AT Spotlight - Steve Kennelly

As part of National Athletic Training Month, the ATSNJ wanted to "spotlight" individuals within our membership who work in different settings. We asked certain individuals to answer a few questions about themselves in order to get a glimpse of who they are as both people and professionals. Today we are "spotlighting" Steve Kennelly. The answers she provided are below: Question:  When did you decide you wanted to be an AT?Answer:  It was during my freshman year in college. A high school friend of mine told me he was looking into becoming an athletic trainer. I was a business major at the time, which was not very appealing to me. I loved sports growing up, and played three sports in high school so athletic training sounded very interesting. I did some research and decided to go for it. The next year I transferred to Northeastern University to pursue a career in athletic training. Question:  How long have you been a Certified Athletic Trainer?Answer:  I have been a certified athletic trainer for 32 years. Question:  Where are you currently employed and how long have you been employed there?Answer:  I am currently employed by the New York Football Giants where I recently completed my 25th season. Question:  What is your favorite part(s) of your AT setting?Answer:  I like many aspects of working in the NFL including being part of the team, taking care of the players, the excitement of game day, and traveling to different stadiums. But other than having my family enjoy some of these experiences with me, my favorite part is the challenge of working one on one with an athlete to overcome a serious injury. You really develop trust, and bond with each other while working as a team to return to the field in a safe and efficient manner.  Question:  Have you had any injuries or had to be on the “patient” side of rehab?Answer:  Not really as I suffered very few injuries when I was a competitive athlete. The worst were a fractured ankle playing hockey and a shoulder subluxation playing football.  Since I became an athletic trainer, I have always prided myself in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while remaining injury free - for the most part! Question:  What are some of your hobbies?Answer:  The NFL season and off-season are quite demanding in terms of days/hours on the job, so I enjoy spending as much time with my family as possible including attending sports and school events for my kids. I have also developed a passion for athletic development and started a consulting company: Kennelly Athletics & Sports Medicine, LLC. Question:  How many states have you traveled to?Answer:  I have traveled to 40 states. Question:  What is your favorite place you have seen?Answer:  Ireland. My wife and I are from Irish heritage.  We had always wanted to take a family trip to Ireland and finally made it a reality last year. It’s a beautiful country. Question:  Do you have a family? Husband, wife, kids, pets?Answer:  My wife Rita and I will be married 25 years in June. Our son Ryan is a senior at Gettysburg College, and our two daughters attend Indian Hills High School in Oakland. Lia is a senior, and Mary is a freshman. We also have Maggie our 12-year old dog, and Mary’s pet rabbit named Charlie. Question:  What is your favorite family activity?Answer:  Any vacation as a family. In addition to vacationing at the Jersey shore and Lake George, we have had the opportunity to travel to different states and countries including Ireland and Mexico, as well as 3 Super Bowls. It’s been a great experience for us. Question:  What is your favorite holiday and why?Answer:  It has to be Christmas. As the saying goes – ‘it’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ It gives us time to reflect on the importance of family, friendships, and giving.  The ATSNJ would like to thank Steve for taking the time to answer the questionnaire. We take pride in all of our membership. For additional informtion on the ATSNJ, please visit us on all of our social media platforms. You can find the ATSNJ on Facebook (@NJSportSafety), on Twitter (@NJSportSafety) and on Instagram (atsnj).