• Associate Professor of Athletic Training
Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences

About Me

Teaching in the Athletic Training (AT) & Kinesiology Department at Mary gives me great joy. I am passionate about the field of AT and enjoy passing the craft on to future professionals. I enjoyed practicing AT for over 21 years, in addition to my clinical expertise, while working in sports performance enhancement programing at local facilities, club teams, and for the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Team.

I have been involved in creating many strong, fast, and healthy athletes. My personal motto to-date is "prevention is the best medicine." The University of Mary has great faculty and staff, and I love the campus view overlooking the Missouri River.

Why I’m At Mary

This is my alma matter. It was always my goal to teach athletic training here someday. I had wonderful jobs and a quality career in Illinois for many years; but in 2014 I obtained a FT faculty position in the athletic training Program where I serve to-date. This is my "dream job," teaching the great profession of athletic training to other future alumni of this great institution. Hooks Up!


21 Years of Clinical Experience in high schools and outpatient rehabilitation clinics. 20 years of teaching Athletic Training Curriculum at Lewis University & University of Mary.

Areas of contemporary expertise in Athletic Training include:

  • Prevention & Wellness,
  • Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Interventions,
  • Primary Care,
  • Research Methodologies/Evidenced-Based Medicine, and
  • Sports Performance Enhancement.

Mack, B., Stout, C., Chudik, S., Rogers, J., Loughran, L., Welch, L. (2013) "Earlier Return to Work in Post-Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Patients Following an Evidence-Based Rehabilitation Program," Journal of Disability Medicine. 9(2): 10-16. http://www.abime.org/documents/Journalv9n2.pdf

Saghiv, M., Sawhney, M., Welch, L., Ben-Sira, D., Goldhammer, E., Sagiv, M. (2018) "Sixteen Weeks of Aerobic Training Influences Spirometry, S-klotho, and Hemodynamic Responses to Sub-Maximal Exercise Testing in Obese Men with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea," International Journal of Sleep Medicine Disorders. 2(4): 76-91. https://medcraveonline.com/SMDIJ/SMDIJ-02-00048.pdf 

Saghiv, M., Welch, L., Sawhney, M. (2019) "Effects of Aerobic Training on the Microcirculation: A Mini Review," Online Journal of Cardiovascular Research. 1(2): 1-3. https://irispublishers.com/ojcr/fulltext/effects-of-aerobic-training-on-the-microcirculation-a-mini-review.ID.000510.php

Stalsberg, K. and Welch, L.A. (2021) "Athletic Trainer's Duty To Report," [Podium Presentation]. Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association (District 5) Virtual Winter Meeting.

Welch, L.A. (2018) "Investigating Hip Ranges of Motions in Healthy Female Basketball Players and Females Who Have ACL Tears," [Podium Presentation]. Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association (District 5) Winter Meeting, Omaha, NE.

Welch, L.A. and Lauber, C.A. (2013) "High-Volt Pulsed Stimulation in Clinical Practice," [Podium Presentation]. Great Lakes Athletic Training Association (District 4) Winter Meeting, Wheeling, IL.

Welch, L.A. (2018) "Hip Ranges of Motions in Healthy Female Basketball Players and Females Who Have ACL Tears," [Poster]. 2018 Annual Faculty and Student Scholarship Symposium, Provo, UT.

Welch, L.A. (2012) "Bilateral Hip Labral Tears and Repairs," [Poster]. 7th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Symposium, Provo, UT.

Welch, L.A. (2018) "Athletic Training Education: Where We Are and Where We Are Going." Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital Continuing Education Event, Wauwatosa, WI.
Welch, LA (2012) "Creating Significant Learning Experiences through Integration and Service Learning," [Poster]. Annual Celebration of Scholarship, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL.

Welch, L.A., Smith, B.A. (2011) "Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training," ATI Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Outreach, Athletic Trainers' Fall Kickoff, Romeoville, IL.
Welch, L.A. (2011) "Constructivism and Learning How to Learn," Annual Pedagogy Extravaganza, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals, Provo, UT.


PhD: Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, 2018
MS: Northeastern Illinois University, 1995
BS (Double): University of Mary, 1993

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