Growing up in Wyoming (the state, not the city), Amy Hamilton, MA, LAT, ATC, played volleyball, basketball and softball. She loved sports and she loved helping people, but at the time, she didn’t know what kind of career would best blend those two things.
After high school, Amy went on to play college basketball at a small private school in Minnesota. When a back injury sidelined her, the school’s athletic trainer helped her through rehab and got her back on the court.
“That’s the moment I knew, this is what I wanted to do,” Amy says.
She transferred to Minnesota State University in Mankato and was accepted to their athletic training program. That’s where she developed another love— for the sport of hockey.
“We didn’t have hockey in Wyoming,” Amy says, “But I had a feeling that this was my sport. And I knew I wanted to work with college hockey players one day.”
From college hockey to the pros
Thanks to a lot of hard work, Amy landed a dream job with the University of Minnesota Women’s Hockey team. At the time, they weren’t even an NCAA sanctioned sport. That soon changed. In Amy’s 13 years working with the team, she had a front row seat as the sport of women’s hockey took off.
Now as the manager of TRIA’s Sports Medicine program, Amy shares her passion for athletic training—and hockey— with the entire community. The TRIA Sports Medicine team works across the Twin Cities. They provide sideline medical care for local high school, college, team and community events and even our state’s newest professional team, the Whitecaps of the National Women’s Hockey League.
“Working with the Whitecaps has been amazing,” Amy says. “Two of the coaches and several of the players are former student athletes I worked with at the U. It’s incredible to see what these women have accomplished and how far this sport has come!”
Recognition from her peers
For all of her work to improve health care in our community and advance the profession of athletic training, Amy was recently honored with a Dedicated Service Award from the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA). Congratulations, Amy!