Sprinting to the finish line.


Visions of working with the likes of Lebron James, Usain Bolt, and Clayton Kershaw was probably the driving force behind more than 100 students who registered for Sports Medicine Day at the University of La Verne on a recent Saturday.  This was an encore performance after a successful Sports Med Day a year ago. The day started with a keynote speaker, Dr. Ed Garrett, Associate Professor of Sports Management at CBU, and former Sports Psychologist of the MLB Colorado Rockies. "I get paid to watch Sports Center every day!" he exclaimed. That really resonated with the students and got them excited about the field of sports psychology.

We planned the day around circuit-style workshops so that every student was able to hear from each guest presenter.  Dr. Paul Alvarez, Professor of Kinesiology, ULV, presented on athletic training, Dr. Nur Bandek, Professor of Psychology, ULV, presented on sports psychology and child development, and Mr. Gilbert Benitez, Assistant Professor of Health, ULV, presented on Physician Assistant. 

The Athletic Training session, by Dr. Alvarez, gave me a lot of information about the time and commitment needed in order to become an Athletic Trainer. The PA session displayed a variety of ear and throat images comparing healthy ones to those with medical conditions. This seminar showed me a lot of careers in Kinesiology that I did not think about. There is so much more in this field than I originally thought. For example, I didn’t know that in some careers in medicine you must specialize in order to qualify for the job.
— Brissa Sanchez, Chaffey College Sophomore and member of the Sports Med Club