Athletic Training Program Director
Associate Professor of Athletic Training
Classes taught: Introduction to Athletic Training, Orthopedic Assessment, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, Sports Psychology, Senior Seminar
At North Park since: 1996
What do you want to do in life? Andrew Lundgren first answered this question in high school, preparing college applications. “It can be difficult to answer under any circumstance, but I found it particularly challenging with my arms in plaster casts,” says Andrew, who had been injured on the baseball field. “However, the injury helped me figure out what I wanted to do in life.”
Andrew had always played sports, and by the time his high school athletic career was ending, he’d spent plenty of time with his school’s athletic trainer, shadowing his every move and running onto the playing field as he assessed injuries. “After spending much of my life on that field,” he says, “it suddenly seemed like those same fair and foul lines wouldn’t make for the worst office space.”
Twenty years later, Andrew now realizes he wasn’t just describing a job. “For me, athletic training is not merely a career; it’s my calling,” he says. Because of North Park’s size, Andrew is able to directly help students find their calling, too. “I have the opportunity to get to personally know our students, and I can then challenge each one individually.”
Andrew can also be seen on the sidelines with the men’s soccer team, providing athletic training coverage. He is currently pursuing doctoral work in athletic training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
MEd, Athletic Training/Higher Education, North Park University
BS, Athletic Training, Springfield College
“The Student-Athlete and Sickle Cell Trait,” Illinois Athletic Trainers Association, 2009.
“Using Technology to Promote an Interactive Classroom Environment,” ACCA – Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium, 2009.
“Why Become an ATC: Advantages of the Profession,” National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, 2007.