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SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT TRAINERS: Alumnus on the sidelines at Super Bowl LI

Tuesday January 31, 2017
Photo of Marty Lauzon with his Atlanta Falcons shirt. On the right, a uOttawa Gee-Gees Logo.
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There’s a Gee-Gees connection in Marty Lauzon’s journey to becoming Director of Sports Medicine and Performance for the Atlanta Falcons. During his time at uOttawa, Lauzon worked with the Gee-Gees football team, a common stepping stone and learning opportunity for students interested in sports medicine.

 “Marty was very personable and optimistic – he really wanted to learn,” remembers Dr. Gary Greenberg, the long-time Gee-Gees football team doctor who is also the team physician for the Ottawa Redblacks. “I also could see his ambition. He knew he wanted to be with a pro team down the road.”

Prior to his work with the Falcons, Lauzon also spent ten seasons with the Cleveland Browns, including time as Head Athletic Trainer. He holds a BSc (Physiotherapy) from the Faculty of Health Sciences and graduated in 1994.

Right now at uOttawa, 16 students are training with the university’s Head Athletic Therapist Crissy McPhee to work with our varsity teams during the 2017-2018 season, just as Lauzon did.

 “You’re part of the team as a student trainer,” says McPhee. “You get to understand team dynamics, all the behind-the-scenes work and dedication.”

Student trainers work together to cover practices, home games, and away games with the Gee-Gees varsity teams, and often volunteer their time at the uOttawa varsity therapy centre.

“The experience that they get here at uOttawa is at a high level and it’s multidisciplinary,” said McPhee, who has been with the Gee-Gees since 2008. “We work with physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, athletic therapists, strength and conditioning specialists, and a whole range of medical professionals within the realm of sport. Not everyone knows exactly what they want to do yet, but this is a good base for any sport-oriented medical job.”

Are you interested in sports medicine? Visit our webpage to know how to become a student trainer!