National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. This March, we are thanking our very own athletic trainer, Holly Schumacher, for all of the work she does for SMWC Athletics. Schumacher works for all of SMWC’s student-athletes and can be found at all of our home events, rain or shine. Please join all of SMWC Athletics in thanking Schumacher for all of her hard work in honor of National Athletic Training Month.
Q: When did you first become interested in being an athletic trainer?
A: I had an interest in high school because my school did not have an athletic trainer, and I definitely could’ve benefited from one. I wanted to be in the medical field somehow and saw that as the perfect fit for both my interests and wanting to make sure that others had the access to an athletic trainer even when I didn’t.
Q: Where do you hold degrees from and in what? What licenses do you have?
A: I have a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Science in Athletic Training from Indiana State University. I am a Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer and hold an Indiana Athletic Trainers License. I am also CPR/AED Certified and have an M1 Graston Certification.
Q: How long have you been an athletic trainer?
A: I have been an athletic trainer for six and half years.
Q: Where have you been an athletic trainer at?
A: I started out at Marshall High School in Marshall, Ill. I am currently affiliated with Union Health Center for Sports Medicine and am the athletic trainer for the Terre Haute Rex Baseball team of the Prospect League and here at Saint Mary-of-the-Wood College.
Q: What’s the most exciting event you have worked?
A: I would say the NCAA Division I Cross Country Nationals, which were held at LaVern Gibson in 2010 and 2011 here in Terre Haute, Ind., are probably the most exciting events I have worked.
Q: What’s your typical day like?
A: I see a number of student-athletes throughout the day for treatments and rehabs, occasionally taking athletes to the clinic for doctors’ appointments. My afternoons are devoted to practice coverage for our sports here at the College. In the summers, I work our athletic camps for 5-6 weeks, and when I am not here I am working with the Terre Haute Rex as their head athletic trainer.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I really enjoy that no two days are the same. Even if I’m dealing with the same athletes or injuries they are always different from day to day. It is also great to see an athlete play in their first game back after an injury and knowing everything they’ve gone through and the work they’ve put in to get back on their field of play has paid off.
Q: What is some advice you would give to anyone looking to become an athletic trainer?
A: Find a setting that you love. Athletic Trainers are employed in so many settings now, including nontraditional settings like industrial, military, performing arts and public safety. It’s important to find the population you are passionate about and use your talents and energy treating those patients.
Q: What’s your motto as athletic trainer for the Pomeroys?
A: To treat our athletes with the highest quality of healthcare in order to return them to their sport and life in the quickest, and most importantly, safest way possible.
Q: What do you find yourself always telling student-athletes to make sure they do to stay healthy and can get back to being healthy?
A: SMWC student-athletes would probably say that I am always saying “just do what I tell you” or “why didn’t you do what I told you” but really, I feel like I’m always telling everyone, “make sure you’re stretching” and “use the foam roller.”
Q: What’s your favorite memory as athletic trainer at SMWC?
A: I don’t know that I have one specific memory, but probably seeing student-athletes when they come back after they graduate and tell me how they’re doing, that they appreciated the treatment they got when they were here and the high level of care they received.