Athletic Training

The purpose of the USMMA Athletic Training Department is to provide the best possible health care to prevent, evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate injuries sustained to those individuals participating in intercollegiate athletics at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. In the best interest of the midshipmen athletes, coordination and continued working relationship between the physicians and the Athletic Training Department will be maintained to insure the athlete's prompt return to regular competition.

Athletic Trainer's Role
An athletic trainer is a qualified allied health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with sports participation. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care personnel, the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics and other athletic health care settings. The athletic trainer functions in cooperation with medical personnel, athletic administrators, coaches, and parents in the development and coordination of efficient and responsive athletic health care delivery systems.
  • Provides the most up to date medical coverage to all athletes.
  • Continues the winning tradition of USMMA Athletics by returning athletes to competition promptly and safely.
  • Provides health and injury education to the athlete in order to help them achieve a better understanding of their bodies and its' functions in performance.
  • Implements effective rehabilitation programs as per doctors orders.
  • Facilitates communication between the coaching staff and the Athletic Training Department through the use of coach's injury reports and meetings.
  • Improves communications between the Athletic Training Department, The Patten Clinic, and the consulting physicians.
  • Evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of all injuries.
  • Provides Treatment and First Aid to all injuries and wounds.
  • Provides prevention and functional athletic wrapping and strapping.
  • Consults regarding injuries, nutrition, exercise, and personal health issues.
  • Maintains records of all injuries and treatments.
  • Communicates between the athletes, coaches, parents, and physicians in regard to individual injuries and course of treatment.
  • Works with health care professionals in the community to maintain a high standard of care.
  • Provides medical coverage for all home NCAA athletic events, excluding waterfront sports.
  • Maintains a clean and efficient Athletic Training Room and equipment.

To: Visiting Teams
RE: Athletic Training Services when traveling to U.S.M.M.A.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your team to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Notification should be given in advance if the team is traveling without an Athletic Trainer.
Taping will be performed ONLY if the visiting team arrives with the appropriate supplies. Modalities will be administered ONLY with written note from the athletic trainer or physician.  No towels will be provided.
If your team is traveling without an Athletic Trainer they must report to the appropriate Athletic Training Room at least one hour prior to their contest if they would like to get taped or receive treatment.
Athletic Training Rooms: A fully equipped Athletic Training Room is located on the lower level of O'Hara Hall Gymnasium. The baseball/soccer/rugby Athletic Training Room is on the top level of Brooks Field House which is between the baseball field and the senior parking lot.
Supplies: Water, ice, and cups will be provided on the sideline. Emergency supplies can be obtained from the Athletic Trainer covering the event.
Ambulance: Visiting athletes will be transported by Great Neck Vigilant Ambulance Service (516-482-5000)
Nearest Hospital: Northwell Hospital (formerly North Shore) at 300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030 (516-562-4125)
Directions from Academy to Northwell Hospital: Leave campus through the front gate and go down Steamboat Rd. until it ends at Middle Neck Rd. Take a right at the light onto Middle Neck Rd. Go about a ¼ mile and take a left onto Hicks Lane (first light). Stay on this for a few miles and cross over Rte. 25-A (Northern Blvd.). Continue on to Community Drive and Northwell Hospital is on your left.

Please contact us if you have any questions or if we may assist you in any way.

Melinda Eng, MSEd, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Football, W. Basketball, M. Lacrosse

Rob Alfheim, MSEd, ATC
Asst. Athletic Trainer
Football, Wrestling, W. Lacrosse

Dan Braut, MS, ATC
Asst. Athletic Trainer
Volleyball, C. Country, Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, M. Basketball, Club Rugby

Dan Unverzagt, MS, ATC, EMT
Asst. Athletic Trainer
M. Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Club Ice Hockey, Baseball, Tennis