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The Newark City Schools Athletic Training Program was started in 1984.  Currently, we have on staff one full time Head Athletic Trainer (AT) and one Assistant Athletic Trainer. The Head AT is available during the school day to evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate student/athletes during their lunch periods and study halls.

 Dr. Henry Rocco Athletic Training Room at the Evan's Athletic Complex.

Practice and event coverage is scheduled based on factors such as risk of injury, number of participants, level of play (varsity, JV, freshman, etc.), and site.

We work closely with the Athletic Director, coaching staff, physicians and other allied health care professionals to provide medical coverage for Newark City Schools' student/athletes.

Each year, in conjunction with our team physicians, we provide one physical exam opportunity for any Newark City Schools' student/athlete.  These exams are performed towards the end of the school year at the Evan's Athletic Complex for a minimal cost.  All proceeds from these physical exams directly benefit our student/athletes, with all money collected used to cover exam expenses and for the purchase of equipment and supplies for the Athleitc Training Program.

We practice as Licensed Athletic Trainers under the laws of the State of Ohio.  Under the law we must have a physician referral to do extended treatment and rehabilitation.  If a referral is necessary we will assist you in any way possible to expedite the process.  Student/athletes who see a physician for an injury are required to bring a note from the physician stating the nature of the injury and any restrictions and instructions. 

In non-emergency cases, the best avenue for referral is for the parents and/or student/athlete to see the athletic trainer prior to seeing a physician.  The athletic trainer can then assist in getting the student/athlete to the appropriate medical professional in the most timely manner. 

We are fortunate to have outstanding team physicians who allow us to care for minor injuries, under a standing operating procedure, in the athletic training room.  It is our goal to provide the best and most efficient medical coverage for our student/athletes.

Prior to participation in any formal athletic activity (ie: tryouts, conditioning, strength training, practice, etc.) all student/athletes must have, on file in the athletic training office, a completed Newark City Schools' or OHSAA pre-participation physical exam form signed by a physician and a completed emergency information form.  Both of these forms may be obtained in the Athletic Department Office, the athletic training office, or it can be filled out/downloaded from this site under the athletic forms tab. 


Valuable information about concussions, or traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can now be found in the forms section.  This document, from the National Federation of State High School Associations, outlines what to look for and what to do if you think your son or daughter has suffered a TBI.

Also in the forms section is a position statement from the American Academy of Neurology on the management or TBI's.

We have been using the ImPACT program as part of our TBI management for many years.  We are working closely with our coaches to get baseline tests done on any high school student/athlete participating in a contact or collision sport.  We will continue to monitor any updates in the management of TBI's and stay abreast of any changes in protocols for safe return to participation.

The new athletic training room is open!!!!

The brand new, state of the art athletic training room is now up and running in the Jim Allen gymnasium.  Athletes may now report for treatment/rehabilitation on their lunch period and study halls.  It is  on the lower level and is accessible from both sides of the gym.

Contact info:

HS athletic training room phone number:       740-670-7431
HS fax:                                                      740-670-7433
Evan's athletic training room phone number:  740-349-2311
Evan's athletic training room fax:                  740-366-0963
email:  mdoughty@laca.org

Keep checking this site for more information. 


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