COLUMBUS, Ohio – Home to 20 certified athletic trainers, including 13 full-time staff members, Ohio State recognizes March as National Athletic Training Month. “Sports Safety is a Team Effort” is the theme for the 10th annual event, sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization based in Dallas, Texas.

Throughout the rest of the month, the OSU athletic training department will featured through staff Q&A’s, as well as video features on

The celebration continues in April as the staff hosts its high school workshop for future athletic trainers April 17 in the recruit room at Ohio Stadium. This workshop is for high school students and is intended to teach basic athletic training skills. The focus will be on anatomy and injury prevention techniques for the spring sport athlete and will be reinforced through functional rehabilitation and conditioning.

Through lectures, group discussions and interactive lab sessions, participants will learn and practice taping, splinting, bracing and specific exercises. The Ohio State University Athletic Training staff will facilitate all lectures, discussions and labs. This format will allow for direct contact with full-time Division I certified athletic trainers. Registration is available here.

In addition, the student athletic training club will be sponsoring a 5k “Runnin’ with the Buckeyes” at 10 a.m. April 18 at Fred Beekman Park. Registration is available from the club’s Web site.

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research.