Hello! I am Drew Werner. As a certified athletic trainer, I have had the privilege of working closely with athletes for the last 11 years. I have been able to see the joy of winning championships and seeing the hard work pay off. I have seen the tears of defeat when seasons finished in heartbreaking fashion. I have helped athletes handle seasons ending with major injuries. I know the pressure, stress, and demands that go into being a great athlete. I also understand the sadness, denial, anger, fear, and acceptance that is a part of injuries.
Helping athletes physically recover from injury has been a passion of mine since entering my undergraduate program at Indiana Wesleyan University. There are a lot of physical and mental struggles that come with being an injured athlete. Not only does your body need to heal, but your mind needs to recover as well. There is potential for fear, anxiety, grief, loss of identity, and loneliness to occur. I’ve seen athletes go through the stages of grief until they are able to accept the injury and start the full recovery process. Once I realized the impact of mental anguish on an injury, helping the whole body to recover became my new passion. As an injured athlete, it can be hard to find someone to turn to during times of need. I understand the physical and mental aspects of injury and can be someone for you to turn to during one of the hardest times of being an athlete. Don’t let an injury inhibit you from reaching your goals.
My passion for mental performance has continued to grow for non-injured athletes since completing my Master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Capella University in 2015. Reflecting on my personal past athletic opportunities, I am always struck with a feeling that I missed out on something. I had no idea what mental performance or sport psychology was as a developing athlete. Knowing what I know now, I wish I would have tapped into the mental aspect of my game. If I had done that, I might have had more athletic opportunities. Athletics has been a love of mine since a young age, and I have been able to find careers that allow me to continue working in the setting that I enjoy.
I have loved athletics for as long as I can remember. I am from a small town in Michigan surrounded by cornfields where sports is a way of life for many. This is also where I met my wife Hannah in middle school. After finishing my undergraduate degree in Indiana, my wife and I moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where I started my career as an athletic trainer for a local college. We are currently living in Chicago where we love to explore the city, treat ourselves to a wide variety of good food, and spend time with some of our closest friends.
Let’s combine your love for playing a game with my passion for mental performance and recovery to make something amazing happen. Sign up for a free mini session today!