There comes a time when the things you have either heard or learned in the past come full circle. That very thing occurred for LSU Athletic Training Alumni Jeff Gregory, ATC. A little over a month ago Jeff, who is now the running backs coach at Neville High School in Monroe Louisiana, was called to use the skills he had learned at LSU as an athletic training student when one of his players collapsed on the field. Remembering his medical training from LSU, Jeff quickly rushed to the 17 year old and began CPR. With the help of the other coaches, Jeff was able to provide life sustaining care to the young athlete until emergency medical technicians arrived. It was the combined effort of the other coaches, who cut the boy’s pads off, ran to activate emergency services, as well as hooking up the AED that played an essential role in saving his life. Jeff Gregory reached out to one of his fellow LSU athletic training classmates, Lance Champagne, ATC, to share what had happened and how he felt about the event. In turn, Lance reached out to the staff at LSU, Jack Marucci, Andy Barker, Shelly Mullenix, and Shawn Eddy, to thank them for preparing them so well for those types of situations. In the e-mail Lance said, “Jeff and I talked on the phone last night. He talked about all the in-services and the annual CPR/spine boarding/emergency situation “practice” we did as students. He said he felt like that prepared him for his emergency situation.” The LSU Athletic Training Program and its staff have continued and expanded the annual pre-season in-services, which are meant to keep students comfortable with performing the emergency care tasks that they may be called to use one day. Lance wrote, “Looking back, those early morning meetings seemed like such a pain and that you guys were making us get up early as some sort of sick punishment, but it was all worthwhile. I know I personally haven’t said it enough, but THANK YOU to all of you for efforts to educate…” Jeff reached out to Jack the morning after the event to personally thank him for the mentorship and guidance over the years. Shelly Mullenix mentioned in response to Jeff's call that, "It is humbling to be able to think back out how fortunate we have been to have such great athletic training students come through this program. To know that a number of our kids (now adults) have played a role in saving the life of a someone's child is just incredible. Times like this make me proud to be a part of LSU." This story really hits home for me, as I am sure it will for all past and presents students. We will never truly appreciate the emergency training the Athletic Training Program provides for us, but we will when we are called to use those skills. At that time, we will realize how truly blessed we are to have people who care so much about the quality of education and experience that we receive in the LSU Athletic Training Program.
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