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Mark Shires, MS, ATC, PES

Mark Shires, MS, ATC, PES

Mark currently works as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Baltimore Orioles. Prior to that, he worked more than eight seasons as athletic trainer for the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles. Overall, he has spent more than 16 seasons in the Orioles organization. He has twice been named the International League Athletic Trainer of the Year, picking up the honor in both 2009 and 2011. Mark has also been a September addition to the Orioles major league athletic training staff on numerous occasions.

Prior to working with the Tides, he served as the athletic trainer for the Bowie Baysox (2004-06), Frederick Keys (2001-03), South Atlantic League champion Delmarva Shorebirds (2000), and the Gulf Coast League Orioles (1999). Mark was twice named Athletic Trainer of the Year for the Carolina League, earning this honor in 2001 and 2003. Additionally, he served as the International League (IL) athletic trainer for the 2013 IL/PCL (Pacific Coast League) All-Star Game in Reno, NV, and for the Eastern League (EL) at the 2004 EL All-Star Game in Bowie, MD.

Mark earned his bachelors degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and masters degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2004. During the baseball offseason, he currently serves as an athletic trainer for Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, after performing the same role in previous years for Benedict College in Columbia, SC, and the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA Developmental League.

Mark was first exposed to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) in 2009 through a continuing education course and has been utilizing it ever since with collegiate and professional athletes. His interests include treatment of the throwing shoulder, specializing in upward rotation of the scapula, thoracic mobility, and core stabilization/neutral pelvis.

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