Jennifer Popp


Dr. Jennifer Popp joined the Purdue Athletic Training faculty in 2017 with the academic rank of Clinical Assistant Professor.

Dr. Popp has practiced as an athletic trainer in the collegiate for 11 years providing services to a variety of athletic teams before moving into a full-time academic position.  Dr. Popp’s academic expertise lie in the areas of injury assessment, therapeutic interventions, and acute care, where she has both clinical and teaching experience.  She has served professionally as the College Representative to the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Education Committee member, manuscript reviewer for multiple professional journals, and as a CAATE Site Visitor.

A native of Harvard, IL., Dr. Popp received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Western Illinois University, a Master’s degree in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosses, and a Doctorate in Education degree from Ball State University.  


EdD (2005) Ball State University, Muncie, IN

MS (1997) University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, La Crosse, WI

BS (1996) Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Research Interests:

My primary research focus is in the identification of skill decay in acute care skills in both students and professionals, and identifying feasible mechanisms for combating the decay of skills so that individuals are competent in providing care when the need arises.  My other areas of inquiry have focused on educational interventions that best prepare students for clinical practice upon graduation.

Selected Publications:

Popp, J. K., Walker, S. E.  A Teaching Simulation is Effective in Improving Athletic Training Students' Acute Care Clinical Skills and Confidence. Athletic Training Education Journal. (In Press)

Popp, J. K., Judge, L.W.  Physical Education and Athletic Facility Emergency Readiness: The Emergency Action Plan.  Physical Educator. (In Press)

Popp, J. K., Berry, D. C. (2016) Athletic Training Students Demonstrate Airway Management Skill Decay, but Retain Knowledge Over Six Months. Athletic Training Education Journal. 11(4), 173-180.  

Popp, J. K., Bellar, D., Bruce, C., Leitzelar, B., Judge, L. W. Pre- and Post-Activity Stretching Practices of Collegiate Athletic Trainers in the United States. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, [online ahead of print].

Popp, J. K., Leitzelar, B., Judge, L. W. (2014) A Coach’s Guide to the Prevention of Athletic Injuries. Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal, 43(3), 35-39.

Popp, J. K. (2014) Integrating Evidence-Based Practice into a Therapeutic Exercise Course:  Real-Time Patient Experience. Athletic Training Education Journal, 9(2):94-95.

Popp, J. K., Weidner, T. G. (2006) Peer Assisted Learning is Effective in Improving Orthopedic Evaluation of Psychomotor Skills. Journal of Athletic Training, 42(1):113-119.

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