Learn more about endurance sports enthusiast, Annika Ferber, one of Shattuck-St. Mary's athletic trainers.
Annika Ferber was allowed to sign up for whatever sport she put her mind to growing up and being from Minnesota, that gave her quite a few options. From there, getting into athletic training seemed like a no-brainer when it came to deciding what she wanted to do with her life.
Q: What sparked your interest in athletic training?
A: When I was running track in high school, I started using the ice bath after practice for my shin splints. The school’s athletic trainer would sit and chat with the athletes, and I started to ask her about her job. I liked everything she had to say enough to apply for the Athletic Training major in college and I have never looked back!
Q: What was your career path after college?
A: After I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, I started a graduate assistantship at Concordia University Wisconsin for two years. This experience solidified that I wanted to continue working with young athletes as a career. I’ve worked at sports medicine clinics, junior hockey teams, and even cadaver labs. All of my work experiences leading to SSM prepared me for the unique dynamic the COE athletes here bring.
Q: How long have you been at SSM and what does your job entail?
A: I started at SSM in the fall of 2017. I’m in the athletic training room covering practices, as I’m sure the COE athletes know! We all work different events, which helps get to know everyone. I also program and run the strength and conditioning with the Figure Skating COE.
Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of SSM?
A: I enjoy spending time with my friend group, who all continue to be very active. We plan trips that always involve camping, hiking, cheering for each other in races, and generally be competitive with each other. My personal goal is to complete an Ironman triathlon in the next few years.
Q: What is your favorite sport?
A: I’ve always had a big interest in endurance sports. I competed in Nordic skiing collegiately and am still very active each winter with it. I love to tune in to NBC Sports to watch World Cup ski races and track and field whenever I can.