CHARLESTON, S.C. - In honor of National Athletic Training Month, the Charleston Sports Network crew sat down with Director of Sports Medicine Chris Horschel to talk about his department's role in providing College of Charleston student-athletes the best prevention and medical care as possible.
Horschel (men's basketball and men's and women's golf) is one of nine certified CofC athletic trainers which includes three full-time staff members in assistant athletic trainer Katie Snyder (men's soccer and insurance coordinator) and staff athletic trainer Emma Malaspina (men's and women's swimming and diving and spring tennis) as well as six graduate assistants in Craig Moody (baseball and fall tennis), Erin Darsey (softball and fall tennis), April Varnum (women's basketball and cheer and dance), Deanna Roberts (volleyball, equestrian and sailing), Jordan King (women's soccer and spring tennis) and Colby Mangum (cross country and track and field). All work about 8-12 hours a day with their respective varsity sports teams.
The CofC Sports Medicine staff also works hand-in-hand with specialists in the field in ATEP Clinical Coordinator Michelle Futrell, ATEP Professor Yum Nguyen and ATEP Program Director Susan Rozzi.
In addition, about 20-25 students are enrolled and participate in the CofC Sports Medicine program including senior Christina Bellin, junior James Bianchi, senior Rob Boutote, senior Jamar Brown, senior Paige Childers, senior Danny Conley, junior Brittany Crosby, senior Whitney Eakin, junior Amy Evans, senior Kendra Gardner, senior Kelsey Hines, senior Jenny Hunnicutt, junior Olivia Lang, senior Jefferson Rabe, senior Megan Roach, senior Liz Snow, senior Sara Vermouth, sophomore Adam Mutz, sophomore Autumn Oakley, sophomore Chris Marcus Kitchings, sophojmore Chelsey Perry, sophomore Chris Talbott, sophomore Erika Engelke, sophomore Grace Popham, sophomore Kimberly Holliday, sophomore Lauren Looper, sophomore Lindsey Morgan, sophomore Maggi Campanara, sophomore Shelley Wise, sophomore Brandi Schumacher, sophomore Jeff Camara and sophomore Laura Christian.
"Athletic training for the common person is the mix between emergency medicine and physical therapy," Horschel said. "Emergency medicine comes in when we are at a sporting event or at a practice when an injury occurs. We are there to evaluate it, treat it and refer to a physician if needed. The physical therapist role comes in once we have diagnosed an injury. We do the rehab and try to get them back to their sport as quickly and safely as possible. Overall, we try to give our student-athletes the best care that we possibly can and try to be well-rounded in what we do. Our facilities are impeccable for our size of school."
The CofC Sports Medicine main facility is located in TD Arena and features a HydroWorx pool complete with a treadmill and jets for rehabbing from surgeries and a polar plunge, a 50-degree whirlpool, to recover from hard activities such as two-a-days to chill muscles and get the lactic acid out for future practice and competition.