The mission of the sports medicine program is the same as that of the National Athletic Trainer?s Association, "to enhance the quality of health care for our student-athletes, and to advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries. The sports medicine team is responsible for the health and welfare of the student-athlete on campus. Athlete has been defined as any person participating in a university sponsored intercollegiate athletic activity. The sports medicine team shall be responsible for managing the complete health needs of the intercollegiate student"
The professional staff of Mercyhurst North East Sports Medicine has the responsibility over all items affecting the health and safety of student athletes. This includes, but is not limited to, participation, conditioning, protective equipment/devices, nutritional concerns, safety of playing fields and facilities, and any other matter that would affect the health or safety of the student-athlete.
Mercyhurst North East Sports Medicine is comprised of two full time Certified Athletic Trainers and one team physician. These medical professionals work with approximately 140 athletes and 9 teams throughout each school year. All Certified Athletic Trainers are state licensed and regulated allied health care workers who practice the arts of Athletic Training at the highest professional standards.
Meghan Short, MS, AT, ATC
Meghan is the Head Athletic Trainer at Mercyhurst North East. She accepted the position in February 2017. Meghan graduated from Daemen College with her B.S. in Health Care Studies with a specialization in Health and Fitness and with her Master of Athletic Training in 2016. She also has her Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification and Cardiorespiratory Training for Sports Performance.
Upon graduation she accepted an intern position at The University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH where she worked with the women?s soccer OAC championship team, the indoor track team, and the women?s lacrosse team.
Keegan Flynn, AT, ATC
Keegan Flynn has entered the role as assistant athletic trainer for the Saints. Flynn, a native of Buffalo, New York, graduated from Slippery Rock University in December of 2015 with a bachelor in science in athletic training. While attending SRU, Keegan helped begin the Slippery Rock University Club Baseball team.
Flynn is pursuing a master?s degree in organizational leadership with a focus in sports leadership at Mercyhurst University. Anticipated graduation is in May 2018.
Prior to joining Mercyhurst North East, Keegan worked in geriatric rehabilitative care, focusing on patients with Alzheimer?s and dementia. Along with new head athletic trainer, Meghan Short, Keegan plans to continually improve the athletic care for the athletes of Mercyhurst North East.
In addition to working at Mercyhurst North East, Keegan is the head athletic trainer for the Jamestown Jammers. He also works casually for UPMC Hamot Sports Medicine and the Erie Youth Tackle Football League.