Athletic Training Community Engagement

Graduate assistants in Ohio University's Athletic Training program have provided care to thousands of athletes over the years at high schools throughout the region. Many of these rural Appalachian schools would not otherwise be able to obtain health care services for their student athletes.

The athletic training students serve as the high school's head athletic trainer and, working under the direction of a physician, are responsible for all facets of athletic health care. The high school setting provides an ideal opportunity for students to develop clinical independence, improve their management skills and become strong practitioners. Graduate assistants are responsible for covering multiple sports and coordinating with the athletic director, coaches and community medical service providers. After this experience, students are prepared for any employment opportunity.