From the field to the doctor’s office: Kate Broering

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If there is a specific local businesswoman that you’d like to be featured, email future suggestions to conor.revell@gmail.com. This week’s feature is on former Ballard star soccer and softball player Kate Broering who is now a doctor in the Cincinnati area.

1) What is your athletic background (school and/or club) and education (High school-Collegiate)?

I played softball and soccer most of my life. At times I dabbled in other sports like dance, gymnastics and basketball, but none of them quite stuck. Growing up I played softball at Lyndon Recreation, in addition to playing with their travel ball team in the summers. I began playing soccer at Mockingbird indoor before switching to the Mockingbird outdoor club team when I was about 10 years old. In high school I was a four year member of the varsity team for both soccer and softball. During college I returned to playing softball in a women’s league at Lyndon and competed a few summers in travel ball tournaments with other women from the league.

2) How did athletics teach you to overcome adversity in the workplace?

Athletics taught me a lot more than the skills required of a certain sport. Through the years I learned about leadership, communication, and how to work with a team. Persistent hard work and perseverance through long practices and seasons were key in finding success. All of these attributes are important on the beyond the field because when adversity undoubtedly presents itself in the workplace, you have to communicate, lead, and utilize teamwork with your coworkers to overcome it.

3) What was the most challenging point of your athletic career?

The most challenging time in my athletic career was when I tore my ACL five months prior to starting High School. I was sidelined for that spring softball and soccer season and was not sure that I would be prepared to play High School ball. With a lot of hard work at the physical therapist, I was able to make a full recovery and not delay my start in high school sports.

4) What has been the most challenging point in your professional career?

The most challenging point in my professional career was during my pediatric residency. Medical Residents work up to 80 hours a week and up to 28 hours at a time. In addition to the time commitment being challenging, my role as a Pediatric Resident was to care for sick kids in the hospital. I saw a lot of sick kids, some who recovered and others who did not. Going through this with the families was very challenging, but also an honor that those families trusted me with their children.

5) What is your advice to young student athletes today?

I would advise young student athletes to find what they are passionate about and to give that their all. If that is athletics, great!  But if it is something else, take the lessons you learn from sports and carry those with you. When you look back you won’t remember the early Saturday morning practices or social events you missed; you will remember the relationships you built and lessons you learned. There will be a day for everyone when you will compete for the last time, but the lessons and memories will be with you forever.