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Mark A. Merrick, PhD, AT, ATC, FNATA

Associate Professor of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Division Director

Dr. Merrick

Biographical Information

Dr. Merrick is the Director of the Athletic Training Division in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers Association.  He is a researcher and frequent lecturer in the area of therapeutic modalities and injury pathophysiology.  His work in these areas has earned him both the Outstanding Research Manuscript Award and the Outstanding Non-Research Manuscript Award from the Journal of Athletic Training.

Dr. Merrick has an extensive record of national leadership and service.  He currently serves as one of the Commissioners of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) which oversees the nearly 400 accredited athletic training education programs.  He served as an accreditation site visitor or site visit chair for a decade prior to being elected as a Commissioner.  He was also a member of the writing group for the NATA Executive Committee for Education's Appropriate Entry-Level Degree Taskforce in 2013. He has served since 2004 as an Editor for the Pathology, Physiology, and Biodynamics section of the Journal of Athletic Training.  He is a member of the editorial board the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and a guest reviewer for 11 other journals. He is a member of the Evidence Based Practice Continuing Education Review Committee for the Board of Certification.  He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Ohio State University's Biomedical Sciences Institutional Review Board. Additionally, he formerly served on the NATA Foundation's Research Committee for 10 years in roles including Vice-Chair for Grants and Vice-Chair for Awards and as a contributing editor for Athletic Therapy Today.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Fellow, National Athletic Trainers' Association, 2013
  • Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, The University of Toledo, 1997
  • M.A. in Athletic Training, Indiana State University, 1992
  • B.Ed. in Exercise Science with concentration in Athletic Training, The University of Toledo, 1991

Contact Information

  • Office: 228G Atwell Hall
  • Phone: 614-247-6231
  • Fax: 614-292-0210
  • email: mark.merrick@osumc.edu