Eric Sampsell - Physical Therapist, PT, ATC, CMP, Cert. MDT
A native of Erie, PA, with roots in the Shenandoah Valley, Eric attended The University of Charleston, where he was an Academic All-American baseball player and captain of his team. After graduating with high honors in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, he attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, due to its reputation as a leader in Manual Therapy training.
In 2000, he earned his Master’s in Physical Therapy and then pursued an aggressive continuing education path. He became a Certified Manual Therapist through the Mulligan Concept. He became certified in the McKenzie Method of mechanical diagnosis and treatment and kept his National Certification in Athletic Training.
Eric’s passion for sports and working with the competitive athlete led him to:
- An internship with the Erie Seawolves of the Eastern League
- Working directly with Holland’s Women’s National Soccer Team while they were stateside for qualifying games for the World Cup in Cape Cod
- Developing numerous knee injury prevention programs for area travel soccer clubs
- Organizing free physicals for local high school athletes
- Devloping strength and conditioning programs for youth baseball players and injury prevention education to coaches
During his career, he also worked with incredibly skilled mentors who taught him rare Manual Therapy techniques for rapid and astounding results, including manipulation and mobilization of the spine and extremities.
His history of dealing personally with baseball-related injuries of the elbow and shoulder while trying out professionally for the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates has driven him to focus on helping athletes return to their sport.
Eric is also a published author, writing the chapter “Rehabilitation of the Spine Following Sports Injury” in the textbook Clinics in Sports Medicine published in January 2010. He still enjoys playing baseball, running, traveling, and spending time with his family. He has run marathons, finished multiple Tough Mudders, and plays in an adult wooden bat baseball league locally in the Shenandoah Valley. He was also blessed to marry the woman of his dreams, Rachel, with whom he shares four little girls: Donna, Ella, Danica, and Charlotte.