All athletes deserve the very best sports-related care and treatment. At Avita’s Center for Sports Health, this involves strength to maximize abilities, conditioning, treating injuries if they occur, and improving future performance. Avita Center for Sports Health brings together top orthopedic surgeons, primary care sports medicine physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, athletic trainers, registered dietitians, radiologists and exercise physiologists to keep athletes in the game. Our team treats athletes in all sports, all ages and skill levels

What is the Avita Center for Sports Health?

With the Avita sports health program, local high school athletic programs partner with Avita Health System to incorporate free athletic training services to school athletes and streamline their medical care. Currently, Avita has contracts with 15 local high schools

Buckeye Central
Clear Fork Colts
Crestline Bulldogs
Crestview Cougar
Galion Tigers
Lucas Cubs
Mansfield Christian Flames
Mohawk Warriors
Ontario Warriors
Pleasant Spartans
Plymouth Big Red
Ridgedale Rockets
River Valley Vikings
Seneca East Tigers
St. Peters Spartans


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:

  • Prevention
  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation

The Role of the Athletic Trainer

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.

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Athletic Trainers

Meet our Athletic Trainers

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 AT, ATC

Haley Lykins, AT, ATC

Rob Pfeifer, MA, ATC

Dan Pfeffer, MA, ATC

Kris Veverka, AT

Jared Ruffing, MS, ATC, CSCS, CF-L2

Jon Vitello, ATC, ATC



Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

140 Hill Street


Avita Therapy & Sports Medicine

959 Hopley Ave


X-Ray/Mobile MRI

629 N. Sandusky Ave.



Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

955 Hosford Road



269 Portland Way S



Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

715 Richland Mall

Avita Therapy

2170 Stumbo Road


X-Ray/Mobile MRI

715 Richland Mall



Orthopedics | X-Ray/Mobile MRI

1069 Delaware Ave.


Sports injuries are common across high school athletes. The following details a variety of
high school sports, including common injuries and special programs Avita offers. If your
athlete develops one of the following sports conditions, consult Avita Center for Sports
Health for guidance.


  • Concussion
  • Bruise/Contusion
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Pulls & Tears
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Fractures

Preseason Shoulder Screenings

Avita Therapy offers baseball and softball preseason shoulder screens. This screening
identifies shoulder deficits that could lead to injuries (GIRD: Gross Internal Rotation
Deficit). Once readings are taken, an appropriate stretching program can be developed to
reduce the likelihood of shoulder injuries during the season.


  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Jammed Fingers/Fractures
  • Wrist Sprains
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Torn ACL
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Hamstring Pull or Tears

ACL Program

Avita offers an ACL program to help reduce the risk of an ACL injury. Based on the research
driven program, Sportsmetrics, this program can easily be incorporated into the daily warm
up routine of the athletes. No time will be taken away from daily practice and the training
usually takes about 15 minutes to complete.


  • Concussion
  • Torn ACL
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Heat Illness
  • Stingers
  • Jammed Fingers
  • Contusions

Combine Training

Avita Therapy offers Combine training and testing for those interested in playing college
football or for athletes looking to improve their game. Training focuses on strength,
agility, speed, and power.


  • Low Back Pain
  • Labrum Tears
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Wrist Sprains

Golf Rehabilitation Program

Avita Therapy and Sports Medicine in Bucyrus offers a Golf Rehabilitation program. From a
Dartfish video swing analysis, soft tissue work, whole body vibration, and possible
orthotics, we can keep golfers on the greens. Specific golf swing equipment with a weighted
club, along with “The Coach” Swing Trainer, golfers enhance their ability to build
golf-specific strength and flexibility.


  • Torn ACL
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Tendinitis
  • Pull or Tear
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Concussion
  • Abrasions
  • Heat Illness

Agility Training

Avita Therapy offers speed, agility, and strength training for athletes striving to improve
their performance. Training facilitates muscle gain to aid in the decrease occurence of ACL
tears. Every athlete has different needs, so training sessions cater to those individual
differences for improved performance.


  • Swimmer’s Shoulder
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Asthma
  • Folliculitis
  • Swimmer’s Ear
  • Overtraining Syndrome
  • Low Back Injuries

Endurance-Based Training

Avita Therapy offers endurance-based training for swimmers with the goal of strengthening
the anterior and posterior aspects of the shoulder to stabilize the joint. This training
can help decrease the chances of an overuse injury occuring late in the season due to
repetitive motion, keeping swimmers healthy and strong all season.


  • Tennis Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Wrist Sprain
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Knee Sprains
  • Hamstring Sprain

Tennis-Specific Strength Training

Avita Therapy offers strength and conditioning training, specific to tennis athletes. This
can help reduce the risk of overuse injuries from the repetitive motions used by the
athlete. Every athlete has different needs to improve their performance and this training
caters to those needs.


  • Overtraining Syndrome
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Heat Illness
  • Dehydration
  • Stress Fractures
  • Shin Splints

Dartfish Video Gait Analysis

This software program allows sport-specific movements to be videotaped and reviewed on a
frame-by-frame basis. It is important to focus on how an athlete moves to avoid injury and
optimize athletic performance. This video analysis is also valuable to look at proper
running form and see if there may be a need for intervention with orthotic placement in the


  • Overtraining Syndrome
  • Dehydration
  • Ringworm
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Knee Injuries
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Whiplash
  • Cauliflower Ear
  • Bruises or Contusions
  • Finger Fractures
  • Hamstring Pull or Tear

Alpha Weight Assessments

Avita Therapy offers Alpha Weigh-ins for wrestlers. All facets of testing are completed by a
certified member of our staff. This includes hydration testing, body fat analysis,
weigh-ins with a calibrated scale, and data input into the NWCA website.


At Avita Therapy, our goal is to provide the best possible care for your athletes. Our
highly skilled athletic trainers and physical therapists work one-on-one with athletes,
coaches, and parents to assure appropriate injury prevention and management. We pride
ourselves on the relationship between our sports medicine team and the school. Besides
treating the athlete, we also aim to set a precedent throughout the school community of the
importance of proper sports training through education and example.


All coaches and administrators are given contact information for members of the sports
medicine team to assure athletes are seen in a timely manner. A 24-hour call back
“guarantee” is an advantage like no other. If a coach, parent, or athlete leaves a message
with one of our staff members, they will make contact with them within 24 hours for
non-emergency situations. The Athletic Trainer will ensure the athlete is seen or referred
as necessary.

Athletic Screenings

If an athlete is injured or unable to participate, Avita Therapy offers free athletic
in our Ontario clinic within 48 hours. Because our goal is to safely return the athlete to
play, our therapy approach is much different. All exercises and activities are geared to be

Accelerate Programs

For many athletes that suffer a season-ending injury, getting back to pre-injury status is a
must. Traditional approaches consist of prehab, surgery, and rehab, followed by the wait
for medical “clearance” from their physician. At Avita Summit, we offer an opportunity to
bridge the gap between rehab and return to play. Through our injury and sport-specific
ACCELERATE programs, we can facilitate a safe and effective return to play program.

Accelerate ACL

This program is designed for post-surgical athletes who have completed therapy but are not
quite ready for a full return to play with no restrictions. We also use this program for
athletes that have met their insurance visit limit but need to continue therapy. The
therapist will work one-on-one with our ACCELERATE professional to design an individualized
program using the principles of periodization that will be appropriate for the athlete.
During the program, the athlete will work one-on-one with the ACCELERATE professional.

Avita Therapy & Sports Medicine in Bucyrus

Avita Therapy and Sports Medicine in Bucyrus is a key part of the Avita Center for Sports
Health. This outpatient rehabilitation center serves athletes from many of the Crawford
County schools and beyond. Strategically located in the heart of the N10 league, this
clinic offers unique programs and services to area athletes.

Sportsmetrics ACL Prevention Training

Sportsmetrics is the first ACL injury prevention program scientifically proven to help young
athletes avoid non-contact ACL injuries. The program is most effective with soccer and
basketball athletes, but can help properly train any male or female athlete. This training
incorporates a number of drills that encourage the proper form of jumping and landing
during athletic participation. It pre-positions the entire body to safely manage
accelerating (jumping) and decelerating (landing). These drills range from simple jumps to
multidirectional, single foot hops and plyometrics.

Ongoing Staff Training In Graston Technique

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization relieves soft tissue restrictions by
effectively breaking down scar tissue and reducing inflammation that causes pain and
restricts mobility. This allows quicker intervention to the tissues to affect the condition
at the site of the pain to treat the cause. Once the tissue dysfunction has been
identified, the instruments break up scar tissue, which absorbs into the body. Treatments
of stretching, strengthening, and icing can then be incorporated to rebuild soft tissue.


Vibration on our standing platform allows tight tissues to relax, and works injured tissues
in sport-specific positions and exercises. Vibration allows targeted muscles to contract
several times per second and builds strength quicker than regular resistance-based
exercise. The platform also reduces spasms involved with low back and soft tissue neck
injuries when sitting, kneeling, and moving into other positions.

Custom Orthotic Fabrication & Fitting

Through the Dartfish software and a one-on-one biomechanical assessment, orthotics can be
processed with a physical therapist. Casts taken of the feet are fabricated and have
specific orthotics placed in the shoes of the athlete to give ideal joint comfort from the
feet to the knees, hips, and lower back. Retraining with orthotics in the shoes through
sport-specific activity can take place since pain is no longer a factor.

Aquatic Therapy Pool

Early weight bearing activity after an injury is possible in water. When returning athletes
back to their sport, it is important to maintain conditioning. Water provides resistance to
exercise and keeps the athlete active to maintain cardiovascular conditioning.


Buckeye Central Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Ryan Wagner

Athletic Trainer: Amy Betts

Buckeye Central Bucks

Ridgedale Local Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Ryan Wagner

Athletic Trainer: Dan Pfeffer

Ridgedale Rockets

Plymouth Local Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Ryan Wagner

Athletic Trainer: Sandy Bricker

Plymouth Big Red

Ontario Local Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Kyle Randall

Athletic Trainer: Rob Pfeifer

Ontario Warriors

Mohawk Local Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Ryan Wagner

Athletic Trainer: Kyle Groves

Mohawk Warriors

Crestline Exempted Village Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Ryan Wagner

Athletic Trainer: Haley Lykins

Crestline Bulldogs

Seneca East Local Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Ryan Wagner

Athletic Trainer: Jared Ruffing

Seneca East Tigers

Galion City Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Thomas Zuesi

Athletic Trainer: Jon Vitello

Galion Tigers

Pleasent Local Schools Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Ryan Wagner

Athletic Trainer: Matthew Cantrell

Pleasant Spartans

Mansfield Christian School

Athletic Trainer: Chris Veveraka

Mansfield Christian Flames

St. Peters Christian School

Athletic Trainer: Chris Veveraka

St. Peters Spartans

Lucas Local Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Jeremy Riehm

Athletic Trainer: Nicole Howe

Lucas Cubs

Clear Fork Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Jeremy Riehm

Athletic Trainer: Jamieson Giefer

Clear Fork Colts

Crestview High Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Jeremy Riehm

Athletic Trainer: Spencer Boggs

Crestview Cougar

River Valley Schools

Team Physician: Dr.
Ryan Wagner

Athletic Trainer: Sam Kelley

River Valley Vikings



Medical Director of Avita Center for Sports Health





Avita Sports Medicine Physician




Avita Sports Medicine Physician




Avita Sports Medicine Physician




Avita Center for Sports Health Program Manager