Karen Sassaman grew up in Hershey, Pa where she played soccer, basketball, softball, danced, ran cross-country, and track and field. She received her degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2015 with a B.S in Exercise Science and a minor in psychology. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She has completed an internship with Carnegie Mellon University strength and conditioning program. While there, she worked with the football team, men’s and women’s basketball teams, women’s tennis, men and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball team. She currently is helping with a junior league hockey team as well.
Karen believes that strength and conditioning is important for everyone. For athletes, it helps them work on sport specific strength training, conditioning and agility to become more efficient in their game or activity. The best way to improve in any athletic event is to train for it both in season and during the off-season. For everyone, strength training is very important because it will help keep you fit now, and maintains your independence when older.