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Question & Answer With the Athletic Trainers - Part Two

Left side has National Athletic Training Month logo; right side is a photo of Katie Knisely and Ashley Steffey

National Athletic Training Month (NATM) is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. NATM is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

This year, we asked our two athletic trainers a few questions to help you get to know them!

This is the second of a two-part series.

Question #6: How many steps per day to you average during crossover season?

Katie Knisely, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS - Depending on the days but between 15,000-20,000

Ashley Steffey, MS, LAT, ATC, GT - Anywhere between 16,000-18,000, I'd guess

Question #7: What is one of your favorite random facts you've learned?

Katie - When you have a bloody nose it you stomp the heel of the opposite nostril that is bleeding then the blood will stop.

Ashley - A human's pinky finger contributes to over 50% of the hand's strength.

Question #8: What is your current Netflix go-to/favorite series?

Katie - I have always been a big fan of Supernatural, but I like The 100, Vampire Diaries, Lost in Space

Ashley - Criminal Minds

Question #9: What are the best experiences you've had professionally so far?

Katie - One of my best experiences was the situation I was in while starting my grad school position. Unfortunately, the name of an athletic trainer was tarnished by the AT previous to me and by the end of my last year at the HS I was at the students, coaches, parents, and administrators were able to trust the athletic trainer again - that was very fulfilling to me.

It is always an amazing feeling to see your athletes you've been working with all year be successful in their sports, and additionally the teams be successful in their seasons. Some of our teams here at SMC have won conference tournaments, championships and even been able to host the regional competitions. Them being so successful makes the long hours, the packing of breakfast, lunch and dinner, sometimes in the same day worth it.

In addition to the successful seasons being presented with the same bling as the athletes when they win conference and being appreciated in that way means so much more than words can describe.

I truly enjoy making up new and fun rehab exercises for our athletes. It's boring doing the same thing over and over again and changing it up and designing an obstacle course in the Athletic Training Room is a fun way to liven it up.

Ashley - Way too many to name, but a few from Saint Mary's are:

- Hosting conference and regionals for Softball in 2018
- Basketball beating Albion at Albion in the first round of the tournament last season
- Volleyball beating Hope in 3 at Hope in 2017
- Tennis beating Kalamazoo for the first time in 10 years last season
- Cross Country regionals this year
- Golf winning everything, all the time
- Lacrosse winning conference last year
- Soccer beating CUW (my grad school alma mater) in 2018
- Being able to work side-by-side with Katie for the past 5 years and having the ability to learn so much from her!
- Clearing an athlete after a tough rehab

Question #10: Favorite hype song is... 

Katie - Big fan of Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars

Ashley - You're Gonna Go Far, Kid by The Offspring


About NATA (according to their website): The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 45,000 members worldwide today. The mission of the National Athletic Trainers' Association is to represent, engage and foster the continued growth and development of the athletic training profession and athletic trainers as unique health care providers.