UPMC Sports Medicine, along with the UPMC Department of Emergency Medicine, and City of Pittsburgh EMS, lead a team of medical volunteers to provide care for registered runners and walkers at DICK’S Sports Goods Pittsburgh Marathon events.
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Many members of the medical team have been working together each year since the first race in 1985.
The medical team is made up of more than 500 clinicians, all volunteering their time and skill, and consists of:
- Emergency medical technicians
- Certified athletic trainers
- Physical therapists
Medical tent includes general medicine, sports medicine, acute care.
- More than 15 medical aid stations along the course and at the finish line
- More than 30 ambulances from a variety of EMS agencies throughout Allegheny County
- Approximately 1 to 3 percent of participants require some type of medical attention during the race
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Most common injuries:
- Muscle cramping
- Overuse sprains and strains
- Stomach cramping
- Non-adequate fluid replacement
The marathon uses a flag system to indicate weather conditions and precautions for runners. Flags are displayed at each aid station.
- Black: Event Canceled/Extreme and Dangerous Conditions. Participants Stopped/Follow Event Official Instructions.
- Red: Potentially Dangerous Conditions. Slow Down/Observe Course Changes/ Follow Event Instruction/ Consider Stopping.
- Orange: Less than Ideal Conditions. Slow Down/Be Prepared for Worsening Conditions
- Green: Good Conditions. Enjoy the Event/Be Alert.
- White: Risk for Hypothermia. Wear Top Layers to Discard on the Course as the Day Warms Up.
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Sports and physical activity bring with them a potential for injury. If you are looking to prevent, treat, or rehabilitate a sports injury – or improve athletic performance – UPMC Sports Medicine and the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program can help. We serve athletes and active people of all ages and experience levels. Our experts partner with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pitt Panthers, and about 100 other high school, college, and regional teams and events throughout Pennsylvania – working daily to build better athletes.