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Scott Lawrance

Clinical Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology

Director of Athletic Training Education
Undergraduate Program Director

Areas of Expertise

  • Using measures of limb symmetry to predict risk of lower extremity injury.
  • Factors related to early professional success in athletic training.
  • Methods to engage students in teaching and research.

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Health and Kinesiology Research Area(s)

  • Applied Exercise and Health
  • Athletic Training Education Administration


Dr. Scott Lawrance joined the Purdue Athletic Training faculty in 2016 with the academic rank of Clinical Associate Professor.  He was promoted to a rank of Clinical Professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Lawrance, a 2015 Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame inductee and 2022 Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Golden Pinnacle Award winner, has practiced athletic training in a variety of settings, including high school, collegiate, and clinic.  He has previously served as President of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association and Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Associations, and as Division IV Representative and Chair of the NATA State Association Advisory Committee.  Currently, he serves as the NATA District IV Director-Elect, as a CAATE Site Visitor and Review Committee member, and as Vice President of the Indiana Athletic Training Licensure Board.

In recognition of his work, Dr. Lawrance has received numerous awards, including the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, Service Award, and Young Professionals’ Committee National Distinction Award.  He has also recieved the Distinguished Service and Outstanding Educator Awards by Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association.  In 2009 he was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association and in 2010 he received the Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He was recognized as the Distinguished Young Alumni from the University of Indianapolis in 2011.  He has been recognized as Teacher of the Year by the University of Indianapolis as as the Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Teacher by the Purdue University Department of Health and Kinesiology.  In 2017 he was awarded Outstanding Manuscript for Advancing Educational Practice by the Athletic Training Education Journal.  In 2021, he was named a Senior Fellow in the Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship program and an IMPACT Fellow through the Purdue Center for Instructional Excellence.

A native of North Webster, IN., Dr. Lawrance received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Athletic Training from Butler University, a Master’s degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Safety from Middle Tennessee State University, and Master’s in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Health Science degrees from the University of Indianapolis.


  • DHSc, 2010, University of Indianapolis
  • MSPT, 2003, University of Indianapolis
  • MS, 2000, Middle Tennessee State University
  • BS, 1998, Butler University
  • Indiana Licensed Athletic Trainer (IN# 36000633A) and Physical Therapist (IN# 05008318A)


Social Media Accounts

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Creating an Inclusive Classroom. Purdue University LGBTQ+ Center. August 9, 2021.
  • Safe Zone Training, Part 2. Purdue University LGBTQ+ Center. July 20, 2021.
  • Safe Zone Training, Part 1. Purdue University LGBTQ+ Center. July 19, 2021.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. American Kinesiology Association Webinar. May 13, 2021.
  • Different Backgrounds, Same Goal: Moving Toward Authentic Diversity in Health Care. NATA Timely Topics. February 10, 2021.

Current Courses

  • HK 30800 - Athletic Health Care
  • HK 50600 - Foundations of Evidence Based Practice
  • HK 53000 - Evaluation and Management of the Upper Quarter
  • HK 53500 - Athletic Training Interventions
  • HK 54000 - Evaluation and Management of the Spine and Head
  • HK 55500 - Principles of Manual Medicine
  • HK 56000 - Advanced Procedures in Athletic Training
  • HK 63000 - Administration of Athletic Training Programs
  • HK 64000 - Leadership in Athletic Training
  • HK 66000 - Principles of Diagnostic Imaging

Selected Publications

  • Zilvetti S, Young A, Stein J, Lawrance SE. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction of a College Student with a Prosthetic Limb: A CASE Study. Clin Pract Athl Train. In Press.
  • Lawrance SE, Shelbourne KD. Treatment and Rehabilitation of Arthrofibrosis of the Knee, In Giangarra C, Manske RC, eds: Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation: A Team Approach. 4rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby, 2017: 353-358.
  • Lawrance SE, Voll CA, Jochum J. Using Steriognosis Drills to Improve Student Palpation Skills. Athl Train Educ J. 2016; 11(3): 138-145.

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Golden Pinnacle, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association - 2022
  • Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainers’ Association - 2018
  • Distinguished Service, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association - 2018
  • Service Award, National Athletic Trainers’ Association - 2014
  • Outstanding Educator, Great Lakes Athletic Training Association - 2014

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