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Matt Lewis, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, CSCS

Associate Professor of Athletic Training; Athletic Training Program Director



717-766-2511 ext. 7098

Interest and areas of expertise

Functional movement assessment, injury risk reduction, strength and conditioning, therapeutic exercise, athletic training education

  • Ph.D. (University of Kentucky)
  • M.S. (University of Kentucky)
  • B.A. (Asbury University)
Classes I teach
  • ATHT 102 Intro to Athletic Training
  • ATHT 339 Therapeutic Interventions
  • ATHT 480 Sr Sem in Athletic Training
  • APHS 271 Kinesiology
  • APHS 301L Exercise Physiology Lab

Matt graduated from Asbury University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in athletic training. He spent time working as an athletic trainer and strength coach in the Boston Red Sox organization and at a high school in Kentucky prior to returning to his alma mater as the Head Athletic Trainer and member of the exercise science faculty. During his time at Asbury, Matt completed his Master’s degree in athletic training at the University of Kentucky in 2009 and in the summer of 2014 completed his PhD in exercise science, also from the University of Kentucky. Matt began teaching at Messiah in 2013, and in 2018 he took over as the athletic training program director. Matt, his wife Rachel, son David, and daughter Caroline live in Mechanicsburg and attend the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church. When not at work, Matt can be found traveling with his family, running, mountain biking, hiking, reading, and cheering for the Red Sox and Patriots.

Current/Previous Student Research

Lohr, J., Lewis, M. Prevalence of Common Risk Factors of Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) in Volleyball Athletes. Poster and oral presentation at Messiah College 2019 SEH Syposium and poster presentation at 2019 Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Annual Meeting and Symposium.

Tomes, CD, Lewis, MD. Effects of Personal Body Armor on Functional Movement Capability in Healthy Adults. Int J Exerc Sci. 2019. 12(6), 536-546.

Lewis, MD, Weaver, TA, King ST. Protein S Deficiency Diagnosed post-ACL Injury in a Collegiate Track and Field Athlete. J Athl Train. 2018. 53(6s), s335.

White, K., Lewis, M. The Effect of Sport Specialization on Functional Movement Capability in a Group of Collegiate Baseball Players. Poster presentation at 2016 Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Annual Meeting and Symposium.

Engle, M., Lewis, M. Hamstring Injury Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation: A Review of Literature. Oral Presentation at 2016 Messiah College SEH Symposium.

Wisse, S., Querfled, R., Murren, N., Murren, S., Kieffer, H.S., Lewis, M. Effects of ACL Reconstruction Surgery on LESS (Landing Error Scoring System) Test Scores in Female Athletes. Poster presentation at 2015 Messiah College SEH Symposium.

White, K., Kings, S., Lewis, M. Labrum Tear with a Full-Thickness Tear in a College Wrestler. Poster presentation at 2015 PATS annual meeting.

Bindel, M., Mattias, J., Lewis, M. Functional Movement Screen Normative Values in a Population of Collegiate Baseball Pitchers. Poster presentation at 2015 Messiah College SEH symposium.

Joyner, R., Bindel, M., Lewis, M. Lisfranc Injury in a Collegiate Wrestler. Poster presentation at 2015 PATS annual student symposium.