Jim Murphy named Athletic Trainer of the Year

Jim "Doc" Murphy, ATC, PT, coordinator of Sports Medicine at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, was recently named by the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA) as the 2009 Athletic Trainer for a College or University in recognition of his exceptional service to Memorial Hospital, McNeese State University and other organizations. Presentation of the award took place in Panama City Beach, Florida.

"As head athletic trainer for all McNeese sports, Jim supports the coaches and players in injury prevention, injury treatment, and rehabilitation," explained Dr. David Drez, Jr., orthopedic surgeon and medical director of Memorial's Sports Medicine department. "Because he provides on-site coverage, injured athletes can be assessed and appropriate treatment recommendations can be given immediately."

In addition to the prevention and management of injuries, Murphy also deals with illnesses and diseases that might affect athletes' health and physical performance. From day-to-day operations to the consistent training schedule of the athletes, Sports Medicine provides a total program to promote and maintain physical fitness.

"Jim is a valued asset to our area's athletic programs and well deserving of this honor," said Dr. Drez.

A commended Vietnam veteran, Murphy has spent most of his professional career in Texas and Louisiana. He has been the coordinator of Memorial's Sports Medicine program for nearly 15 years, and has served as head athletic trainer at McNeese State University for 28 years. Murphy has also been recognized by the Louisiana Sports Medicine Society with the Jim Finks Award.

For more information, call Memorial's Sports Medicine at (337) 477-0248.