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Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training.

LA Fire Juniors' Athletic Trainer

Nichole Saverino LaBowe joins the LA Fire Juniors staff as the Head Athletic Trainer. She is an Army child originally from Fort Lewis, WA. In 2008, she received her Bachelor's Degree of Science in Athletic Training from Louisiana College where she also played 4 years of soccer. She went on to Mississippi College to earn her Master's Degree of Science in Athletic Administration as a graduate assistant athletic trainer in 2010. There she provided care for MC's men's soccer team and women's basketball team. Nichole is state licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and nationally certified by the Board of Certification.

After Mississippi College, Nichole became the Head AT for the Houston Energy Professional Women's Football team for two seasons. She also worked at a local indoor soccer complex coaching youth soccer classes as well as providing care to the athletes. In 2012, Nichole moved to New Orleans to join the Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute's Athletic Training Outreach Program. She was posted at Dillard University for 6 years as the athletic trainer for volleyball and women's basketball. Nichole became the University Lead Athletic Trainer in 2015. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of working with collegiate, tactical, NFL, LAFL, IWFL, MLS, WNBA, and club level athletes. Nichole also teaches at Delgado Community College.

Services Provided

The athletic trainer will:

  • Coordinate community outreach educational programs for students, coaches, and parents.
  • Establish and implement re-conditioning programs in cooperation with physicians, and coaches.
  • Provide taping, padding, bandaging, wrapping or bracing for injury prevention and protection.
  • Call medical time-outs and make return-to-play decisions.
  • Stay in contact with sports medicine physicians, allowing for improved communication and quality of care.
  • Provide sport-specific rehabilitation under the direction of a physician.
  • Make sure LA Fire Juniors is legally prepared.
  • Coordinate with the Sports Medicine Navigator at Ochsner to provide same or next-day access to sports medicine or primary care physicians, sports nutritionists or specialty providers for a seamless continuum of care.

For Appointments

If an athlete needs to be seen by a physician or specialty, please email a message containing the athlete's name, date of birth, injury, and contact's phone number to  Nichole LaBowe at nichole.labowe@ochsner.org. All emails will be responded to within 24 hours.