Legendary LSU trainer dies

Longtime Supervisor of Athletic Training at LSU, Dr. Martin (Marty) J. Broussard died Wednesday morning at the age of 84.

Visitation for Broussard is schedule from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the downtown location of Rabenhorst Funeral Home with the service to follow at Noon. Broussard will be buried in his hometown of Abbeville, La. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Dr. Martin J. Broussard Athletic Training Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 711, Baton Rouge, La., 70821.

The legendary trainer's career spanned over 40 years at LSU, having been appointed to the position of head athletic trainer in 1948. Following his semi-retirement from the day-to-day work as trainer in 1993, he continued to serve the Athletic Department as an Assistant to the Athletic Director through 2001 giving him well over 50 years of service to the Athletic Department.

As a student-athlete at LSU, Broussard lettered in baseball and track and field in the mid-1940s, winning the Southeastern Conference broad jump title in 1944 and finishing second in the 200-yard dash. He was the high point scorer of any athlete in the 1944 SEC meet in Birmingham, Ala.

Broussard went on to play professional baseball, but served as student trainer for the football team during his undergraduate days. After receiving his B. S. in 1945 from LSU, he served single seasons as the head athletic trainer at the University of Florida and Texas A&M University before coming to LSU to begin a career that continued almost until his death.

Broussard received his master's of science degree from LSU in 1960, followed by his doctorate in 1967. He was promoted to full professor in 1970 and taught in the Health and Physical Education Department for over 40 years.

As a distinguished colleague in the field of athletic training, Broussard was one of five people to establish the governing body, the National Athletic Trainers Association as well as one of three people to establish the Southeastern Conference Trainer's Association. Over the years, he has served on the NATA's Board of Directors and the Ethics Committee and was acting President of the SEC Trainer's Association on three occasions.

Among his many accomplishments was the formulation of "Quick Kick", an isotonic drink used to replace liquids, vitamins and the electrolytes lost through sweating. His articles on training have been published on numerous occasions.

He was a trainer for the Pan American Games in 1955 and the U.S. Olympic team in 1960. In 1963, the Rockne Foundation named him Trainer of the Year. In 1978, Broussard was named to the NATA Hall of Fame followed by the Louisiana Athletic Trainer's Hall of Fame in 1982.

Broussard's long tenure was honored in 1998 as the athletic training department moved into the state-of-the-art Dr. Martin J. Broussard Athletic Training Facility located on the northeast corner of Tiger Stadium. The building serves as a reminder of the dedication of Broussard through his years with the LSU football program, including the 1958 national championship season, and his time with Dale Brown in the 1980s when LSU basketball was going to the 1981 and 1986 NCAA Final Fours.

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