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Medical Team

Louisville City FC Front Office

Baptist Health Sports Medicine is the official athletic training team of Louisville City FC.

Mark Puckett, MD, CAQSM (Team Physician)

Mark Puckett, MD, is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Puckett is a 2008 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, S.C., in 2011. He completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Self Regional Healthcare in 2012.

Dr. Puckett practices with Baptist Health Medical Associates Family & Sports Medicine at Baptist Health Eastpoint. Dr. Puckett has served as medical support physician in the South Carolina Half Ironman Triathlon and a volunteer physician on medical missions to the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Honduras, and Peru. He currently serves as team physician for Ballard High School.

Dr. Puckett is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and South Carolina Medical Association.

Dr. Puckett has a special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound, using this technology for bedside diagnostics and procedural guidance. This enables him to more accurately reach joints, tendons, nerves and other structures for injections and prolotherapy. He also has an interest in running and endurance sports injuries, including gait analysis. He has participated in research projects for sports preparticipation screening, fluid and electrolyte balance in athletes and concussion awareness.

W. Michael Hughes Jr, DO, CAQSM (Team Physician)

Michael Hughes, DO, earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (DO) in 2012 from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a family medicine internship in 2013 and a residency in 2015 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Ga. Dr. Hughes then completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship in 2016 at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Hughes is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He specializes in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), or hands-on care, which involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.

Nicholas Kenney, MD (Team Orthopedic Surgeon)

Nicholas Kenney, MD, is a sports fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who has been in practice in the Louisville area since 2013. Dr. Kenney specializes in knee and shoulder arthroscopy including ACL and meniscus injuries, cartilage injuries, and rotator cuff and labral tears of the shoulder.

Dr. Kenney is a 2007 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2012. He completed an orthopedic surgery sports medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky in 2013, providing care for Kentucky State University, University of Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University athletes as well as many local high school athletes. He currently serves as team physician for Oldham County and Henry County high schools in addition to Louisville City FC.

Dr. Kenney is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Southern Orthopedic Association, and the Kentucky Orthopedic Society.

Stuart Wright, DAT, LAT, ATC, CSCS  (Director of Sports Performance and Head Athletic Trainer)

Stuart grew up in Newcastle, England before moving to the United States for higher-level education.  He attended Limestone College where he played soccer and earned his BS in Athletic Training.  Over the years he has continued his education by earning his MSc in Sports Therapy from Teesside University and his Doctor of Athletic Training from AT Still University.  He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCS.

He has previously given coverage to Orlando City (USL), Jacksonville Armada (NASL), and El Paso Locomotive (USL) before making the move to Louisville to begin working with Baptist Health Sports Medicine and Louisville City FC.

Chelsea Poole, MS, LAT, ATC (Assistant Athletic Trainer- Academy and U23 Athletic Trainer) 

Chelsea was born and raised on the outskirts of Louisville in Oldham County and graduated from South Oldham High school where she played varsity soccer.

After graduating, she attended Georgetown College and continued playing soccer as well as earning a BS in Athletic Training. From there she went on to Western Kentucky University where she worked as a graduate assistant while earning her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. 

Soon she started working for Baptist Health Sports Medicine by giving coverage to Louisville based soccer clubs as well as teaching an Athletic Training course to local high schools. She has now transitioned to being the Assistant for the first team as well as covering the Academy and League 2 teams.

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