The primary objectives of the Ohio University Sports Medicine Team are the prevention of athletic injury and safe return for the competitive student-athlete. The comprehensive staff of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing a healthy environment for athletic competition.
When a student-athlete is injured, the sports medicine team works to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment, appropriate specialty referrals, communication with sport coach, strength and conditioning staff and student-athlete to secure a complete and prompt recovery to competition.
These specialists utilize advanced techniques for the wellness of the Bobcat student-athletes. Orthopedic coverage for Ohio student-athletes has been led by Dr. Raymond Tesner since 1988. Dr. Tesner serves as the director of Sports Medicine Grant and is also the head team physician for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. Dr. Will Rosenberg is also a team physician for Ohio University and is responsible for the day-to-day care of Bobcat injuries. Dr. Rosenberg formerly worked with the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Physical therapist Chris Rettos is responsible for post-surgical rehabilitative programs.
John Bowman serves as the director of sports medicine services. A 1987 graduate of Ohio University, Bowman has been employed by the athletic department since 1994. He received his master's degree from the University of Virginia. He serves as the head football athletic trainer as well as overseeing the four full-time and eight graduate assistant athletic trainers. Previously, he was an assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y.
Each of Ohio's assistant athletic trainers brings valuable experience. Michelle Godek has been a member of the Ohio staff since 2000 and works with football. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and Ohio's graduate athletic training program.
Kelly Hockenberger is responsible for women's basketball, softball, and volleyball. Hockenberger worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for Arkansas State University after graduating from Ohio University. Annika Ludewig is Ohio's newest addition to the sports medicine staff. She is responsible men's basketball, soccer, and swimming and diving. Ludewig is a graduate of California Lutheran University (BS) and Ohio's graduate athletic training program as well.
Ohio University's athletic training program has been one of the most successful of its kind. The third-oldest curriculum program in the country has produced nearly 350 alumni. Many have demonstrated excellence in their careers working with teams including the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, MLB's Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs, the USOC and universities in nearly every major conference in the country.
The health care team works with specific professional organizations like the NCAA Medical Safeguards Committee, the National Athletic Trainers Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. Current broad-based endeavors include use of neuropsychological testing for treatment of concussions, managing and evaluating injury patterns and statistics, eating-disorder recognition and counseling for nutritional supplements.