Facilities & Sports Science

The Santa Barbara Track Club's Global Training Center is hosted at Westmont College and leverages world class support centers throughout Santa Barbara, CA. Visit our Travel page for more information on visiting Santa Barbara. 


The SBTC is based at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. The SBTC has an annual reservation to use the Track & Field facility at any time without restriction. This reservation is also extended to approved visiting athletes and NGB’s. The Track & Field facility was constructed in 2010. Specifics of the facility include the following.

  • 8 Lane Polyurethane All Weather Track

  • IAAF Specified Dimensions (Curves/Straights)

  • Two Shot Rings

  • Two Discus Rings

  • Two Javelin Runways (East & West)

  • Three Long Jump Runways

  • Built in Daktronics Scoreboard/Underground Timing System


The strength facility is located just above the Track & Field complex and allows for a quick and efficient transition between work on the track and work in the weight room. The SBTC reserves the facility for use during hours when Westmont College classes are not utilizing the space. Visiting athletes and teams are also granted use of the Strength center while training on Westmont’s campus. Specifics of the facility include the following.

  • 5 Full Squat Racks / Olympic Platform Stations

  • Non Impact Cardio Machines

  • Free Weights

  • Plyometric and Functional Movement space

  • Isotonic Exercise Machines


Each resident athlete/visitor of the SBTC is granted access to the campus pool for recovery and injury prevention work. The pool is utilized following heavy impact training in addition to non-impact recovery days. Specifics of the aquatics facility include the following.

  • 25 Yards in length

  • Depth of 3.5 - 12 feet

  • Aqua Running Belts, Kickboards, & other training modalities


Through the generosity of Westmont College, the SBTC has full use of the program’s equipment for training and competition. A description of additional needed equipment will be included in our proposal section. Equipment used consists of the following

  • Throwing Implements

  • Medicine Ball Series

  • Cones/Markers/Measuring Tapes

  • Starting Blocks

  • Sleds, Prowlers, Contrast Training Devices

  • Pole Vault Poles (Additional poles needed)


The SBTC has availability to utilize campus classrooms and lecture halls for camps and clinics during weekends and Holidays. These reservations are made through the campus reservation system. The “SMART” classrooms have proven extremely valuable for all past SBTC camps and clinics.

  • Ability to serve 100+

  • Computer/Video Technology


Permanent SBTC athletes as well as visiting teams, coaches and athletes have full access to the campus dining commons. The Westmont Dining Commons offers SBTC athletes and coaches the staff/faculty rate per each meal.



Since 2014, the SBTC and The LAB of Santa Barbara partnered to provide sport science and support services to the athletes within the club. The Lab is a collaboration of best-in-class physical performance and wellness professionals

who are focused on improving human performance by using cutting-edge research and techniques related to both athletic performance and individual wellness. The Lab places an emphasis on building, restoring, and regenerating the human body and is used by professional athletes from NBA, MLB and NFL. At The Lab, SBTC athletes have full access to the following recovery and performance tools.

  • Elite Physical Therapy

  • Therapeutic Massage

  • Cryotherapy

  • Normatec Recovery

  • Alter-G Treadmills

  • Biomechanical Assessment

  • Yoga

  • Blood Lactate Testing

  • Force Plate Running Assessment


A service provided to SBTC athletes at The Lab, Elite Performance and Rehabilitation Center provides the best in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy to SBTC athletes. Therapy provided to SBTC athletes includes the following.

  • Biomechanical Analysis

  • Joint Mobilization

  • Soft Tissue Mobilization

  • Neural Mobilization

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)


Dr. Ernest Ferrel has served as Medical Director for the Association of Volleyball Professionals, Director of Chiropractic Services for the Triathlon Federation, Board of Directors for the California Chiropractic Association, Vice President of the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council, and Steering Committee Member for the US Cycling & Triathlon Federations.

Dr. Ferrel served as the Team USA Physician for Beach Volleyball in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Dr. Ferrel is a traveling team member of the Santa Barbara Track Club Elite. Treatment and services provided by Ferrel’s Chiropractic include the following.

  • Dynamic Motion Therapy (DMT)

  • Chiropractic Adjustments

  • Therapeutic Massage

  • Graston Technique

  • Electric Muscle Stimulation

  • Ultrasound


In addition to sport science and medical support in Santa Barbara, the SBTC utilizes an Optojump system on the track. Consisting of a transmitting and receiving bar, the Optojump detects any interruptions in communication between the bars and calculates their duration. The system makes it possible to measure flight and contact times during the performance of a series of jumps with an accuracy of 1/1000 of a second.

Starting from this fundamental basic data, the dedicated software makes it possible to obtain a series of parameters connected to the athlete’s performance with the maximum accuracy and in real time. The absence of moving parts ensures accuracy and great reliability.


The Microgate Witty system is applied in training to analyze and improve performance. Specific event areas primarily include applications for the sprints and horizontal jumps as well as the pole vault. By measuring the athletes velocity with the timing cells, data retrieved helps us to better coach the athletes in the SBTC.