I've been working with teenagers as a teacher and a certified athletic trainer for 20 years. During that time, I've had the opportunity to sit and talk with teens and know that they have a ton of stuff on their plates and many unanswered questions on their minds - and it goes much deeper than what to wear or if a certain someone is interested in them.
One of the things I realized over the years is that our teen girls need us to help them navigate the puberty years and give them a foundation of knowledge to build a healthy life and balance their athletic goals.
The changes that are happening to their bodies during puberty mimic the ones that we experience during our menopause transitions. The education they receive about nourishing their changing bodies, dealing with pain and periods, and learning how to move again after growth spurts and growing hips is limited and can lead to mental blocks and decreasing self-confidence in regards to their athletic ability.
This is where I come in.
I have a knack of connecting with teens and giving them space to talk and ask questions.
I've always been the go-to teacher and mentor for my teen students. I think it's because I am able to provide support in a way that makes sense to them and that they can use in their lives. I'm able to take a step back to understand what they are going through without that connection that we have with our own children. Then, I can sit and ask questions to help them discover a path that makes sense for their lives, instead of suggesting options that I think they might like. Just like us, teens are inundated with a lot of false messaging that can make understanding what to eat, how to live, and how to balance life as an active teen. My passion to help our teen girls learn how to tap into their superpowers as female athletes, use their menstrual cycles for athletic advantage, how to eat properly in a way to fuel their sports training and their aesthetic wants, develop the confidence and tools to mentally succeed as an athlete, and how to find movement that they love and can continue throughout college and adulthood.
How Have I Helped My Clients?
Successfully overcome injuries and return to sport in a healthy manner with little downtime
Overcome mental blocks that hold us back from sport performance and progression
Understand how to work with the changes in body and learning how to use her cycle to her advantage
Bring clarity to nutrition and how to avoid diet culture message to create a balance plan
Learn how to navigate teen life, decrease anxiety, and learn coping skills for stress
Empowered choices on what foods, movement, and lifestyle behaviors support her life goals
Navigate life and career goals and outline a plan to achieve those
Have a Teen Athlete?
Check out my Athletic Wellness Resources. It's basically like wellness coaching for athletes to help our girls learn how to use their cycles to boost performance and prevent injury, how to eat to fuel their training and recovery, and how to make sure their lifestyle choices support their athletic goals.