“Patrick has tremendous experience and skill in the field of athletic training and I am confident he will use his knowledge and expertise to ensure that Michigan athletes are given the proper treatment to prevent and care for sports injuries,” Snyder said.
Wykes is the head athletic trainer at S3 Sports Performance Institute in Spring Lake, and is a certified athletic trainer for both Shoreline Sport and Spine Physical Therapy and Grand Haven High School. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University.
Wykes explained that athletic trainers are now licensed in the state of Michigan; and, as a result, an athletic training board was created to oversee the rules and regulation of that license.
“It’s a tremendous step for the profession of athletic training,” Wykes said. “I was contacted by one of Gov. Snyder’s staff a few months ago. My name was given to her by a colleague of mine. They said they had many of the seats on the board filled, but they were looking for an athletic trainer in the clinical or high school setting.”
Wykes said most of the board members work at the collegiate level or in hospital settings.
“This is an honor to be appointed and I am looking forward to the advancement of the field of athletic training in the state of Michigan,” Wykes said.
At S3 Sports Performance Institute, Wykes designs training programs for athletes of a variety of ages, and teaches strength and condition programs to athletes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and sports medicine, and a master’s degree in athletic administration, both from Central Michigan University.
Wykes will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2015, and replaces Laurie Ryan. The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.