Cassandra Winczura, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, ACSM EP-C, USAW

Cassandra Winczura’s (win-CHUR-uh) is a woman of many titles – and many talents. She holds master’s degrees in both Athletic Training and Kinesiology. She’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C), a Level One Sports Performance Coach/Olympic Lifting Coach (USAW), and even a NAUI-Certified Advanced Scuba Diver. She’s also a published author of several scientific papers on topic ranging from head injuries to resting heart rates.

Over the years, she’s worked with collegiate athletes in various sports, including softball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, football, cross country, track and field, basketball, swim and dive, and tennis.

She's proud to have been born and raised in Alaska – and to return home as a member of OPA’s athletic training staff. Here she helps young athletes stay in the game, off the injury list, and competitive in their sport of choice. When she’s not on the field, you can find her in the gym training as a competitive power lifter or spending time with Loki, her corgi.

EDUCATION

Master’s of Science in Athletic Training (2017)
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ

Master’s of Science in Kinesiology, Emphasis: Exercise Science (2014)
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA

Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, Exercise Science/Health Promotion 2012
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE & PUBLICATIONS

Impact Force and Head Trauma in High School Football (Winczura, CL)
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ  Co-Author. Presented at AzATA Summer 2016 Meeting. EBP presentation at AzATA Winter 2016 Meeting.

Relationship between Resting Heart Rate Variability and Heart Rate Recovery from Exercise in College-Aged Men (Winczura, CL)
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA; Aug 2012-May 2014; Primary Investigator. Abstract presented at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2016 and published in MSSE.

Effects of Yoga Training on Heart Rate & Blood Pressure Recovery from Exercise (Richmond, B)
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA; Mar 2012-May 2012; Co-Author/Research Assistant. Abstract presented at SW American College of Sports Medicine meeting.

The Effect of Training Load on Heart Rate Recovery in Resistance-Trained Athletes (Wilder, K)
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA; Mar 2012-May 2012; Research Assistant. Currently being submitted for publication to peer-reviewed journals.

HONORS & AWARDS


Distinguished Graduate Student May 2017
Northern Arizona University, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

Michael F. Jarko Memorial Scholarship Recipient May 2016
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ

CERTIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS


CSCS: NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 

ACSM EP-C: ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

USAW: Level One Sports Performance Coach/Olympic Lifting Coach

CPR: CPR for the Professional Rescuer, American Red Cross

Advanced Scuba Diver: NAUI Certified Advanced Scuba Diver

NATA Member: National Athletic Trainer’s Association

ACSM Member: American College of Sports Medicine