About Us

The Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association (OATA) is a not-for-profit [501(c) (6)- IRS approved, 10/98] organization dedicated to the health care needs of the physically active. Founded in 1984, the primary goal of the OATA is to ensure that athletes, at any level, receive immediate, professional, quality health care. This comprehensive and cost-effective care is accomplished with the daily contact and cooperation with physicians and other allied health care professionals.

Non-profit organizations ruled tax exempt under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code include business leagues, chambers of commerce, trade associations, real estate boards, and boards of trade. Contributions to 501(c)(6) organizations are not deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes. Donations may be deducted as a business expense if they are "ordinary and necessary" in the conduct of the taxpayer's business.

Members of the OATA are highly qualified allied health professionals who are educated and experienced in dealing with the health care needs of the physically active, whether they are a high school student-athlete, a "weekend warrior," an active mother, or an Olympic hopeful. Membership has risen steadily to over 2,000 members.

Formally recognized by the American Medical Association, athletic trainers are employed in a variety of settings including, but not restricted to, the following professional, collegiate, scholastic, industrial, and sports medicine clinics.

The OATA continues to work with the Ohio State Medical Association to provide educational opportunities for athletic trainers, physicians, school administrators, athletic directors, coaches, parents, and athletes. The OATA also encourages professional development of its members and provides a means for the exchange of ideas.

The OATA is not responsible for your license of certification. All questions on your Ohio license should be directed to the OTPTAT Board and certification questions to the Board of Certification

“The mission of the OATA shall be to advance and strengthen the practice of Athletic Training in the state of Ohio.”