La-Force to Speak on Race and Gender in Sports at Female Athlete Conference

La-Force to Speak on Race and Gender in Sports at Female Athlete Conference

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island women's basketball coach Daynia La-Force will be a featured speaker at the 2017 Female Athlete Conference being held at the Babson College Sorenson Center for the Arts in Wellesley, Mass. this weekend.  

Sponsored by Boston Children's Hospital, the conference is designed for female athletes, coaches, trainers and anyone involved in the evaluation and management of female athletes. The two-day event will bring together experts in sports medicine, sports psychology, sports science, nutrition and sports culture. Leaders in the field will present strategies to prevent and treat clinical issues and injuries that can limit a female athlete's performance.

La-Force and University of Rhode Island Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Naomi Thompson are part of a panel that will discuss "Race and Gender in Sports" on Saturday, June 10 from noon until 1 p.m. Joining them will be Vanessa Britto, the medical director for Wellesley College and Michele Mahr, an assistant professor from St. Cloud University in Minnesota.

Other topics for the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Interrelationship of nutrition, menstrual cycles and bone health
  • Transgender athlete sensitivity and inclusion
  • Sexualization and sexual assault of female athletes
  • Concussion and ACL injury prevention and treatment
  • Adolescent sports health
  • Metabolic assessment for athletic performance

Information regarding costs, accreditation and professional credit hours can be found on the conference site.