Athletic Training

Our athletic training services focus on the rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance development of our clients. Our certified athletic trainers offer immediate injury care, follow-up injury treatment, injury prevention education and advanced rehabilitation services.

Athletic trainers at the Marshall Sports Medicine Institute typically work with:

  • Recreational, amateur and professional athletes
  • People who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries
  • Those seeking rehabilitation from an athletic injury

Athletic training services are often provided at schools, colleges, universities, clinics and physicians' offices.

MSMI athletic trainers are well versed in first aid, injury recognition, nutrition and injury prevention. They have experience with a wide range of athletic injuries, including strains, sprains, fractures, dislocations and concussions. And when an injury requires medical or surgical treatment, athletic trainers have immediate access to the sports medicine specialists of Marshall Health, Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Community Outreach

In addition to working with local schools, you may also see the Marshall sports medicine team throughout our community at regional soccer tournaments, the Marshall Marathon, West Virginia high school athletic championship events and other events across the region. 

The best way to care for sports injuries is to prevent them. While our staff excels in helping athletes become recover from injury quicker, our commitment to safety and injury prevention is our top priority. MSMI injury prevention efforts are guided by the medical and surgical expertise of the Marshall Orthopaedics sports medicine team. Applying its knowledge and experience to strength training, athletic performance improvement, rehabilitation and other services fosters safety and injury prevention.

MSMI takes a team approach to sports medicine care, including monthly meetings between among the physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers to discuss opportunities for collaboration, education and community engagement.

Examples include:

  • MSMI provides educational materials to local EMS providers on the safest way to remove equipment from an injured athlete without causing further injury.
  • When well-documented evidence emerged that women are at increased risk for knee injuries like ACL tears, MSMI athletic trainers shared that knowledge at local high schools and helped female athletes strengthen and stabilize the various muscle groups involved, thereby reducing the risk of those injuries.

Area High Schools

When a high school athlete goes down with an injury, time stands still as players, coaches, parents and fans wait anxiously for a report. Now, thanks to a partnership between area high schools and the certified athletic trainers of the Marshall Sports Medicine Institute, everyone involved in high school sports can breathe a little easier when injuries occur.

MSMI’s athletic trainers go into the schools with the responsibility to prevent, recognize, treat and rehabilitate all sorts of athletic injuries. The goal is for every high school athlete to have access to a professional who is certified and trained to handle sports-related injuries.

The athletic trainers often serve as a resource for the school’s existing athletic training staff and help educate coaches, parents and administrators about treating common injuries. Following the highest return-to-play standards, they are dedicated to helping athletes get back on the court, field or track as quickly and safely as possible.

MSMI’s certified athletic trainers currently provide coverage at a number of local high schools and middle schools. Their experience and expertise keep schools ahead of state regulations, which only require a health care professional to be on the sidelines at practices and games.

Is your school interested in partnering with MSMI’s athletic trainers? Call 304.691.1968 for more information.

Meet our High School Athletic Trainers

Grace Gwinn MS, LAT, ATC
Erin Wingate, MS, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainers:

Athletic Trainer:
Sarah Webb, MS, LAT, ATC, CES

Athletic Trainer:
Robert Chafin, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainers:
Justin Ross, MS, LAT, ATC
Nic Keller, MS, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainer:
Riley Lyvers MS, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainer:
Ali Adkins MS, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainer:
Chris Matthew MS, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainer:
Provided by Marshall Sports Medicine Institute Athletic Training Program

Marshall University Athletic Trainers

The Thundering Herd’s certified athletic training staff is housed within Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, in partnership with Marshall Health, under the direction of Head Team Physician John J. Jasko, MD, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery.

Through this partnership, we created an environment for athletic-centered medicine to maximize the opportunity for quality medical care, student-athlete health and well-being.

Chris Lapole, ATC
Assistant Athletic Director, Head Athletic Trainer (MBB)

Aaron Estes, ATC
Associate Head Athletic Trainer (FB)

Brandi Anders, ATC
Associate Athletic Trainer (WBB)

Kerri Francis, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (MSOC, T&F)

Becky Kaliher, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (SB & Cross Country)

Morgan Chaney, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (VB)

Haden Maloney, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (WSOC)

Mindy Allenstein, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (FB)

Ben Adams, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer (FB)

Bryan Booth, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Hannah Adkins, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sarena Hernandez, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer