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Carol George to serve as sports medicine trainer

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David Dawson, Correspondant

In 2006 I had the opportunity to meet with a representative of the newly-formed Hardin Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine program. That meeting with Eric Oliver quickly became a great relationship with HMH and LaRue County High School.

Over the last eight years LCHS has been fortunate to be a part of the HMH Sports Medicine program. We have had great trainers since 2006, and are pleased to announce that Carol George will assume responsibilities this week as LCHS certified athletic trainer.

George serves as the supervisor of sports medicine for HMH’s program. She came to HMH in 2006 when she was hired as one of the program’s first certified athletic trainers.

A native of Lebanon and a 1998 graduate of Marion County High School, George went on to Western Kentucky University to earn a bachelor of science degree in exercise science in 2002. While there, George spent three years as a student athletic trainer, working closely with the football, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball programs.

Upon graduation, she remained on the Hilltopper staff as a graduate assistant intern, where she was responsible for caring for both the volleyball and the men’s and women’s track and field programs, while also assisting with men’s basketball. George stepped away from the college ranks during the 2004-05 school year, working for Orthopedic Specialties in Bowling Green, while also assisting the athletic trainers from Western Kentucky Orthopedic Associates with the local high school sports medicine coverage (namely Warren East High School).

George returned to collegiate athletics in the fall of 2005 when she accepted a position to work with Saint Catharine College, developing the school’s first sports medicine program. She came to HMH in 2006 and took over the supervisor position in May 2013.

George is married to Chris Mudd of Leitchfield, a certified athletic trainer in the Philadelphia Phillies Professional Baseball Organization. Chris also assists the HMH Sports Medicine program during his off-season. They live in Elizabethtown with their 3-year old twin sons, Jacob and Jonah.

George described her responsibilities toward LaRue County athletes: “Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, immediate care and treatment of athletic injuries. As the athletic trainer for LaRue County, I’ll be available in the afternoons to evaluate any injuries that an athlete may have, provide medical coverage for practices and games and be responsible for any pre-game prep (tape, stretch, etc.) and post-game treatments. We’d like to think that our athletic training staff serves as the hub on the wheel of medical care – we are there for the initial injury and are able to assist the athlete and their family in coordinating any further necessary care, whether it’s getting to the hospital, seeing an orthopedist, getting into physical therapy....”

George’s responsibilities include overseeing the staff of athletic trainers, compiling seasonal game schedules and coordinating coverage for 10 area contracts, and “really just continuing to push our program to be better each and every year. We are all passionate about what we do and want to make sure that we provide the best care to our coaches and student-athletes.”

George said she has “wanted to be an athletic trainer for as long as I can remember wanting to be anything. This profession has allowed me to be a part of so many exciting events and experiences, to work with amazing athletes, and, let’s face it, to sit back and watch some really good ballgames from one of the best seats in the house.”

George has served at North Hardin in some capacity since she was hired in 2006. She also had stints as the athletic trainer for John Hardin and Meade County schools.

“It’s probably safe to say that I’m a familiar face at most of our high schools, as I’ve covered the sidelines just about everywhere at one point or another,” she said. “As for the upcoming years, I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with LaRue County. They have always been great supporters of our program throughout the years and I have really enjoyed the time that I have been able to provide coverage for LaRue County teams in the past. It will be nice to return to the sidelines with some familiar coaches, to help out an administration that I believe to be one of the best in our area, and more than anything to get to know and care for LaRue County’s student-athletes and their families. 

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