Athletic Trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to care for athletes. They must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited program. After degree completion, Athletic Trainers must pass a Board of Certification exam before practicing. In the state of Ohio, along with 46 other states, Athletic Trainers must obtain licensure as well.

BOC-certified Athletic Trainers are educated, trained, and evaluated in five major practice domains:

  1. Prevention
  2. Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  3. Immediate and Emergency Care
  4. Treatment and Rehabilitation
  5. Organization and Professional Health and Well-Being


Prior to school athletic events, the AT will arrive and set up the sideline/courtside per the school’s standards. This includes water for pregame hydration and any pregame needs the individual athletes may have. Pregame preparation includes injury and preventative taping as well as stretching and therapy that is needed prior to the game.

Our Athletic Trainers provide game coverage and injury checks with immediate care and supervision, which is a priceless benefit if a serious injury occurs. Proper health services are key to the overall wellness of athletes. The AT will have a direct line of communication with Avita physicians. This speeds up the referral process and care of the athlete: injured one day, treated and receiving rehab the next. The AT is also available to help visiting team athletes should the need arise.

If an injury is reported to my AT, will this jeopardize playing status?

Reporting an injury or medical problem does not automatically mean the athlete will not be able to participate in the sport. In fact, prompt reporting of a problem may help our team get the athlete back into the game quicker by guiding the athlete through an individualized treatment plan. The most important thing to remember is the athletic trainer’s goal is to make sure the athlete is safe to participate. Playing status will be determined by your athletic trainer based on medical evaluation. Playing time will be determined by your coach. 

Do I have to see another doctor for my sports injury?

Often times, a higher level of medical attention is needed for sports injuries. Your AT can be pivotal in making sure the athlete is seen by a doctor in a timely manner and will work closely with Avita Sports medicine physicians to be sure the athlete has a safe and successful return to sport. 

My doctor has cleared me to play. Am I ready to participate?

There are return-to-play protocols that are often used for common injuries (i.e. ankle sprain, concussions, etc). The athlete’s safety is the most important consideration when making return-to-play decisions. Your AT will oversee the return-to-play and determine when the athlete is ready. It is imperative that the athlete and/or family communicates closely with the AT. 

Do I have to see a physical therapist for rehab or can I use my athletic trainer at the school?

Rehab times can be set up after school and your AT can provide necessary updates to the physician. Providing therapy is a skill that your AT is qualified to perform. However, formal physical therapy may allow for greater access to more advanced modalities and provide documentation should an MRI or further testing be warranted.


Amy Betts, MED, AT, ATC, NBCT

Spencer Boggs, ATC, LAT

Sandy Bricker, MS, AT, ATC

Matthew Cantrell, AT, ATC

Jamieson Giefer, MS, ATC, CSCS

Kyle Groves, AT, ATC

Nicole Howe, AT

Sam Kelley, ATC

Haley Lykins, AT, ATC

Rob Pfeifer, MA, ATC

Dan Pfeffer, AT, ATC

Kris Veverka, AT

Jared Ruffing, MS, ATC, CSCS, CF-L2
Jon Vitello, ATC, AT