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Meet LVU Athletic Trainer Dave Keeler
July 31, 2017

David “Dave” Keeler MS, LAT, ATC, PES 
B.S. Athletic Training, California University of Pennsylvania
M.S. Exercise Science, California University of Pennsylvania

As St. Luke’s designated head athletic trainer for Lehigh Valley United, Dave Keeler understands the anxiety a parent feels when their child is injured – or appears to be injured – on the soccer field.

Keeler is available to LVU as part of a partnership agreement with St. Luke’s University Health Network that is designed to provide athletic trainers at games and training sessions for LVU’s Premier Development League and Development Academy teams. He also provides services to all athletes in the club.  Keeler has a dedicated Athletic Training Facility in LVU’s Lou Ramos Center.

Keeler manages a wide range of injuries and conditions, everything from concussions to hamstring injuries, sprains, and growing pains in young athletes. He developed and implemented concussion guidelines and return-to-play protocols for LVU athletes, and created a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan for the six different sites LVU players practice.

“I am the on-field contact for any medical situation that might occur,” Keeler says. “I am there to help assess and treat and, when needed, refer athletes to the most appropriate therapeutic, rehabilitative or emergency medical care.”

Keeler first became interested in Athletic Training as on oft-injured track and field performer in high school. A sports enthusiast, he’s also played just about every position in every sport except soccer. Keeler credits his high school Athletic Trainer, who inspired him to pursue an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training and a Master’s in Exercise Science, both at California University of Pennsylvania.

Keeler picked up an appreciation and specific knowledge of soccer quickly, having interned with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer for two seasons, and then serving as an assistant Athletic Trainer for a two-week period.

He enjoys working with the athletes and the feedback from LVU has been very positive.

“It puts our parents’ minds at ease knowing that there is a professional on hand if something happens on the field,” adds Jennifer Schriffert, LVU administrator and liaison for the St. Luke’s partnership.

“We want our children to compete, have a good time and to learn to love the game,” says LVU parent Faust Capobianco. “If our kids are going to push themselves and do the best they can at an appropriate level, sometimes injuries are going to be a part of it. What a service St. Luke’s and LVU provides to us as parents to have that kind of care on the spot at the facility.”

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About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated and nationally recognized network providing services at seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites. The network’s service area includes Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing health education, St. Luke’s operates the nation’s oldest School of Nursing and 22 graduate medical educational programs and is considered a major teaching hospital, the only one in the region. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first Medical School. Repeatedly, including 2017, St. Luke’s has earned Truven’s 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation as well as 50 Top Cardiovascular program in addition to other honors for clinical excellence. St. Luke’s is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of St. Luke’s information technology applications such as electronic medical records, telehealth, online scheduling and pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers in comparison to major teaching hospitals and other health systems.

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