Former college athlete in dream job taking care of young players - KCTV5

Former college athlete in dream job taking care of young players

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

It's a weekday afternoon at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS, and the Pioneer football team is hard at work, getting ready for the next game.

Also hard at work is the school's director of sports medicine and the football team's trainer, Erin Steinkamp.

For the former college athlete, this is a dream job.

"I like taking care of people, being able to be around sports. My job is to watch sports and take care of people. I don't have to sit at a desk all day," she said.

Taking care of the school's athletes is a big part of Steinkamp's job. She's there to keep them healthy but, if something does happen, she and her team work to help them heal.

"When you diagnose an injury correctly or you take someone through rehab, especially when they have surgery, and four months later they're out on the field, that's great. But at the same time there's no way we can do it by ourselves. It's the athlete working really hard, it's our great team physician that we have, so we're just part of team," she said.

Steinkamp's resume includes some big Division I schools, among them are Oklahoma State, but she feels most at home in the metro. She has a family in the Kansas City area and enjoys working for a school that promotes her faith in God.

"I lean on Jesus Christ for everything. He's definitely gotten me through some really tough times, all of us gone through them in life, and I'm just happy to say I had Him to count on and he got me through those times because I don't think I'd be where I am today," she said.

Now in her fourth year at MidAmerica Nazarene, Steinkamp has seen a freshman class through their journey to graduation.

"I really love the relationships that we get to build with these young student athletes. This setting is definitely the setting that I love. Kids are off at school for the first time in their lives. They're away from home. They lean on us quite of bit and I just really enjoy seeing the growth in a kid that comes in as a freshman and see them graduate," she said.

This year another class of Pioneers is starting out and Steinkamp will be there guiding them through football, school and the game of life.

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