“I love baseball and love being an athletic trainer, and I look forward to what I hope is many years working in professional baseball and continuing to grow as an athletic trainer every day”. – Jeff Case
What is Jeff Case up to now?
He is currently working as a certified AT with the Mexican Pacific League for Winter League Baseball with the Yaquis de Obregon. This league consists of many former and current MLB players, and prospects for teams. He is the only certified AT with the team but works with three local professionals that hold degrees in similar fields. He serves as a liaison for the team and MLB organizations updating them on their players participating in the league. This consists of sending daily injury reports to the clubs about their players.
But, how did Jeff get there?
After graduating from MSU in 2014, Jeff went on to West Texas A&M to earn his master’s in exercise science. There Jeff was the graduate assistant for their baseball and softball teams. While he was the head baseball athletic trainer at West Texas A&M the team won the conference champions in 2015 and won the conference tournament in 2016. While there Jeff had the opportunity to assist with a research study that studied the efficacy of the FMS recommended exercises based on the results of the FMS score. The results showed significant results that the recommended exercises did improve FMS scores. Jeff also created a presentation to identify the injury relationship between mechanics and velocity of baseball pitchers.
Shortly after completing the 2016 NCAA baseball season, Jeff spent 1-1/2 years in the Dominican Republic working at the prospect academy for the Texas Rangers. Jeff recommends the Dominican experience to any athletic trainers that want a career in baseball. Jeff found this position to be a great place to start due to the experience he gained working with players and witnessing where these players come from and the struggles they went through. He found it to be a humbling experience as well as a very rewarding experience due to making friends from the Dominican Republic and other countries.
Thank you, Jeff, for representing SMSU/MSU SMAT. We are so proud to call you an alum. GO BEARS!