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Sports Medicine

Our Mission and Purpose

Mission: Azusa Pacific Sports Medicine seeks to be a community of disciples and scholars who serve the athletic department and its student-athletes by providing the highest quality of organization and administration, prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and management of athletic injuries while being good stewards of the supplies and facilities the university has provided.

Purpose: The Sports Medicine staff is responsible for the coordination of health care to the student-athletes within the intercollegiate athletic program. Included in this responsibility are various administrative and clinical duties. Administrative duties include determination of athletic medical clearance, development and implementation of an emergency medical plan, medical record maintenance, compiling injury statistics, instituting medical coverage and staffing policy as it relates to practices and events, and budget management for the Sports Medicine Clinic (SMC). Clinically, the staff is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, management, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. This includes coordination of physician referrals, determination of participation status, and the counseling and education of student-athletes. Additionally, the Sports Medicine staff coordinates health care of student-athletes relating to general medical illnesses and conditions, as they may affect athletic participation; this involves referrals to the Student Health Center, Counseling Center, or other off-campus health care providers.

Sports Medicine Manual (PDF)

Information for Visiting Schools

The Felix Event Center Sports Medicine Clinic on West Campus services volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball, tennis, softball, acrobatics and tumbling, water polo, and swimming. The Stadium Sports Medicine Clinic on East Campus services football, baseball, and track and field. View campus maps.

If you have any special requests, please send them to the ATC of your sport at least 48 hours prior to your event.

Visiting Team Guide (PDF)
Emergency Medical Facilities (PDF)

Sports Medicine Facilities

Felix Event Center Sports Medicine Clinic

The Felix Event Center Sports Medicine Clinic (FEC-SMC) was completed in December 2000. The FEC-SMC is a state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic on West Campus that also houses the sports medicine staff offices. It features an expansive rehabilitation area with state-of-the-art modalities, rehabilitation and reconditioning equipment, a large area for taping and bandaging as well as first aid, a wet area with full-body and extremity whirlpools, and a private exam room. It is the central location for rehabilitation. The FEC-SMC services volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, cross country, swimming/diving, water polo, acrobatics and tumbling, and softball, as well as all out-of-season sports.

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5190
Fax: (626) 815-5442
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:30–5 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday
9–11 a.m., 12:30–5 p.m.
Or by appointment

Stadium Sports Medicine Clinic

The Stadium Sports Medicine Clinic (SMC) is a full-service sports medicine clinic on East Campus. It was completed in August 2001, remodeled from the old fitness center and weight room. The Stadium SMC features a large area for taping and bandaging as well as first aid, a wet area with several full-body whirlpools, a treatment and rehabilitation area with state-of-the-art modalities, and a selection of rehabilitation equipment. It services the sports programs on East Campus, which are football, baseball, and track and field.

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3212
Fax: (626) 815-3850
Hours: Monday–Friday
12:30–5 p.m. or by appointment

Graduate Intern Program

The Athletics Department at Azusa Pacific University offers four graduate intern positions within the Sports Medicine staff each year. All graduate interns are assigned positions as part of the intercollegiate sports medicine program and rotate as necessary. Graduate interns should be enrolled in an APU graduate program that fits within the time requirement of the graduate intern position and must meet application requirements. The most common programs are the M.S. in Physical Education in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, and the M.A. in Leadership in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology. View a list of available graduate programs.

Graduate interns will be assigned to the following sports:
Grad Intern 1: Football, Track and Field
Grad Intern 2: Football; Acrobatics and Tumbling, Swimming and Diving
Grad Intern 3: Volleyball, Baseball
Grad Intern 4: Men’s Soccer, Tennis (Men’s and Women’s), Water Polo

Application Procedures

Send a cover letter, résumé, Employment Application (PDF), and three letters of recommendation to:

Benjamin Fuller, MS, ATC
Sports Medicine
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

Materials may also be faxed to (626) 815-5442. These materials can be submitted at any time during the academic year for the subsequent year. Review of applications will begin in December and the positions will remain open until filled. Contracts will start August 1 each year. These are two-year appointments. Do not send any documents to the Office of Human Resources.

Qualifications to Apply

  • You must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • You must be BOC certified or eligible for certification.
  • You must have current CPR/First Aid certification.
  • You must be eligible to meet all entrance requirements for APU’s graduate programs, or be already enrolled.
  • All applicants must possess a strong Christian commitment.

APU Mission Statement: Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence in liberal arts and professional programs of higher education that encourage students to develop a Christian perspective of truth and life.

Job Description and Responsibilities

Graduate interns are responsible for the daily medical coverage, travel, and health care of assigned APU intercollegiate athletic teams. Specific assignments will be determined. They will also assist with the drug testing programs, education programs, and in supervision, instruction, and evaluation of athletic training students. They are responsible for medical documentation of all evaluations, treatments, rehabilitations, and referrals. Graduate interns will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Sports Medicine facilities.

View the full Graduate Intern Athletic Trainer Job Description (PDF).

Salary

Graduate interns will receive an average salary of $13,500 over the 10-month period beginning August 1 and lasting through May 31. This will be paid as an hourly wage of $10/hour. Payment will be issued bi-weekly with applicable taxes withheld. Additionally, graduate interns will receive a full-tuition waiver.

To obtain the tuition discount for summer school, special arrangements must be made. For teaching, adjunct pay is possible. For more information, see the teaching section below.

Teaching

Teaching is not required for any graduate intern; however, you can receive adjunct pay for teaching First Aid and CPR. Applicants must have their First Aid/CPR Instructor and Professional Rescuer CPR credentials.

Arrival Date

You should arrive in the Azusa area and settle into housing prior to the August 1 contract start day for graduate interns.

Summer School

Summer school courses are available and are recommended to stay on track for course sequencing as well as keeping course loads manageable during sport seasons.

Student Health Insurance and Fees

Health insurance is available through Blue Cross and allows the insured to be evaluated and treated at the APU Student Health Center at no cost. Off-campus medical services are also covered. On-campus graduate residents and international students must carry this insurance. For more information, visit the Student Health Center website.

Graduate Programs, Tuition, and Financial Aid

For more information about graduate programs at APU, summer school courses and dates, and graduate tuition and financial aid, visit the Graduate and Professional Center website.

Online Resources

The links below include helpful information relevant to sports medicine:

APU does not maintain the above sites and therefore is not responsible for the content therein.

Contact Us

Mailing Address
Sports Medicine
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

Physical Location
Felix Event Center, West Campus
Azusa Pacific University
701 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA 91702
View on campus map


Meet the Staff

Associate Athletic Director/Director of Sports Medicine and Wellness/Senior Woman Administrator
Sport Responsibilities: Football
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5191
Email: areed@apu.edu


Associate Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: M/W Cross Country, M/W Basketball
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5167
Email: bfuller@apu.edu



Associate Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: Football, M/W Track and Field
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5189
Email: jcops@apu.edu



Hollie Tirrell, M.S., ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: Women’s Soccer, Softball
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5192
Email: htirrell@apu.edu



Graduate Intern Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: Volleyball, Baseball
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5520
Email: asaunders@apu.edu



Graduate Intern Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: Acrobatics and Tumbling, Swimming and Diving
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5520
Email: ryamakawa@apu.edu


Graduate Intern Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: M Soccer, M/W Tennis, Water Polo
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5520
Email: jcoleman@apu.edu



Graduate Intern Athletic Trainer
Sport Responsibilities: Football, Track and Field
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5520
Email: rrodeheaver@apu.edu



Associate CARE Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext 5520
Email: vruffa10@apu.edu




Assistant CARE Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext 5520
Email: efarrar@apu.edu



Physician
Jerett Zipin, DO
Health Care Partners
831 Huntington Dr., #101
Monrovia, CA 91016

Orthopedic Specialist
Michael Fraipont, M.D.
Congress Medical Group
800 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Dentists
Andrew Kwon, DDS, and Young Kim, DDS
Sunset Dental Professionals
1042 W. West Covina Parkway
West Covina, CA 91790

Consultants