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Sports Science: Denver Nuggets and Optimal Human Performance and Health

University of Colorado Denver - Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 6:15pm MST

NOTE: For folks unable to attend in person register and we will email you a livestream link 2 hours prior to event.  

Large auditorium (170 person capacity) with 20' screen.

Location: CU Denver - North Classroom #1539 - 1200 Larimer Street, Denver, CO[masked] - Map:


6:15 - 6:30 Schmooze - Old Chicago Pizza will be served.

6:30 - 7:45 Basketball Analytics by Tommy Balcetis

7:45 - 9:00 Sports Science for Optimal Human Performance and Health by Dr. Inigo San Millán

9:00 - 10:00 Network at Old Chicago at 14th and Market.


Basketball Analytics - Abstract

Basketball analytics has been gaining ground with NBA teams. While the extent to which teams use it still varies, it is no longer the afterthought in many front offices in the league. The term itself is pretty broad - it can mean game time analytics, scouting analytics, player performance analytics, even salary cap analytics. Ultimately, analytics is a powerful tool for NBA front offices to employ in order to gain an edge over other teams. Tommy's presentation will focus on the practical aspects of using analytics in the decision making process, the resources for advanced stats available to front offices, examples of basketball-related projects that use analytics, and the dangers of over-relying on data in managing a basketball team.


Tommy Balcetis is currently working in the front office of the Denver Nuggets as the Manager of Analytics. He has been tasked with building and maintaining the Analytics program in the organization, but his role includes additional responsibilities, such as college scouting, working with the coaches in regards to player development, and executing various one-off projects for the GM. Prior to joining the Nuggets in August 2013, Tommy was working in the league office in London, focusing on various aspects of international expansion of the NBA, primarily media rights licensing, in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Before joining the NBA, Tommy spent two years at Fidelity Business Consulting - the internal consulting arm of Fidelity Investments.

Tommy is a 2010 Harvard Economics and Psychology graduate. He was born and raised in Lithuania and came to the States in 2004.

Sports Science for Optimal Human Performance and Health - Abstract

Sports science has evolved to improve human athletic performance for both elite level and amateur athletes. High-tech tests which measure different metabolic and physiological parameters like lactate, heart rate, oxygen consumption, blood composition and more allow optimal planning for specific, individualized training programs. Physiological testing help ensures that athletes reach peak performance levels at the best possible time. Testing benefits recreational athletes too, by helping the performance lab design individualized exercise plans to optimize maximum fat utilization – so you lose weight and increase fitness efficiently. The combination of data, tech and analysis has revolutionized injury rehabilitation allowing athletes to recover better and faster. Discussed are the latest tech, methods, data analysis, physiological tests and assessments.


Dr. Inigo San Millán is director of the Exercise Physiology Lab and Sports Performance Program at University of Colorado Anschutz Health & Wellness Center and CU Sports Medicine; as well as Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. San Millán develops training regimens based on science, not subjectivity. Athletes undergo a battery of tests to collect physiologic and metabolic data. For the past 18 years San Millán has been working with elite and professional athletes and teams worldwide in a variety of sports, including cycling, track and field, triathlon, rowing, swimming, basketball, football or soccer.  His areas of research and interest include exercise metabolism, fat and carbohydrate utilization during exercise, nutrition, sports performance and overtraining.

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  • Joshua L.

    From the first speaker, I would have liked for there to have been more discussion about the tools used. Diving into how they actually worked (live demonstration of its use). Having examples of the data (pseudo or historical), stepping through the process of interpreting the information, and making it real to the intended audience. I felt everything discussed was too high-level. Understandably, I respect confidentiality but I did not walk away with anything of real value from this meeting.
    As a formal athlete, the second speaker provided information that was more interesting and data centric. Unfortunately, it was not in an area I am focusing on at this time. I already had an in depth knowledge of the test involved to improve an athlete’s ability to improve performance from my own training. It would have been nice to see more recent data. A great deal of the information shown was aged and I question the relevancy to how professional athletes have improved with recent technology.

    March 31, 2014

  • Russell B.

    Enjoyed the first talk very much. The 2nd talk ruin it for me and was a total waste of time.

    March 27, 2014

  • Dave D.

    Fascinating use of data to optimize physical (and mental) performance of an athlete.

    March 26, 2014

  • Michael W.

    Livestream Link -

    Show time: 6:30pm MDT

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    March 25, 2014

  • Robert B.

    What's the best place to park?

    March 25, 2014

  • Mark B.

    Where it says 'register' in order to attend remotely does that mean 'RSVP' or is there another option to register that I can't see. Thanks.

    March 25, 2014

  • Nitin k.

    It would be great if this presentation is recorded. There are people who have last minute cancellation but really want to learn and benefit a lot from this....
    Also, would be great if slides can be put up... Pl. let us know….

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • karl g.

    Will attend webcast.

    1 · March 20, 2014

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