Even in the cold days of an Indiana February, it warms Alberto Oseguera's heart to know that major league pitchers and catchers soon will be reporting for spring training throughout Florida and Arizona. If the game plan for his career works out, he'll be working in the majors someday as an orthopedic consultant. For now, Alberto, a senior in health and kinesiology, is helping the Purdue Boilermaker baseball team tune up for its defense of the Big Ten championship. And the ball diamond is perfect training ground as he learns in one of the best sports medicine programs in the country.
- Mending the Big Ten champs
Finding a spot as an athletic trainer at Purdue can make for fierce competition itself. After spending countless hours in the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of various student-athletes, Alberto will spend his senior season working with the baseball team, which begins defense of its Big Ten championship season this spring.
"For the most part, I'm working with pitchers to make sure their range of motion is good," Alberto says. "The guys are great and they really make you feel like a part of the team. I'll go out there and shag balls in the outfield with them."
- Anatomy of an orthopedic surgeon
In spite of all the demands of athletic training, where he can spend up to 25 hours a week, Alberto has excelled in the biology and chemistry courses that have prepared him for medical school. He hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon, perhaps working with pitchers and players on a team at the major league level.
"The athletic training gives me an understanding of how different injuries occur," Alberto says. "It also provides me with a good anatomy background."
- Deep in the heart of Purdue
Although Texas remains home, Alberto says he's perhaps proudest of the close-knit Purdue community. "As soon as I arrived on campus, even as an out-of-state student, I never felt too far away from home."
Whether he's enjoying a chicken Caesar wrap with friends at the Oasis in the Union or taking a break from the athletic training to watch athletes on television, Alberto has become a true Boilermaker.
- Hoops for health
Alberto helped organize an athletic trainer's basketball league on Cardinal Court, the Boilermakers' new practice court inside Mackey Arena. In play described by Alberto as "competitive, but fun," the trainers showcase their basketball skills while getting some exercise. It's all in a day's work for Alberto, who feels like the best way to a healthy lifestyle is to surround oneself with others who embrace the same ideal.