For the third year in a row, Tommy Powers, CSCS, PES, CES, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Florida Panthers, invited members of the Exercise and Sport Science program to assist him and his staff at development camp. Following the camp, students were then presented with the opportunity to assist the veteran players. Tommy and NSU professors, Corey Peacock, PhD, CSCS and Tobin Silver, PhD, CSCS forged a professional relationship three years ago when Tommy began his position with the Panthers. The professors quickly volunteered students to assist Tommy and his staff in performing fitness assessments such as: Functional Movement Assessment (Overhead Squat, Single Leg Squat, Active Knee Extension Hamstring Flexibility Test, and Kneeling Rotation), Body Fat, Single Leg Vertical Jump, Vertical Jump, Functional Push Up, Functional Pull Up, and Front & Side Bridge (Plank). The goals were to identify injury risk and areas of improvement. Samuel Castillo, a recent graduate in
Athletic Training with a minor in Exercise and Sport Science said, "It was definitely a great experience. [It] helped me get repetitions under my belt for functional testing as well as my evaluation and goniometer skills." As the program's Practicum Director, Dr. Silver especially likes working alongside Dr. Peacock and the students as he sees the benefits of the students not only getting hands-on experience with what they've learned in class, but the opportunity to network with the Panther's coaching staff.