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University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5239 Kinesiology & Health Studies WAH 15 , Box 189


Ed Sunderland joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in 2007.  Previous to this, he served as a faculty member and director of the Athletic Training Education Program at Texas A&M University-Commerce from 2001-07.  Before that, he was the head athletic trainer and instructor at East Texas State University for 16 years.  He also served as head athletic trainer at New Mexico State University for four years and Odessa Junior College for two years. He has been a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) since 1978.

Teaching Philosophy

For me, learning is about the acquisition of knowledge and being able to apply that knowledge in a meaningful way.  A teacher must be a life-long learner and must thoroughly enjoy the pursuit of knowledge as much as the information being acquired.  Possessing a great deal of knowledge in a subject area may make you an expert but does not guarantee that you will be a great teacher.  A teacher may or may not be an expert, but more appropriately, a teacher should be a conduit to the resources necessary for the student to gain knowledge.  A teacher must be willing to share their knowledge freely and openly.  Formal education is just one part of life-long learning.  It has been my experience that true learning does not take place until the student utilizes acquired knowledge in a real-life situation that has personal meaning.  As a teacher, my job is to organize information and facts so students can successfully acquire knowledge; to direct and guide learning opportunities that are meaningful to the student.  I can measure how well students acquired the information through tests; though I believe that meaningful learning can not be measured until the students has chosen to apply the newly acquired knowledge in a situation that affects them personally. Deep learning sometime occurs with failure first!  Adult learning is trial and error learning - experimental learning.  Clinical skills are also learned in this way.

My philosophy of teaching is simple: To learn the information as thoroughly as possible, present the information in a variety of ways to accommodate different learning styles, related the information to my own experiences, provide the students a role model to follow and give them an opportunity to decide how and when to use the knowledge that will affect their lives or the lives of others.

Education and Certifications

1974-78 Pennsylvania State University, B.S.

1978-79 University of Arizona, M.S.

BOC, Inc Certification - 1978 #000020500, Current

Texas State Athletic Trainers' License - 1979 #528, Current

Oklahoma State Athletic Trainers' License - 2007, #501, Current

New Mexico State Athletic Trainers' License - 1984-87, #28, Not Current

American Red Cross Professional Rescuer Course Instructor, 2008-present

NPI # 1568870970


Office Hours

Monday - Thursday, 9-11 a.m.

Professional and Community Involvement

On Course Medical Station Chairman for OKC Memorial Marathon

Volunteer, Redman Triathlon

Volunteer, Susan G. Komen 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk for the Cure, Dallas TX

Volunteer, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Life Donor

Volunteer, Endeavor Games, UCO

Volunteer, Special Olympics

Volunteer, Oklahoma Athletic Trainers' Association, Annual Business Meeting and Symposium

Volunteer, NATA - AT Cares, District 5 and Oklahoma.

Volunteer, NATA, Annual Meeting

Texas State Athletic Trainers Association, Sports Medicine Committee and Curriculum Commitee

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Mass Event Sports Medicine Coverage

Ankle Taping Procedures and Protocols

Classes Taught

KINS 5313 Athletic Training Principles - 2019, July Block

KINS 5623 Pathophysiology for Athletic Trainers - 2008-2018, July Block

KINS 5343 Assessment of Athletic Injuries - Fall Semester 2019

KINS 5413 AT Clinical I - 2008-2018, Fall Semester

KINS 5443 AT Clinical II - 2008-2018, Spring Semester

KINS 5513 Medical Aspects of Athletic Training - 2008-2018 Spring Semester 

KINS 5713 Athletic Training Administration - 2019, June Block

KINS 5723 Psychosocial Aspects of Athletic Training - 2009-2018, June Block 

KINS 5523 Rehab Techniques for Athletic Injuries - 2019 Fall Semester

KINS 5613 Clinical Education Rehab Techniques - 2009-2018, Fall Semester

KINS 5733 Athletic Training Clinical III - 2009-2018, Fall Semester

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