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2020 Dallas FSC Success Seminar


2020 Dallas FSC Success Seminar

Planning the High Performance Season

Join the Dallas FSC for an exciting seminar to get your 2020-21 season off to a high performance start, with a fantastic team facilitated by Mr. Peter Zapalo!


During this seminar, team will discuss creating a nutrition routine for your training day as well and Q&A with Team USA dietitian Jen Stripling, CSSD. You will also learn how to integrate your on- and off-ice training to meet your summer goals, and discuss the mental skills that support concentration, effort, and focus in training. Melissa Vriner will lead an interactive exercise class on increasing jump height. Olympic PT PhD Brittani Cookinham will discuss how to enhance your performance and create injury resistance through simple additions to your warm-up and off-ice routine, and will lead a sports injury Q&A for athletes and parents. Parents will also take part in an interactive workshop to learn practical tips to support the seasonal and long term development of the athlete.

All of the participating professionals are also available for 1:1 consultations outside of the seminar.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, February 16, 2020!

Peter Zapalo

Peter Zapalo (IG: @pz3_skating) is an exercise physiologist specializing in athlete high performance with extensive experience in sports medicine and return to sport following injury. He served as the Sports Science and Medicine Director of U.S. Figure Skating for nearly 10 years. A veteran of five Olympic Games (four winter, one summer), he attended the past two Olympics with U.S. Figure Skating as a part of Team USA. As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, he designed video-based motion analysis software to deconstruct and teach elite figure skating jumps. In graduate school he mentored under Dr. David Smith, a world recognized expert in periodization (athlete seasonal planning). His background encompasses athlete performance, health and safety; he has worked with a variety of sports at developmental to elite levels, including figure skating, hockey, speed skating, alpine, and rugby. He is a solicited speaker at numerous professional conferences and seminars, including the ISU Sports Medicine Commission at 2018 Worlds in Milan, Italy. When he is not working with athletes, he is out photographing the world (IG: @pz3photography) or whipping up Chinese noodles in the kitchen.

Melissa Vriner

Melissa was a competitive and professional figure skater for 23 years. She was a U.S. Collegiate Champion and a U.S. Championships ladies competitor. She is a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist in free skating, moves in the field and pairs. She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She holds a registered rating in Free Skating from the Professional Skaters Association where she also serves on the sports science and medicine committee. In 2014 Melissa was the recipient of the U.S. Figure Skating/PSA Peter Kollen Sports Science Award and the USOC Doc Councilman sports science award for figure skating. Since 2010 she has been the U.S. Figure Skating National S.T.A.R.S. Program Coordinator and has created strength and conditioning programs for beginner to elite level athletes nationwide, including members of Team USA.

Brittani Cookingham


Brittani obtained her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training & Sports Medicine and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation, which involves concussion research at Texas Woman’s University. Brittani serves as a Sports Medicine Volunteer for the United States Olympic Committee. Brittani has worked with artistic athletes at the University of Bridgeport, Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Jennifer Stripling

Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Saint Louis University in 2013 and additionally earned her Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Physical Performance in 2016. She became a registered dietitian in 2014 and a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine in 2015. Jennifer also obtained her Board Certification in Sports Dietetics in 2019. She currently works as a contract dietitian for the US Figure Skating Team and maintains her own outpatient practice that specializes in sports and eating disorders/disordered eating. 

Seminar Details

This seminar is partially sponsored by the Dallas FSC - the remaining costs must be paid by the skater.  

DATE:    February 16, 2020

Time:     9AM to 4PM (1hr for lunch - lunch not included)

Place:    Allen Event Center - Allen, Texas

Cost:     DFSC Members - $155.00/skater  |  Non-DFSC Members - $165.00/Skater

Ages:    All skaters in Pre-Pre and up or aged 6 years and up

Other:    Parents Welcome to attend with no additional cost.

Payment must be made in advance - CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFO

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