By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Athletic trainers may not score any points or make big plays, but they have the most important job in sports....keeping the players healthy.
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and McNeese State University teamed up this week to provide high school athletic trainers the chance to work first hand with members of the Lake Area Athletic Trainers Association.
The students were able to get a feel for what it's like to be a certified athletic trainer and the information they received will help prepare them for unforeseen situations.
"You never know when it's going to come and it will help you understand and not get in the way," said high school trainer Leanne Hargrover.
Jim Murphy, the Head Athletic Trainer for McNeese athletics stated, "It's important for them to learn what to do with different situations, but it's also important for them to learn not to make mistakes out there and do the wrong thing."
Murphy says many of the students attend the workshops over the course of their high school careers.
"There's a lot of information to disseminate about athletic training," said Murphy. "We can't do it all in one year."
The four year program is divided into four phases, beginning, intermediate, advanced, and advanced II. Students begin with a focus on the ankle, and then work their way up to the knee, and then shoulder before eventually leaning to deal with new issues in the profession.
Murphy stated, "We really go cover anatomy and the different joints that are involved in athletic injury, evaluation of them, treatment, [and the] rehabilitation. We pretty much cover the whole spectrum."
From how to secure a neck or back injury, to dealing with staff infections, or how to properly tape an ankle, when the students leave they will be able to keep everyone at the top of their game.
"It will help me with the football players at school now," said Hargrover.
Murphy stated, "It gives them the chance to get a feel for the profession and look at it as possibly a career for themselves."