Sports Medicine

UPMC Sports Medicine is the proud provider of Athletic Training Services for Oakland Catholic High School.

Athletic forms for participating athletes can be accessed via the link below. These should be reviewed by a parent/guardian and returned prior to the start of the season.

Athletic Forms

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Katie Phillips
dziunyczka@upmc.edu
Athletic Training Room: 412-682-6633 x 171
Voicemail: 412-682-6633 x 2701
Fax: 412-682-2496

Athletic Training Services

As part of a contractual agreement between UPMC Sports Medicine and Oakland Catholic High School, UPMC provides a certified Athletic Trainer to aide in the prevention, recognition, evaluation, and treatment of athletic injuries. The Athletic Trainer, Katie Phillips, is available in the Athletic Training Room (across from the weight room) daily after school for injury evaluations and treatments for students participating in Oakland Catholic athletics until at least 3:15 p.m. (specific hours can be found on the door to the athletic training room).

Not all injuries require your daughter to miss playing time. If your student-athlete is injured or has an illness, encourage them to be seen by the Athletic Trainer for further evaluation. Once the Athletic Trainer has assessed an injury, the finding will be discussed and a treatment plan will be put into place for moving forward to recovery. No matter what the plan may be, the athlete should be encouraged to follow up with the Athletic Trainer as necessary.

Upon evaluation of the student athlete, the Athletic Trainer may:

-Provide the athlete with exercises to be performed at home

-Offer rehabilitation in the athletic training room

-Suggest a taping or bracing technique to assist the athlete

-Recommend limited or no practice

-Refer to a physician for further evaluation

The Athletic Trainer is always available for questions or concerns by phone or e-mail, listed below. The Athletic Trainer is also responsible for on-site first-aid and emergency management at games and practices for at risk sports at Oakland Catholic.

The Athletic Trainer at Oakland Catholic is a clinical instructor for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Training Education Program. This relationship allows a professional phase athletic training student to utilize her skill set to serve the student-athletes while continuing her professional training. While the student may evaluate injuries and develop a treatment plan, the athletic training student is supervised by the certified Athletic Trainer at all times.

Orthopedic Injuries

If your daughter sustains an orthopedic injury, she may be directed to follow up with an orthopedic physician. Once an athlete has been seen by a physician for any injury, she must follow-up with an appropriate medical professional until cleared to return to sports participation. Clearances must be in writing and if she is playing or planning to play a Winter or Spring sport, clearance must also be made on the "Physician Re-certification" form. Clearances should be given to the Athletic Trainer directly or to the Main School Office with instruction to be passed on to the Athletic Trainer; do not give coaches medical clearances. Once an athlete is cleared to return to participation by a physician, she may be required to complete additional testing by the athletic trainer prior to full release to athletic participation.

Referral Process

As part of the relationship Oakland Catholic shares with UPMC Sports Medicine, student-athletes that need to be seen by a physician can have their appointments expedited by the athletic trainer. When an appointment is deemed necessary the athletic trainer can act as the liaison to set up the appointment. The athletic trainer's relationship with the Sports Medicine physicians allows open lines of communication to better serve the student-athletes. Once the athlete is seen by one of the physicians, the physician can easily share the plan of care with the athletic trainer to ensure swift and proper care.

Concussion Information

Concussions are a serious, complicated injury that can occur when an athlete receives a traumatic blow or jolt to the head or body. Concussions cannot be 'seen' but are a metabolic or energy crisis in the brain that requires time to resolve. If you suspect that your daughter has sustained a concussion, do not allow her to participate in any physical activity until she has been evaluated by an appropriate medical professional. The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program is an evidence-based leading clinical program in the Greater Pittsburgh area. They see patients in multiple locations including the Center for Sports Medicine and appointments can be made by calling 412-432-3681.

Once an athlete has been diagnosed with a concussion, she must follow-up with an appropriate medical professional until cleared for sports participation. Clearances must be in writing and if she is playing or planning to play a Winter or Spring sport, clearance must also be made on the "Physician Re-certification" form. Clearances should be given to the athletic trainer directly or to the main office with instruction to be passed on to the athletic trainer; do not give coaches medical clearances. Once an athlete is cleared to participate, she may be required to complete an exertional test prior to full release to athletic participation.

Sports Physical Procedures

No student will be allowed to participate in ANY athletic activity until a completed sports physical is on file with the Athletic Trainer at Oakland Catholic in accordance with PIAA rules and regulations. EVERY page of the "Physical Form" (found below) must be completed and turned in as a COMPLETE PACKET, no other forms will be accepted.

Please make a copy for your records prior to handing in any paperwork. Please DO NOT give coaches the physical forms.

Fall Sports Season athletes must have a "Physical Form" turned into the Main Office by Monday, August 5th, 2013 in order to participate in the fall sports season.

Winter Sports Season athletes must complete and turn in the "Physical Form" along with "Parent Re-certification" to the Main Office prior to Monday, November 11, 2013. A "Physician Re-certification" must also be completed by a physician if ANY questions on the Parents Re-certification are answered 'yes'. The re-certification forms cannot be completed prior to Monday, October 7, 2013. Athletes who have already submitted the Physical Form need only complete the Parent Re-certification and if necessary the Physician Re-certification.

Spring Sports Season athletes must complete and turn in the "Physical Form" along with "Parent Re-certification" to the Main Office prior to Monday, February 24, 2014. A "Physician Re-certification" must also be completed by a physician if ANY questions on the Parent Re-certification are answered 'yes'. The re-certification forms cannot be completed prior to Monday, January 20, 2014. Athletes who have already submitted the Physical Form need only complete the Parent Re-certification and if necessary the Physician Re-certification.

Insurance Issues?

Physicals must be completed after June 1, 2013 to be eligible for this year's fall, winter, and spring sports. If this is an issue with your insurance, you may take your child to an UPMC Urgent Care, Med Express, or a pharmacy clinic, where they typically charge $20-$40 and do not involve your insurance.