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Central California Sports Sciences Institute

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The Institute's mission is to identify regional sports sciences needs, pool resources, and extend sports sciences information and services to the physically active athletic and laborer populations in the San Joaquin Valley.

Our Purpose

The Central California Sports Sciences Institute has four main purposes:

  1. Community Awareness and Education:  Our goal is to provide quality education regarding emerging issues in the field of sports sciences to the local community (e.g., coaches, health educators, parents) and medical professionals (e.g., physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians).
  2. Continuing Education:  Our goal is to provide opportunities for local medical professionals to continue learning about current sports sciences best practices and recent research to support and enhance their clinical work and patient outcomes.
  3. Injury and Illness Prevention:  Our goal is to provide injury prevention services including health and safety policy reviews, injury risk screenings (e.g., anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture, concussion, overuse injuries, lower body injuries, heat illnesses) and health behavior modification programs to the local community.
  4. Collaborative Research:  Our goal is to collaborate with local athletic organizations (e.g., youth athletics, middle and high schools, colleges and universities) as well as occupational laborer organizations (e.g., migrant farm workers, law enforcement officers, structural and wildland firefighters) to improve health and safety as well as physical performance.

Founding Co-Executive Director

Scott R. Sailor, EdD, ATC
Department of Kinesiology
California State University, Fresno

Founding Co-Executive Director

Gary Lentell, DPT, PT
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Fresno

Director of Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research

Nupur Hajela, PT, DPT, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
C0-Director  Gait Balance and Mobility Research and Education Center



Contact the Institute at:

5275 N. Campus Dr.            M/S SG28                                Fresno, CA  93740                (559) 278-2543


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