Paul Sparling, MED, AT, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer, Cincinnati Bengals

Paul Sparling has been the Cincinnati Bengals Head Athletic Trainer since 1992, replacing the Bengals original Athletic Trainer, Marv Pollins upon his retirement the same year.  Paul started initially with the team as a student athletic trainer intern beginning in 1978 and then was elevated to Assistant Athletic Trainer in 1982.  He is currently one of the longest tenured Head Athletic Trainers in the NFL and is entering his 37th season in the NFL.

Paul graduated from Wilmington College of Ohio in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education, Industrial Education, and emphasis in Athletic Training.  He earned his master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Cincinnati in 1991. He has been inducted into the Wilmington College Athletic Hall of Fame.

He has been nominated to the Ohio Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame and is a frequent public speaker on sports medicine related topics around the country.  He takes great pride in the Athletic Training Internship Program he oversees with the club which has seen over 80 students go on to become Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Chiropractic Physicians, Medical Doctors, and even a Surgeon.

Paul speaks fondly of his time with the Bengals club and praises the team’s ownership for ensuring from day one that all medical care is consistently focused on “doing what is right, not only for today but also for the long-term benefit for each player”.   One such example is that that the team started doing Neurological Baselines on all players nearly 10 years before it was mandated by the league.

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