photo of Rebecca HirschhornRebecca Hirschhorn

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Bachelor's Degree(s): Athletic Training, James Madison University

Master's Degree: Physical Education (emphasis in Athletic Training), University of South Carolina

PhD: Exercise Science, University of South Carolina

Phone: (225) 578-0065


Office: 2115 HPL Field House

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Hirschhorn is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Kinesiology and serves as a core faculty member in the MSAT program. Dr. Hirschhorn teaches courses in emergency medicine, clinical skills, rehabilitation, and research in athletic training.

Before joining the faculty at LSU, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Warrior Research Center at the Auburn University School of Kinesiology where she conducted research focused on physiological monitoring and exertional heat illnesses in the tactical athlete populations. Dr. Hirschhorn has clinical athletic training experience in a variety of settings including collegiate athletics, secondary school athletics, in a physician practice, and performing arts. She has also worked as medical staff for events such as local youth soccer tournaments, the Columbia Marathon, Boston Marathon, World Police and Fire Games, and U.S. Quidditch open, among others. In addition to her experience as an athletic trainer, Dr. Hirschhorn is also a certified and licensed Advanced EMT with experience in non-emergent and 9-1-1 settings, as well as providing standby event medical coverage.

Dr. Hirschhorn has numerous publications and has given over 45 presentations at national, regional, and local meetings. She is currently serving as a member of the Athletic Training and Public Health Taskforce and is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and American Public Health Association.

Awards & Honors

Department of Exercise Science Outstanding Doctoral Student Achievement Award (April 2020)

Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society Larry “Stosh” Neumann Memorial Scholarship awardee (2019/20)

Arnold School of Public Health Fellowship (2017/18)

Discover USC 3-Minute Thesis Competition Finalist; Heat F Winner (April 2017)

Selected Publications

Hirschhorn R, DadeMatthews O, Sefton J. Emergency Medical Services Providers Knowledge of Exertional Heat Stroke. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021, 18(9), 5016, doi: 10.3390/ijerph18095016

Hirschhorn RM, Yeargin SW, Mensch JM, Dompier, T. Injury and Referral During Basic Combat Training: An Examination of Data from the Athletic Trainer-Forward Program. Military Medicine. [Online Ahead of Print] April 2021, doi: 10.1093/milmed/usab156

Emerson DM, Torres-McGehee TM, Yeargin SW, Kelly MR, Uriegas N, Smith A, Weber SR, Hirschhorn RM, Cannon C. Collegiate Marching Band Artists Experience High Core Body Temperatures during Rehearsals and Performances. Journal of Athletic Training. 2020, 56(3), 302-310, doi:

Yeargin S, Hirschhorn R, Grundstein A. Heat Related Illnesses Transported by United States Emergency Medical Services. Medicina. 2020, 56(10), 543, doi: 10.3390/medicina56100543

Hirschhorn RM, Cadet DA, Delus R, Phillips JL, Murphy TE, Haggard C, Razayeski J, Yeargin SW. The Prevalence of Sickle Cell Trait in Division I University Athletics Programs. The Physician and Sportsmedicine. 2020; 48, 430-436, doi: 10.1080/00913847.2020.1740628

Hirschhorn RM, Holland C, Hand AF, Mensch JM. Physicians’ Perceptions of Athletic Trainers. International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training. 2019;24(5):202-206, doi: 10.1123/ijatt.2018-0098

Hirschhorn RM, Kerr ZY, Wasserman EB, Kay MC, Clifton DR, Yeargin SW. Epidemiology of Injuries Requiring Emergency Transport Among Collegiate and High School Student-Athletes. Journal of Athletic Training. 2018;53(9):906-914, doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-340-17