Sean Cunningham joined PBA as an athletic trainer in the fall of 2019. He comes to the Sailfish team after serving as an adjunct professor at Keiser University in their sports medicine and fitness technology department for three years. Prior to his role at Keiser University, he worked a 14-year stint as the head athletic trainer for the Miami Marlins. Cunningham monitored all aspects of the medical care for major league players, oversaw all aspects of the strength and conditioning programs, coordinated physician care needs for all players, designed and implemented organizational nutritional educational guidelines, supervised a 15-person staff, and assessed injury risk factors for team roster personnel and potential draft and free agent signings.
Before joining the Marlins, Cunningham was the Major League strength & conditioning and team travel coordinator for the Montreal Expos from 1997-2001, where he designed the Expos’ entire strength and conditioning program, managed facilities, and developed training protocols for over 200 athletes. Other notable experiences for Cunningham include being the athletic trainer for the 2010 National League all-star team, and for the Puerto Rican national team and the Brazil national team at the 2017 and 2019 Major League Baseball World Baseball Classic.
Cunningham earned his master’s degree in exercise science in 1994 from Florida Atlantic University. He also has a bachelor’s degree in physical education/sports medicine from Canisius College. Cunningham was published twice by the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine in 2012. His certifications and affiliations include the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer’s Society. He is a Florida licensed athletic trainer, is CPR/AED certified, and is a NASM-certified nutrition coach.