As many may already know, four members of our athletic training family were involved in the medical recovery efforts during the Boston Marathon. Dr. Ray Castle, Derek Carter, Brendan Jacob, and Caitlyn McKinley were all providing first responder care at the race that day. They are all currently back in classes/ work and are doing well getting back into their routines. Their courage and dedication displayed that day will always be remembered and appreciated by us at LSU. This traumatic event showed that athletic trainers may not only be taking care of torn ACL’s or heat cramps, but must be prepared for every emergency situation. The LSU athletic trainers were very impressed with the Boston Athletic Association and how well they implemented their emergency action plan. The collaboration between the Boston Athletic Association, marathon medical personnel, EMS, and local hospitals was seamless. Without the teamwork of all of these groups, the number of casualties and major injuries would have been significantly larger. We must look at this tragedy and search for the positives... and not hold on to the negatives. We must use this opportunity to come together as a nation and be in continuous prayer and support all of those effected by its aftermath. As a way of healing and to offer support, many of our student athletic trainers participated in a community effort to support Boston by running 2.62 miles in downtown Baton Rouge the weekend following the Boston Marathon. Thanks again to all those medical professionals working the race that day.
May 9, 2013
The time has come once again for our graduating class of Certified Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers to leave Baton Rouge and move all across the country to start their careers. Yuri Jean-Baptiste, who worked with Track and Field and Cross Country and soccer teams while at LSU, has already made the move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he is now working as a Staff Athletic Trainer for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels Football Program. Paul Porter, who gained experience with the Women and Men’s Tennis teams, will soon be relocating to Phoenix, Arizona where he has accepted the position as the athletic trainer for the Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League Baseball team. Derek Calvert, who worked with the Gymnastics and Football teams, will be working for Dr. Williams Myers, notable surgeon specializing in sports hernia repairs, at Vincera Core Physicians as a Certified Athletic Trainer in Philadelphia. Casey Maxwell, who worked with the Track and Field and Cross Country teams as well as Volleyball, will be moving to California to pursue athletic training opportunities on the west coast. Kate Goeler, Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Women’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis, and Insurance Coordinator, leaves in mid June to begin an 11-month mission trip around the world called The World Race. We are so proud of what these Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers have accomplished during their time here at LSU, grateful for all of their hard work and dedication, and excited to see what the future brings for them. Good luck!
One of our Staff Athletic Trainers, Micki Collins, who is currently the Athletic Trainer for LSU Women’s Basketball, recently attended the Southeastern Conference Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Opelika, AL. Athletic training colleagues and friends from the SEC gather each year to discuss current case studies, meet with vendors to see the latest equipment and supplies used in the medical field as well as network with conference ATCs. This year, Micki presented LSU's case studies, one being a student-athlete diagnosed with Guillan Barre Disease. According to Micki, the SEC Sports Medicine Conference is a great place to meet up with her fellow Women’s Basketball Athletic Trainers to exchange ideas and see what other conference programs are doing with similar issues. The meeting also serves as a forum to discuss improvements that can be made in areas such as concussion policies, host event coverage, as well as post season championship medical coverage. "We reflect on the previous year and go over any challenges faced and improvements that can be made, Collins says. Our Atletic Training Program was proud to have her represent Louisiana State University and look forward to another exciting year for athletic training!
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