Ohio Dominican, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Extend Sports Medicine Partnership



Columbus, OH Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is proud to announce it has extended its partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Sports Medicine to provide exceptional sports medicine services and education to ODU’s student-athletes. 

The agreement adds four years to the original two-year term, extending the partnership through spring 2018. This comprehensive partnership meets the needs of Ohio Dominican’s student-athletes on the playing field as well as in the classroom. 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine will continue to provide two certified and licensed athletic trainers who will support the care and treatment of all ODU student-athletes. The athletic trainers are part of a team that provides a wide area of expertise to the University’s student-athletes, coaches and staff. Their services include initial injury management and rehabilitation, training optimization, injury prevention, concussion management and coordination of care with their sports medicine and orthopedics specialists. In addition, Sports Medicine physicians will provide weekly on-site clinics throughout the academic year. The entire team works with ODU’s staff to provide state-of-the-art and comprehensive sports medicine services to all of ODU’s student-athletes.  

In addition to providing services from sports medicine and orthopedic specialists, NCH also provides a sports dietitian for one-on-one consultations and group programming with students on ODU’s campus, as well as sports medicine and orthopedic physicians for ODU’s athletic events, including varsity and junior varsity football coverage. 

Off the field, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine has helped to develop a Black & Gold Athletics Wellness Promotion Speakers Program that brings guests to ODU’s campus to speak on a variety of health-related topics. NCH also will partner with ODU on the academic side by providing scholarships to students who have declared an interest in pursuing a career in health care. NCH will continue to support the ODU Black & Gold Club as its title sponsor, and partner with ODU to offer a general community wellness program to assess and meet the local community’s health needs. 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine supports ODU’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program – the first PA program in Central Ohio – by providing a lecturer on chosen topics for the PA program, and discussing and facilitating internship opportunities at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for PA students. 

“We are extremely excited to extend our partnership with Ohio Dominican University for an additional four years,” said Thomas Pommering, D.O., medical director of Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “Athletes are constantly pushing themselves to reach their full athletic potential, so it is imperative they have access to a comprehensive team of specialists dedicated to the care and management of competitive, collegiate athletes.”  

“Over the past two years, I’ve had the privilege of watching our students grow as they learn real-world skills and knowledge from the professionals at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the field of sports medicine,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. “These valuable experiences enhance their education at ODU as well as their career prospects after graduation. It is also comforting to know that our dedicated student-athletes will be receiving the very best orthopedic care throughout their collegiate athletic careers.” 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine includes a staff of physicians, surgeons, athletic trainers and physical therapists that are trained to provide age-appropriate patient care to recreational, competitive and elite athletes. In addition to treatment, it offers a comprehensive program focused on research, education, injury prevention, strength and conditioning, and wellness.  

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.