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Getting to know Chris Walstead

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Getting to know Chris Walstead

By Karlie Storkson

There is a new face in the training room this year for Westmont athletes. Chris Walstead is a graduate of San Diego State University and was working in Santa Barbara at Hayasdhia & Associates Physical Therapy before he got the job at Westmont.

Walstead has been doing a stellar job with the athletes. Third-year Missy Fuerst who sprained her ankle and is going through rehab with Walstead noted that, “You can see that he enjoys his job and is trying very hard to get to know each athlete on campus.”

Fuerst alludes to the fact that Walstead is working towards more than just providing excellent rehab, but being a friend to all those that he interacts with in the training room. Third-year student trainer Heidi Walberg says, “Chris has such a lively presence in the training room, always greeting everyone with a smile and lightening up each interaction with jokes”.

Last Wednesday I went into the training room to see if Chris was there for an interview and to get a minor hand injury of mine looked at. Chris was busy with f paperwork and agreed to see me after he finished up, although I had not scheduled an appointment. He helped me with my hand, gave me some exercises to do for it and then cheerily answered the questions that I had for him.

Interview:

So do you have any nicknames? “Wally or Waldo but mostly Wally.”

Where’s your hometown? “[I’m] originally from Fresno and then moved to Weaverville which is a small town outside of Redding.”

How has being a trainer gone so far? “Busy. Paperwork sucks. But it is a lot of fun. It keeps me busy with something new every day. I’m seeing so many people. Injuries are changing everyday: progressing or worsening. [You] never know what you’re going to get. ‘Life is a box of chocolates’ .”

What is your favorite thing about Santa Barbara? “It’s not LA. What I really like about this place is that it is the first Southern California city. You don’t have to deal with traffic. Everything you want to do outdoors is 15 minutes away. I live on the beach. State Street is fun. It is more small community oriented here. I’m a little more of a small town guy.”

What sports have you played? “Football, Basketball and Baseball. I continue to play those. I also snowboard, surf, scuba dive, golf and play a little bit of tennis. I also did a triathlon this summer.”

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? “Croatia or Prague”

Cats or Dogs? “Dogs! Huskies!”

What is your power animal? “Great White Shark.”

Who or what inspires you? “I can’t really think of any one person. I get inspiration from my friends and family. It is more my surroundings. My environment. For example on a day like today I’d be surfing or hiking.”


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