Susan Ganz, Ph.D., ATC

Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Susan Ganz has been at PLNU since 1997. As a generalist, she brings a broad knowledge to the department as she teaches courses in both Applied Health and Health and Human Performance. Her expertise is in therapeutic exercise and leadership and management. She is Program Manager for Justin Sports Medicine and provides care to professional rodeo athletes. She has worked at NFR since 2019. 


  • Ph.D., HPER: Exercise Science/C&I, University of New Mexico
  • M.S., Health and Physical Education, Community and Public Health, Austin Peay State University
  • B.A., Physical Education, Athletic Training, Azusa Pacific University

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Athletic Training Lab – KIN280L/KIN 2080L
  • Modalities Lab – ATR 415L
  • Therapeutic Exercise – ATR 410/KIN 4010
  • Pharmacology – ATR 420/KIN 4020
  • Allied Health Care Management – ATR 460
  • Clinical Practicum II – ATR 391
  • Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription – EXS 350/KIN 3001
  • Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription Lab – EXS 350L/KIN 3001L

Experience in Field

  • Research interest: to gain an understanding of functional balance, proprioception, and neuromuscular control. Specifically, limits of stability and postural control.
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Professor/Athletic Trainer, 1997 – present
  • Pasadena City College, Head Athletic Trainer/Instructor, 1991 – present
  • Victor Valley College, Head Athletic Trainer/Instructor, 1990–91
  • Yosemite High School, Head Athletic Trainer, 1989–90

Professional and Community Involvement

  • NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer, 1989 – present
  • Water Safety Instructor (ARC), 1992 – present
  • AED (ARC), 2000 – present
  • CPR and First Aid (ARC), 1983 – present
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2001 – present
  • National Athletic Training Association, 1988 – present

Awards and Honors

  • CUATC: NAIA Head Athletic Trainer of the Year, 2005
  • CUATC: NAIA Athletic Trainer of the Year, 2009
  • Hall of Fame, 2018

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications


  • (2003). “The Effects of a 6-week Dynamic Balance Training Program on 'Healthy' NAIA Collegiate Athletes."


  • (2004). “Commitment.” PLNU FCA, San Diego, Calif.
  • (2005). Moderator. “Motor Sports and Athletic Training” NATA National Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • (2006). “Reducing the Risk and Liability Associated with Intercollegiate Athletics.” NAIA National Athletic Directors Convention, San Diego, Calif.
  • (2006). “Hosting Large Events.” NAIA College and Sports Medicine Meeting, San Francisco, Calif.
  • (2009). “Cost Containment Strategies while improving Athletic Health Care.” NAIA National Athletic Directors Convention. Kansas City, Mo.
  • (2012). “Kinesio Taping, Science and Method.” Rodeo Sports Medicine Conference, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • (2015). Moderator. FWATA Convention.
  • (2016). "Kinesio Taping to Decrease Low Back Pain During Travel for Rodeo Athletes." Rodeo Sports Medicine Conference, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • (2019). Moderator. FWATA Convention.
  • (2019). "Clinical Trajectories of Concussion and Rehab." Rodeo Sports Medicine Conference, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • (2022). Moderator. FWATA Convention.