Escalante interns with Braves

Campus Times
March 23, 2001


by Amanda Egan
Staff Writer

A University of La Verne senior is interning as an athletic trainer for the Atlanta Braves Minor League Organization in Orlando, Fla.

Manuel Escalante, who will be graduating from ULV in May, applied for an athletic-training position in the Braves organization along with 200 other applicants. Out of 200, four applicants were asked to be the trainers for the Braves athletes during their highly-intense spring training that prepares them for their long season.

The students participating in the program are Escalante of ULV, Mike Taylor of Long Beach State, Jason Eckerle of Ball State, in Indiana and James Messer of Virginia Commonwealth University.

The six-week internship carries throughout the entire duration of spring training. It began on Feb. 22 and will continue until April 1.

Seven teams are now in training at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. The teams consist of all the Braves organization affiliates including; Atlanta Braves, Richmond Braves, Greenville Braves, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Macon Braves, Jamestown Jammers and Danville Braves.

"Being out here I get to meet a lot of people, the players, other trainers and various doctors," said Escalante in an email. He works directly with the athletes in all aspects of athletic training, including physicals, facilitating random-drug tests and the injury evaluation and treatment.

"The internship is a great insight into how the profession is involved at the professional level," Escalante said.

Escalante works with the team's physical therapist and often comes in contact with the team's strength and conditioning coach. He has also observed a few surgeries while interning.

"I realize that the ULV athletic training program does a great job in preparing its students," said Escalante.