UPMC Sports Medicine Patient Stories

Our team at UPMC Sports Medicine is dedicated to helping athletes and athletic individuals of all skill levels and ages. After an injury, it's easy to feel overwhelmed about treatment options, therapy, recovery times, and more.

Whether your recovery goals bring you back to a little league baseball game, marathon training regimen, or even on a recreational walk, we're here to help you every step of the way.

Hear about the impact of our care in the lives of some of our patients.

Ariana Camino, Soccer Player, Partial ACL Tear

Ariana Camino, Soccer Player

An injury during a basketball game left Ariana with a partial ACL tear. After surgery and physical therapy treatment at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, she was ready to return to the soccer field in the fall.

“I feel really good. It’s not that I was hurting, I just had to get used to my knee. I have gotten used to it and gotten my confidence back to play again.”

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Charlie Varriano playing baseball

Charlie Varriano, Baseball Player

After experiencing soreness and achiness in his right throwing elbow, his family turned to the experts at UPMC Sports Medicine. 

“The bottom line is without UPMC Sports Medicine, none of this would be possible,” says Charlie. “Not just baseball, but my everyday life. I can play with my little cousins, go fishing, play dodge ball, and just enjoy life again without pain.”

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Lauren Woodring running

Lauren Woodring, Marathon Runner

Marathon runner Lauren suffered from a pelvic stress fracture, but was able to return to running after being treated at UPMC Sports Medicine.

“They truly listened to me and told me they'd do everything they could to reach my goals,” Lauren recalls.

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Kate Carevale playing basketball

Kate Carevale, Basketball Player

While recovering from surgery to repair a tore ACL, Kate worked with the experts at UPMC Sports Performance program to get back on the court.

“They have really impacted our daughter’s life in a positive way, both as an athlete and a person. We heartily recommend UPMC Sports Medicine and the sports performance program without hesitation,” Kate's father, Patrick says.

Read Kate's story. »