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Rod Harter


Professor of Athletic Training




  • Ph.D. –University of Oregon
  • M.S. – Indiana State University
  • B.S. – East Stroudsburg University

Contact Information:

A132 Jowers Center, 512-245-2972 (Faculty office)

Dr. Rod Harter serves as the director of Texas State University’s entry-level Professional Program in Athletic Training. This program has been continuously accredited since 1972 and most recently, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the 2019-2020 academic year.  In July 2015, Dr. Harter became director of our Post-Professional Program in Athletic Training that currently offers advanced Master of Science degree opportunities for BOC-certified athletic trainers.

A native of Pennsylvania, Harter earned his Bachelor of Science degree at East Stroudsburg University in health and physical education in 1976. He became a BOC-certified athletic trainer in 1978 after completing his Master of Science degree in athletic training at Indiana State University. A clinician for the first decade of his career, Harter’s first professional position was as the head athletic trainer at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana from 1977 to 1980, and then at South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon from 1981 to 1987.

Harter earned his doctorate from the University of Oregon with a specialization in biomechanics in March 1987, and accepted a faculty position as assistant professor at San Jose State University later that year. Dr. Harter was elected Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine in 1991 and a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2012. Harter is a longtime member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Harter’s research interests involve the application of biomechanics to the prevention and clinical management of musculoskeletal injuries, focusing on the ankle (chronic ankle instability), knee (ACL injury) and shoulder (glenohumeral instability).

Prior to his employment at Texas State University, Dr. Harter was a member of the faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at Oregon State University from 1990 to 2009, serving as the director of their accredited entry-level athletic training education program from 1990 to 2004. Harter was also the founding program director of the NATA-accredited, post-professional graduate athletic training education program at San Jose State University (1987-1990) in California.

Rod lives in Austin with his wife Nikki, and together they have a blended family of five adult children: Jackson, Ali, Harrison, Joey and Kelsey.

Dr. Harter’s recent peer-reviewed publications include:

Breitbach AP, Richardson R, Berry DC, Eberman LE, Emineth KK, Esparza SD, Goeckel C, Harling HW, Harter RA, Jarriel M, Kahanov L, Klossner J, Odai ML, Pascale A, Rizzo C, Schellhase KC, Schocken DM, Snyder M, Swann E, Thompson AD, Tivener KA, Tomchuk D, Toy BJ, Wilkinson RD, Zimmerman EP. Interprofessional education and practice in athletic training. Athletic Training Education Journal, 10(2): 170-182, 2015. (DOI: 10.4085/1002170). (Awarded this journal’s “Outstanding Advancing Educational Practice” manuscript for 2015)

Chavez A, Knudson D, Harter RA, McCurdy K: Activity-specific effects of fatigue protocols may influence landing kinematics. International Journal of Exercise Science6: 242-249, 2013.

Hilgendorf J, Vela VI, Gobert DV, Harter RA: Influence of vestibular-ocular reflex training on postural stability, dynamic visual acuity and gaze stabilization in patients with chronic ankle instability. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care4: 220-229, 2012.

Hayes BT, Harter RA, Widrick JJ, Williams DP, Hoffman MA, Hicks-Little CA: Lack of neuromuscular origins of adaptation after a long-term stretching program. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation21: 99-106, 2012.

Fife G, Harter RA: A comparison of concussion assessment and management protocols used by medical personnel at elite taekwondo tournaments in the Republic of Korea and the United States. Archives of Budo8: 1-6, 2012.

Pickerill ML, Harter RA: Validity and reliability of limits-of-stability testing: A comparison of two postural stability evaluation devices. Journal of Athletic Training46: 600-606, 2011.

Hayes BT, Hicks-Little CA, Harter RA, Widrick JJ, Hoffman MA: Intersession reliability of Hoffmann reflex gain and pre-synaptic inhibition in the human soleus muscle. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation90: 2131-2134, 2009.

Hoffman MA, Harter RA, Hayes BT, Wojtys EM, Murtaugh P: The interrelationships among sex hormone concentrations, motoneuron excitability and anterior tibial displacement in women and men. Journal of Athletic Training43: 364-372, 2008.

Sullivan JA, Hoffman MA, Harter RA: Shoulder proprioception, strength and patient satisfaction following thermal, open and arthroscopic capsulorrhaphy for recurrent anterior instability. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery17: 389-394, 2008.