Jim Rakow joins the St. Thomas Athletic Department for his sixth season as Head Athletic Trainer in 2019. Currently employed by Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO), Rakow serves in his position through the partnership between the University of St. Thomas and TCO.
As the Head Athletic Trainer, Jim is responsible for the medical needs of each of UST’s 22 varsity programs. He plays a key role in the care and prevention of athletic injuries both on game day and for each practice, as well as educating athletes in the aforementioned areas.
He is also heavily involved in the Minnesota Athletic Trainers Association, having served as both the Chair and Vice President of the Public Relations committee. He is also a part of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, where he sits on the association’s Winter Symposium Organizing Committee.
“I am excited to build the relationship between Twin Cities Orthopedics and the University of St. Thomas,” states Rakow. “St. Thomas has a well-deserved reputation of excellence supported by tradition and outstanding people that I am looking forward to being a part of.”
Rakow brings a great deal of experience to UST. A member of the TCO staff for each of the last 10 years beginning in 2006, Jim comes to St. Thomas following four years as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Augsburg College where he educated and developed programs for athletes in addition to providing necessary medical care.
In his 10 years with Twin Cities Orthopedics, Rakow has been instrumental in developing and fostering the TCO’s relationship with the MIAC and its members. Alongside UST and Augsburg, TCO has also worked closely with Hamline and St. Catherine. Jim has held various positions with TCO, including Clinic Manager, Sports Medicine Manager, and Sports Medicine Liaison. Throughout these roles, he has been responsible for the oversight of clinical operations, research compliance, educational compliance, the procurement of research grants, and program development.
Prior to his time at TCO, Jim served as the Sports Medicine Resource Coordinator at the Minnesota Sports Medicine Center from July of 2001 to February of 2006. In nearly five years with the center, Rakow played a key role in the development and execution of continuing education programming, compliance in the areas of education, research, and grants, and also assisted in the coordination of an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Jim also spent three years as a Physician Extender at Orthopedic Consultants PA of Minneapolis from 1998 to 2001 after beginning his professional career as the Athletic Trainer at Bloomington Kennedy High School from 1995 to 1998.
A native of Wausau, Wis., Rakow attended D.C. Everest High School. After graduating in 1987, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Corporate and Community Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1993 and became Athletic Training certified the following year.
Rakow resides in Bloomington, Minn., with his wife, Holly, and their two children, Adam and Ally.