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National Athletic Training Month Observed

The theme of this year’s National Athletic Training Month in March is “Sports Safety is a Team Effort.”

The National Athletic Trainer’s Association recognizes this and emphasizes the medical components of the athletic training profession and the variety of athletic training settings. The goal of any athletic trainer is to enhance the quality of health of athletes and those who engage in physical activity within the community. Their ultimate goal is injury prevention.

Each certified athletic trainer (ATC) at the UVMC Center for Sports Medicine also is licensed by the state of Ohio (LAT) and works with area schools to provide injury care and prevention, on-field evaluations, and education to coaches and athletes.

Annette Bair, MS, is the athletic trainer at Miami East High School; Stephanie Burdette, MEd, athletic trainer at Edison Community College and assistant athletic trainer at Piqua High School; Amy Ficklin, BS, athletic trainer at Bradford and Newton High Schools; Holly Higgins, MS, athletic trainer at Troy Christian High School; Mark Houle, MEd, athletic trainer at Covington High School; Ryan Ingley, BS, athletic trainer at Milton-Union High School; Joyce Kastl, MS, athletic trainer at Graham High School; Corinne Lyons, MA, Lead Athletic Trainer for the UVMC Center for Sports Medicine; Tiffany Rhoades, BS, assistant athletic trainer at Troy High School; Aaron Schlotterbeck, BS, athletic trainer at Tippecanoe High School; and Amee Rose, BS, pool athletic trainer at the Center for Sports Medicine.

Athletic training services also are extended to several community events including the Troy Strawberry Festival Soccer Tournament, Jeff Warrick Poultry Days Ultimate Classic, Troy Classic on the Square and numerous other special events throughout the year.

Athletic trainers also provide OHSAA Wrestling Weight Certifications for area wrestlers, Ohio Department of Education Pupil Activity Validation Courses and CPR training for area interscholastic coaches. The Center for Sports Medicine utilizes athletic trainers to assist and staff their summer Explosive Speed and Power (ESP) and Explosive Speed and Power Jr. (ESP Jr.) programs, as well as the Sportsmetrics™ knee injury prevention program.

The UVMC Center for Sports Medicine is located at the Hyatt Center at 450 N. Hyatt Street, Suite 102, Tipp City. For more information on programs offered, please call (937) 440-7152 or (937) 667-2614.