The field once known as "strength and conditioning" has grown exponentially, far beyond its football roots, when references to working to becoming bigger, faster, and stronger were most strongly identified with collision sports and male athletes.
We offer a comprehensive and appropriate approach to developing the needs of all young people involved in sports today. Strength and performance at Mercersburg is the process of evaluating and training all components of athleticism—the ability to perform athletic movements-and associated energy systems. Our approach is guided by an understanding of differences and needs in age, training experience, gender, physical limitations, and injury status.
The mission of the Certified Athletic Training staff at Mercersburg is to provide quality health care for all participants in interscholastic athletics. This includes the prevention of athletic injuries and providing evaluation, first aid, triage, and rehabilitation of injuries incurred while participating on Mercersburg teams. Our certified athletic trainers (ATCs) provide a program for a safe return to the previous activity level before injury and also provide educational programming for student trainers, coaches, and athletes. This programming includes training in awareness, heat acclimitization, and sudden cardiac arrests. ATCs administer targeted training and refreshers for all coaches in areas of injury protocol and the Emergency Action Plan.
Associate Director of Athletics - Athletic Performance
Andrew Myers has been working with Mercersburg athletes since the fall of 2011. Within his role, he coordinates athletic training services and strength and performance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from West Chester University and a master’s degree in health education from Penn State University. While at West Chester, Andrew worked with a diverse array of teams that included men’s soccer, softball, women’s gymnastics, and men’s lacrosse. Andrew also assisted with the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings as an intern during the 2008 NFL preseason, and was a graduate assistant at Penn State, where he worked extensively with the Penn State men’s and women’s soccer and softball teams, as well as the football, women’s ice hockey, and field hockey teams. Andrew’s area of focus throughout graduate school involved researching the issue of overtraining young athletes. Clinically, he also learned a variety of useful manual therapy techniques that he incorporates daily in his work with Mercersburg athletes. Andrew has been a certified athletic trainer since 2009, is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania, and is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society.
Associate Athletic Trainer
Leah Daniels joined the Mercersburg staff after spending eight years as the associate athletic trainer at Iona College, where she primarily worked with the women’s soccer and softball teams. She also worked for a year with the softball team at the University of Detroit Mercy. (Both Iona and Detroit Mercy are NCAA Division I members.) A native of Wilmington, DE, Leah earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training with a minor in sport psychology from Ithaca College, and a master’s degree in management with a health care administration concentration from Iona. At Ithaca, she worked with a diverse array of teams, including football, women’s soccer, baseball, track and field, and men’s basketball. Leah is a Certified Athletic Trainer, is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania, and is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society.
Mercersburg is partnering with PLT4M to provide year-round strength and conditioning programming, with customized elements to meet our philosophy and goals. This investment means that each athlete, coach, and team can access training specific to their needs at a specific developmental stage.
Questions? Contact Andrew Myers at email@example.com.