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Athletic Training Spotlight

Meet Madi Sehmer, a first-year student in our Master of Athletic Training program from Stoughton, WI.  Madi will graduate in May of 2021 with both her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Athletic Training degrees.  We are very excited to welcome Madi to our inaugural MAT class!

Name:    Madi Sehmer
Hometown:    Stoughton, WI
Degree Program:    MAT, May 2021

Madi Sehmer is a junior at Drake University studying in the Master of Athletic Training degree program.  Although she originally came to Drake intending to pursue a different healthcare career, she found her love of athletic training after doing some shadowing in the profession.  After hearing about the new opportunity for a masters degree in athletic training at Drake, she met with the Program Director, who helped her set up some shadowing experiences with athletic trainers on campus.  After learning and seeing what the profession was about, she knew athletic training was the perfect fit for her.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in Athletic Training? 

I’ve always been passionate about staying active and playing sports, and a profession that revolved around helping competitive and driven individuals was something that instantly attracted me. I love that the work Athletic Trainers do is different every day and involves creativity as well as science.

What are your professional goals as a future AT? 

As someone who is competitive and loves sports, I would love to see myself working with a big D1 team or even in the professional setting. However, the career opportunities for Athletic Training are endless and I am open to seeing all that the profession has.

Tell us about the experiential learning sites you've been at so far, and what was the purpose of each?

I’ve been at both traditional (sporting team that is usually affiliated with a school) and non-traditional sites (clinical settings at places like Iowa Ortho and DMOS) to help me understand the vast career opportunities that are out there for Athletic Trainers.

How has your time at your experiential sites helped you in your education? 

Our professors educate us on clinical skills very well, but actually performing these skills on patients/athletes who need assistance is the only way to know that you are doing your job right. With the help from my professor as well as from my preceptors, I know I will graduate as a great Athletic Trainer.

What is your favorite memory so far from your experiential sites?

It was my first day at a new site which happened to be a high school setting. I was watching football practice when a player went down and couldn’t get back up. My preceptor and I ran over to evaluate the emergency situation, which happened to be a broken leg. We kept the athlete calm while we activated the EAP to get the player to the hospital as quickly and pain free as possible. My classes prepared me well to handle an emergency situation and I learned a lot about being alert and able to react efficiently.

Why did you choose to attend Drake?

I really enjoy the small size of the school which allows me to personally know all of my professors and the opportunities for me to grow professionally are endless.

How are your experiences in the Master of Athletic Training program helping you to pursue your career goals?

The experiences I have at my experiential sites are helping me pursue my career goals the most, as they allow me to practice my skills and learn from a great preceptor. For academics, Emergency Care for Athletic Trainers is one class that really allowed me to see firsthand how important my job is and how vital it is for me to be confident in my abilities as a practitioner.

What are some of your accomplishments at Drake and in the MAT program?

Through the MAT program I’ve been involved in research, CPHS Ambassadors, and teaching Human Anatomy Lab. All of these positions allow me to be a more well-rounded and professional individual.

Share a few things you’ve liked the most about your time at Drake and in the MAT program?

One of my favorite memories was the Blue Coat Ceremony, held a couple weeks after you begin the AT program. It made me excited for my future semesters at Drake and that I was really supported by my professors and Drake University.

What is one piece of advice you would give to future Drake students?

Don’t be afraid to use all the resources Drake has to offer you. This includes librarian help finding articles, writing workshops, tutoring, reaching out to professors, and professional development. Through these services, I know Drake will prepare me for my career after I graduate.

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