Meet The Member: Kjersten Marlow
Kjersten is a Physical Therapist that specializes in Sports Performance and is the only Level 3 Medical Practitioner for Titleist Performance Institute in Eastern North Carolina. She developed a three phase program known as the “Body & Brain Performance Strategy” that increases performance awareness, alignment, control, strength and power.
Favorite thing about working in sports?
I love using my mind and training to help athletes improve their performance and rehab their injuries. The body and brain are very complex and most people don’t realize that if we don’t use the right parts, to do the right job, at the right time, we set ourselves up for injury and limit our performance. It is very satisfying to see how making small changes can drastically improve an athlete’s performance and enjoyment of their sport.
Best piece of career advice to date & who it was from?
“Never undervalue yourself” - one of my instructors at the Titleist Performance Institute, Jason Glass. In a male-dominated field, it is common for females to second-guess themselves. Jason reminded me that my skills as a medical practitioner and performance specialist are not only as good as my male counterparts, but better because I am so detail-oriented and have a nurturing side. This is a benefit to my clients and they make rapid progress. Although it has been challenging to gain acceptance in the world of golf, I have been gradually able to change the viewpoints of those I work with daily.
Best thing you’ve learned about yourself at work that you’ve carried over into your personal life?
I have learned through my career that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. I was told by many that I would not be able to compete in the golf world, as a female who doesn’t play the game, but that hasn’t been the case. I have always told my 3 sons that they can do or be anything they want to be, but it wasn’t until they watched me work hard to achieve my own goals that they truly believed me. They saw me put my words into action, as I worked hard to reinvent my career as a medical practitioner and I started my own business. This makes accomplishing my personal goals even more satisfying because my children have also learned a wonderful lesson.