Athletic Trainers are health care providers who under the supervision of a physician provide preventive services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation to athletes/patients with injuries and/or medical conditions. Athletic Trainers are commonly confused as Personal Trainers, but their education, skill sets, and job responsibilities are very different. Athletic Trainers must have a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree from a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited Athletic Training Program, but a majority of Athletic Trainers who receive their Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training also have a Master’s Degree in an Allied Health field. In order to be considered an Athletic Trainer in Ohio, Athletic Trainers must be certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) and licensed by the State of Ohio. Athletic Trainers work in various settings ranging from professional sports, college, secondary schools, primary schools, fine arts, industrial settings, outpatient orthopedic clinics, hospitals, and military.
At NWO, our Athletic Trainers assist with patient care in our physical therapy department as well as provide coverage for several schools in the Findlay area. NWO currently holds contracts with Arcadia, Liberty Benton, McComb, and Van Buren school districts to provide on-site Athletic Training services during fall pre-season, throughout the year, and during athletic contests. Most our Athletic Trainers provide Athletic Training services during home contact sports as well as during home and away varsity football contests. Some of our Athletic Trainers are also General Assessors allowing them to assist with pre-season official weigh-ins for wrestlers. Our Athletic Trainers also help organize preseason sports physicals for our contracted schools.