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Kari Nohren Serving as OCC's Full-time Athletic Trainer

Kari Nohren PhotoOlney Central College athletes are benefiting from a full-time athletic trainer made possible through a partnership with Carle Richland Memorial Hospital.

Kari Nohren previously served part-time at the college while working the past six years as the full-time athletic trainer at Newton Community High School. She is excited to work with OCC’s student athletes on a full-time basis.

“Moving from high school to the collegiate level was the next step in my career,” Nohren said. “I have worked with the staff here and I am eager to get to know them better. I’m looking forward to being more involved and available to the athletes and coaches than I have been. There was definitely the need for someone here full-time. It is a higher level of play with more risk for injuries. The athletes need someone to take care of them.”

She added, “I like working with this age group. You can treat them as adults. They are having to take care of themselves and you can help guide them as they make decisions. I love educating people in this age group about how to take care of themselves.”

President Rodney Ranes said the college is thankful to Carle Richland Memorial Hospital for making it possible to have a full-time athletic trainer available at OCC.

“We greatly appreciate Carle Richland Memorial Hospital for helping us to have excellent athletic training services here at the college,” Ranes said. “Kari has started and is working with our athletes to ensure they have a healthy and safe environment and are able to perform at the highest levels. We greatly appreciate the administration of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in supporting our local community college to be successful both in the classroom and on the athletic court and field.”

In her new position, Nohren will work closely with OCC’s basketball, baseball and softball teams on injury prevention and treatment. She also will make referrals to Carle RMH specialists when additional care is needed.

Nohren is already initiating a strength-training and conditioning program for the women’s basketball team.

“It allows the coaches to focus more on practices and other tasks,” Nohren said. “They do not have to worry about injuries. I can take care of that and they can focus on the basketball season.”

Nohren also procured all four teams new water bottles, which were made possible through a sponsorship by Carle RMH.

In the future, Nohren hopes to enhance OCC’s athletic training room.

“I want to elevate the sports medicine here,” she said. “At this level of play, you get a lot of injuries that require surgery. There are a couple of pieces of equipment that are missing and I would like to get those and add a new taping station. I want athletes to know when they come here they are going to be taken care of and that they have me as a resource.”

A native of Oakland, Nohren originally considered pursuing a career in nursing, but changed her mind while taking a high school health occupations class. With an interest in bio-sciences, she participated in job shadowing experiences including physical therapy and cardiac rehab. Eventually, she found the perfect fit in Eastern Illinois University’s athletic training program, which combines elements of both disciplines. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from EIU in December 2013.

“Athletes are the people everyone in health care wants to work with,” Nohren said. “They want to work and have a good attitude because they want to get better.”

Nohren is looking forward to assisting OCC’s athletes during their upcoming seasons.  

“I want to wish good luck to the teams,” she added. “I hope they get to achieve their goals and I can help them do that.”

Nohren currently resides in Jasper County with her husband and two daughters.

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