Chris Renkeel, Stephanie Kuzydym, WKRC |
Local 12’s ‘Athletes AT Risk’ project started with a question. Why doesn’t every school in America have a full-time athletic trainer?
The answer is largely due to money.
But one of the poorest school districts in Ohio has made athletes’ safety a priority for decades. For the past 26 years, despite its declining population and funds, Wellsville has had a paid athletic trainer. Wellsville a quiet little river town located in the Mahoning Valley, where the Ohio River bends along West Virginia.
Of the 612 school districts in Ohio, Wellsville ranks 592. One other example: Lockland Local Schools is the 608th poorest school district. It also has a full-time athletic trainer.