Learn more about Minnesota native Caroline Lounsbury, one of Shattuck-St. Mary's athletic trainers.
Caroline Lounsbury is no stranger to Minnesota winters and humid summers having grown up in Duluth, Minn. A case of perfect timing brought her to Shattuck-St. Mary's and her passion for athletic training has made her a great addition to the sports medicine staff.
Q: What sparked your interest in athletic training and sports medicine?
A: Having had my fair share of athletic injuries, I always knew I wanted to do something in the medical field. At first I thought I might be a doctor, but I really wanted to focus on an athletic population and didn’t want to be cooped up inside every day. A few weeks into my freshman year, I decided that physical therapy was the route I would take. I wanted to be a physical therapist for a sports team. I soon learned that outside of professional sports, that’s not really a thing. During one of my classes, the head athletic trainer for football and the head athletic trainer for volleyball came to talk to my class about an athletic medicine internship opportunity. I applied for the internship and was placed with the volleyball team. It was then that I realized that athletic training was exactly what I wanted to do for a career.
Q: Where did you work prior to SSM?
A: After finishing grad school in Arkansas, I decided I wanted to experience another new place, so I accepted a job as an athletic trainer in Anchorage, Alaska. It was an amazing learning experience both professionally and personally. Athletic training was pretty new to the state of Alaska, so I was thrown in the deep end in the best way and got to work together with a great team of ATs to provide the best care we could to local schools, club sports, and summer baseball. When Shattuck-St. Mary’s posted a job opening for an athletic trainer, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, and after reading about the school I knew this was the perfect place for me.
Q: How long have you been at SSM and what do you like best about working here?
A: I’ve been at SSM since March of 2017 and it’s been a wonderful experience so far. I like how the athletic department here is run more like a small college than a traditional high school. Getting the opportunity to work with different athletes throughout the day allows us to give as much individual attention to athletes as we can. The flexible scheduling makes it so no two days are the same which keeps things interesting!
Q: How do you spend your time outside of the sports complex?
A. Outside of work, I enjoy many outdoor pursuits such as hiking, skiing (both alpine and Nordic), mountain biking, fishing, and spending as much time as I can on the beautiful lakes of Minnesota. Being back in Minnesota has allowed me to spend much more time with family and friends who live here and in Wisconsin, and for that I am thankful.
Q: What is your favorite sport?
A: It’s hard for me to pick one favorite, and I appreciate elements of all sports. I grew up a swimmer and downhill skier, so those would probably be my favorite sports to participate in, but favorite sport to work as an athletic trainer kind of depends on the day for me. I will say I’m glad SSM doesn’t have football though!