Lockland athletic trainer wins Gatorade award

Melanie Laughman, [email protected]


Published 12:52 p.m. ET March 22, 2018 | Updated 3:01 p.m. ET March 22, 2018

Lockland High School’s athletic trainer, Kim Barber Foss, was awarded the 2018 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award.

Each year, Gatorade, in partnership with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), recognizes 10 secondary school athletic trainers from across the country who provide outstanding athlete care and have had a profound impact on students, colleagues and the community at large.

Barber Foss received her award at the recent 2018 Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Symposium held in Wheeling, Ill.

“I love feeling like I make an impact with these kids,” said Barber Foss. “This is such a great age and I love watching these kids grow and mature during the high school years. I am there to provide care for every athlete and not just cover a game—it’s about relationships. It’s being able to make a difference in a kid’s life. It’s truly the best profession in the world.”

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings.

Dr. Greg Myer, a colleague of Barber Foss, said, “Kim thinks outside of the box and is great at maximizing resources to help meet the needs of her athletes. She goes above and beyond in terms of care provided to each athlete, working tirelessly to upgrade the athletic training care at her high school.”

Barber Foss is in her 6th year as an athletic trainer at Lockland High School. Aside from her duties at Lockland, she is actively involved with the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee. She also serves on the task force developed by the NATA and NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee to develop a pediatric specialization program for athletic trainers.

As part of the award, Barber Foss received a $1,000 grant toward her school’s athletic program, a Gatorade Sidelines Cart, a Gatorade G Series Performance package—including coolers, squeeze bottles, product and towels—and an all-expense-paid trip to the 2018 NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.

For all the details on how to apply and deadlines, visit the NATA website at