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Sarah Manspeaker

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Athletic Training

Rangos 123
Phone: 412.396.5693


Ph.D., Human Movement Science, Old Dominion University M.S. Ed, Physical Edication-Athletic Training, Old Dominion University B.S., Athletic Training, Duquesne University

Dr. Sarah Manspeaker, PhD, ATC is in her first year as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Athletic Training. Dr. Manspeaker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Duquesne University (2001), and her Master of Education in Athletic Training and Doctor of Philosophy in Human Movement Science from Old Dominion University (2003, 2010). Between completion of the master and doctoral degrees, she was the Clinical Education Coordinator at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD for one year, and served dual appointment to the Athletic Training Program and Athletics at Marietta College in Marietta, OH. Upon receipt of her doctoral degree, Dr. Manspeaker moved to Fort Worth, Texas to assume the role of Assistant Professor of Professional Practice/Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program at Texas Christian University.

Dr. Manspeaker brings 13 years of teaching experience within both entry-level and post-professional Athletic Training Programs. Her primary areas of instruction include kinesiology, human anatomy, evaluation of lower extremity injuries, therapeutic rehabilitation, and therapeutic modalities. She is currently working on contributions to three textbooks on the topics of evidence-based practice and heat related illnesses.

Dr. Manspeaker has published several articles on the inclusion of evidence-based practice concepts in entry-level Athletic Training Education and the infusion of evidence into clinical practice. Her other research interests include effectiveness of therapeutic interventions, clinical education, and patient and student outcomes. She is a certified systematic reviewer for the Joanna Briggs Institute in Adelaide, Australia, and presented on topics related to EBP in Adelaide in 2011 and 2013.

Dr. Manspeaker is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Review Committee and serves as a site visitor for this organization. Additionally, she was part of the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association Competency Workshop Committee where she served as the chair of content and testing for the workshop from 2012-2014. Dr. Manspeaker also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal. She also consistently serves as a moderator and program reviewer for the NATA Meeting and Clinical Symposium as well as the Athletic Training Educators' Conference.

Dr. Manspeaker is a licensed athletic trainer by the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Training and is attaining licensure in Pennsylvania. She has practiced clinically with varying levels of athletics including the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs and Chula Vista (softball, track and field, kayak, men's gymnastics, Paralympic soccer, and swimming), professional soccer (A-League, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2001), NCAA Divisions I (volleyball, track and field) and III (baseball, track and field, men's and women's soccer, women's basketball), high school (various sports), and recreational rugby and ice hockey.