In Special Recognition of the upcoming

Veteran's Day on November 11, 2017, 


Megan Lebovitz, MS, AT

               After I graduated from high school I did not take the traditional route of going to college. I was 18 years old, and I felt somewhat lost and unsure of myself. I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. There were a few options that I was going over with my parents and one of those options was joining the military. My dad took me to the recruiting office in Boardman, OH and that is where my journey began. I joined the United States Navy on September 15, 2003 and served until June 14, 2009. It was the start of an incredible new chapter that took me to places I wouldn’t have dreamed of going and shaped me into the person I am today.

               I served 6 years in the Navy as an Air Traffic Controller. I was stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72, an aircraft carrier, for 3 years and then was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island for my remaining 3 years. My job entailed controlling the movement of aircraft and vehicles on airfield taxiways and issuing flight instructions to pilots by radio. I also provided aircraft with critical information on other air traffic, navigation systems, and airfield conditions essential to safe operations.


             In my 6 years, I contributed to the completion of over 380,000 incident-free flight operations and the processing of over 20,000 flight plans for 22 locally-based squadrons. It was an incredible experience, and it shaped me into who I am today. I gained confidence, strength, and the best part was I discovered my passion and purpose in life. I met a lot of amazing people who were my friends and mentors. I got to travel the world and go to places like Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and the list goes on.

               For the longest time I thought a military career was my path, but I started to outgrow that area of my life. I was ready to make a change, do something different. I was honorably discharged from the Navy on June 14, 2009. It was scary, but amazing at the same time. I stayed in Washington for another year working on prerequisites for nursing school, but then moved back to Ohio. I applied to the University of Akron and switched my major to athletic training. What inspired me to choose athletic training was my passion for injury prevention and rehabilitation. I was a former athlete all through my grade school and high school, so I understood the frustrations when it came to being injured. I love being that person my athletes can rely on to help them return to the sport they love.

          After getting my Bachelor’s degree, I went on to Ohio University to work on my Master’s degree. I had the honor of being the head athletic trainer for one of the local high schools down near Athens and the experience was incredible! I grew so much and am even more passionate for this job. I am now working at Lake Health where I have multiple responsibilities. I am the head athletic trainer at Perry High School and I am the medical coordinator for the Lake Health Running Series where I am in charge of running the finish line first aid tent! The experiences and knowledge I have gained has been incredible. Another reason why I love being an athletic trainer is the learning is continuous. It never stops. I continue to grow and become an even better athletic trainer day by day. It is what I was meant to do and why I was put on this earth.  

Thank you Megan for your service to our country and for all that you do for our profession!



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OATA Executive Committee

New Officers:

Brian Huck - President Elect

Ryan Weible - Treasurer 


Mike Medich - Vice President of Governmental Affairs

Dave Rauch - Vice President of Intra Association Affairs

Katie LaRue-Martin - Secretary


John Smith will become Past President and

Siobhan Fagan will begin her term as President

at the winter EC meeting. 

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News from the Secondary School Committee


Either through attending conferences, meetings or while talking to secondary school ATs the statement that they feel alone seems to pop up.  These individuals seem to feel like they are the forgotten ATs. In an effort to assist these ATs, the Secondary School Committee is asking each SSAT to complete a simple survey. Please take a few minutes to provide us with your feedback. Not Forgotten AT survey



"Friendly Reminder" to all athletic trainers, but particularly to host ATs...medical timeouts are an integral part of any game's preparations. Take a few minutes to introduce yourself to the opposing team's AT to review the game's EAP, medical coverage, and any other pertinent information. Follow this up with the game officials as well so that they have a name to the face, or at the very least, a face to the professional. 

The OATA SSC has developed a pregame protocol which can be found at http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/OATASecondarySchoolsPreGameProtocol.pdf



Before posting information on social media make sure you follow your organizations guidelines and follow these guidelines: be professional, be responsible, maintain separation by avoiding interacting with current or past patients, be transparent and use disclaimers, be respectful, follow copyright laws, protect patient information, avoid politics, and , comply with all legal restrictions and obligations. These suggestions come from the Social Media Guidelines for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).


Use this site to subscribe to the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers quarterly e-newsletter: http://multibriefs.com/optin.php?NATA-SS

Have you read the NATA's Best Practice Guidelines For Athletic Training Documentation? This document can be found at https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/best-practice-guidelines-for-athletic-training-documentation.pdf.


There are many awards available for deserving Secondary School Athletic Trainers. Go to NATA.org, GLATA.org and OATA.org to review the awards and please nominate a deserving colleague. Some of the nomination forms for 2018 will be opening soon.


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Deadline for Grant Submissions–November 15, 2017 

A call for Research Assistance Grant is being released for the Fall of 2017. To be eligible for research assistance funds, you must be a member of the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association. Student members are eligible and encouraged to apply for research assistance however, an OATA Member must sponsor the application. 

All funding decisions will be made on the scientific merit of the proposal. 

Grant awards are limited to a maximum of $1,000. 

Only grants submitted using the Grant Submission Form Link will be considered.  You may find the grant submission page from the home page under AT Resources, Grant Submissions for all requirements or on the Research and Grants Committee page.

Specific questions should be directed to: 

Shelley Payne, Chair–OATA Research & Grants Committee 

email:  research_chair@oata.org.


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We are in need of local volunteers

from Central Ohio!

The OATA State Meeting will be back at the Embassy Suites in Dublin near Columbus on 

May 11-12, 2018.

Please email Planner@oata.org 

if you are interested in volunteering.

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