Kate Weiss is a Sports Science Coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Organization. Prior to working for the Dodgers, she worked as a Sports Science Consultant. She graduated in 2017 with a PhD in Sports Science and Biomechanics from Auckland University of Technology, in Auckland, New Zealand. Her doctoral thesis was focused on athlete load monitoring with an emphasis on the quantification of load and lower limb injury in men's professional basketball. As part of her research, she developed a unique and novel method for determining bilateral lower limb loading using wearable sensors. In conjunction with her research, she built an athlete monitoring system (inclusive of specific protocols and an excel based dashboard for data visualization) for the professional basketball team she worked with as well as providing sports science consultancy in collaboration with the staff and the athletes on an ongoing basis.
In addition to her work with the professional basketball team, she also worked with a local high school basketball team as well. Prior to her doctoral research and work in New Zealand, she worked as a strength and conditioning coach both in the private sector as well as in a NCAA Division I collegiate setting (Ball State University men's tennis as head strength and conditioning coach during the 2012-2013 season, and the University of Southern California as a strength and conditioning intern with men's football during the 2008-2009 season). Her previous research has been specifically with NCAA Division I athletes in the areas of biomechanics and injury prevention. Outside of her research and work as a strength coach, she has also taught group exercise classes, individual and group Pilates both in a clinical and private setting, received numerous certifications in the areas of strength and conditioning and injury screening and prevention, and taught exercise programming as part of Auckland University of Technology's certificate program. Before starting her college career, she coached gymnastics for four years and was part of a dance company.
Her extensive experience working with a variety of athletes at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels has prepared her to be able to assess the varying needs specific to each level of athlete and sport. Her education and research have lent itself to her understanding of injury prevention and performance in the context of athlete monitoring. Her work has provided her with the opportunity to present what she does for a number of professional teams nationally, as well as to present her novel approach to load monitoring as a Young Investigator Award recipient at the Aspire Athlete Load Monitoring Conference held in February 2016 in Qatar, and to present at various conferences including the NBA Strength and Conditioning Association's annual conference in 2018, the National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference in 2016, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports in 2015, and the International Society of Biomechanics in 2015.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Science and Biomechanics - Auckland University of Technology
- Master of Science in Exercise Science and Biomechanics - Ball State University
- Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - The University of Southern California
- National Strength and Conditioning Association: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- National Academy of Sports Medicine: Performance Enhancement Specialist
- USA Weightlifting: Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
- Functional Movement Systems: Functional Movement Screen Level 1
- OnBaseU: Hitting Level I
- Balanced Body University: Pilates Instructor (Cadillac, Reformer, chair, ladder barrel, mat)