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PMA Educates: ‘Training Professional Athletes’ Part 1

August 9, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC-7

PMA Educates Workshop Series:

‘The Science and Critical Nuances of Training Professional Athletes’

August 9, 16 & 23, 2023 – 2:00pm PST / 5:00pm EST

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Professional athletes continue to focus on ways they can more efficiently control their bodies while remaining healthy throughout the season. Pilates trains the athlete to be dynamically stable while integrating seamlessly into their training protocol. As a Pilates-certified instructor teaching in this professional environment, there are a variety of important nuances you’ll want to master to ensure optimal success.

In this series, you’ll learn about the relationship between the scientific testing and assessments performed in professional sports and why this process is so critical in setting the foundation for an optimized Pilates training plan. When working with athletes, efficiency of movement is paramount for success both on the field and in helping to reduce the risk of injury. You will learn how footwork directly relates to harnessing ground reaction forces; the importance and integration of proximal stability (IAP); and insights and impacts of proper kinematic sequencing.

Finally, you’ll explore why/how exercise set up is as important as the exercise itself; you’ll develop innovative, highly effective training progressions; and you’ll learn how to seamlessly incorporate external cuing.

Series Registration: PMA Members: $75 / Non-members: $95

Individual Workshops: PMA Members: $35 / Non-members: $45

Attendees of this PMA Educates Workshop Series will receive 4.5 NPCP-CECs. Registrants must attend or view the entire series to receive CECs; CECs will not be provided for individual workshops. Each individual workshop recording will be made available for registrants to view for up to 72 hours after that session.


Workshop #1: August 9th, 2023

‘The Body is a Chain Reaction – If it Doesn’t Transfer it Doesn’t Matter’

Learn about the unique physical training needs of explosive, rotational athletes and the importance of efficient transference of energy up the kinetic chain. Critical topics covered will include the science of 3D motion capture, the kinematic sequence, and how those discoveries influence your Pilates training protocols.

Powerful athletic movements begin from the athletes’ ability to harness and use ground reaction forces. We will deconstruct foot and ankle function on various pieces of equipment, enabling you to teach your athletes the best and safest strategies for explosive power.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Examine the kinematic sequence and ground reaction force data and understand why this data helps you develop your training methodologies;
  • Explore foot work and the effects up the kinetic chain;
  • Learn the exercises that benefit single leg glute activation, why we use them and how to infuse plyometrics into your training strategies.
Workshop #2: August 16, 2023 – ‘Proximal Stability – Why it is Essential for Peak Performance’
Workshop #3: August 23, 2023 -‘Common Injuries in Rotational Athletes – Pilates Training Protocols to Help the Athlete Stay in the Game’

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Meet Katherine Roberts:

Katherine Roberts, founder of Human Performance Pilates, a division of Katherine Roberts Human Performance for SportsTM is a leader in incorporating Pilates into her athletes’ strength and conditioning programming. As a multidisciplinary movement specialist, her clients including those in Major League Baseball, value her expertise especially in the area of Pilates, well- evidenced by her 16th season working with MLB players.

Her paramount goal is to help athletes and sports enthusiasts achieve maximum performance. Additionally, Roberts is founder of Yoga for Golfers® and has YFG certified instructors in 24 countries who share her sought-after methodology. Roberts is a Nike Swoosh Elite Athlete and Advisory Staff Member. She’s also an engaging speaker. Well-informed and witty, she’s a natural presenter who enjoys sharing knowledge while interacting with her audience at events spanning crowds of 500 to 5000.

Her cutting-edge approach integrates Pilates, yoga, science, and proprietary sports conditioning strategies into one powerful regimen that resonates well with athletes wanting to improve their performance.

Roberts’ qualifications include a series of professional certifications: Advanced Classical Pilates, Yoga E-RYT, Gray Institute for Functional Transformation (GIFT) Fellow with a specialty in Chain Reaction Biomechanics. She’s also certified in TPI, FMS, PRI, and CHEK Golf Biomechanics. Roberts is the author of two books as well as ongoing digital media content, focusing on her highly effective performance methodology.


August 9, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC-7
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