Athletic trainer named representative to national association

Marietta College’s Jessica Rager, Assistant Professor and Athletic Trainer, was recently named representative to National Athletic Trainers’ Association Young Professional Committee (NATA YPC).

“It’s a tremendous honor to have been selected to represent District IV in the YPC,” she said.

Rager said she looks forward to taking on the role as District IV Representative to NATA YPC. “I am very excited to take on these responsibilities and represent the YPC and young professional athletic trainers as well as promoting the athletic training profession with dignity and the highest level of professionalism.”

As District IV representative to the NATA YPC she will be communicating YPC initiatives to the district, contribute to various YPC projects throughout the year and at NATA’s Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia.

The NATA YPC was established to identify and address the interests, needs, and concerns of young professional athletic training professionals and to facilitate communication to and from members of that group. Duties of the YPC include developing strategies to increase recruitment, retention, volunteer involvement and annual meeting. Also the YPC provides programs, activities and educational opportunities to address Young Professionals needs as well as promote professional socialization of these individuals. 

Rager received her Bachelor of Science degree from Wright State University. She earned her Master’s in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania.  Rager has been extremely involved in the OATA. Her committee work includes College/University, Scholarship, and Young Professionals Committees. 

Rager, who is in her fifth year at Marietta, teaches Athletic Training Education classes. Her primary Athletic Training teams include women’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s crew and women’s tennis.

In addition to her athletic training skills, Rager holds certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES). She also serves the Ohio Athletic Conference as Vice Chair of the Athletic Training section and will take over as Chairperson in December.