Aaron Ngor, a senior Athletic Training student enrolled in Chapman’s Undergraduate Athletic Training Program, shared his sports medicine knowledge about the importance of proper stretching technique for performance. The hip-hop centered online organization “That Steezy” has become a trending website catered towards the dance community. The website allows dancers to have access to informative articles, online class tutorials, as well as trending dance videos. With a growing interest in injury prevention, board members of “That Steezy” reached out to Aaron for his subject-matter expertise.

As a past hip-hop dancer and a recognized alumnus of many dance teams in southern California, including GRV, Common Ground, and the G.O.O.D. Project, Aaron was able to make proper stretching technique relatable to dancers. “What dancers do doesn’t typically prepare them for what’s expected,” he says. Aaron offers simple tips that many dancers likely don’t think about, including “If your goal is to increase flexibility, the best time to do that is after you’re warming up,” with a healthy dose of humor and relatability.

As an athletic training student, the curriculum provided by Chapman’s Athletic Training Program prepares students to become certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), something Aaron is hoping to pass on to dancers.  In addition, they must pass a rigorous board of certification exam only for accredited Athletic Training programs in the US. Aaron hopes to continue his advocacy of athletic training in the performing arts arena through education, social media advocacy, and quality patient-care interactions.

Chapman Athletic Training students must receive formal instruction in the following specific subject matter areas identified in the Competencies:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Clinical examination and diagnosis
  • Acute care of injury and illness
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Psychosocial strategies and referral
  • Health care administration
  • Professional development and responsibility

Learn more about Chapman’s Athletic Training Program