Meet our Trainer

UPMC Sports Medicine provides a licensed athletic trainer to the Freedom Area School District. Licensed athletic trainers are health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians to optimize the activity and participation of clients and patients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. This coverage includes pre-practice taping and wrapping, evaluation and rehabilitation of injuries, on-field/court coverage and first aid, and post-practice assessments.

At Freedom, we strive to provide top-notch health care to student athletes. Parents can take an active role in assisting us by notifying us or a coach immediately if an athlete sustains an injury. Injuries are common to participation in athletics. With proper early intervention, we can often prevent an unnecessary trip to the emergency room. If necessary, we can assist with the referral process for injuries that may require a higher level of service.

 

Staff/Contact Information

Alex Rawding

Certified Athletic Trainer

rawdingar@upmc.edu

 

Athletic Training Room Hours

Monday-Friday: 2:00pm – 30 minutes after last event ends

Saturday: Varies based on in-season sport schedules

Sunday: Closed

Freedom Area School District Requires ALL Varsity Athletes to take a Baseline ImPACT Concussion Test before participating in practices/games.  This is part of the district Concussion Management Policy. 

 

Links

UPMC Sports Medicine

http://www.upmc.com/services/sports-medicine/Pages/default.aspx

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

http://www.nata.org/

PA Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Information
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/grants__funding/14140/traumatic_brain_injury/666239

Centers for Disease Control Concussion in Sports Information
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html

PA Department of Health Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/schools/14130/sudden_cardiac_arrest/556695