Welcome to Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association!

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.

2020 OATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium

Thank you for making the Symposium a great success in Mason at Great Wolf Lodge!


OATA Research & Grants Sub-Committee

Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association • Annual Meeting and Symposium

Dublin, OH • May 15-16, 2020

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: March 16, 2020

       The Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association is soliciting abstracts of (1) research (2) clinical case reports (3) Critically Appraised Topics for the Free Communication Poster AND Platform Sessions at the Annual Meeting and Symposium.  The 2020 OATA Meeting will be at the Embassy Suites, Dublin, OH. Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students are encouraged to submit proposals for the Poster sessions and the Platform sessions.  Online submission may be accessed at oata.org.   Please note that original research and case studies with pending results and conclusions WILL be considered! 

       Some abstracts may be selected as a platform presentation at the symposium.  Please consider allowing the research and grants subcommittee to review your abstract for consideration as a platform presentation by selecting PLATFORM or BOTH PLATFORM AND POSTER on the submission form.  

All accepted case studies and original research abstracts will be eligible to be published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Allied Health Sciences!  Certificates of recognition will be awarded in each of the four different categories: Professional Athletic Training Student (original research and case report) and Certified (original research and case report). Continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded for each presented abstract. Primary author must register for the OATA Annual Meeting.

Original Research: Abstracts must include: (1) Objective, (2) Design and Setting, (3) Participants, (4) Intervention, (5) Main Outcome Measurement, (6) Results, (7) Conclusion and (8) Key Words.

Clinical Case Report: Abstracts must include: (1) Objective, (2) Medical History, (3) Differential Diagnosis, (4) Related Literature, (5) Treatment, (6) Deviation from the Expected / Uniqueness, (7) Conclusions, and (8) Key Words.

Critically Appraised Topics:  (1) Relevant clinical question (clinical question, in an acceptable format, e.g., PICO, is clearly identified) (2) Citation (citation is relevant and recent and cited correctly (3) Accurate appraisal (manuscript(s) is/are critically appraised using acceptable techniques, sample clearly explained)(4) Relevance (appraisal addresses relevance to clinical decision-making and current best practices)(5) Synthesis (literature presented is fully synthesized with what is already known about the topics)(6) Findings (appraisal addresses salient issues and has a succinct summary/conclusion and identifies major/key issues)(7) Implications (appraisal is presented in a proper context relative to existing evidence/best practices) (8) Organization (appraisal is clearly presented in follows logical progression and includes evidence-based practice language)(9) Outcomes (appraisal identifies clinical outcomes, provides rationale for confirming or contradicting existing literature)

Acceptance notification will follow by the end of March.

Specific questions should be directed to:

Janet Simon, Chair – OATA Research & Grants Subcommittee, at [email protected]


2019 Election results!

Congratulations to all our newly elected officers!


Newly elected officers are due to take office at the Winter Executive Committee Meeting. 

President Elect:

  • Katie LaRue-Martin

Vice President of Intra Association Affairs:

  • BC Charles-Liscombe

Vice President of Governmental Affairs:

  • Gerry Rishel


  • Renee DeSalvo


  • Ryan Weible

Thank you to everyone who ran for office this election cycle!


Brian Huck

OATA President Elect

AT your own risk

At Your Own Risk aims to educate, provide resources and equip the public to act and advocate for safety in work, life and sport. Without proper safety measures and the appropriate medical personnel, you are left to face the inherent safety risks that, when properly prepared for, could be reduced or avoided.

By employing an athletic trainer, you provide a safer approach to work, life, and sport. Learn more at http://www.AtYourOwnRisk.org.