Martin J. Broussard Center for Athletic Training
In the Spring of 1998, the athletic training program moved into the Dr. Martin J. Broussard Athletic Training Facility located on the Northeast corner of Tiger Stadium. The two story, 22,000 square foot facility contains 17 treatment tables with the newest forms of modalities available, 14 taping stations, a 1,600 square foot rehabilitation area which contains the latest rehabilitation equipment including the Cybex Norm, Woodway treadmills, and Body Master select rise equipment.
There are 20 computers/work stations which are loaded with an injury tracking program designed by the LSU athletic training staff utilizing the Paradox Database System as well as a therapeutic exercise computer program that generates exercise and rehab protocols.
The Broussard Athletic Training facility serves as the main athletic training facility for all treatments and rehabilitations, with satellite facilities in the Football Operations Facility, Pete Maravich Assembly Center, the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse, LSU Soccer Complex, Tiger Park, and Alex Box Stadium serving pre- and post-practice and competition necessities. The Broussard facility is manned by ten full-time Certified Athletic Trainers, ten Certified Graduate Assistants and approximately 30 Athletic Training Students.
Pool Rehabilitation Area
The 2,400 square foot state-of-the-art pool rehabilitation area houses three 8 x 11 Jacuzzi style walk-in whirlpools, a 15 x 30 lap pool that graduates in depth for underwater rehab, and a 15 x 15, seven-foot deep pool for cardiovascular training.
Modality Treatment Area
There are 17 tables where the athletes receive modality treatment. In this area you will find a variety of rehabilitation machines used to shorten rehab time and return our athletes back to their sport in a timely manner. Some of the modalities include: ultrasound and electrical stimulation units, Normatec compression units, Class 4 laser, Hivamat, Biowave, GameReady Cyrotherapy units and others.
The athletes fill our taping area that contains 14 separate taping stations. This area, as in all other areas of the facility are coed. Each sport has equal access to this taping area at all times of the day. On average, well over 150 athletes will move through this area on any given day.
Rehabilitation and Fitness Area
The Broussard Center for Athletic Training offers the athlete the best opportunity to maintain their fitness level while undergoing short and/or long-term therapy for their injury and prevent future injuries. Among the cardiovascular equipment you will find: three (3) Stairmasters, five (5) Life Cycles, two (2) Nordic Tracks, two (2) Cybex Upperbody Ergometers, four (4) stationary upright bikes, and a Woodway Treadmill. There are a wide variety of Body Master isotonic machines used to build and maintain the strength of our athletes during the rehabilitation process. Our Cybex Norm isokinetic machine has the ability to rehabilitate all of the major joints in the body. The Cybex Norm is used in the NFL Combine as a diagnostic tool to determine the strength and/or deficits in the knees of future NFL players.
The Second Floor
The second floor offers four fully-equipped, private physicians' offices, x-ray capabilities, an optometry center, an echocardiogram station, an athletic training student lounge, as well as an in-house pharmacy. A 14 x 14 conference room serves as a staff meeting room as well as a meeting room for athletic training student in-services. Formal staff offices, a men's and women's locker room facility and a storage facility complete the second floor. The second level is also home to our full time sports nutritionist and sports psychologist.
Having access to a hospital grade, on-site x-ray facility allows our orthopedic surgeons and general practitioners an immediate and reliable means for making a medical diagnosis of injuries or illness. Our X-ray technicians are in the facility in the evenings to help expedite the diagnostic requests of the physician. If a diagnosis is made that requires splinting or casting, our casting room stocks everything necessary for long and short-term immobilization of the athlete's injury.
Eye Exam Room
Our team ophthalmologist has the on-site facility to perform ophthalmic examinations for our athletes. These specialized machines help to determine one's visual impairments as well as provide measurements necessary to fit one for contacts and glasses.
During pre-season physical examinations, our team cardiologist is able to perform electrocardiograms as well as echocardiograms on all of our athletes. LSU is the first school to have availability of the echocardiogram within the athletic training room. This state-of-the-art diagnostic tool can provide the doctor with a print out of the heart's electrical activity as well as an actual moving picture of the valves and arteries within the heart muscle.
The Broussard Center for Athletic Training houses a full service dental clinic complete with board-certified team Dentists committed to serving the student athlete at LSU. Performing restorative cavity and root canal procedures, all encompassing care can be done at this state-of-the-art facility.
The John Weston Hawie Family Conference Room is used for staff and graduate assistant meetings, student in-services and volunteer interviews. Housed within the conference room is the Dr. Joe Serio Library. This library contains a variety of educational books and periodicals on the topic of athletic training.
The storage room contains all of the medical supplies that the Athletic Training Department would use in a given year. Inside this area you will find a wide variety of prophylactic splints and braces, first aid supplies as well as our molded mouthpiece station. Once mouth molds are taken of our athletes, our athletic training students are able to provide the athlete with custom fit mouthpieces which aid in reducing the number and severity of dental injuries and concussions.
Athletic Training Student Lounge
Upstairs in the Broussard Athletic Training Facility is the athletic training student lounge. This is where the 30 Athletic Training Students and 10 Certified Graduate Assistants can sit to relax, eat lunch, do homework, watch TV, or take a quick nap between class and afternoon sport assignments.