Monica Decker is an invaluable member of the University of Alabama Sports Medicine Staff, serving as the Athletic Trainer for the women's gymnastics team. She also supervises the athletic training needs for the Crimson Tide cheerleader and dance squads. Decker joined the UA staff during the 2000-01 academic year.
In addition to serving as a certified athletic trainer on the Tide staff, Decker is also an instructor in Alabama's undergraduate athletic training program.
Much of her day to day work, especially in the preseason, is spent on preventative measures, helping stop problems before they get started. During the season, most of Decker's time is spent helping the athletes maintain their health and fitness levels.
And in the case of injuries, she is there through their rehab to help them return to peak health as quickly and safely as possible. Decker worked extensively with 2002 senior Andreé Pickens, helping her come back from a torn Achilles tendon. She was part of a team that included orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, that helped Pickens not only come back in record time, but helped Alabama to its fourth NCAA Championship in 2002.
For her efforts during the 2002 season, Decker was awarded the David Dutton Award, given to individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty for the Alabama Gymnastics program.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Decker came a long way to work with the Crimson Tide. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Arizona State in 2000. In 2002 she earned a Master's in Sports Medicine Health Care from Alabama where she is currently pursuing a second Master's in Food and Nutrition.
Decker has two children, Ayana Berenice and Christian Isaiah.