Mischa Jemionek graduated from Salisbury University with a B.S. in Athletic Training in 2004. She went on to complete her graduate degree at Villanova while working as a graduate assistant with the Football, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, and Crew programs. After earning her MA in Education, she worked at Temple University with the Football, Women’s Basketball, and Field Hockey programs. In 2010, she went on to work at Princeton University with the Women’s Soccer, Women’s Lacrosse, and Squash programs. During her tenure in the Sports Medicine Department at Princeton, Mischa also coached CrossFit at CrossFit Love in Philadelphia. She was also responsible for the mobility and corrective exercise programs for their competitive athletes.
During her tenure as an athletic trainer, she was responsible for the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs of all athletic injuries for these programs. She saw a huge performance gap between those athletes returning from injury, who were essentially “cleared” from physical therapy, and their teammates. Working with their doctors and surgeons, she helped bridge that transition between injury and performance. Her athletes were able to return to competition and COMPETE with their teammates.
While working with her female teams she also developed a screening and prevention system to decrease lower extremity injuries commonly seen in these sports (ACL ruptures, hamstring strains, anterior knee pain). She uses this system today with high school athletes to prepare them for the demands of their competitive sports and ready them for productive college careers.
Her philosophy that injury prevention and rehabilitation should be an integral piece to any strength and conditioning program saw many Division I programs to League Championships, NCAA appearances, and even NCAA championships.