Kelli Polizzi joined the Cumberland University athletic training staff during the summer of 2016 as Head Athletic Trainer and brings more than 14 years of experience in the areas of evaluation, assessment and rehabilitation. She oversees the women's basketball team as well as the tennis programs at CU while overseeing administration for the entire department.
Polizzi spent one year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., before joining the Cumberland staff, overseeing the softball and men’s and women’s soccer programs for evaluation, assessment, rehabilitation and documentation of injuries. She also served as a part-time faculty member in the ATEP and Health, Wellness and Exercise Science Department.
The Monroe City, Mo., native worked two years in her second stint at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates in Iowa City, Iowa, covering local high school athletic events and making weekly school visits to assess and evaluate as well as document injuries. She ran training sessions for area businesses and factories, educating on employee triage for industrial settings, and wrote essential function profiles for statewide businesses.
Polizzi spent one year as Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., covering men’s and women’s cross country and track and field along with men’s and women’s tennis. She was in charge of care and prevention, assessment, evaluation and rehabilitation of injuries as well as documenting injuries and treatment.
Polizzi also worked at Unity Point Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and her first stint at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, covering local high school events with assessment and evaluation of injuries along with documenting rehabilitation. She covered the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Junior Hockey tryouts, the Cedar Rapids Metro Youth Football Academy games and the Iowa Winter Games while at Unity Point Health.
She spent one year at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, with the women’s basketball team, evaluating, assessing, rehabilitating and documenting injuries as well as traveling with the team and approving clinic supervision hours for athletic training students.
Polizzi served as Head Women’s Athletic Trainer at Benedictine from 2008-11, overseeing volleyball, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and baseball. She approved clinic supervision for athletic training students and was responsible for evaluation, assessment, rehabilitation and documentation of injuries as well as home event and practice coverage for previously mentioned sports.
Polizzi received her bachelor’s in athletic training from Culver-Stockton College in 2006 and earned a master’s in Secondary Education from Central Methodist University in 2008. She is married to Chris Polizzi, currently a football coach at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn.