Staff Member to Present at CATA Conference

LSU Women's Basketball Athletic Trainer, Micki Collins will be presenting her case study, Guillain Barre Syndrome in a Female Collegiate Athlete, at the CATS Conference next week in Las Vegas.  The case study is based one of Collins' senior athletes during the 2010-2011 season.  Within three days, the student-athlete went from symptoms of blurred vision and a headache to the inability to walk, perform daily activities and speak clearly. After a battery of tests and a worsening of her symptoms, she was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome. Guillain Barre is a rare syndrome in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.  On the fourth day, the athlete had to be put on a ventilator. However, with the help of immunoglobin IVs, her recovery was accelerated.  Sixteen days after her first symptoms she was out of ICU and admitted into the rehabilitation wing.  Her rehabilitation consisted of physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.  What was suppose to be a 30 day process in the rehabilitation unit was only ten days due to the hardwork and determination of the athlete. The athlete has made a full recovery and returned to play.  Congratulations to Micki Collins for being chosen to present at CATS!  We hope you will have the opportunity to listen to her at the upcoming conference.