Allegheny Health Network Athletic Trainer Selected to Serve Team USA Boxing in Pan American Games in Peru
Friday, August 2, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pa – Allegheny Health Network athletic trainer Kevin Kotsko, MEd, ATC, LAT, has been selected to accompany Team USA Boxing in the 2019 Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru this year.
The 2019 Pan American Games started on July 26, and will continue until August 11. More than 6,500 athletes from all over North and South America have gathered to compete in 419 events in 39 sports. Team USA will be represented in 36 sports during the 17-day competition. The U.S. will compete in every sport on the Pan American Games program, with the exception of baseball, bodybuilding and soccer. Team USA won five bronze medals and advanced five boxers to the championship after two semifinal sessions.
Kotsko has supported USA Boxing since 2014, accompanying both the men’s and women’s teams in a variety of tournaments including the World Boxing Championships.
During the competition in Lima, Kotsko is responsible for meeting the various sports medicine needs of the team’s boxers before and after each competition. This includes weight management, concussion evaluation, injury rehabilitation, stretching, massage, and more.
“My goal is to support the boxers in any way that I can in order for them to be successful. Over the many years that I have had the opportunity to work with Team USA, there has been no greater reward for me than when the athletes achieve their goals,” sad Kotsko.
Following the Pan American Games, Kotsko will accompany Team USA to the 2019 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia this September.
Also competing in the Pan American Games is BMX racer and South Park native, Cameron Bramer, who placed third in the 2019 USA Cycling Elite BMX National Championships earlier this year and ranks 2nd in US Junior Men’s. Bramer will have one final training session with AHN’s sports performance team on Monday at the AHN Sports Complex at Cool Springs, before heading to Peru to compete August 8-9.
“I’m so excited and honored to represent the United States in the Pan American Games,” said Cameron Bramer, 18. “Of course, my hope and goal is to win, but I am also just looking forward to competing with other incredible athletes and making new friends from around the world. I’m grateful for my family, friends, and athletic trainers who have supported me in advancing my racing career to this stage and beyond.”
Designated an Official U.S. Olympic Regional Medical Center, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is one of a few leading medical providers selected by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to provide comprehensive medical services to elite Team USA athletes, including orthopaedics and sports medicine, primary care, cardiovascular care, neurosurgery, physical therapy, and more.
AHN also is the official medical provider of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Gannon University, the Community College of Allegheny County and 20 Pittsburgh-area high school athletic programs.
To learn more about sports medicine services at AHN, visit www.ahn.org/orthopaedic-institute.