Ben Drake, LAT
Supervisor of Athletic Training

About Ben
Ben holds a bachelor's degree in exercise, sports and health studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. His affiliations and memberships include the National Athletic Trainers Association, Southwest Athletic Trainers Association - CEPAT Committee, and North Texas Athletic Trainer Society - President - Elect. He has been employed with Texas Health Resources since 2005.

 

Skylar Richards, ATC, MS, FMS, CMT
Head Athletic Trainer

About Skylar
Skylar Richards has served as an MLS Athletic Trainer since 2006 and with FC Dallas since 2011. Richards integrates sports science with Athletic Training, working closely with the Strength and Conditioning Staff to utilize measurements such as heart rate monitoring, body composition, heart rate variability, and sensory training. A certified massage therapist and Functional Movement Screen (FMS) specialist, he works closely with fellow ATCs Paul Lombardo and Jonathan Hancock to coordinate with the first team staff and supervise the Sports Medicine interns.

Richards receiving his B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Evansville, where he also served as the interim strength coach for a semester, before becoming a football Athletic Training Graduate Assistant at the University of Akron, where he earned a master's degree in Exercise Physiology. Most recently he worked as the Strength Coach/Assistant ATC with the Colorado Rapids (2012) and as The Columbus Crew Assistant ATC (2007-2011 seasons).

 

J.D. Shields, M.Ed., ATC, LAT
Athletic Trainer Lead

About J.D.
J.D. holds degrees from Texas A&M University (2001) and Stephen F. Austin State University (2003). Prior to joining Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, J.D. worked as a Minor League Athletic Trainer for the Houston Astros Baseball Club. His affiliations and memberships include the National Athletic Trainers Association and Southwest Athletic Trainers Association. J.D. enjoys working with the collegiate level athlete in all sports.

 

Jonathan Hancock, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Trainer Lead

About Jonathan
Jonathan holds a bachelor's degree in exercise, sports and health studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and will receive master's degree in applied cognition and neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas in December. His affiliations and memberships include the National Athletic Trainers Association, Southwest Athletic Trainers Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and North Texas Athletic Trainer Society. Jonathan grew up playing competitive soccer, baseball, and football. As an athletic trainer, Jonathan enjoys working with athletes from a variety of sports. Before joining Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, Jonathan worked as a rehabilitation coordinator at Colorado College and Rocky Mountain Rehabilitation in Colorado Springs.

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