Director, Division of Athletic Training

Faculty Advisor Status: M and P

246E Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43210



Professional Areas of Interest

  • Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Tactical Athlete Care
  • Holistic Health Assessment
  • Sports Performance & Injury Risk Mitigation 
  • Brain Performance and Injury


Dr. James A. Oñate is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University in the College of Medicine’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is the Director of the Division of Athletic Training education program, as well as being a member of the Human Performance Collaborative and Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute at Ohio State. His research has had a significant impact nationally and internationally in the field of human movement assessment, specifically in addressing factors that influence human performance in physically active populations. As a member of a talented research team at Ohio State, he has helped to lead efforts to prevent primary and secondary injuries in physically active individuals. His focus on assessing the risk of lower extremity injuries has expanded over the years to include several significant interest in multifacted areas of human performance including concussions, overhead athletes, military sports medicine and law enforcement holistic health. His work has received funding from several different national organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Special Operations Command which has funded projects related to the care of youth football athletes, high-school athletes, military special operations soldiers and law enforcement officers. He has also helped to mentor several graduate and undergraduate students who have led a significant movement in functional brain imaging assessments for individuals with musculoskeletal injuries, mental health assessment in youth athletes, military human performance and law enforcement healthcare. His hope is to continue to grow as a researcher and to provide clinical research-based information to individuals and groups to optimize and sustain their performance. His future career pathway is to continue to research, teach and serve while learning how to provide mentoring and coaching for student, staff and faculty success.

Recent Publications

Skibski A, Onate J, Mangum LC. Suggestions and Considerations for Application of Movement Screens to Clinical Practice. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2024 Mar 2;19(3):351-354. doi: 10.26603/001c.92906. PMID: 38439769; PMCID: PMC10909309. 

Talarico MK, Morelli F, Yang J, Chaudhari A, Onate JA. Estimating marksmanship performance during walking while maintaining weapon aim. Appl Ergon. 2023 Nov;113:104096. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2023.104096. Epub 2023 Jul 23. PMID: 37490790. 

Onate JA, Edwards NA, Emerson A, Maymir CL, Kraemer WJ, Fogt N, Fogt JS, Conroy S. Normative Performance Profiles of College Aged Esport Athletes in a Pilot Study. Int J Esports. 2023;2023:75. Epub 2023 Apr 1. PMID: 38223751; PMCID: PMC10786200. 

Edwards NA, Talarico MK, Chaudhari A, Mansfield CJ, Oñate J.  Use of accelerometers and inertial measurement units to quantify movement of tactical athletes: A systematic review. Appl Ergon. 2023 May;109:103991. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2023.103991. Epub 2023 Feb 24.PMID: 36841096.  

Culiver A, Grooms D, Edwards N, Schmitt L, Oñate J.  A Preliminary Investigation into the Neural Correlates of Knee Loading during a Change of Direction Task in Individuals after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2023 Feb 1;18(1):70-80. doi: 10.26603/001c.57782. eCollection 2023.PMID: 36793571. 

Recent Presentations

  • 8/2022 Holistic Model for Sport Performance and Sustainment; McMasters University; Hamilton Ontario, Canada 
  • 8/2022 First Responder How 2B Healthy: Holistic Operational Wellness for the Body and  Brain; Ohio Public Safety Symposium; Columbus, OH 
  • 2/2022 Using Systems Science to Consider the Complexity of Holistic Health; Public Safety Athletic Trainers Society; Online Zoom 
  • 1/2022 Strength and Conditioning for Youth Baseball Players; American Baseball Coaches Association; Chicago, IL   
  • 1/2021 Baseball Development Ranging from Physical to Mental Health; American Baseball Coaches Association; Washington, DC 

Major Awards

  • 2015 George J. Davies-James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
  • 2014, The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Research Award
  • 2012, National Athletic Trainers' Association Fellow, NATA, National Athletic Trainers Association
  • 2008, O'Donoghue Sports Injury Research Manuscript Award, AOSSM


  • 2012: Fellow, National Athletic Trainers Association
  • 2002: Ph.D, Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina
  • 1997: M.A, Exercise Science, University of North Carolina
  • 1994: B.Ed, Exercise Science, University of Florida


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