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Rich E. Ballek, MA, LAT, ATC, ITAT

Athletic Trainer, Pocono Mountain High School West, AT Advisory Team

4 Patient Stories
Rich E. Ballek, MA, LAT, ATC, ITAT
Athletic Trainer, Pocono Mountain High School West, AT Advisory Team

Rich has been the Head Athletic Trainer for Pocono Mountain West High and Middle Schools since 2002. Rich graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science and from San Diego State University with a Master of Art. Rich obtained a Master degree with specialization in sport psychology and maintains a strong interest in the psychological aspects of athletic injury and rehabilitation. He also has an interest in nutrition and how it relates to athletic performance. Rich is an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid instructor, ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer, and ConcussionWise Instructor. Rich became an athletic trainer after suffering an elbow injury while playing baseball at West Chester. Rich enjoys being at home with his family and serves the community as a volunteer PVYA coach and is on the Board of Directors for The Growing Place Child Care Centers.

4 Testimonials
My visit saved my shins!
“ During the cross country season of 2013 I developed mild shin splints in both legs. I came to Rich and Evelyn for a resolution, the first thing they told me to do was ice bath. I started to do this after practice everyday and this was a quick solution and worked. The track season of 2014 my shin splints came back worse than before, they took a more detailed look at the anatomy of my legs and realized I was flat footed, my calf muscles were tight and my hip and butt muscles were to weak. Since then, each season Rich and Evelyn have done various exercises, stretches and therapies to help my shin splints. Some have worked more than others, and I continue with physical therapy ever day. ”
Mister S. from Pocono Summit , PA
PMWEST trainers are best
“ I had a strained Hip flexor and Evelyn helped me regain full range of motion and strength in my hip and Rich stretched my hip and helped me the whole time. Molly was the first one to attend to me when i was on the field hurt. ”
Rodney P. from Long Pond, PA
The Trainers at West are great
“ Here at PMWHS the trainers, Molly, Evelyn, and Rich do an awesome job at taking care of our needs. They are quick when they work and they are always very friendly or easy to talk to. They even took on the task of helping me to improve my balance with some special exercises. They are great and I appreciate them so much! ”
Sage B. from Tobyhanna, PA
“ Evelyn has helped me many times. For example, the time when I hurt my ankle she took me through rehab even though that's the one thing I hate when I get hurt but she's the reason why my ankle is stronger than before. Rich has helped me too when it comes to my back problems and making fun of me when I come into the training room. Also criticizing the way I talk and my pronunciation when I say different words. Molly has helped me with my hip problems during the volleyball season and doing different exercises and rehab to fix my hip. These three trainers have been doing an amazing job since I've been going to this school, I wouldn't want any of them to change anything about them. ”
Briann H. from Tobyhanna, PA
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