Lianna Hadden is in her 16th year on the MSU athletic training staff and her 14th year of working with the volleyball squad. Hadden, a native of Three Oaks, Mich., received her bachelor's degree in exercise science from Western Michigan University in 1998, with a minor in biomedical science and an emphasis in athletic training. She completed her master of science degree in kinesiology with a specialization in athletic training in 2000 at Michigan State.
"Lianna's knowledge on injury prevention, nutrition and her overall approach to the student-athletes is such an important aspect of our success," head coach Cathy George said. "She really has become like a family member to all of the athletes that have come through Michigan State."
Injuries are a part of sports - they come with any physical activity. The capable hands of the Michigan State sports medicine staff assist student-athletes with injuries incurred throughout their time of competition at Michigan State.
The philosophy of the Sports Medicine staff is two-fold: to help prevent injuries as much as possible through effective preventative programs, and to facilitate an effective rehabilitation program after an injury. In all cases, the ultimate well-being of each individual student-athlete is the top priority.
Hadden travels with the team to each away match and spends countless hours helping ensure the physical well-being of each player. With the ability to monitor each individual athlete's needs, Hadden has developed into someone that both the student-athletes and coaching staff have come to trust and respect.
She is married to Brian Hadden, and the couple has six-year-old twins, Maeve and Asher.