Palmer joined the sports medicine staff in the fall of 2016 and enters his fourth year with the Panthers in 2019-20. He came to Middlebury from the National Hockey League's (NHL) St. Louis Blues, where he has served as an assistant trainer for the previous four seasons.
Palmer has worked for several professional sporting organizations throughout his career. He served as the head trainer for the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Minnesota Timberwolves (1994-2000), New Jersey Devils (2006-07) and an assistant with the Blues (2012-16). Palmer has also worked in professional soccer and tennis, while spending nine years in minor league hockey. In addition, he was employed at the Institute for Athletic Medicine in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 2007-2009.
Palmer received his bachelor of science degree in physical education/sociology from Excelsior College in 1988, later earning his Masters of Science in exercise science and health promotions from the California University of Pennsylvania in 2015. He is certified by the NATA (ATC-1988), NSCA (CSCS-2002) and NASM (CES-2015).