UPMC Sports Medicine hosts athletic training workshop for high school students

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High school students who are interested in exploring a career in sports medicine, or who would like to enhance their high school athletic training-room skills, are invited to attend the 14th annual Student Athletic Training Aide Workshop. Hosted by UPMC Sports Medicine, the workshop will take place Aug. 2 to 4 at The Ellis School, 6425 Fifth Ave., Shadyside. This three-day workshop is designed for high school students to learn about the basic skills and knowledge necessary for careers in sports medicine. The workshop will expose students to key areas of sports medicine through lectures and hands-on practice with athletic training techniques and procedures.

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CONCUSSION RESEARCH—Dr. Jamie Pardini administers a baseline ImPACT test to a student athlete (UPMC Photo/Ron Fontana)

An extensive amount of lab time will focus on skills that students can use in their high school athletic training environments. Students will learn how to prepare for an athletic training program in college. The workshop will include information and training on sports concussions. They also will have the option to receive instruction in American Heart Association adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

“The Student Athletic Training Aide Workshop is an excellent learning experience for any high school student interested in the sports medicine field. Participating students gain valuable hands-on experience and develop a strong understanding of the athletic training profession,” said workshop coordinator Rob McCabe, A.T.C., a certified athletic trainer at UPMC Sports Medicine.

The fee for the program is $55 if paid by July 11, $65 after that date, and includes course and lab materials, daily breakfast and lunch and a T-shirt. The optional CPR and AED certifications cost an additional total of $10. Supervising certified athletic trainers are welcome to accompany the high school students at no charge. Free parking will be provided by The Ellis School. The registration deadline is July 11 and space is limited.

(For questions or to register, please call the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine at (412) 432-3770.)

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