The Art Hopkins Sports Medicine Center, located in the Jack Stephens Center, allows Trojan student-athletes access to the most up-to-date conveniences of the modern athletic training room. The center provides therapy, modalities, rehabilitation, preventative measures, and bracing.
The athletic training room measures 1,700-square feet and features a SwimEx cold plunge pool, two electrical stimulation/ultra sound machines with EMG, and a private exam room for physician visits. The co-ed facility also features computers which allow the staff access to an injury tracking system. Head athletic trainer Michael Switlik, ATC, and assistant athletic trainers Michael Neal, ATC, and Tony Meyers, ATC; offer Trojan student-athletes first-rate attention and care.
Switlik has worked at UALR from 2000 to 2002 and rejoined the university full time in Summer 2003. He is the primary athletic trainer for men's basketball and coordinates care for all Trojan athletic programs.
Before coming to UALR, Switlik worked for a year as an industrial rehab coordinator for HealthSouth of Little Rock. He was head athletic trainer at the University of Arkansas-Monticello in 1999-00 and has also worked for Arkansas Sports Medicine and the Arkansas GlacierCats hockey team.
A native of Little Rock, Switlik graduated from Catholic High in 1990 and went on to earn his bachelor's of science in athletic training at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1995. He obtained his master's of science in sports psychology from Springfield College in 1997.
Neal begins his fifth season with the UALR Athletic Training staff in 2015-16 after serving the previous three seasons at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. A four-year letterman on the UALR men's basketball team from 1997-2001, Neal's primary duties at UALR include providing coverage for the women's basketball team. He is certified by the NATABOC and licensed in the state of Arkansas.
He graduated from UALR in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in health science, and went on to finish his athletic training degree at the University of West Alabama. While at West Alabama, Neal spent two summers (2006-07) as an intern with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League.
Meyers enters his fourth year on the staff after joining the UALR Department of Athletics in Aug. 2012, and will serve as the head trainer for the UALR volleyball, swimming and baseball teams. Prior to coming to UALR, Meyers spent two years as a graduate assistant trainer at ULM, where he worked closely with the ULM football and baseball teams, providing injury evaluation, rehabilitation and treatment with both teams.
He obtained his bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University, where he assisted with the Colonels' football and women's soccer teams. Additionally, Meyers did clinical rotations with athletics programs at Centre College, Lexington Catholic HS and Bryan Station HS.
Meyers is certified in First Aid and Basic Life Support by the American Heart Association, and has been Board of Certification (BOC) certified since 2010. He is a member of the National Athletic Training Association and the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association. Neal is certified by the NATABOC and licensed in the state of Arkansas.