Matt Saemrow rounds out the Minnesotan crew that makes up three-fourths of the Shattuck-St. Mary's athletic training staff. Though athletic training was not always a passion for him, it quickly became the perfect fit.
Q: What sparked your interest in athletic training?
A: Initially I was going to school for math or finance and nothing related to sports medicine. However, through a series of events and a transfer of colleges, I decided that I wanted to do something with sports medicine. I knew I didn’t want to be confined inside an office all day so when I discovered athletic training, it was a perfect fit.
Q: What was your career path?
A: I attended Gustavus Adolphus College, just two years behind Ms. Ferber, and completed two bachelor’s degrees in athletic training and exercise physiology. I decided that Minnesota wasn’t cold enough for me, so I moved up to Valley City, North Dakota for two years. During that time I was able to complete my master’s degree in athletic training from North Dakota State University as well as a graduate assistantship at Valley City State University. While I was a graduate assistant at VCSU, I worked primarily with the football and women’s basketball team. I also worked with many of the other sports teams and assisted with the softball strength and conditioning program. Upon graduation, I decided Minnesota was the place I wanted to be and moved back to the Minneapolis area and started working at a physical therapy clinic. There I specialized in rehabilitation and also provided athletic training coverage to several local high schools and youth sporting organizations.
Q: How long have you been at SSM and what do you enjoy about working at SSM?
A: I started at Shattuck this past September and just completed my seventh month here. I love the diversity of the student-athlete population at SSM. Having kids come to SSM from all around the country and even from other countries makes every day interesting and a constant learning experience. The facilities we have are also fantastic and really help us be able to do our job at a high level.
Q: How do you like to spend your time outside of SSM?
A: When I am not in the athletic training room, I enjoy fishing with my brother, both in the summer and winter. I also enjoy traveling to national parks with my family most summers. My favorite national park I have been to so far is Glacier National Park. I also like to stay active by working out and playing baseball in an adult league during the summer. This summer I will play my eleventh season with the Morristown Morries, a local amateur baseball team.
Q: What is your favorite sport?
A: I enjoy watching most sports though I would have to say my true love lies with baseball - Go Twins! I have played since I was very young and as I previously mentioned and I continue to play to this day. Fun fact: I played with the Shattuck baseball team in high school and spent many spring afternoons practicing on Parade Field. I even had Coach Carpentier as a baseball coach for 2 years.