Summer Abroad Czech Republic - Instructor

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Exercise and Wellness in the Czech Republic

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Paul Salitsky

Exercise Biology/NPB

pbsalitsky@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Paul Salitsky has recently received Emeriti status from the faculty of the Exercise Biology program in the College of Biological Sciences here at UC Davis where he taught courses in Sport & Exercise Psychology, Sport Sociology, and Motor Learning/Development for 22 years. Dr. Salitsky received his Master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and his Ph.D. in Exercise Science from Temple University in Philadelphia specializing in Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Dr. Salitsky has coached Women's Volleyball at the International, Club, and NCAA Div. I level, holding a Level II Coaching Certificate from USA Volleyball. He has conducted over 450 clinics and workshops for teams, athletes, coaches and officials of all levels on the Mental Skills needed for performance success. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and has been listed on the US Olympic Committee's Sport Psychology Registry since 2000. Also in 2000, he was selected to join the Sport Psychology Committee for USA Track & Field. Currently his athletic pursuits are as a runner and has completed numerous races at every distance from 5k to the marathon. He is a certified Mentor Trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance and has presented over 175 workshops nationally to youth sport leaders, coaches, parents & athletes

A Message to Students and Parents

"I have developed a special relationship over the years with the Czech Republic and its people. I have lived in Switzerland and have traveled extensively all over Europe. The opportunity to compare and contrast American lifestyle and heath choices with Europeans offers a tremendous insight into how we can, with some small but significant changes, impact the American epidemic of sedentary lifestyle diseases (heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes). I have designed this course primarily for students with an interest in Exercise Science but also for anyone considering any of the Allied Health fields in their future.

Several of my former alumni from this program have mentioned that this Summer Abroad experience significantly altered their career path (especially in Medicine & the Health professions) trajectory in a positive way.

The Czech Republic is a beautiful country that many say was the most preserved and unspoiled from the devastation of WWII. The Czech people are extremely proud of how far their country has come since the fall of Communism. They have prioritized the tourism industry and most young people study English as their second language in school. Additionally, they have joined the European Union but still use their own currency—the Czech Koruna, which has proven to be much more inexpensive for travellers than the Euro."