Tyler commenced his tenure at NC State in 2008 as full time Assistant Athletic Trainer with Wolfpack Football; during the 2009 Spring Season, Tyler stepped into the position of Interim Head Athletic Trainer. Formerly of Burke, Virginia, Tyler earned his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University where he held positions as an Athletic Training Student for football, men's basketball, baseball, and women's volleyball. During the summer of 2003, he joined the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars as the pre-season athletic training intern, and upon graduation from ECU returned to Jacksonville as an assistant athletic trainer for the 2005 NFL Football Season.
From his first introduction to athletic training to his present position as Assistant Athletic Trainer, Tyler has excelled in his commitment and dedication to sports medicine and in his efforts to provide the best care and support for athletes. His profound interest in sports medicine and ultimately his strong dedication to Athletic Training, reaches as far back as his freshman year in high school where he was honored with his high school's Outstanding Student Athletic Trainer Award -the first time such an honor was bestowed upon a freshman student athletic trainer. He was honored as the recipient of the 2000 Northern Virginia Sports Medicine Association Scholarship and in 2004, Tyler was named the Spring 2004 Outstanding Graduate in Athletic Training at East Carolina University.
Tyler is actively involved with District, Regional, and National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) conferences. He has presented at district-level conferences, covering such topics as Emergency Back-boarding, Helmet and Shoulder pad Removal, and Proximal Fibular Head Dislocation-a Case Study. Highly involved at District-level meetings, he has often served on NATA Graduate Education panels. Tyler is certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification, is licensed to practice as an athletic trainer in North Carolina, is certified as an American Red Cross CPR instructor, and is a Certified Pool Operator, in addition to a Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM) certified provider.
The National Athletic Trainers' Association defines athletic trainers as "unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses." Tyler B. MacDonnell, MS, LAT, ATC, clearly epitomizes that definition of a unique health care provider. Tyler is driven by the philosophy that "nothing is better than watching an athlete you have worked along side of daily for a year or more, come back to full strength and ability, and once again play to his highest potential. I come to work everyday because of the athletes. They keep me motivated to do whatever I can to assist them in reaching their goals. I have had many opportunities to rehab many athletes, both professional and collegiate, and have had the privilege of seeing them once again reach their full potential-and succeed."