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College of Psychology alumna hired by Seattle Mariners

Specializes in improving athletic performance

Lorena Martin, Ph.D., is the first Director of High Performance for the Seattle Mariners baseball team.

Lorena Martin

She previously worked as Director of Sports Performance Analytics for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. In her work with the Mariners, she leads the players’ physical and mental training by integrating data from conditioning programs, sleep routines, nutrition recommendations, and medical reports from primary physicians and orthopedic surgeons. Using this data, she generates findings with a goal of improving performance while also reducing injuries.

“For me, it is about solving an equation, each professional athlete’s own customized equation for optimal performance, which I have termed Precision Athleticism,” she said.

Martin graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology in 2009 with an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. She earned her undergraduate psychology degree from the University of Miami and returned there for her Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UC San Diego Health and was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Martin has also taught courses in subjects like sport psychology, sports performance analytics, and biostatistics. In 2016, she authored the book Sports Performance Measurement and Analytics: The Science of Assessing Performance, Predicting Future Outcomes, Interpreting Statistical Models, and Evaluating the Market Value of Athletes. Martin sees a bright future for her profession.

“I believe that my profession will prosper as a result of a significant reduction in player injuries and improved player performance,” she said.

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