Health System Welcomes New Athletic Trainers, Announces Transition

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Oct. 18, 2011 – Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to welcome certified athletic trainers Kathryn “Kate” Rachel Abdelnour and Lewis “Chip” McCarty Jr. Abdelnour is the new athletic trainer at Frederica Academy, and McCarty is now serving as the athletic trainer at McIntosh County Academy. Certified athletic trainer Becky Knor, who was previously the Health System’s athletic trainer at McIntosh Academy, is now providing athletic training services at the College of Coastal Georgia to support the growth of their collegiate athletic programs.

Abdelnour earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education (athletic training track) from the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, S.C., where she gained experience working as a student athletic trainer with area high schools and the USC football and track teams. Her previous experience includes working for the Institute for Western Surgery in Guangzhou, China. Most recently, she was an athletic trainer with the USC Sports Medicine Center. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and in addition to her athletic trainer certification, she holds a certification as an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Professional Rescuer. As a volunteer, she has helped perform sports medical physicals, served as a first responder at sporting events and assisted the head athletic trainer with the Heathwood Hall Episcopal School’s (Columbia, S.C.) varsity football team for six years.

McCarty earned his certification as an emergency medical technician from Clayton College and State University, in Morrow, Ga. He then went on to Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in health and physical education (emphasis in sports medicine). Additionally, McCarty completed a student athletic trainer internship with the Indianapolis Colts. His years of professional experience includes working as an EMT and firefighter, as well as working as an athletic trainer and teacher in schools throughout the state of Georgia. Additionally, he has worked as an athletic trainer for Perry Hospital in Perry, Ga., Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, Georgia and Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center in Greenville, S.C. McCarty served as the director of sports medicine for six years at Memorial Hospital and Manor in Bainbridge, Ga. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association. In addition to his certification as an athletic trainer, he holds certifications as an EMT and, orthopaedic technician. McCarty has served as the head athletic trainer for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association South Football Team’s All-Star Game in 2001 and for three years served as an athletic trainer and EMT at the Universal Cheerleading Association’s National Championships at Disney World.

Knor completed her bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation science-athletic training, from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Penn., before going on to earn her master’s of science degree in athletic training from the California University of Pennsylvania in California, Penn. As an undergraduate, Knor served as a student athletic trainer with the University of Pittsburgh football, men’s basketball and soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and gymnastics teams. Before joining the Health System in 2006, Becky participated in a graduate assistantship at Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Penn. while completing her master’s thesis research on erogenic supplement use and NCAA Athletes. Knor is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association. In addition to her athletic trainer certification, she is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a performance enhancement specialist.

For more than 15 years, the Health System has provided certified athletic trainers to area schools at no cost to them. In addition to Frederica Academy, McIntosh County Academy and the College of Coastal Georgia, the Health System provides these services to Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy under the direction of board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Beau Sasser, M.D., medical director, Sports Medicine, Southeast Georgia Health System.

For more information about sports medicine services offered by the Health System, please call 912-466-2399