Robert Burkardt Bio
After graduating with a BS degree from Niagara University in 1966 and then receiving an MS degree from Ithaca College in 1967, Bob started a teaching career in Westchester County, New York. The next year (1968) he moved to a full time faculty position at Columbia University as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor in the Department of Physical Education.
In 1972 Bob was named Head Athletic Trainer at Columbia and 2 years later was selected as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Houston Texans of the new World Football League. He had stints after that experience with The University of Rhode Island, Summer Camp ATC with the NY Giants, Wabash College (Indiana), Coordinator of Athletic Training at Rutgers, Director of the MS program in Athletic Training Education for the LIU campus in Rockland County New York.
Bob also created the Rockland High School sports medicine program and initiated the BS program in Sports Medicine at Dominican College in the same county of New York.
He served on numerous committees and continues to serve in an advisory committee for the EATA.
He retired from Athletic Training in 2005 after 40 years of service.
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