Meet our Certified Athletic Trainers

Mr. Mark Lebeda

Head Athletic Trainer

Director Allied Health Academy

Email: [email protected]

Mr. Lebeda became a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in 2009 when he graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor’s of science degree in Athletic Training.  He also became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in 2009.  Mr. Lebeda began his career as an ATC at The College of New Jersey as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.  He then went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to receive his master’s of science degree in Kinesiology in 2012.  While at UMass he worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for their Men’s Soccer, Softball and Football teams.  Following UMass Mr. Lebeda became the Head Athletic Trainer at Canton High School in Connecticut.  The two years before Seabreeze Mr. Lebeda worked at Northfield Mount Hermon, a boarding school in Massachusetts. 

Mr. Danny Stevens

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Email: [email protected]

 

Mr. Stevens attended SUNY Cortland for his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and graduated in 2013 with several awards including Outstanding Senior ATS, Dr. Karl Horak Award, John L. Sciera scholarship and obtained a summer internship with the New York Jets. Stevens received his Master’s in 2014 at East Stroudsburg University doing a double-graduate assistant position where he taught undergraduate students and worked at a local high school as an assistant Athletic Trainer. Mr. Stevens has also worked at 2 high schools in New York: Center Moriches (2years) and Mount Sinai (1.5years) since August 2014. 

Senior Spotlights

Danielle Harris
Future Plans: Danielle wants to attend college and get her nursing degree.  She aspires to be a Neonatal Nurse.
Amber Hergert
Future Plans: Amber will accept a full time position at her current job at Hollister once she graduates.  While working there she will work towards becoming a Registered Nurse.
Mel Pourkesali
Future Plans: Mel wants to get a degree in Nursing at the University of San Francisco and aspires to be a Nurse Anesthetist.
Korryn Gattuso
Future Plans: Korryn wants to become an Emergency Medical Technician and eventually get a degree in Radiology.
Isa Koreniuk
Future Plans: Isa will attend college after graduating from Seabreeze and study biology as part of a pre-medicine program.  She wants to eventually become a doctor.
Ben Sunshine
Future Plans: Ben plans on attending University of North Florida for pre-medicine while participating in Navy ROTC. Once finished with that he wants to go to medical school and be a Trauma Surgeon in the Navy.
Alauna Neely
Future Plans: Alauna aspires to be an officer in the United States Air Force after attending college.

 

What is an athletic trainer?

A Certified Athletic Trainer is an allied health care professional recognized by the State of Florida as a licensed health care provider who collaborates with physicians to optimize patient and client activity, participation in athletics, work and life. The practice of athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination and diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute, subacute, and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions and certain medical conditions in order to minimize subsequent impairments, functional limitations, disability and societal limitations.

Are they qualified?

All certified and/or licensed athletic trainers must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in order to practice athletic training. Seventy percent of ATC credential holders have a master’s degree or higher. This great majority of practitioners who hold advanced degrees are comparable to other allied healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses and many other health care professionals.

What do they do at Seabreeze?

We have two Certified Athletic Trainers that work with all of our athletic teams here at Seabreeze.  They are responsible for providing treatment, rehabilitation and other health care needs to our student athletes that are injured while participating in athletics as part of being a student at Seabreeze High School.  They are also responsible for collecting and maintaining medical records including pre-participation physicals and administering ImPact Concussion Tests to the necessary athletes.  You will see Mr. Eschen or Mr. Lebeda on the sideline of almost every home contest as well as away football and away playoff games. 

Our two ATCs also teach at Seabreeze High School.  Mr. Eschen is the Director of the Allied Health Academy and teaches a section of the second year class Health Science Anatomy and Physiology as well as all the sections of the third and fourth year classes.  Mr. Lebeda also teaches in the academy and has two sections of the second year class as well as four sections of the first year class Medical Skills and Services.

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