Athletic Training Month: Interview with Karl Lindblad
Trinity CommunicationsMarch 29, 2019
Every March, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association recognizes the work of athletic trainers around the country during National Athletic Training Month. To showcase the work of athletic trainers here on Trinity’s campus, two graduate students studying in the graduate-level athletic training program, Kathryn Behrns and Kathryn Kennedy, interviewed members of Trinity’s athletic training staff.
This week, Behrms and Kennedy interviewed assistant athletic trainer Karl Lindblad.
Where are you from?
Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
Where did you go to school for athletic training?
Trinity International University.
What made you choose athletic training as a career?
For me, athletic training was the ideal spot to be in the medical field. It gave me a chance to treat acute injuries in a variety of settings, and work with a patient population that was motivated to be healthy and active.
What has been your most interesting experience so far in your career?
Having to call an ambulance the first day on the job was definitely memorable!
How do you incorporate your faith into athletic training?
To me, applying my faith means that I am always representing Christ in my actions and interactions with athletes and coaches.
How would you describe athletic training to someone who does not know what it is?
Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals that focus on a variety of skills such as injury prevention, emergency care, and rehabilitation services.
What is most fulfilling about athletic training to you?
The most fulfilling aspect for me is being able to help a patient through their entire injury process. When an injury occurs, we are there to assist them and provide immediate care. However, we are also privileged to assist with their recovery and return to play. It is extremely rewarding being able to see them progress and return to what they love to do.
What sport keeps you on your toes the most?
Hockey. Definitely the most unpredictable and fast paced.
What recommendations do you have for preventative care for people in the workplace?
Make sure to take breaks and prevent blood clots!
To take a deeper look into what athletic trainers really do for their profession, visit www.nata.org to learn more. The TIU athletic training program also has accounts on instagram @tiu_at, on Facebook @TIU Athletic Training Program, and on twitter @TIU_AT,