Minneapolis City SC are excited to welcome David Bloomquist as Head Athletic Trainer for the club. Bloomquist, of Twin Cities Orthopedics, boasts impressive experience as a trainer and with soccer specifically, having previously spent three years with Minnesota United FC and Minnesota United FC Reserves.
We stole a few minutes to chat with David before surely keeping him busy as we prepare for our US Open Cup qualifier on November 19.
What is interesting about working with Minneapolis City?
“I’m most excited about working with high-level local athletes. It’s always fun to work with current and former collegiate players and it will be great to work with some former athletes from my time with MNUFC.”
Why did you become an Athletic Trainer?
“I always wanted to be in the healthcare field. Growing up as an athlete and playing throughout college, I realize how great a population of athletes are to work with. My experiences with various athletic trainers during my athletics career definitely helped shape my desire to become an athletic trainer myself.”
You have spent a lot of time working with soccer players? Why is that and do you have a specific approach for soccer players?
“I’ve always been a fan of the game. My first job out of graduate school was working with the men’s soccer team at St. John’s University and then I was fortunate enough to spend some time working with Minnesota United FC during the last three years of their tenure in the NASL.”
“Soccer players are unique because of the demands of the game. Overall, I would say that I use more manual therapy and hands-on techniques with soccer players than I might with other types of athletes. In terms of recovery from injury, you have to be able to train them both of the endurance and the explosive aspects of the match which can be a unique challenge.”
The NPSL has a short and intense season. How does that change, if it does, your approach?
“There is definitely a big emphasis on recovery with all of the players to make sure that they are taking care of their bodies, especially during weeks where they may have two or three games over the course of a week. The compactness of the NPSL schedule can take a tool on the players if they aren’t taking necessary steps to recover properly.”
What sets TCO apart?
“I feel that the value that TCO places on our community partners and the emphasis that is placed on quality care set us apart from other orthopedic and sports medicine providers. We strive to add value to our partner organizations whether those are youth, high school, collegiate, or professional relationships and provide our patients with the best possible experience.”