Faculty and Staff

Jennifer Plant is the clinical education coordinator and an instructor for the Athletic Training Program at the University of Central Florida. She attended Mississippi State University on a tennis scholarship and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Barry University. She received her Master of Science in Education and Athletic Training from Old Dominion University. She received her doctorate in higher education policy studies from the College of Education and Human Performance at UCF. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Plant teaches several courses in the program, including Recognition and Evaluation of Athletic Injuries I and II, Biomechanics of Sport, Physiologic and Metabolic Basis of Human Movement, and Therapeutic Rehabilitation in Athletic Training, and she coordinates all four of the program’s practicum courses. She is the former advisor to the Student Athletic Training Organization (SATO) and is now coordinating efforts with alumni.

Plant previously worked as an industrial athletic trainer, overseeing the medical care of distribution center employees. Prior to that, she served as the clinical education coordinator and instructor with the Athletic Training Education Program at Charleston Southern University. While at CSU, she also provided athletic training services for the women’s volleyball team and men’s and women’s cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field teams, and she acted as the liaison between the university’s Athletic Department and Athletic Training Program.

Plant also has worked in clinic and high school settings, and she served as the athletic trainer for the National Junior and National Adult Clay Court Tennis Championships in Fort Lauderdale.


  • EdD, Doctor of Education
  • LAT, Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • ATC, Certified Athletic Trainer
Areas of Specialty
  • Role strain of graduate and post-graduate athletic training students
  • Scapular dyskinesis in overhead athletes
  • Changes in lower extremity biomechanics following chronic ankle sprains
  • Perceptions of barriers in the implementation of evidence based practice among athletic training clinical instructors
  • Best methods for transitioning young athletic training professionals into a clinical practice environment - both from the professional education side and the employer side
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