You’ll see a new face wearing a staff polo along the touchline for the Village Lions. That face belongs to Mike Witter, a new rugby physiotherapist on the men’s staff. Mike may be new to the Lions, but he’s rugby ties go deep.
“I have been around rugby my entire life,” shared Mike, “with my dad playing for, and one point the captain & president, of the NYRFC.”
He has played for more than 10 years himself, making appearances for NYRFC, Albany Knicks, Colorado Spring Grizzlies, and Brooklyn. His work as physio includes work with the Colorado Springs Grizzlies, the Dallas Reds’ elite 7s squad; as well as multiple elite development and invitational teams such as the famous Atlantis Rugby 7s and American Rugby Professional Training Center (ARPTC).
One of men’s side Head Coach Nic Clapinson’s first external recruits to the men’s XVs program was Mike.
Coach Clapinson has made it clear that player welfare and health is a top priority and bringing Mike on board represents a commitment to making Lions rugby experience the best possible for all our players.
Mike first became a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2011 and a trained rugby physiotherapist in 2015. His motivation for pursuing a career as a rugby physio to fill a badly needed staff vacancy at American rugby clubs.
“I saw the need and decided to step up and obtain the necessary training to ensure I was capable of performing high level sideline care, strength and conditioning training to help enhance performance and prevent injury, and the ability to help individuals recover safely from injury and get them back to playing as soon as possible.”
As Mike shares, his bona fides run deep, “I am currently a certified emergency medical responder, I have my Level 2 Certification in the Immediate Care of the Rugby Player (IRU) which allows me to cover international matches if needed, and I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).”
His arrival at the Village Lions is part of the relaunch of the club in our 30th year with a focus on rugby excellence. Give Mike a warm Lions’ welcome when you see him out on the pitch.
“I have only been a part of this organization for a short time,” concluded Mike. “But I can already tell that this is a great group of individuals who are very passionate about the sport of rugby, and are committed to succeeding at the very highest level! I hope to use my skills, knowledge, and experience to help in this success; and I look forward to what the future will bring this club.”