Merrick 825x990Overview

Director, Athletic Training Division
Associate Professor of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
President, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Atwell Hall 228G
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-247-6231
Fax: 614-292-0210

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Athletic Training Education, Accreditation
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Health Professions Education and Policy
  • Higher Education Policy, Educational Outcomes Assessment
  • Health Care Policy
  • Social Determinants of Health

Research Focus

Physiology of Physical Agents in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
This focus has largely been on the physiologic effects of thermal physical agents, both hot and cold. Dr. Merrick’s work began with a focus on cryotherapy physiology where he was among the pioneers in developing methods for invasive subcutaneous, muscle, and joint capsule temperature measurement in humans.  

He has expanded this work to describe temperature effects of a variety of cold modalities and development of theoretical models describing factors affecting in vivo tissue cooling in humans. He has a separate but related focus on thermal ultrasound. 

This work has led to identifying clinically critical differences between ultrasound devices as well as development of models for predicting physiologically effective tissue heating in humans.

Acute Musculoskeletal Injury Pathophysiology
This focus grew out of Dr. Merrick’s cryotherapy research. In order to be able to elucidate the gold standard for clinical cryotherapy parameters, it is first necessary to find appropriate physiological targets and indicators for cryotherapy efficacy. 

Contemporary acute musculoskeletal injury management is predicated on the theory of secondary injury following musculoskeletal trauma. 

Dr. Merrick was among the first to document the existence of secondary injury following crushing muscle trauma and was also the first to document that this injury could be effectively suppressed using cold. His work built upon Knight’s original theoretical framework, offering an updated and expanded model. 

His more recent work has documented the progression of secondary injury over time across the first 5-hours post-trauma.

Recent Research

Chang S. Si T, Zhang S. Merrick MA, Cohn DE, Xu RX. Ultrasound mediated destruction of multifunctional microbubbles for image guided delivery of oxygen and drugs. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry 2016;28:31-38.

Lee K, Onate J, McCann S, Hunt T, Turner W, Merrick MA. The Effectiveness of Cervical Strengthening on Decreasing Neck Injury Risk in Wrestling. J Sport Rehabil. 2015 Sept 9 [epubahead of print.]

Recent Presentations

Merrick MA, Kluchurosky L, Matney M. Interprofessional Education & Practice and Interdisciplinary Care Teams in Healthcare. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & AT Expo. Baltimore, MD, June 2016.

Merrick MA. The End of the I.C.E .Age? An examination of the hype, evidence, and underlying physiology of acute injury management. South Padre Athletic Training Symposium. South Padre Island TX, June 2016

Merrick MA. Moving Beyond the Degree: A CAATE Update. Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium. Wheeling, IL, March 2016

Courses Taught

  • ATHTRNG 2200 – Foundations of Athletic Training Diagnosis
  • ATHTRNG 3089 – Managing Risks, Emergencies, and Patient Care in the Preseason
  • ATHTRNG 3500 – Athletic Training Therapeutic Modalities
  • ATHTRNG 3800 – Care of Medical Emergencies, Trauma, and Disease


  • 1991: B.Ed., University of Toledo
  • 1992: M.A., Indiana State University
  • 1997: Ph.D., University of Toledo
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