to make money? You use it to do something good and bring people together,” Fabrocini said. “It’s such a great opportunity to meet some of the best people in their field. It’s very hard to get the chance to take a course from them, let alone have them all in one venue.”

The 2016 Aspen Sports Summit will be held Sept. 9 and 10 at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen. Among the world-renowned speakers and athletes at the summit will be Greg Roskopf, known for founding Muscle Activation Techniques, Loren Landow, an elite performance coach, and American track star and Olympian Lauryn Williams.

The casual, two-day event will allow participants to learn from some of the top experts in sports medicine in an intimate setting. New this year is the addition of workout sessions, including a stretching class with Fabrocini and a mixed martial-arts conditioning course taught by Landow.

“The slightest attention to detail from a scientific aspect, whether it’s biomechanical or physiological or neurological, those details can be the separation between podiums and not,” said Landow, whose clientele include numerous pro football players and Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin. “We need to open up the card deck and have everyone look at what everyone is doing. It’s really the best way for our industry to continue going in the right direction.”

Fabrocini hopes the summit can be something everyone in the sports medicine field can get involved with — they offer continuing education units for professionals — but also be a place for the average sports enthusiast to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in sports medicine.

Even more importantly, the proceeds from this year’s summit will go to a pair of local charities. Carbondale-based HaitiChildren, a nonprofit that provides care and education to the orphaned children of the tiny Caribbean country, and the Basalt-based Bridging Bionics Foundation, which uses exoskeletons and bionic technology to augment human mobility, will be on the receiving end of the donations.

Amanda Boxtel of Bridging Bionics will be one of the presenters on the second day of the summit. Paralyzed in a ski accident almost 25 years ago, the same modern technology her organization uses to help others also gave her a new lease on life. And with the foundation being 100 percent funded by charity, being able to help those in need is largely dependent on receiving donations from events like the Aspen Sports Summit.

“What it does is it helps any individual, from let’s say Aspen to Glenwood and the Roaring Fork Valley, and even along the I-70 corridor, to access this technology and to attain a better quality of life for next to nothing,” Boxtel said.

The cost to attend the summit is an all-inclusive $299, with a reduced rate of $129 available for full-time high school and college students. While the summit does run from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, Fabrocini said attendees can pick and choose which sessions to attend and when, part of the casual come-and-go environment.

To register, see the complete schedule and read about each of the presenters, go to http://www.aspen​

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