Athletic Training Facilities
The Shaler Area School District has three contracted Athletic Trainers through UPMC Sports Medicine. These health care professionals, having obtained a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from an accredited college or university, are Certified Athletic Trainers through the Board of Certification and members of the National Athletic Training Association. They work under the direction of our team physician, Dr. Ted Schaffer of Renaissance Family Practice UPMC, and our Sports Medicine Fellow, Dr. Elizabeth Herrman, to provide our student-athletes with the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of sports-related injuries. We provide coverage for a majority of school sponsored athletic practices and events for grades 7-12. The Athletic Training facilities are located on the first floor of the high school, the football stadium, the middle school between gym A and gym B, and the Scott Avenue Elementary School by the pool.
UPMC Sports Medicine provides Athletic Trainers who are health care professionals and collaborate with physicians to evaluate and treat sports injuries and other health problems. Our athletic trainers also provide preventive services, emergency care and rehab services. UPMC Sports Medicine’s more than 150 ATs are nationally certified and licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our experts use cutting-edge, science-based rehab techniques to speed recovery and restore function, so that our athletes can get back quicker to the sports they are passionate about.
Our athletic training program offers:
– Fast-track appointments for contracted schools: 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
– Health care services at home and away practices, events, and games.
– On-site weight assessments and tips for wrestling programs.
– Guidance on pre-season, in-season, and off-season conditioning programs.
– ImPACT® concussion testing.
– ACL prevention and screening programs.
– On-site, sport-specific education programs for student athletes, parents, and coaches.
Shaler Area has three (3) full-time contracted Athletic Trainers with UPMC Sports Medicine:
Donna Rife, LAT, ATC Phone ext. 1147
Donna has been an athletic trainer at Shaler Area School District since August of 2012 and is currently the site coordinator for Shaler Area High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Athletic Training from Slippery Rock University in 1990. She was the previous head athletic trainer at Kiski Area High School for 23 years. Donna is a member of the Program Development Committee at UPMC Sports Medicine and assist in the coordination of the WPIAL wrestling and PA Jr wrestling portion of that committee. She is also the medical coordinator for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held yearly in Schenley Park on Mother’s Day.
Fall- High School Girl’s Soccer, High School Girl’s Volleyball, Middle School Girl’s Volleyball
Winter- High School Girl’s Basketball, Middle School Boy’s/Girl’s Basketball
Spring- High School/Middle School Boy’s Volleyball, High School/Middle School Girl’s Softball
Javan Ring, MS, LAT, ATC, PES Phone ext 1147
Javan has been with UPMC since 2011 and started with Shaler Area in the fall of 2020. A native of central Pennsylvania, he graduated from Duquesne University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in science in Athletic Training. He graduated from West Virginia University in 2011 with a Master of Science in Athletic Training. Prior to coming to Shaler Area he spent 2011-2015 working at the Deer Lakes school district and 2015-2020 as an athletic trainer for the Pine-Richland School District. Javan is a member of the Program Development Committee at UPMC Sports Medicine and leads the instruction of CPR for the department of athletic training. He lives in the North Hills with his wife and daughter.
Fall- High School/Middle School Football, Middle School Girl’s Volleyball, High School/Middle School Cross Country
Winter- High School Boy’s/Girl’s Basketball, High School Wrestling
Spring- High School/Middle School Track & Field, High School Boy’s Lacrosse, Middle School Girl’s Softball/Boy’s Baseball, Middle School Boy’s Volleyball
Erin Seiner, MS, LAT, ATC Phone ext. 1147
Erin has been an athletic trainer at Shaler since September 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Duquesne University in 2015 and a Master of Science in Athletic Training from Daemen College in 2017. Prior to working at Shaler, she worked at Thiel College for one year. Erin is a member of the staff education committee in the Athletic Training Department within UPMC, and assists with all the UPMC athletic trainers acquiring continuing education credits.
Fall- High School/Middle School Boy’s/Girl’s Soccer, High School/Middle School Cross Country, High School Girl’s Tennis, Golf
Winter- High School Swimming, Middle School Wrestling
Spring- High School Girl’s Lacrosse, High School/Middle School Boy’s Baseball, High School Boy’s Tennis