Robert Oates

Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
DAT, University of Idaho
BS, Wilmington College

Robbie is entering his third year at Heidelberg University for the 2021-2022 academic year. He will function as an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training, along with providing services as a clinical Athletic Trainer for Men'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, and has now been published on two separate occasions. 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. Robbie is additionally credential as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner through the Mulligan Concept, and is level 1 dry needling trained through Structure and Function Education. He resides in Tiffin with his boxer-pit mix, Jett.

Courses Taught

NDI 100-2: Making Sense of the Consumable World
HSC 171: Acute Care of Injury and Illness
ATR 213: Anatomy for Orthopedic Assessment
HSC 290: Applied Pharmacology and Pathology
ATR 382: Therapeutic Interventions II
ATR 470: Clinical Proficiencies in AT V
HSC 490: Research Methods in Health Science
ATR 500: Special Topics
ATR 552: Taping and Bracing
ATR 568: Medical Evaluation and Documentation


Modern Manual Therapy

Research Interests

Clinical application of manual therapy in active populations


Oates CV

Robert Oates
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