Our licensed athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. 

Many sports medicine athletic trainers with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have a master’s degree or additional qualifications in physical therapy and exercise science related fields. These professionals have critical hands-on experience as well as textbook know-how, including extensive orthopedic and musculoskeletal education.

Our athletic trainers are involved with providing coverage for athletic events, assisting in physician clinics and physical therapy and coordinating educational offerings as part of our outreach in the community.

Ohio State's Expertise

Team Physicians

Learn how our experience as providers for more than 5,000 central Ohio competitors and performers translates to extensive proficiency in patient care for you.

Taylor's Story

Taylor Candella was a Cross Country, Track & Field Athlete at The Ohio State University from 2005-2010. He discusses his knee pain and how Ohio State Sports Medicine doctors and athletic trainers approached his unique situation in order for him to get back to running.

Trey's Story

Trey is a High School wrestler who tore his LCL, due to his preventative measures and physical health he beat the odds in not needing to have surgery. Here we learn about how physical therapy helped him get back to the mat in record time.

Physician and AT Collaboration

Sports Medicine care often begins with young athletes, and extends throughout adulthood. Dr. Kel Vasileff shares how physicians collaborate with athletic trainers to extend our care in the clinic.