(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: The L.A. Sparks announced this week that they have hired Emily Blurton as a Strength and Performance Coach. She had been under the watchful eyes of both GM/Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Karen Bryant and Head Coach Curt Miller and were ecstatic about bringing her talents to the team for the upcoming season. The new Coach brings two WNBA Championship seasons with the Seattle Storm, and recent work with USA Basketball’s Senior Womens National Team, as part of her resumé.
Blurton, will play an integral and very important role in the Sparks/WNBA season, whenever and however, players are in need of recuperating from wears and tears to their bodies, to greater stamina-building that leads to enhanced health and performance measurements and sustainability.
Read below in the Sparks press announcement what type of assets and experience Blurton brings to the team’s outlook for 2023.
Emily Blurton Joins Sparks as a Strength and Performance Coach
LOS ANGELES (April 6, 2023) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced that they have recently hired Emily Blurton as the team’s Strength and Performance Coach.
“I am looking forward to having Emily as an intricate piece of our Sparks Sports Medicine and Performance Team,” said Sparks Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer Courtney Watson. “We really appreciate her years of dedication to enhancing sports medicine and are excited to add her expertise to our team this season.”
Blurton joins the Sparks after seven seasons, including two championship runs with the Seattle Storm where she served as the Assistant Sport Performance Coach. Her primary responsibilities there were designing and implementing programs tailored to individual players that focused on finding balance across all aspects of their health and performance.
A main point of emphasis for her was checking in with players about their fatigue and stress management and helping them maintain a good equilibrium while playing here and overseas.
“I feel privileged for the opportunity to join the Sparks and to grow and collaborate with this elite group of professionals that has been brought together on and off the court,” said Blurton.
“I think the vision behind this next era for the Sparks is incredibly exciting and I’m eager to see what can be achieved through the unified passion and commitment amongst this group.”
Most recently, she had the opportunity to join the USA Women’s Basketball camp in February in Minneapolis alongside Sparks Head Coach Curt Miller as the team’s Sport Performance Coach.
Additionally, she has worked alongside former USA Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach Susan Borchardt at The Athlete Blueprint where she specializes in recovery enhancement. Together they develop individualized routines and programs for players to recover after games and practices to maintain their performance throughout the course of a season and their careers. ###