by Public Relations
Mike Weller, assistant professor of athletic training and program director for the athletic training education program (ATEP) at Cedarville University, will be working with the Cincinnati Bengals during their summer camp in July and August. Weller served as a training camp staff athletic trainer last year, and this year his role has expanded as he has been hired through the NFL as an independent concussion management expert assigned to the Bengals.
Weller said that his role consists of evaluating, treating, managing and providing follow-up care for the athletes.
“I am on the field during all practices and have an integral role in monitoring player status,” Weller said. “This ranges from hydration, nutrition, evaluation of orthopedic and general medical conditions, to injury management and treatment and rehabilitation of injuries.”
Weller shared that he is the first non-Bengals staff athletic trainer that the franchise has allowed to work with their athletes.
“My hope is that my role will build the reputation of the program so that Cedarville ATEP students will have the opportunity to serve as athletic training student interns for the Bengals and other NFL franchises,” Weller said.
Students from Cedarville’s athletic training program currently gain real-life experience through opportunities such as working with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, and Weller hopes that in the future the University will be able to offer other experiences as well.
Weller also shared that this position provides him with a unique ministry opportunity.
“As a certified athletic trainer I have the opportunity to build some very deep relationships with the players,” Weller said. “Many of them are hurting physically and are looking for answers to life’s questions, and I know the Lord has placed me at Cedarville and with the Bengals for a reason.”
The focus of Weller’s career has been athletic training education and clinical practice at the college and university level. Prior to his position at Cedarville University, Weller served as head athletic trainer and ATEP program director at Bryan College and head athletic trainer at Wilmington College. He was honored in 2003 as the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year. Weller received his B.A. in athletic training from Capital University and his M.S. in physical education with a concentration in athletic training from Ohio University. He now lives with his wife and three daughters in Wilmington, Ohio.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.