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Athletic trainer Rob Marshall joked where his smartphone is, that’s where his desk is.

It’s easy to see why, as the longtime Columbus High School and Columbus Community Hospital athletic trainer has spent decades in the community helping others. Marshall also does outreach at Clarkson-Leigh and Howells-Dodge schools and is the district director for the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association and the National Athletic Trainers Board of Directors.

Marshall said he loves coaching track and field because it combines two of his passions: athletics and healthcare.

“I started doing (physiotherapy) but realized I was never going to make it in a 9-to-5 clinic,” said Marshall, who has been with SCH since 1995. missed being on the pitch, on the pitch I love the fact that I can never sit in one place, maybe more than an hour and a half for a game.

Marshall is just one of many athletic trainers at CCH. The hospital — along with the city of Columbus — is using this month as a way to recognize those working in sports medicine, like Marshall, for their work on and off the field.

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At the March 7 city council meeting in Columbus, Mayor Jim Bulkley will officially designate this month as National Athletic Training Month.

“I think the athletic trainers in the area work so well with our schools and our kids,” Bulkley said. “Through the hospital’s program, they’ve worked with all of the communities around us, not just Columbus. I think it’s great that we get this kind of support.

According to CCH, athletic trainers play a vital role in helping people prevent injuries and keep them active and healthy.

The hospital provides athletic training services to Scotus Central, Lakeview, and Columbus Catholic High Schools, Central Community College-Columbus, and various other athletic departments in the surrounding area.

Marshall said athletic trainers work in all areas with different professions, as it may involve working with surgeons or physical therapists on a given case.

“The one who sees the child every day is usually the sports coach because we are in the schools daily,” he said. “I think I’m that hub, that center of the healthcare continuum and working with all of these different specialties.”

Marshall said he enjoys working in Columbus because it’s one of the few communities that has “a unified health care group.” Marshall also praised CCH’s sports medicine team for being filled with quality professionals.

“It’s rare,” he said. “It’s so wonderful to have and such a blessing to our community.”

Marshall is the one who helped introduce sports medicine to the region. When he arrived in Columbus, he was the first sports coach to stay in the community. Marshall said there was a sports coach before him but he didn’t stay long.

“Having the chance to bring sports medicine and athletic training to Columbus as a community was important to me,” he said.

Andrew Kiser is a reporter for the Columbus Telegram. Contact him by email at [email protected]

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