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Director Of Athletics

Mark Lebeda

Athletic Director
This is Mr. Lebeda's second year at T. Dewitt Middle/High School as Director of Athletics.  He is also a Certified Athletic Trainer in which he worked for 10 years prior to coming to Taylor.  Before Taylor he was the Director of the Allied Health Academy and Head Athletic Trainer at Seabreeze High School.  He has also been an athletic trainer at a boarding school, physical therapy clinic, division I college and division III college. He was an EMT for 10 years and has a strong background in emergency situations.  He is originally from New Jersey and is a big New England sports fan! He also likes to play ice hockey in his free time.

Head Athletic Trainer

Emily Merriman

Certified Athletic Trainer
Phone: 23785

Emily was born and raised in South Bend, IN. She graduated from Ball State University in December of 2018 and has her Bachelor of Athletic Training. While in school she had several clinical rotations with the following; Ball State Men's Basketball, Ball State Softball, Taylor University Football, Henry Community Sports Medicine, Delta High School, Henry County Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, and Muncie Central High School.

She also did summer internships with the University of Notre Dame as well as University of South Florida pertaining to sports medicine. Before coming to Taylor Middle High, was at Deltona Highschool.

She feels very strongly about high-quality patient-centered care. She feels it is important to have the mindset that you shouldn't treat a patient for their injury, but as a whole person. This includes emotional, situational, social, and psychological aspects in addition to physical.

Certified Athletic Trainer

Who are athletic trainers?

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations.  As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. 

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model.

Why use athletic trainers?

Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings. Athletic trainers relieve widespread and future workforce shortages in primary care support and outpatient rehab professions and provide an unparalleled continuum of care for the patients.

Athletic trainers improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury. Preventative care provided by an athletic trainer has a positive return on investment for employers. ATs are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for their patients, which translates to lower absenteeism from work or school and reduced health care costs.