University at Buffalo - Men's Basketball

Andrew Bliz | Athletic Trainer

 

Andrew Bliz is starting his 6th season with the University at Buffalo’s Men’s Basketball team. Hired in August 2013, Bliz has been a part of all three MAC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in school history as well as the school record 27 wins in 2017-18.

While working at UB, Bliz has been instrumental in developing a sports science base for preparation and care of the Men’s Basketball Team. Bliz utilizes biometric measurement of the team’s heart rates during practices and games to create a training load score. This score allows for monitoring of the athletes for increased risk of injury and illness. This information, combined with sleep monitoring and education, allows Bliz to practice a ‘proactive instead of reactive’ approach to sports medicine.

Prior to coming to UB, Bliz completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University (2010) followed immediately by a Master’s of Science Degree in Sport Management from Eastern Michigan University (2012).  After completion of the graduate degree, he completed an athletic training internship at Michigan State University.  While in graduate school and completing his post-grad internship, he worked directly with EMU and MSU’s football teams. Bliz has been an approved clinical instructor and preceptor working with athletic training students during his tenures at EMU, MSU, and the University at Buffalo.  

Bliz holds certifications from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (2010), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist (2018). Bliz is a member of the NATA, NASM, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Bliz resides in Buffalo with his wife, Melanie, who is also the Learning Specialist and Academic Advisor for the Men's Basketball team.