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Assistant Athletic Trainer
In choosing a profession it always helps to have a little guidance. That assistance can come from many places whether it be a teacher, counselor or sometimes the support can come from home. For Mark Lewis that person was his father. Mark’s dad is a recently retired high school teacher but he also coached and worked closely with athletics during his tenure. Lewis’s father would bring him around the athletic training room at a very young age. Being involved in sports himself helped to invigorate Mark’s interest in the athletic training profession. Upon completing a couple courses during his sophomore year of college, Mark knew this was the occupation for him.
Mark attended Rowan University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training. There his professors, Dr. Robert Sterner, Chuck Whedon, and Colleen Grugan taught with such zeal for their students’ education that Lewis’s passion soared. Mark then continued his education at East Stroudsburg University graduating with a Master’s of Science in Athletic Training. Lewis selected Lehigh University to complete his graduate assistantship hoping this would lead to gaining an internship with the Philadelphia Eagles. After completing 2 seasonal internships with the Eagles for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Mark was hired full time in 2013 by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Lewis sights a cohesive and united working relationship within their staff for the success he has experienced in his time in the NFL. Mark states that Head Athletic Trainer Chris Peduzzi does an excellent job dividing up responsibilities amongst each staff member. Facilitating and keeping a balanced rotation of the rehabs going on keeps the training room running smoothly. Some of the duties designated for Lewis include coordinating the training camp intern selection process, and providing assistance with the medical portion of the combine and draft process.
As with his professors and father Mark has some advice of his own for future ATC’s that he would like to pass on. One athletic trainer in particular; Rick Burkholder, stressed to Mark how important it was to focus and enjoy the day to day part of the rehab process rather than concentrating too much on the end result. Lewis also wants future ATC’s to remember that your hands are your most valuable tool. Lastly hard work pays off, and living by that creed your opportunities will come.
When he does have down time Mark enjoys weight training, surfing, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.