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Holly Schmies

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor/MSAT Director, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Research Interests

  • Faculty Development in Teaching and Learning
  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Concussion Prevention

Professional Experience

  • Certified Athletic Trainer – UWSP (2000 – present); Penn State University (1998-2000); and UW-Madison.



  • Co-Coordinator, SLASH/PLAY Program (2018-Present)
  • Member, Institutional Review Board (2018-Present)
  • Member, multiple service committees at UWSP within Academic Affairs


  • Co-President – Parent/Teacher Organization McKinley Elementary School

Professional Memberships

  • Continuing Education Committee Chair – Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association (2012 – present)
  • Member, National Athletic Trainers’ Association (2000 – present)

Presentations and Publications


Beth L. Kinslow, Holly Schmies, Kirk J. Armstrong, Malissa Martin; Effective Teaching Methods for the Assessment and Treatment of Exertional Heat Illness in Athletic Training Education. Athletic Training Education Journal 1 April 2019; 14 (2): 128–134. doi:

Fun Facts

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A professional baseball player

Favorite Quote?

“Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart.” -Anonymous

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

  • Attaining accreditation for the athletic training program in 2003 and maintaining success.
  • Our alumni – it is fun to see our students become successful athletic trainers and health care providers.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Making connections with the students in the classroom and that ‘lightbulb’ moment for the students when it all starts to come together.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Get involved and have fun – don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and get involved with your peers and faculty.

Holly Schmies
Program Director - M.S.-Athletic Training
Professor - School of Health Sciences and Wellness
Co-coordinator - SPLASH and PLAY Programs

B125 Science Building


Ph.D. in Education - Professional Studies
Capella University, 2011

M.S. in Educational Administration
UW-Madison, 1998

B.S. in Athletic Training
UW-LaCrosse, 1996

ATC-Certified Athletic Trainer

LAT-Licensed Athletic Trainer
State of Wisconsin


AT 399 - Senior Practicum
AT 425 - Medical Aspects of Injury and Illness
AT 430 - Therapeutic Interventions of Injury and Illness
AT 712 - Evaluation & Analysis of Spine
AT 721 - Therapeutic Interventions II
HS 102 - Individualized Exercise Programming