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One of the poorest Ohio school districts found money for athletic trainers decades ago

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.

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