LAS VEGAS, NV - 5in15 Virtual Seminar - 3.3.17

One of the most prolific rugby weekends in the U.S. features the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, NV.  First15 Sport Performance had the privilege of catching up with participants in the USA Rugby Medical Symposium, the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament, and the HSBC Women's Sevens Series all in the same location.  For more information about these events, visit  Check out our virtual seminar lineup below, and click here to get involved with future sessions!


Amy Valenta - "Injury Prevention"


Dr. Amy Valenta PT, DPT, OCS, MTC is the owner of Denver Back Pain Specialists, Catalyst Athletic Performance, and Infinity Physical Therapy and Sport Rehabilitation.  She provides medical services for USA Rugby's National Teams, and the Glendale Raptors of Glendale, CO.  She is a Colorado native, and completed her doctorate at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where she received the Mary Gosnell Award for Clinical Excellence.  Dr. Valenta specializes in the treatment of rugby athletes, and she also works with professional football, hockey, lacrosse and soccer players.  Amy brings a wealth of experience in treating rugby specific injuries, and she is an invaluable resource for information on how to assist players in maintaining health and competition readiness. 


Lee Bryant - "Working with your Referee Coach"


Born and raised in Reno, NV, Lee Bryant started participating as a rugby athlete in college.  After graduation, she spent three years coaching the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Woman's Rugby Team, and later moved to refereeing in 2008.  She has been officiating high-level matches over the last four years, including four national championship contests.  She was named, as a referee, to the USA Rugby National Panel in 2016.  When she is not found on the rugby pitch, Lee teaches at UNR, and serves as an educator for the local Health Department.


Jimmy Hanson - "Deliberate Practice"


Jimmy Hanson is the co-founder of the Minnesota Tundra, a high-performance rugby program dedicated to providing high school athletes year round opportunities to train and play high-level rugby.  He was named head coach of the University of Minnesota Men's Rugby club in 2016.  After graduating from UofM in 2008, Jimmy continued to play for a number of years, but began to focus heavily on coaching in 2009.  Jimmy was an assistant coach for the MN U-19 select side prior to becoming the head coach of Armstrong High School WRFC in 2010, where he won six consecutive Minnesota High School State Championships.  In addition, to coaching high school athletes, Jimmy has coached women's clubs including the Minneapolis Menagerie, and the Minnesota Valkyries.  Jimmy has also been selected to coach within multiple regional and national all-star events, including the Midwest Thunderbirds, and the USA Rugby High School Stars & Stripes program.