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UPMC Sports Medicine - Athletic Trainers

UPMC Sports Medicine

Butler Area School District Sports Medicine

UPMC Sports Medicine provides Certified Athletic Trainers for all PIAA sanctioned athletic teams at Butler Area School District. Sports are covered on a prioritized basis with regard to level of the sport, risk of injury and incidence of injury.

There are many benefits in having Licensed/Certified Athletic Trainers at Butler Area School District. Athletic Trainers are educated in injury prevention, injury evaluation, and immediate injury care, management of emergency situations and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. We also have a working relationship with Tri-Rivers Musculoskeletal Center, which enables us to have your child seen by a sports medicine physician usually within 24 to 48 hours from the time of injury. This is all accomplished under the direction of our school physician, Dr. Josh Szabo. Should you chose to utilize a physician of your choice, we will require written clearance from a physician to allow your child to resume any participation with their school teams.

In the event that your child would get injured while participating in athletics, we ask that you or your child notify their coach or an athletic trainer immediately. All coaches are able to contact us any time day or night. Once the athletic trainer evaluates the athlete, parents and coaches will know exactly what immediate action needs to be taken. In many cases, a trip to the emergency room can be avoided. Having an appropriate initial referral saves time, expense and will ultimately return your daughter or son to competition as quickly and safely as possible.

In all cases, our school and team physician will have the final decision making authority on return to play.

To help inform parents, we have placed links below to topics of importance in sports medicine.

We would like to thank you in advance for your willingness to follow our injury procedures. We wish all of our teams the best for a successful and safe fall sports season. If you have questions, our contact information is below.


About UPMC Sports Medicine

UPMC Sports Medicine provides world-class care to help treat and prevent sports-related injuries and training programs to improve all aspects of athletic performance for professional athletes, weekend warriors, and young athletes. Whether you are young or old, professional or amateur, UPMC Sports Medicine has the expertise, advanced technology, and services to make a difference in your care.

We value our partnership with high school athletes and their families, providing more than 100 certified athletic trainers to schools in the region. Our athletic trainers are on the sidelines managing injuries and providing emergency care, as well as delivering therapeutic interventions and rehabilitation to help athletes safely return to their sports. Thank you for being a part of the UPMC Sports Medicine family. To learn more, visit or call 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).

Our Services:

  • ACL Program
  • Athletic Training
  • Center for Young Athletes
  • Concussion Services
  • Imaging Services
  • Physician Services
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Performance


Butler Area School District Athletic Training Staff

Heather Cooper

Heather Cooper


Holly Bachman-Forbes


Haleigh Tropeck

What is an Athletic Trainer? 


Athletic Injury Care

In the event of an injury or illness which occurs while at practice or a game:

The coach will direct the student to the athletic trainer for evaluation, treatment and referral if needed. In most cases injuries are minor and the athlete will be instructed on home care and follow up care. If time permits or the injury requires immediate attention, parents / guardians will be contacted.

On the road:

If an athlete is injured while at an away contest, the coach should be notified immediately. Athletes may be taken to the athletic trainer of the host school for evaluation and treatment or they may be referred to the athletic trainer at Butler Area School District upon returning to school. The athlete may need to report the following school day, due to travel times and scheduling. In cases of significant injury, parents/guardians will be contacted about the injury by either the coach or the host school. If told to see the athletic trainer at Butler Area School District, the athlete should report as soon as convenient the following day. At the high school, the athletic trainer is in by 1:45 pm.


The RICE Principle

If an injury occurs, initial treatment should include the RICE principle in order to promote healing and reduce pain and swelling.

REST the injured area. Do not move needlessly, walk on injuries to "test" the joint, or continue to exercise if it hurts. We will issue crutches if necessary.

ICE the injured area to reduce swelling and help in pain control. Ice application should be done for 15 to 20 minutes each hour. Do not allow ice to be applied for more than 20 minutes. Do not use chemical ice packs. Chemical ice packs may be colder than 32 degrees and can cause frostbite.

COMPRESSION should be applied to the injured area to keep swelling in check. Use an elastic wrap to control swelling. The wrap should be removed for icing or if numbness, tingling or loss of circulation is apparent.

ELEVATE the limb to reduce swelling. Injured extremities should be rested above the level of the heart when possible.

If there is any doubt about the severity of any injury, seek appropriate medical evaluation. Remember to report any physician visits to the athletic trainer and obtain written treatment / rehabilitation orders from the physician. This will allow us to provide the proper care and indicate when we may allow your child to return to practices and competition.



UPMC Sports Medicine provides ImPACT baseline testing for athletes involved in collision and contact sports that are PIAA sanctioned. This includes football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, baseball players, a. A baseline test takes about 30 minutes to complete and should be taken every other year, ideally in 7th, 9thand 11thgrade. Please contact us with any questions about testing.

In accordance with the Safety in Youth Sports Act, any athlete who exhibits any sign or symptom of concussion will be removed from play and will require return to activity clearance from an appropriate medical professional.

If your child is diagnosed with a concussion, they may be asked to take an ImPACT test after the injury and may be referred to either Tri-Rivers or the UPMC Concussion Program. In any event, clearance from a medical doctor (MD or DO) will be required to return to any activity. Our team physicians have the final say in return to play in all cases.

Any head, face, neck, or jaw injury has the potential to be significant. The danger from a blow to the head area or through significant contact may not appear until later in the day or even the following day after activity. The following signs, symptoms, and suggestions are offered to parents as a reference by which to judge your child's appearance and behavior following an episode of head injury or significant body contact. Do not give any pain medication unless recommended by your physician.

You should notify your physician if any of the following occurs:

  • Your child is unusually sleepy.
  • Your child is nauseated or vomiting.
  • Your child is dizzy or has loss of balance.
  • Your child has a headache that lasts more than 24 hours.
  • Your child seems to be confused, irritable, has loss of memory, or personality change.
  • Your child cannot see clearly from both eyes, complains of blurred or double vision.
  • The pupil of one eye (the black spot in the center of the eye) becomes a different size than the other.

These guidelines are not meant as, and should not be used as, substitutes for competent medical care. Please consult a physician if you have any concerns regarding a head injury!

Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers


S. John Szabo, MD

S. Josh Szabo, M.D.
Sports Medicine


  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilition, shoulder replacement surgery
  • Treatment of simple and complex elbow problems, including tennis elbow surgery, nerve disorders, tendon disorders and tears, fractures and instability
  • Knee ligament surgery, including ACL reconstruction
  • PRP therapy


To Make an Appointment:

Butler-Clearview Office
142 Clearview Circle
Butler, PA  16001

Cranberry/Mars Office 
6998 Crider Rd, Suite 110
Mars, PA  16046

UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
8000 Cranberry Springs Dr, Suite 100
Cranberry Township, PA  16066