Football Innovation 2020 Speakers

Nick Winkelman PhD

Head Of Athletic Performance And Science, IRFU

Nick Winkelman is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength & conditioning and sports science across all national (Men and Women | XVís and 7ís) and provincial teams (Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster). Prior to working for Irish Rugby, Nick was the director of education for EXOS (formerly Athletes' Performance), located in Phoenix, AZ. As the director of education, Nick oversaw the development and execution of all internal and external educational initiatives. This included week-long mentorship programs taught in over 20 countries and online courses including the EXOS Performance Specialist Certification. As a performance coach, Nick oversaw the speed and assessment component of the EXOS NFL Combine Development Program. This program supports over 100 athletes a year preparing for the NFL Combine in an effort to maximize their status within the NFL Draft. Nick also supported many athletes within the NFL, MLB, NBA, National Sport Organizations, and Military. Nick received his Bachelorís degree in exercise and sports science through Oregon State University and his Masters in strength and conditioning through Edith Cowan University. Nick completed his PhD through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a dissertation focus in motor skill learning and sprinting. Nick is an internationally recognized speaker on human performance and coaching science, and has multiple publications through the UKSCA, NSCA, IDEA Health and Fitness, Human Movement Science, and Routledge.