David Rule is in his second season as an assistant athletic trainer at Nebraska in 2017, where he works with the Husker football team. Rule assists with all aspects of the athletic medicine efforts for the football team, including year-round preventive care, immediate care for injured athletes at practice and games and the reconditioning of injured athletes. In addition, he supervises two graduate assistants and the undergraduate student athletic trainers.
Prior to Nebraska, Rule spent five seasons as the an associate athletic trainer at South Dakota State University, where he served as the head football athletic trainer for the Jackrabbits. Rule also possesses NFL experience, as he was an athletic training intern for the Baltimore Ravens (2010-11), the Green Bay Packers (2008-09) and the Buffalo Bills (2005-06).
Rule received his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Purdue in 2007. A native of Lafayette, Ind., he earned his master's degree in athletic training from West Virginia in 2010, while serving as a graduate assistant for the Mountaineer football team.
Rule is CPR/AED certified and is also certified in the Gratson M1 Technique. Rule also has teaching experience, after serving as an athletic training education preceptor at both West Virginia and South Dakota State. Additionally, he has presented at the Avera Sports Medicine Symposium on topics related to spine-injured athletes.