LSU Athletic Training Students Honored at Southeast Athletic Trainer’s Association Symposium


Two LSU students were a part of 13 exclusive athletic training undergraduates chosen to present their clinical case studies at the South East Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) Athletic Training Student Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia this month.


Write Kate Fisher with her clinical case study.


 Senior Kate Fisher, a Georgia native, presented her original case study, Treatment and Management of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in a Collegiate Baseball Pitcher, on a pitcher who developed a clot in a vein in his armpit that cut off his blood’s ability to leave his arm. This condition is called Paget-Schroetter Syndrome and is very rare. Her case study emphasized the dangers of underlying conditions that are typically rare, but can present themselves suddenly and cause severe issues.

“Being selected to present my case study at SEATA was such a valuable experience,” Fisher said. “It was great being able to share what I do and this unique situation with others in the athletic training field. Receiving feedback and hearing and seeing other peoples’ experiences was eye-opening as well. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and for everyone who helped make his happen.”



Taylor Pitcock with clinical case study presentation.


 LSU junior Taylor Pitcock’s presentation, Management of Migraines Caused by Occipital Neuralgia, covered the rare pain condition of Occipital Neuralgia. Her research focused on a swimmer suffering from ON and the many treatments they’ve gone through in efforts to cure the migraines. 

“Occipital Neuralgia is very rare and treatments are based on a trial and error method,” Pitcock said. “I chose this topic to enlighten others about this rare condition and in hope of bouncing off ideas from other physicians.”


Success didn’t stop at the presentations for LSU athletic training students at this year’s conference. Each year, SEATA awards three undergraduate scholarships for all students in the southeast region that have a 3.0 GPA and are pursing a degree in athletic training full time. Students must submit a letter of recommendation and a one page biographical sketch as part of their applications.

LSU took home all three scholarships in the hands of Lucas Patin, Gunner Wright and Savannah Knighton. The students each received a cash award along with the recognition. 

Knighton currently serves as the National Leadership Committee of Athletic Training (NATA) Student Leadership Committee Representative. As district representative, she is responsible for working with students in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky; students may go to her with issues to present to the committee as a whole or bring it up to NATA. 

SEATA Scholarships


Marissa Brunet – SEATA Director and NATA Board of Director
Lucas Patin – SEATA Jerry Rhea/Atlanta Falcons Undergraduate Scholarship
Gunner Wright - SEATA Jim Gallaspy Student Leadership Scholarship
Savannah Knighton – SEATA Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
Gerard White – SEATA President


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