Kathy Remsburg, MS, LAT, ATC

“The profession of athletic training requires the utilization of evidence-based practices, working with diverse populations, and being grounded in theories based on hard science principles. My goal for students is to provide a wide-variety of real-life scenarios and hands-on experiences that encourage them to think critically, discover and develop a passion for life-long learning, and constantly challenge themselves to improve.”


Director of graduate studies in health science

Educational Background

  • M.S., Illinois State University – Normal, IL
  • B.S., University of Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN

Year joined Franklin



Evaluation of athletic injuries; pharmacology

I transitioned from the athletic side of athletic training to the educational side because I discovered that I loved teaching and we had a need for an accredited program. Since starting our educational athletic training program, there have been over 100 Franklin College athletic training graduates employed across the country. The focus of my teaching is on content while providing my real-world experiences to help students learn and apply the material.

I am interested in being an athletic trainer; what major should I take to meet this goal?

The profession of athletic training is moving from a bachelor’s degree minimum to a master’s degree minimum. Beginning in 2021, students must graduate with a master’s degree in order to take the national BOC exam to become an athletic trainer. Students can choose whatever undergraduate major they have an interest in as long as they have the prerequisite classes to apply to a master’s level athletic training program.

What types of jobs are available with a degree in athletic training?

  • Public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports
  • Youth leagues, municipal and independently owned youth sports facilities
  • Physician offices as physician extenders, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other professional clinical personnel
  • Rural and urban hospitals, hospital emergency rooms, urgent and ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy
  • Occupational health departments in commercial settings, which include manufacturing, distribution and offices to assist with ergonomics
  • Police and fire departments and academies, municipal departments, branches of the military
  • Performing arts including professional and collegiate level dance and music

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Professional Experience

2014, Professor of Athletic Training, Franklin College
2000, Medical Staff – Olympics, Sydney, Australia
1998, Medical Staff – Pan Am Games, Manitoba, Canada
1990, Head Athletic Trainer, Franklin College


Immersive term study away courses

  • Greece – January 2017
  • Dublin, Ireland and London, England – January 2015

Growth of Health Science Division by adding an Exercise Science major and the college’s 1st Master’s Degree program in Athletic Training
Strategic Planning Committee Member – 2013
Indiana Athletic Trainer’s Association Quiz Bowl Chair – 2010 – 2015
Journal of Athletic Training – Reviewer


“Antibiotics – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,”presented at the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Fall Business Meeting and Clinical Symposia, Muncie, IN, October, 2016
“The BOC Exam Revisited,”presented at the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Fall Symposium, Indianapolis, IN, October, 2006
“What to look for in a College/University Athletic Training Education Program,”presented at the Indiana Pacers Student Athletic Trainer Workshop, April, 2005
“Diversity in the Olympics,”presented as part of the Franklin College Convocation Series, Franklin, IN, November, 2000

Selected Scholarship

Diagnosis and Management of Elbow, Wrist and Hand Injuries; Perspectives in Athletic Training; Elsevier/Mosby Publishers; 2009
CAATE accreditation – Athletic Training Program, 2003

Honors and Awards

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Athletic Training Service Award
The Clifford and Paula Dietz Award for Faculty Excellence
Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame
Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Athletic Trainer of the Year
Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association President’s Excellence Award


Dietz and Rinker awards
Technology Grant awards

What Students Say

“Kathy is a great instructor who prepared me not only to pass my BOC, but also to be confident enough in my skills to handle any situation in my future profession.” – Bryce Wellin ’16

“Kathy is a fantastic teacher who challenges her students to think critically. She passes on the clinical experiences she had with the Olympics and as the first Franklin College athletic trainer to her students in order for them to be in the best possible position to succeed. She is always willing to answer questions and is a great role model for all the athletic training students.” – Thaddeus Broderick ’16

In My Spare Time

In my spare time I love to be outside, garden and can, workout, play with my dog, be active, camp, boat and do activities with my family.