"My job is to provide health care to the intercollegiate athletes, specifically the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries. I strive to make compassion and competent care the hallmarks of the athletic training room. I believe injuries provide an opportunity, a teachable moment, to teach athletes about their bodies and how best to train, condition, and optimize performance."
Ellen Perrella has served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Mount Holyoke College for over 30 years, where she oversees the health care of all intercollegiate athletes. She is mainly responsible for the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. In addition to being a certified and licensed athletic trainer, Perrella is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA). She works with coaches and athletes with the objective goals of preventing injuries and enhancing performance.
Perrella is a Senior Faculty member in the College's Department of Physical Education. Perrella teaches a functional strength-training class, which allows her to share her love of this state-of-the-art approach to weight training. Perrella believes passionately in the value and importance of strength training, especially for women.
The Long Island native is active in the public speaking realm, presenting at numerous health-related conferences. She challenges many of the myths and misunderstandings regarding obesity with her lecture “Challenging Conventional Wisdom: Separating Fat from Fiction”. Perrella is a long-standing member of the Five College Eating Disorder Task Force and the campus Eating Issues Team and Alcohol and Drug Advisory Committee.
After graduating from the University of Utah, Perrella went on to earn her Master's degree in exercise physiology from from University of Colorado. While at Utah, she was a three year member of the University's Division I basketball team. In 1981, she earned WBCA/Kodak Honorable Mention All-America honors. Perrella was a two time All-Conference Team selection and racked up 1,044 over the course of her career.
Perrella loves hiking in the local hills, is an avid cyclist and weight trains on a regular basis. She also enjoys relaxing with a good book, the latest Netflix obsession, and traveling. Perrella received the Twentieth Anniversary Service Award from the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts.