Samantha Shruck, MS, LAT, ATC

“The goal of any athletic training program is to teach students basic scientific information and to have them learn and apply it. However, I feel it is more important to have students look at the human body as a whole and teach them how to critically think through and apply the information using real-life scenarios and hands-on learning opportunities.”


Assistant athletic trainer, associate faculty member

Educational Background

  • M.S., Illinois State University – Normal, IL
  • B.S.,  Concordia University-Wisconsin – Mequon, WI

Year Joined Franklin



My focus is on manual therapy techniques and lower extremity movement patterns, specifically those of track and field and cross country athletes.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Professional Experience

  • Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Champion team, 2016
  • NCAA III Regional Cross Country Championships, 2018

Research and Presentations

Shruck SJ, Begalle RL, Stanek JM: “The Effects of TRX Suspension Training on an Asymmetrical Weight Shift During a Double-Leg Squat [master thesis].” Normal, IL: Illinois State University; 2017

Shruck, SJ, Tesch, CS: “Chiari Malformation in a Football Player: A Case Report.” Poster presented at: 2015 Wisconsin Athletic Trainer’s Association Free Communication Case Study Poster Presentation; March 2015; Milwaukee, WI


  • Indiana State Licensure, 2017
  • M1 Graston Technique certified, 2016
  • NATA BOC certified, 2015

In My Spare Time…

In my spare time I love to cook and bake, craft, read, and hang out with friends and loved ones. I also love to spend time outside and travel, especially to kayak or hike.