In August 2005, the Athletic Training Staff was fortunate to add yet another athletic training room to its long list of operational facilities. The Athletic Training Room at the Football Operations Building is 8000 square feet of the latest state-of-the-art equipment and rehabilitation tools to better assess, treat and return our athletes to competition. Although this athletic training room is considered a satellite facility, it is large enough and so well equipped that it is a facility that certainly ranks amongst the best in the country. This facility’s focus on rehabilitation begins in the hydrotherapy area with three (3) in-ground pools powered by HydroWorx. Two of these pools are plunge pools, one hot and one cold. The third pool has a built in treadmill and jets designed to be modified based on the degree of injury or the stage of rehabilitation. Computer driven with built in cameras, this underwater treadmill allows the athletic trainer a way to evaluate the athlete’s gait and helps determine their readiness and progression to dry land training. With full visual access to the football fields at the McClendon Practice Facility, the athlete can utilize stationary bikes, a Life Fitness Elliptical Trainer, Stairmaster Climbers, a Woodway Treadmill as well as a host of other dynamic equipment.
This facility is a great working environment for the staff of certified athletic trainers as well as the certified graduate and athletic training students. With easy access to the LSU practice fields and the indoor facility, setting up the fields for practice has never been easier. In making the daily transition from academics to the clinical experience, the athletic training students have personal lockers and shower facilities within the athletic training room itself. The Athletic Training Room at the Football Operations Building is certainly top notch.