Alumni Spotlight - May 2013

Mrs. Karen Sinclair


Karen Tankersley Sinclair was promoted from assistant athletic trainer to the position of head athletic trainer for the Union University athletic programs in the fall of 2011. Sinclair served as the assistant athletic trainer at Union for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

Before coming to Union, Sinclair worked as staff assistant athletic trainer at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 2008-2009. Her primary responsibilities there were to work with women’s volleyball, women’s track and field and cross country.

Sinclair earned a Master of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science with specialization in athletic training from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She completed her thesis on kinematics of the scapula and shoulder complex in overhead athletics. While at North Carolina, her clinical responsibilities as a graduate assistant included working with men’s lacrosse, women’s volleyball and fencing teams. Sinclair also served as an instructor in undergraduate anatomy labs and physical education classes.

Sinclair received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005, where she graduated cum laude. She was a four-year varsity letter winner as a member of the Southern Mississippi cross country and track and field teams.

Sinclair was married to her husband Scott on June 17, 2011.  Karen and her husband Scott are expecting their first child, a daughter Ava, later this month.