Allegheny Health Network Athletic Trainer to Serve Team USA in World Boxing Championships
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
PITTSBURGH – Allegheny Health Network’s Kevin Kotsko, MEd, ATC, LAT, has been selected to serve as the athletic trainer for Team USA in the 2017 International Boxing Association World Boxing Championships to be held in Hamburg, Germany.
Beginning Friday, August 25, a total of 280 boxers from 85 countries will compete over the course of nine days before the World Champion is crowned. The World Boxing Championships are regarded as the premier global boxing competition.
Kotsko has supported USA Boxing since 2014, accompanying both the men’s and women’s teams in a variety of tournaments. In Hamburg, he will be responsible for meeting the various sports medicine needs of the team’s six boxers before and after each competition. This includes weight management, concussion evaluation, injury rehabillitation, 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.
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.
“Kevin has always gone above and beyond in helping our boxers to stay healthy and continually perform at their highest levels,” said Matthew Johnson, High Performance Director, USA Boxing. “We are extremely happy to have him as part of our program by way of the USOC’s network of medical providers. We hope to work with Kevin well into the future.”
AHN also is the official medical provider of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Gannon University, the Community College of Allegheny County and 19 Pittsburgh-area high school athletic programs.
To learn more about sports medicine services at AHN, visit www.ahn.org/orthopaedic-institute.