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Athletic Training and Development Services

Our Athletic Training Program Services

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment under the direction of, or in collaboration with, a physician in accordance with their education, training, and the state's statutes, rules, and regulations.

UPMC Sports Medicine athletic trainers provide health care utilizing the five domains of athletic training:

  • Injury/illness prevention and wellness protection
  • Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
  • Immediate and emergency care
  • Treatment and rehabilitation
  • Organization and professional health and well-being

The almost 200 full time certified athletic trainers at UPMC Sports Medicine are part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to injury prevention and treatment to help athletes recover safely from injuries and return to play. 

When you partner with UPMC Sports Medicine athletic training, it means faster access to sports medicine physicians, neuropsychologists, surgeons, physical therapists, sports performance experts, and sports nutritionists.

About the athletic training program at UPMC Sports Medicine

Our ATs work with 75+ high schools, colleges, and pro sports teams throughout Pennsylvania.

Our athletic training program offers:

  • Fast-track appointments for contracted schools: 1-855-937-7678.
  • Health care services at home and away practices, events, and games.
  • On-site weight assessments and tips for wrestling programs.
  • Guidance on pre-season, in-season, and off-season conditioning programs.
  • ImPACT® concussion testing.
  • ACL prevention and screening programs.
  • On-site, sport-specific education programs for student athletes, parents, and coaches.
  • Sport-specific training camps and clinics.
  • Annual sports medicine student aide workshop.
  • Medical coverage, lectures, and injury prevention screenings for performing arts groups.

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Other Athletic Training Services

Community-based programs

UPMC Sports Medicine athletic trainers (ATs) and doctors provide medical coverage for all types of community sports events.

Our athletic trainers also provide outreach programs, such as:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Continuing education events

We offer these athletic development programs to:

  • Student-athletes
  • Parents
  • Coaches
  • School administrators
  • The public

Seasonal Saturday Injury Clinic

During the fall, UPMC Sports Medicine ATs and other experts provide sports injury evaluations on Saturday mornings.

To learn more about the Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clinic, call 724-720-3008 or visit the Saturday Injury Clinic web page.

Concussion testing

At the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, our ATs conduct baseline concussion testing for college, high school, and recreational athletes.

We use special testing software — known as ImPACT® — designed by UPMC Sports Medicine experts.

To learn more about concussion testing, call 1-855-937-7678.

Official medical sponsorships

UPMC Sports Medicine Athletic Training and Development sponsors the following:

The Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship program

Dr. Freddie Fu created this scholarship program to increase student interest in sports medicine careers.

We award one scholarship of two thousand dollars ($2,000).

In return, the winner interns for six weeks during the summer at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. The selected intern will perform duties much like those of a Physical Therapy Aide.

Learn more about the Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship program.

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UPMC Sports Medicine Athletic Training and Development Management Team

  • Kathleen Nachazel, MBA, LAT, ATC
    Director, Athletic Training and Development
  • Donna Dugas, LAT, ATC
    Manager, Athletic Training and Development
  • Michael Ludwikowski, MS, LAT, ATC
    Manager, Athletic Training and Development
  • Robert McCabe, MS, LAT, ATC
    Manager, Athletic Training and Development
  • Jesse Townsend, MS, LAT, ATC
    Manager, Athletic Training and Development
  • David Tumbas, MS, LAT, ATC
    Manager, Business Development
  • Jennifer Wuyscik, MS, LAT, ATC
    Manager, Athletic Training and Development

To make an appointment or learn more about our athletic training services, call UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-937-7678.

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