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La Verne professor Paul Alvarez will once again be part of the medical staff for Americans at World University Games, in Russia.
Once again, Dr. Paul Alvarez, Professor of Movement & Sports Science and Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at the University of La Verne, is walking the walk at the highest level of international sports competition.
Alvarez is in Kazan, Russia, for a month, serving as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Delegation Office Staff for the United States team to the World University Games. Alvarez, who departed for Asia on June 28, will be with Team USA until July 22, through the duration of the Universiade. In 2011, Alvarez was part of the United States team that traveled to and competed in Shenzhen, China.
At this year’s Games, Alvarez will provide medical care and injury treatment to members of the U.S. team composed of nearly 450. The World University Games will feature more than 6,000 student-athletes from 170 countries.
The United States is led by long-time Head of Delegation Dr. Gary Cunningham, former UCLA Basketball player under Coach John Wooden, as well as former UCLA Coach and Director of Athletics at both Fresno State and UC Santa Barbara before his retirement from collegiate athletics a few years ago. The Medical Staff will be headed by Dr. Ron Olson, Director of Sports Medicine at Duke University, and the Head Athletic Trainer is Leroy Heu, Head Athletic Trainer at UC Santa Barbara.
Kazan was announced as the host city for the 2013 Summer Universiade in Brussels on May 31, 2008. Twenty out of 27 members of the FISU Executive Committee gave their votes to the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The 27th World University Summer Games in Kazan will be the first Universiade, and even more, the first high-profile multi-sport event in the history of modern Russia. The 2013 Summer Universiade will start on July 6th and end on July 17th, 2013.