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.