More than 40 high school students will be on the Fresno State campus this week to learn about sports psychology, exercise science, athletic training and physical education through hands-on activities. The Sports Science Camp will be from 10 a.m. to noon through Friday, July 1, at the South Gym.

The camp is hosted by the Department of Kinesiology and the Central California Sports Sciences Institute at Fresno State, in partnership with Fresno Unified School District. The camp will introduce students to the possibility of attending college and studying kinesiology.

“Some high school students within the Valley do not believe a college-level education is a possibility,” said Dr. Luke Pryor, director of elite athlete performance with the Central California Sports Sciences Institute. “The Department of Kinesiology at Fresno State, in partnership with Fresno Unified, would like to change this mentality. The benefits of obtaining a college degree spread beyond higher wages. It can improve long-term health and enhance quality of life for the individual and also their families. In turn, the workforce within the Valley becomes more educated and skilled, attracting additional employers.”

Throughout the camp, the students (grades 9-11) will learn more about each of the four components within kinesiology.

During the athletic training portion, students will learn how the profession helps athletes, which will include learning about basic taping, wrapping and bracing skills.

The exercise science component will teach students about physical performance testing, including vertical jump, broad jump and cycling.

The sports psychology component will allow students to work together in team sports that will enhance leadership building.

During the physical education component, students will be introduced to theory and participate in related activities.

Campers will be visited by Victor E. Bulldog III and get a tour of the athletic facilities on campus on Friday.

Activities are led by Fresno State kinesiology students chosen by faculty. This is the first year the camp is taking place.

Registration for the camp was made available to students who met certain criteria and is now closed. For more information, contact Luke Pryor at 559.278.2990 or

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