Robbie Oates

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Saurwein Health & Wellness Center


Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

Athletic Trainer

Athletic Training Department


DAT, University of Idaho

BS, Wilmington College


Robbie is entering his first year at Heidelberg University for the 2019-2020 academic year. He will function as an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training, along with providing services as a clinical Athletic Trainer for Women's Soccer and Track and Field.

Before Heidelberg, Robbie spent 4 years at Drayer Physical Therapy as a clinical Athletic Trainer for Wilmington College. In his time there, Robbie provided care of all of the 20 varsity athletic programs, while primarily providing coverage for Men's Soccer, Men's Basketball, and Track and Field. Prior to his time at Wilmington, Robbie spent 1 year as an intern and three years as a full-time minor league baseball Athletic Trainer with the Kansas City Royals organization. His primary assignment within the organization was with a short season affiliate, the Idaho Falls Chukars. Robbie was selected as the Pioneer League Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2014.

Robbie currently has research projects ongoing, primarily focused around current trends in manual therapy and the potential efficacy in active populations. Robbie became a published author in 2019, as a secondary author on a case series in the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training. He also enjoys participating at professional conferences, and has presented as a speaker on manual therapy techniques at the state and national level.

Robbie received his B.S. in Athletic Training from Wilmington College and his DAT from the University of Idaho. He is a board certified athletic trainer licensed in the state of Ohio, as well as a NASM corrective exercise and performance enhancement specialist. He resides in Tiffin.

Courses Taught

HSC 290 - Applied Pathology & Pharmacology
ATR 213 - Anatomy for Orthopedic Assessment
ATR 382 - Therapeutic Interventions II
ATR 470 - Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training V


Modern Manual Therapy

Research Interests

Clinical application of manual therapy in active populations

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