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 the athletic training and exercise and sport science majors. Her expertise is in therapeutic exercise and athletic training management. She enjoys creating new policies and procedures for the athletic training clinic. She serves as the clinical coordinator for the Athletic Training Program and is the athletic trainer for the men's and women's basketball teams.


  • 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
  • Modalities Lab – ATR 415L
  • Therapeutic Exercise – ATR 410
  • Pharmacology – ATR 420
  • Allied Health Care Management – ATR 460
  • Clinical Practicum II – ATR 391
  • Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription – EXS 350
  • Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription Lab – EXS 350L

Experience in Field

  • Research interest: to gain an understanding of functional balance, proprioception, and neuromuscular control. Specifically, to study interventions to decrease pain and enhance rehabilitation and return to play.
  • 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

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.