Mountain River Physical Therapy is proud to provide outreach services for:
- Ohio Valley University
- Parkersburg High School
- Parkersburg South High School
Our staff of Certified Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists provides onsite coverage of all football practices and games as well as coverage of home events for all other sports at our local schools. This coverage includes the management of acute injury and illness, providing injury prevention programs, facilitating any necessary specialty treatment, maintenance and operation of an onsite training room and working in concert with team physicians to ensure the best care available is provided for our athletes.
Each head Athletic Trainer is responsible for the development and maintenance of an emergency care plan at all of our outreach sites. This includes the management of emergencies and acute injuries. In addition we work closely with school administrators and coaches to ensure EMS services, severe weather plans and communication contingency plans are always in place.
Throughout the year the MRPT staff provides Functional Movement Screens (www.functionalmovement.com) as part of our injury prevention program. This unique battery of functional tests is performed to identify any possible movement or stability anomalies which may impede performance and or increase risk of injury. We then follow up with athletes and coaches to ensure any needed corrective plan of action is put in place. In addition our staff participates in preseason physicals and provides ongoing injury/illness prevention programs related to a host of issues related to athletic participation and safety.
Athletic Training Staff
Director of Sports Medicine
Joe graduated from WV Wesleyan College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health, physical education and athletic training and earned an Master’s of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Marshall University in 1989. He has 20 years of experience in the Athletic Training arena. He has worked in the college, high school and clinical setting and has served as an Athletic Trainer for US Soccer National Teams and the 1996 Olympic Games Track and Field venue.
Jonathan Rodriguez is a Chicago native who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2010 with a double major in Athletic Training and Spanish, with an emphasis in strength and conditioning. After graduation, he became a nationally certified Athletic Trainer and attended Ohio University for graduate school. He spent 2 years as the grad assistant Athletic Trainer at Parkersburg South HS while receiving his M.S in Athletic Training. Following graduation from OU, Jonathan was hired by MRPT as the ATC for Wood County Middle Schools, the assistant ATC at Ohio Valley, and grad assistant liaison for the high school ATCs. Other duties of his consist of assisting Joe Leaman at the APC with treadmill/performance training, filling in for Jared Summers as a coach for CrossFit, and performing ATC visits for patients. Since joining MRPT, Jonathan has received certifications in ASTYM/Rebuild and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).