Melinda Flegel

HOF Class of 2007

Melinda Flegel graduated from LeRoy High School in 1976. In high school, she received “Most Valuable” awards in volleyball and track. She was a Girl’s State delegate, inducted into the National Honor Society and received the Senior Citizenship and Female Athlete awards.


Flegel completed a bachelor’s degree, with honors, at the University of Illinois, and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Physical Education Honorary society and received the Physical Education Department Senior Honor Award. She also has a master’s degree in athletic training from the university. 


As a certified athletic trainer, Melinda has provided sports injury care to athletes at all levels. Flegel has worked at Temple University Center for Sports Medicine, Carle Sports Medicine, Great Plains Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and the University of Illinois SportWell Center. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. She served on the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association Clinic setting committee and is a reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training. She wrote Sport First Aid, a book that has been translated into several languages, and used to train over 117,000 coaches. Melinda has also written several book chapters and presented at numerous national conferences.


Flegel is Associate Director of Professional Education at Human Kinetics, overseeing the development of online courses for athletic trainers and fitness professionals. She is also pursuing a doctorate in Kinesiology.