After graduating from Penn State in kinesiology I immediately started my course work to become a Yoga Sports Coach™. Being a YSS coach and a strength coach has given me a unique advantage in understanding and critiquing movement. I often integrate the two to optimize time spent with athletes. I have worked with a variety people on the athletic spectrum, from weekend warriors to professional athletes and just about anything in between. I am currently living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
YSS Case Study Research: A 15-year-old track athlete, specializing in sprint hurdles, long and triple jump. She was an excellent athlete and concurrently a dancer.
The Aim: While she was a great athlete because she was a dancer she was exceptionally flexible and had a lack of control in movements. The aim was to teach her body awareness and to fire the correct muscle groups for efficient energy expenditure.
The Conclusion: We slowed down and simplified her movements a great deal to reveal any imbalances or weak spots. She reported a greater awareness in her core strength and hip movements. She reported less pain in her low back (SI joint) and better control of her breath.