| EP 333 – Soldier Research with Karen Kelly

Author / Cali Hinzman

1 hr 50 min listen

The Warfighter is a Complicated Cat

When Karen Kelly began her work with the Military, she could not have predicted just how unique of a study the war fighter population would prove to be. With an incredibly wide array of stressors, unlike traditional athletes, soldiers are not subject to in-season or off-season training. This is just one reason Kelly quickly decided to dedicate her professional life to tracking the physical recovery of this strained demographic. While, not surprisingly, strong personalities permeate the military community, Kelly reports that she’s had nothing but enthusiastic participation. What results has her specialized research yielded in San Diego?

Determining the rates of metabolic recovery and preventing musculoskeletal injury is the bread and butter of Dr Karen Kelly’s research based out of San Diego. Unlike many researchers, she’s not primarily focused on the PT aspects of training, per se. Kelly looks at how external environments dictate the warfighter’s ability to recover. This ranges from gear choice and configuration to the fatigue caused by units who specialize in scuba diving. These special populations require incredible feats of muscular and structural endurance which when accompanied by unorthodox hours of operation can set these guys and gals up for shitty recovery. It’s a good thing they have Dr Kelly on their side to advocate for their performance. ‘MERICA! Listen NOW!

Empower Your Performance

If you like what you heard, get ready to get ready…for the 2019 Power Athlete Symposium. What the hell am I talking about? I’m talking about Dr Karen Kelly, most recent guest, most recently as of 30 seconds ago. She will presenting at this years event and we are pumped to hear more about her work with optimizing our country’s most prized weapons….the warfighter. 


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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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