| EP 333 – Soldier Research with Karen Kelly

Author / John

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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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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