Kara Steen, MS, LAT, ATC, CES
Athletic Trainer – The University of Kansas Health System
The University of Kansas Health System is the athletic training provider of De Soto High School. We provide athletic trainers to 27 high schools and middle schools in the De Soto, Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission, and Lansing school districts. Learn more about our Sports Medicine and Performance Center at kansashealthsystem.com/sportsmedicine.
Kara Steen joined The University of Kansas Health System Youth Sports Medicine and Performance Center in July 2019. She is currently the head athletic trainer at De Soto High School.
Steen is an integral part of the school’s athletic program and said she is privileged to consider herself part of the Wildcats family. She is at the school each day for practices and on the sidelines during games and events. She works directly with student athletes providing emergency care, injury evaluation and rehabilitation.
“There is something special about being a part of the athletics family-like atmosphere here at DHS,” Steen said. “Of course, I hate for any athlete to suffer an injury, but I am happy to be the person they look to for guidance when it matters most.”
Steen enjoys the calm before the storm. “Athletic trainers are usually the first to arrive and the last to leave. We prepare for each day’s activities and take care of anything that comes up along the way.”
Steen grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and played just about every sport including hockey, skateboarding, tennis and soccer. After earning bachelor’s degrees in exercise science and athletic training at Wichita State University [“GO SHOCKS!”], Steen completed a master’s degree in health promotion and rehabilitation sciences at California University of Pennsylvania. “With these degrees I was able to complete many other certifications to add to my skill set as an athletic trainer.”
“My favorite experience in college was working with the Wichita State Baseball team,” Steen said. “My mentor sparked a passion in me for the sport and helped me understand how the body masters the mechanics of the sport.” After college, Steen interned with the Wichita Wingnuts minor league baseball team, which led to her becoming head athletic trainer for the next seasons.
Steen loves being part of The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Center. “We are lucky to be supported by a world class staff of physicians who assist on the sidelines and take exceptional care of our athletes on and off the field. They are literally only a text or call away. We also have a vibrant team of ATs to collaborate with and bounce ideas off. We are able to use our connections and communicate quickly to provide the best care for our athletes.”
In her off time, Steen and her husband love being outside and hanging out with their 2 dogs. “Whether it’s exercising, sightseeing, traveling or catching a Royal’s game, we are in!”