Meet our Certified Athletic Trainers
Coach Brian Eschen
Eschen was certified as an athletic trainer (ATC) in 2005 . He also was certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) in 2005. Eschen started at Seabreeze as the Head Athletic Trainer in 2008. Prior to Seabreeze Eschen was working toward a Doctorate of Biomechanics at Auburn University. Eschen helped build the Neurasthenics lab and worked on research projects. Eschen was also the Head Athletic Trainer at a local high school (Beauregard HS). Eschen left the program before finishing his degree to take the position here. Previous to Auburn he was a Graduate Assistant for Columbus State University, a DII school in Georgia. Eschen graduated in 2007 with his Master of Education in Health and Physical Education. Eschen completed his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of North Florida in 2005.
Mr. Mark Lebeda
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.
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.