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Athletic Training Patient Stories

Our team at UPMC Sports Medicine is dedicated to helping athletes and active people of all ages and skill levels. When you’re injured during a practice or game, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed about next steps, but we have experts on the sidelines ready to help.

Hear about the impact our athletic training care, and speedy referrals by athletic trainers, has on the lives of some of our patients.

Ben’s Story: Getting Back in the Game with Hard Work, Teamwork

Ben tore his left ACL. Learn about his experience with the comprehensive team of UPMC Sports Medicine experts at Greensburg Salem High School.

It was in the final minutes of a tournament basketball game that Ben tore his left ACL. Thanks to the comprehensive team of UPMC Sports Medicine experts at Greensburg Salem High School, Ben returned to play the next season with strength and confidence.

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Hanna’s Story: How One High School Basketball Player Made a Comeback After Physical and Mental Challenges

Hanna DeJidas

When Hanna sustained a concussion during an away basketball game, she turned to her UPMC Sports Medicine athletic trainer Donna and Dr. Collins at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program to get her back on the court as quickly and safely as possible. Learn how she earned the title “Comeback Player of the Year.”

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Lindsey’s Story: Lisfranc Injury No Match for Soccer Player’s Spirit

Read Lindsey's story and learn how UPMC helped her recover from a Lisfranc injury.

When Lindsey sustained a serious foot injury during a routine soccer play, she wondered if she would ever lace up her cleats again. Find out how she pushed through and even turned her recovery into a career goal.

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Luke’s Story: Athletic Trainers Expedite Shoulder Tear Treatment

Read Luke Harris' shoulder tear patient story. Learn more about his journey at UPMC Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes.

A football player for the Central Catholic Vikings, Luke knew something was wrong when he began to have persistent pain in his right shoulder. After being unable able to raise his arm past his shoulder, he knew it was time to see a doctor.

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Payton’s Story: Seamless Transition of Care for Freshman Quarterback

Read Payton's story and learn how UPMC helped him recover from his injuries.

When Payton broke two bones near the ankle during a wildcat formation, the team athletic trainer and doctor rushed onto the field. Their collaboration lead to an expert and expedited referral to help Payton recover and get back to the game he loves.

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