Erik Marsh is in his 23rd season as the athletic trainer for the U.S. Air Force Academy’s hockey team, and his 30th year overall in the athletic training career field. Erik has also worked with the Academy’s football team (from 1994 until 2014) and golf team (from 2014 to the present). He has been active with USA Hockey since 2011 as well.
Erik came to the Air Force Academy in 1994 after serving as an assistant trainer at Army for a year, working with its gymnastics program and 150-pound football team (the 150-pound football league enables smaller athletes to compete against each other at a collegiate level).
Erik spent five years as a student athletic trainer at Iowa State and two years as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, where he worked with the football, wrestling and baseball teams.
A native of Parker, Colo., he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/sports medicine from Iowa State in 1991. While at ISU, he played for the Cyclone lacrosse team as an attackman. He earned his master’s degree in sports management from Oklahoma in 1993.
Erik has been using dry needling as his primary pain modality with his Air Force Academy athletes for the past two years and has begun pursuing research interests in the effects of dry needling on swelling, performance/ recovery, and post surgical rehabilitation benefits.
Erik is currently teaching Foundations and Advanced Courses for Structure and Function Education.