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Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Kansas State University
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Scott Dietrich

Scott Dietrich

Assistant Professor

Contact Info

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Courses I Teach

  • FNDH 557: Administration of Athletic Training Programs
  • FNDH 589: Professional Preparation for Athletic Training

Areas of Specialization

  • Primary - Assessment of Tackling Technique for the purpose of reducing/eliminating head down contact in youth and secondary school football
    • Establish a state/nation-wide screening and/or certification process that ensures kids playing football can consistently demonstrate appropriate tackling technique as measured by the Standardized Assessment of tacking Technique (SATT)
    • Retrospective comparison of preseason functional movement screen (FMS) data for concussed and non-concussed athletes
    • Understanding how improper squat technique affects the tendency of head down tackling behavior in football
  • Secondary - Collection of patient related clinical outcomes measures (PROs) in novice athletic trainers clinical practice
    • Establish an online/DE certificate that trains practicing athletic training clinicians how to collect and evaluate their own practice based evidence
    • Identify PRO and CRO surveys that are appropriate for physically active individuals
    • Understanding barriers for providing access to high quality sports health care to all physically active populations in the state of Kansas


  • Ed.D. in Physical Education Teacher Education with a cognate in Athletic Training, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia (2005)
  • M.Ed. in Sports Administration, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2001)
  • B.S. in Exercise Science, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (1999)

Short Biography

Scott Dietrich joined Kansas State University’s Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health as an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training during the fall semester of 2017 following a nationwide search. Dr. Dietrich’s people first, mission always philosophy was a perfect fit for the Human Ecology. “Other people matter, as simple as that sounds some of the greatest joys in my life have occurred while serving the needs of others. As Licensed Athletic Trainers’ we are healthcare professionals that have the unique position of supporting our patients before, during and after an injury occurs and there is no greater satisfaction than helping that individual overcome an injury and helping them return stronger both mentally and physically. I want to make sure that each patient is able to achieve their personal and professional goals even if that is well after their athletic career is over.”

Dr. Dietrich brings more than thirteen years’ experience as an athletic training professor from East Stroudsburg University in northeastern Pennsylvania where he helped students develop into healthcare professionals who currently serve in secondary schools, college and universities, PA and PTs in sports medicine clinics, industrial and professional sport settings including football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey. He was proud to serve eight years on the executive board for Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society (PATS) and as an Athletic Director for Team Red White and Blue, one of the nation’s fastest growing veteran service organizations.

His experience as a middle linebacker at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Division II) coupled with 17 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer (ATC) inspired research that is designed to reduce or eliminate poor tackling technique in the sport of football. The standardized assessment of tackling technique (SATT) is a method for scoring tackling behaviors and provide corrective feedback to players at all levels of the sport in both drill and real time game situations.

In 2005 he completed a Doctorate of Education (EdD) from West Virginia University in physical education teacher education with an emphasis in Athletic Training. In 2001 he earned a Masters of Education (MEd) in Sports Administration from Temple University where he held administrative internship positions with Temple Physical Therapy Associates, Villanova University, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1999 he completed his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Exercise Science at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he was a part of three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship teams.

He resides in Manhattan, Kansas with his wife Wendy Wheeler-Dietrich also an Athletic Trainer and their two sons Devin and Owen.