WILMINGTON — As the Cincinnati Reds took the field for the 2017 season, one local resident is getting the opportunity to work with the team.
Dr. Eric Mersch assisted the Reds during spring training and he will be working with them throughout the year.
The opportunity for the life-long fan came through working with Dr. Michael Rohlfs of Rohlfs Chiropractic Care; Rohlfs had been a chiropractor for the Reds for several years.
“It’s a dream come true. Being on a collegiate level working with high schools and on the professional level is something I wanted to obtain,” said Mersch.
Mersch got his bachelor’s degree in Sports Science at The Ohio State University, then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and got his degree from there in 2011. He has also received his certification in Active Release Technique.
He has been a chiropractic consultant for not only Wilmington College at the Center for Sports Science building, but he has consulted with Wittenberg University.
The job has them going to Cincinnati and doing treatments on team members an hour before the game. Dr. Mersch, Dr. Michael Rohlfs and Dr. Nick Rohlfs will alternate throughout the regular season for home games. During spring training, he went and helped out on weekends with therapy and strength training.
Going to Arizona for spring training was quite an enjoyable experience, according to Mersch.
“It was a lot of fun and laid back; we had all the teams down there — major and minor leagues. I hope to go back next year, and I’m looking forward to the season,” he said.
Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574