January 28, 2016

Bowl Proven

The LSU Tigers proved victorious at this year’s bowl game.  The Tigers were invited to play in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl this year against Texas Tech University.  As with every year, meticulous preparation went into to preparing for this bowl game and everyone from the support staff to the players contributed to the outcome.  It was an exciting game for Tiger’s fans as our defense held up strong against a notable, fast-paced Texas Tech offense.  The offense shined against the 125th defense in the nation.  We asked senior football Athletic Training Student Marissa Robles about her experience and she told us, "Being apart of a post season was great to learn and grow professionally and clinically.  While it was fun, it was an insight into how much more work goes into a longer travel week."  One of the unique parts of the bowl game was the opportunity for Jack, Andy, and Shelly to reconnect with an old student who has created a very successful career in Athletic Training. Ray Champagne has certainly come a long way from his start at LSU. He was the winner of the Tiger Cub Award in the Fall of 2009 as well as the winner of the prestigious Broussard Athletic Training Student of the Year in 2011.  It was certainly a proud moment for us to see him across the field running his own football program. 
In the end, we got the win and look forward to what next season will bring!

December Student of the Month

Congratulations Emily Heitman for receiving the Athletic Training Student of the Month for December 2015.  Emily is a third year student and is currently working with Women's Tennis.  She has also worked with Dutchtown High School and Women's Volleyball in the past.  Emily is outstanding inside the classroom and out.  Her preceptor Daniel states, "Emily is a fantastic student.  She is always willing to pick up new responsibilities, especially when we are on the road.  She always comes to work with a positive attitude and has developed a great relationship with the tennis athletes in the short time she has been with the program."  Congratulations again Emily for representing our program with class...and keep up the hard work.

LSU Athletic Training Student Symposium

The date for the 2016 LSU Athletic Training Annual Student Symposium has been announced! This year the symposium will be held at the LSU Football Operations building on Wednesday, March 9th.  This event has gives our Athletic Training Students and the staff of Certified Athletic Trainers at LSU an opportunity to teach high school students in the state of Louisiana and the surrounding states some of the most current trends in the treatment, identification and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.  Registration for the Symposium includes lunch and t-shirt for those who attend.  This is a really great opportunity for students who think they might be interested in pursuing a career in Athletic Training to learn more about the profession, our role in collegiate athletics, and acquire new skills that can be taken back to your own campuses to improve the health and wellness of your athletes. If you are interested in attending or know someone who might be interested in bringing their students, more information can be found on our Athletic Training website: lsuats.blogspot.com under the Spring Athletic Training Symposium link.  We are very excited to introduce some minor format changes and provide a fun learning experience for the students who attend. 

November 24, 2015

LSU and USC Luncheon

After suffering severe damage from terrible weather, South Carolina made the long trip to LSU at the alternative location of the scheduled football game.  In efforts to make the trip a little easier on the Athletic Training and Equipment students and staff, the LSU Athletic Training students and L Club hosted a luncheon when they arrived.  The L Club provided Voodoo BBQ for the visiting support staff including pulled pork, beans, mac and cheese, and bread pudding.  The Athletic Training students were able to spend time with the students from South Carolina over lunch and make them feel comfortable during their time in Baton Rouge.  

This luncheon was just one of the many things LSU
did to help South Carolina fans feel comfortable and aid the effort of restoring the damage done to their state.  All of the ticket and concession sales collected from the game in Death Valley were donated to assist in the relief efforts in South Carolina.  We are hoping that our efforts made the South Carolina support staff's trip to Baton Rouge a more enjoyable one.  We also hope that mingling with our fellow students for a short time was able to take their mind off the things going on back home.