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The 2nd Annual Sports Medicine Seminar

posted Mar 29, 2011, 8:51 PM by Golden Knight

Posted in Campus

By Christian Romo


On Wednesday, all those involved in the Saint Francis Sports Medicine Program missed half a day of classes to attend the second annual Sports Medicine Seminar at the Staples Center. Over 50 current and former students of Mr. Hallak’s kinesiology course represented Saint Francis High School in downtown Los Angeles for the afternoon.

Over 800 sports medicine students from the southland made the journey to L.A. Live to represent their schools athletic training departments. This year’s event attracted twice as many students than last year’s with busses traveling from such places as Palmdale and Long Beach. 

The students listened to presentations about traumatic brain injuries and the effects of anabolic steroids on high school athletes before engaging in an interactive experience on the floor of the Staples Center. After the presentations, the students were separated into groups and rotated to different stations on the floor. Student athletic trainers from universities such as Cal State Northridge and Loyola Marymount gave demonstrations on core strength, balance, taping, splinting, and resistance training. Companies such as Gatorade sponsored the event and D.J. Smalls was on the turntables setting the beat for the event.

Everyone who attended the event received a ticket to that night’s Clippers game, and those who stayed on the floor long enough during the rotations were lucky enough to witness two members of the Clippers perform their pre-game warm-ups. The ESPN Zone was kind enough to offer a deal to the students that allowed for a discount on dinner and arcade games. Those who stayed to watch the game saw the Clippers lose to the Grizzlies in a disappointing but not surprising fashion.

This Wednesday the Sports Medicine program will be hosting a blood drive for the Red Cross. Anybody interested will need to check the requirements, and if you are 17 or under you need a permission slip signed by your parents in order to donate.