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J.C. Andersen J. C. Andersen, Ph.D., ATC, PT
Director, CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Program
Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Human Performance


  • J.C. Andersen is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Human Performance and is the director of the CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Program at The University of Tampa. In addition, he provides clinical care to UT athletes one half day per week. 
  • He has 37 years of clinical and teaching experience in athletic training and sports and orthopedic physical therapy at several universities. While at Upper Iowa University, Andersen served as the head athletic trainer and instructor of athletic training while providing care for athletes across all 16 NCAA Division III teams. Following this experience, Andersen spent time in teaching and clinical practice at Ohio University working primarily with the NCAA Division I wrestling team and assisting with multiple other sports including ice hockey. Andersen then joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University as an assistant professor of athletic training and also worked clinically in the AT Clinic with multiple Division I team and individual sport athletes. Following this experience, Andersen became an assistant professor of physical therapy and athletic training at Armstrong Atlantic State University with teaching responsibilities in both areas. In addition, Andersen worked as a consulting athletic trainer and physical therapist with the university’s NCAA Division II athletes.

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Mankato State University
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences and Measurement and Statistics from Ohio University 
  • BOC Certified Athletic Trainer and a Florida licensed athletic trainer
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Florida licensed physical therapist
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) credentialed clinical instructor 

Teaching Interests and Courses

  • Quality Improvement and Health Care Administration in Athletic Training
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Epidemiology in Physical Activity and Public Health
  • Clinical Education in Athletic Training

Research Interests

  • Pain treatment in athletes
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Rehabilitation interventions in lower extremity and spine injuries in athletes
  • Fear-avoidance behaviors in injury and rehabilitation
  • Wearable technology in monitoring athlete performance 
  • Health professions education 

Andersen has spoken regionally and nationally on evidence-based diagnosis, legal issues in clinical education, professional behavior in athletic training, emergency preparedness, running injuries, HIV/AIDS and athletes and motor imagery applications in athletic training practice. He has published articles in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the Journal of Athletic Training, International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy, and the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, among others. In addition, he is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Women’s and Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Andersen has been an active member of the NATA since 1983 and the Southeast Athletic Trainer’s Association (SEATA) since 1992. His professional involvement in SEATA began in 1993 and since that time served on the Research and Education Committee and was the committee co-chair from 1997 to 2004. Andersen also served as the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association secretary-treasurer and then treasurer from 1996 to 2003. He is a peer reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education. He is also a member of the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida, the American Physical Therapy Association and the Florida Physical Therapy Association.