PITTSBURGH, June 11, 2007 High school students who are interested in exploring a career in sports medicine, or who would like to enhance their high school training-room skills, can attend UPMC Sports Medicines High School Student Athletic Training Workshop. The workshop takes place Tuesday, July 31, Wednesday, Aug. 1 and Thursday, Aug. 2 in Room S100A of the Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower in Oakland.
An annual education program, this three-day workshop is designed for high school students to explore the basic skills and knowledge necessary for careers in health-related occupations in sports medicine. The workshop will expose students to key topics in sports medicine through lectures and hands-on practice with athletic training techniques and procedures.
An extensive amount of lab time will focus on skills that students can use in their high school athletic training environments. Students also will learn how to prepare for an athletic training program in college. In addition, students will have the opportunity to become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
The general registration fee for the workshop is $50, which includes course and lab materials, daily breakfast and lunch, and a T-Shirt. The optional CPR and AED certifications cost an additional $10. Supervising certified athletic trainers are welcome to accompany the high school students at no charge. The registration deadline is July 6. For questions or to register, please call the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine at 412-432-3770.
About the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine
The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, located within the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on Pittsburgh's South Side, employs the regions largest staff of certified athletic trainers, specialized physical therapists, orthopaedic surgeons and physicians as well leading specialists in nutrition, mental and sports performance training and sports concussion management. The centers orthopaedists are part of the UPMC department of orthopaedic surgery, currently ranked 12th in the nation by peers in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals annual survey. The comprehensive staff attends to the daily sports medicine needs of athletes at 43 local high schools, eight local colleges, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as professional dancers in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and several other athletic organizations. The centers staff also treats many recreational and amateur athletes as well as non-athletes who have injuries or conditions related to physical activity.