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Kinesiology Department


Yosef Presburger, Sports Medicine 

YosefYosef Presburger (Will Rice ’17) is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Combining his interest in science and medicine and his passion for sports and athletics, the Kinesiology major has allowed Yosef to delve into the various components of the field of sports medicine, such as nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, and research statistics.

Beginning his sophomore year, Yosef has served as a Student Athletic Trainer for Rice Athletics. More specifically, Yosef works with the university’s varsity women’s soccer program. As a Student Athletic Trainer, Yosef is present during all team practices and home games and his responsibilities include assisting the team’s certified Athletic Trainer in all pre- and post-game treatments, injury assessment, emergency response, and athlete rehabilitation. From fascial distortion techniques to athletic taping to electrical muscle stimulation, Yosef has gained valuable hands-on experience from his time with Rice Soccer. In addition, Yosef has had the opportunity to interact with and learn from the team’s trainers, strength coaches, physical therapists, and physicians. Yosef recently received accolades from the head trainer at Samford University for his sincere compassion and selfless demeanor while assisting with an injured athlete from their team. 

Although most of his time is spent on both academics and Rice Athletics, Yosef is also a member of Will Rice’s Peer Academic Advisor program. Serving as a PAA since his sophomore year, Yosef has enjoyed helping and providing incoming students with advice on how to navigate academics at Rice. In addition, Yosef is an active participant in Rice’s various Jewish student organizations.

During the Spring 2016 semester, Yosef participated in a study abroad program in Israel. As an exchange student at the prestigious Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel, Yosef experienced the opportunity of a lifetime as he immersed himself in another culture, met people from different countries, and studied in a challenging environment. While in Israel, Yosef enjoyed exploring the country, learning a new language, and taking courses in a medical school setting.

After graduation, Yosef hopes to take a gap year during which he will engage in some kind of social work, either in the U.S. or abroad. Afterwards, Yosef intends to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and he hopes to eventually return to the academic world as a professor.