Marshall Medical Center celebrates Athletic Training Month
LEWISBURG, Tenn. — Athletic trainers are a vital part of the physical therapy services offered by Marshall Medical Center (MMC). March is Athletic Training Month, a time when MMC recognizes the certified athletic trainers on the medical center staff.
Athletic trainers are experienced in treating a range of patients in a variety of settings, including on the sidelines of school sporting events. MMC employs three certified athletic trainers who work in the MMC Physical Therapy Department and provide support to athletic programs at schools in Marshall County.
“Our trainers work alongside athletic directors, coaches and team physicians to provide proper conditioning to athletes before games and to treat health issues and injuries that may arise during and after games,” said MMC Physical Therapy Director Jamie Davis.
Gaby Bussell, ATC, provides athletic training services to Forrest High School. She earned a master’s degree with an emphasis in kinesiology and athletic training from Fresno Pacific University. “An athletic trainer is the heart and soul of athletic injury prevention and treatment,” said Bussell. “Coaches know that I will set up doctor appointments, help with rehabilitation exercises and help with filing accident reports for insurance purposes.”
Gregg Cloutier, ATC, provides support to student athletes at Marshall County High School. He holds a master’s degree in education from Auburn University. “The most rewarding part of my job is when athletes return with their families to visit and they have become productive members of the community,” said Cloutier.
Lindsay Vandever, ATC, supports athletic programs at Cornersville High School. She earned a master’s degree in physical education with emphasis in athletic training from the University of South Carolina. “The most rewarding part of being an athletic trainer is when I get to see athletes I have helped to treat get back into a competition,” said Vandever. “Getting to see them come full circle is really rewarding. I serve to bridge the gap between the sports program and the doctor’s office or hospital.”
According to Davis, the MMC athletic training staff serves hundreds of student athletes each year between the three schools.
In addition to managing the care of injuries on the sidelines and in the locker room, the certified athletic trainers at MMC work with physical therapists who treat student athletes in the therapy center.
MMC Physical Therapy is located in Suite 205 of the Marshall Medical Office Building at 1090 North Ellington Parkway in Lewisburg. For more information, call 931.270.3676 or visit MauryRegional.com.