Sadie is an Athletic Trainer for the University of Wisconsin Parkside where she evaluates, assess, treats, and works to rehabilitate injuries to student athletes. In her time here at Carthage, she received the Outstanding Athletic Training Student Award.
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
I enjoy the problem solving and critical thinking that comes with evaluating and treating injuries. I also enjoy developing positive relationships with my athletes and seeing them succeed and achieve their athletic and academic goals.
How did Carthage prepare you?
The Carthage Athletic Training program helped me develop my critical thinking skills and problem solving skills and apply them to real life scenarios. The knowledge I gained in the classroom was effectively utilized when learning hands on in the sport coverage rotations. The program helped me gain confidence in my athletic training skills and allowed me to believe in myself.
How has your liberal arts education helped you?
The hands on learning experiences I had in the Athletic Training program greatly helped me learn the technical skills and techniques crucial to the career. The small class size I had (only 4 in my senior athletic training class) really forced me to be responsible and mature. I was able to take on lots of responsibility, which helped me grow as a person. I liked having the Athletic Training professors and preceptors knowing they could rely on me to get things done and organized in a timely manner.
Tips for current Carthage students:
Do not be afraid to ask questions. The amount of hours you put in as a student in the Athletic Training Department is worth it. Take full advantage of those hours and try to learn something new every day during those rotations. It is easy to sit back and do the minimal amount of work, but you need to put yourself out there, come out of your comfort zone and learn something new every day.
Favorite Carthage memories:
I developed close relationships within the Athletic Training Department. I formed close bonds both with the students in the program and the professors and preceptors. Some of my favorite memories actually revolve around the laughs and stories shared with my Athletic Training friends both in the classroom, on the sideline, and outside of academics. In addition to these bonds formed, I gained tons of experience as an Athletic Training student which I was able to carry over into my current Athletic Training job. Also with the experience and mentorship of my professor, I gained confidence in my athletic training skills.