About the Institute
The Central California Sports Sciences Institute was founded in 2008 by Dr. Scott Sailor and Dr. Gary Lentell at California State University, Fresno, CA. Their vision was to assist the local community in the San Joaquin Valley with sports sciences needs such as injury prevention tools and screenings as well as educational services for coaches, parents, athletes, and occupational laborers who are physically active. The institute has grown to provide education through symposia for the public to attend as well as conduct research in the local community to decrease childhood obesity.
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.
The Central California Sports Sciences Institute has four main purposes:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.