Lockland athletic trainer wins Gatorade award

Melanie Laughman,


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

Alumnus credits OHIO for "professional success and personal enjoyment"

By Joe Higgins | Mar 5, 2018


“I attribute all my professional success and personal enjoyment back to OHIO.”

That’s about the most ringing endorsement you can get and Timothy Neal, a Health Education and Athletic Training-Physical Education graduate (Cum Laude ‘79), means every word of it.

Neal teaches at Concordia University Ann Arbor where he is also the director of the athletic training program. Additionally, he runs his own consulting firm, TLN Consulting, Inc. and he’s a medical spotter for NFL games and for the University of Michigan.

In 1975, he enrolled at Ohio University and knew within a week that he had made the right decision. Growing up a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, Neal had witnessed Larry Starr run out onto the field to care for injured players and thought it looked like an interesting career. Starr, the Reds’ head athletic trainer at the time, is a graduate of OHIO and Neal wanted to do the same.

“Right from the beginning, I knew OHIO was where I was meant to be,” said Neal. “I remember it being a challenging yet rewarding curriculum that I felt fully prepared me to enter the profession of athletic training. It was a great combination of classes and content material as well as hands-on field experience.”

Neal said he was taught “If you can’t talk it and you can’t do it and you don’t know it” and he uses that same philosophy today in his own classes.

Over the years, Neal has cared for any number of intense injuries. At the forefront these days are concussions and he advocates caution and conservative care for athletes who have experienced concussion.

“We need to be well versed in all the variables with concussions. Cognitive, emotional, balance, visceral … there are lots of variables to this continuum of concussions with long-term effects that are affected by repetition,” he said.

Neal is pleased that more and more people seem to be listening to the topic of concussions, not just scientists but athletic trainers, team physicians, parents and athletes as well. He said educating young athletes and athletic trainers continues as more information is gathered on the issue.

 “OHIO is one of the top schools in the country in working hands-on with athletes,” said Neal. “Students get an up-close and personal understanding of the types of injuries they’re going to see in the field.”

Neal credits Fred “Fritz” Hagerman for instilling a love of teaching into him.

“He was instrumental in my development as a scholar in athletic training. I learned so much under his tutelage including a love for teaching. I teach now the same way I was taught. I highlight information and tell stories of why it’s important.”

One of the most important questions and lessons Neal utilizes for his athletic training students is “why are you here?” His answer: “You are here to take care of other people’s loved ones. You’re entering a professional world where you will take care of others’ sons and daughters.”

Ohio University holds a special place for Neal in his mind and also his heart. He was the first in his family to attend and graduate college and he met his wife, Anne, while in school. The two were married at OHIO’s Galbreath Chapel.

“My experience at OHIO defined me as a person,” he said.

Neal’s passion for learning had him reading up on material for the next quarter during breaks and that passion was willed to his daughter, Emily, and his son, Brooks, who also attended OHIO and also met his wife, Morgan, in class. Brooks Neal once held the role of director of sports marketing with OHIO.

Timothy Neal continues to try to give back to the school for which he could not be more grateful. He is a member of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors and in many of his dozens of publications, he makes sure to mention Ohio University.