UIndy Athletic Training prof co-authors article on student-athletes and MRSA
Say the word “athletic trainer” and thoughts of sprained ankles and concussions come to mind. But athletic trainers at both the high school and college levels are prepared to handle a wide range of conditions, including infectious diseases. Dr. Christine Lauber, director of the University of Indianapolis Master of Science in Athletic Training program, recently co-authored a study on the incidence of community acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA).
“CA-MRSA Infection Incidence and Care in High School and Intercollegiate Athletics” was published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Together with colleagues from four other universities, Lauber contributed to the research that collected information from more than 250 athletic trainers in the Northeastern United States about the incidence of physician-diagnosed CA-MRSA among student-athletes and the management of those infections and bacterial skin lesions.
“MRSA is an infection that, if left untreated, can be life threatening. Understanding the incidence of MRSA in the high school and college settings can help athletic trainers prevent the infection,” said Lauber. “Additionally, identifying a standard of care for the infections will aid ATs in developing policies and procedures to quickly care for MRSA infections and prevent spread of the infection.”
Lauber has been the director of the UIndy Athletic Training program since 2013. The program is transitioning from a bachelor’s program to a Master of Science in Athletic Training program. UIndy’s first MSAT cohort will begin in Summer 2017.