Program: Sports Medicine '17
Yosef Presburger graduated cum laude from Rice University in 2017 with a degree in Kinesiology with a Sports Medicine concentration.
During his time at Rice, Yosef served as a Peer Academic Advisor at Will Rice College and was involved in other student groups such as the Rice Exercise Science Student Association. As a sophomore at Rice, he took on the role of student athletic trainer with the Rice Owls Soccer team. For the next three years, Yosef enjoyed the opportunity to learn about athletic training, develop a passion for sports medicine, and work with incredible student-athletes.
Following graduation, Yosef worked in a physical therapy clinic in Dallas, TX prior to enrolling in graduate school at Texas A&M University. In College Station, Yosef pursued an Entry-Level Master in Athletic Training as he complemented his studies in the classroom with immersive clinical rotations at a local high school and the Aggie Baseball, Volleyball, and Tennis teams. At the end of his studies, Yosef completed a capstone research project titled “Athlete-Coach RPE Discrepancies and Injury Rates in D1 Women’s Volleyball.”
After graduation, Yosef moved to Knoxville, TN, to begin an internship as the athletic trainer for the University of Tennessee’s Men’s & Women’s Tennis teams. During this time, he oversaw the health and wellbeing of student-athletes, which consisted of evaluating and diagnosing orthopedic and other injuries and illnesses, developing rehabilitation programs, implementing injury prevention protocols, and incorporating various treatment modalities and manual therapy techniques to help injured athletes. Yosef is grateful to have been a part of the Women’s team’s run to the NCAA tournament as a Top 25 team in the country, as well as the Top 5 Men’s team’s run to an SEC Conference Championship, NCAA Final Four, and a NCAA Doubles National Championship.
After his first year in Rocky Top, Yosef was promoted to his current role of Assistant Athletic Trainer for Men’s & Women’s Tennis. From the practice court and the Athletic Training Room to traveling the country for competition and playing for titles, Yosef continues to look for opportunities to enhance his clinical skill set, stay up to date on new sports medicine knowledge, and help highly-motivated student athletes achieve their goals— passions that developed during his time as a Rice Owl.