Ms. Tricia M. Kasamatsu
- Chapman University, Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology
Chapman University, Master of Arts in Teaching
Tricia Kasamatsu joined Chapman's ATEP during summer 2010 having graduated from the program, along with most recently serving as an approved clinical instructor to its athletic training students. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training (2004) and continued her education at Chapman, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2007, while also attaining a Secondary Teacher's Credential in Biology and Health.
In 2006, she began her dual role as a teacher and Head Athletic Trainer at El Modena High School in Orange, CA. During that time, she created interactive curricula and student driven assessments in various courses, including Health, Biology, AP Biology, and Sports Medicine. While completing her master's degree, she researched the effectiveness of student-teacher collaboration in designing assessments that encouraged application of health principles.
Ms. Kasamatsu has experience serving as an athletic trainer in collegiate Division III and high school athletics, as well as at the Olympic level working with the Men's and Women's US National Volleyball teams. She has also worked with the Los Angeles Heat team within the National Public Safety Football League, which is comprised of civil servants who play high-intensity football for charity.
Driven by her varied experiences, her research interests include brain-based strategies that improve learning and memory, and educational implications for secondary student-athletes after sustaining a concussion. As an active member in the National Athletic Trainers' Association, she is an advocate for preventing injuries and providing healthcare for athletes across ages.