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In this September 24, 2009 file photo, Tiffany Perry, one of the UPMC athletic trainers, takes care of City League athletes by tending to a Carrick player on the sidelines. (Courier File Photo/Wlliam McBride)

In this September 24, 2009 file photo, Tiffany Perry, one of the UPMC athletic trainers, takes care of City League athletes by tending to a Carrick player on the sidelines. (Courier File Photo/Wlliam McBride)

PITTSBURGH, May 22, 2015 – High school students interested in pursuing a sports medicine career or enhancing their athletic training-room skills are invited to attend the 18th annual High School Athletic Training Aide Workshop from July 28 to 30 at The Ellis School, 6425 Fifth Ave., Shadyside.

This three-day workshop, hosted by UPMC Sports Medicine, 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 practice in athletic training techniques and procedures.

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

“Our workshop provides high school students with a foundation to understand the role the athletic trainer fills at many types of institutions as well as providing a general background for the many fields available in sports medicine,“ said coordinator Bill Couts, A.T.C., a certified athletic trainer at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.

The fee for the program is $55 if paid by July 10, then $65 from July 11 through the end of registration. The cost includes course and lab materials, daily breakfast and lunch, plus a T-shirt. The optional CPR and AED certifications cost an additional $10 total. Supervising certified athletic trainers are welcome to accompany the high school students at no charge. Free parking will be provided by The Ellis School. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please call the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine at 412-432-3770. The brochure is available on the WPIAL website.

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