Schroeder to Work as Olympic Athletic Trainer
August 02, 2013
University of Mount Union athletic trainer and instructor Kevin Schroeder seized the opportunity of a lifetime as he applied and was chosen to complete the process required to work with the United States Olympic Committee as an athletic trainer for the Olympic games.
Through an application process, Schroeder was asked to highlight all of his athletic training experiences, describe why he is qualified to work with this prestigious committee, as well as provide letters of recommendation from his colleagues. Schroeder awaits the next step which requires him to travel to The Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where he will be observed and critiqued on his clinical skills while working with Olympic athletes. He will have the opportunity to work with athletes from a variety of sports including modern pentathlon, Paralympic swimming, Greco-Roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling.
Schroeder fell in love with the profession of athletic training after suffering an unusual and bizarre injury while in high school. A collision with the opponent’s goalkeeper caused him to lacerate his liver, keeping him away from contact sports for a period lasting nine months. During this required time off, he began helping his high school athletic trainer and quickly discovered what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
“I am humbled that I have been given such a meaningful opportunity to work with some of the world's greatest athletes and to help them maintain good health and well-being in their journey to the Olympic games,” said Schroeder.
Schroeder earned a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from East Carolina University, a Master of Science degree in sports medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Athletic Training degree from the University of Idaho.
At Mount Union, Schroeder oversees the healthcare for the volleyball and wrestling programs, as well as serves as an instructor and the clinical education coordinator for the athletic training program.
"As an athletic trainer, I cannot think of a more rewarding experience to be invited to be a part of. In many ways, this is a dream come true for me.”