Sidelined USA
Reuniting sidelined athletes with their passions
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Reuniting Sidelined Athletes With Their Passions

What We Do

Sidelined USA serves the community of permanently sidelined athletes in three ways:

  • RESOURCES - We publish research-based articles and interviews to assist in a healthy adjustment and emotional recovery. Through Sidelined USA, sidelined athletes are empowered with practical tools to help them move forward.

  • CONNECTION - Sidelined athletes need to know they are not alone. We connect sidelined athletes to others who have experienced a medically-forced exit from competition through our Sidelined Stories interviews and our online support group. 

  • NEW PURSUITS - Sidelined USA exists to reunite permanently sidelined athletes with their passions. We inspire sidelined athletes to reconnect with their passions through alternate avenues.

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Additionally, we engage in educational initiatives and advocacy projects in order raise awareness for improved after-care of medically disqualified athletes on a national scale.

  • EDUCATION - Our team provides education for athletic trainers, coaches, parents in order to raise awareness of the psychological impact of a medically-forced exit from sport and provides guidelines for best practices on supporting sidelined athletes in their transition forward.

  • ADVOCACY - Sidelined USA recognizes that for far too long there has been a significant gap in resources to support medically disqualified athletes in their transition forward. We advocate for additional research and data collection and are teaming up with up with national organizations to create a standard of care for medically disqualified athletes.


Cade Pinalto became permanently sidelined his 7th grade year. Cade, who was a dedicated athlete and basketball player, was told he would no longer be able to compete in his sport. Later, when Cade reached high school, the mens varsity basketball coach offered to teach him how to coach. The experience was incredible as Cade was able to participate in his sport through another avenue. Cade started the idea for Sidelined Chicago in April of 2016. With the help of his mother, co-founder Christine Pinalto, and the Sidelined team, Sidelined Chicago was brought to fruition. Due to the enthusiastic response of the athletic community, Sidelined expanded nationally in 2018, launching Sidelined USA, and began promoting our resources and support nationwide.

Sidelined USA is working to better the lives of sidelined athletes, helping them make the shift to redefine their satisfaction and embrace their new reality in a meaningful way. 

We Want to Hear From You

We at Sidelined USA know that being sidelined is a devastating experience. We understand the unique challenges permanently-sidelined athletes and their families face and we're here to help. Contact us to learn more about our services. 

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Sidelined USA exists to reunite permanently-sidelined athletes with their passions and inspire them to find a meaningful way forward.


To see athletes create a positive mindset within themselves, requiring their personal best, in order to confidently face and overcome their challenges, both on and off the court/field.

Our Core Values


Positivity propels one to move forward in life. Successful athletes believe that they are never out of the fight. This attitude translates to any aspect of life, including being sidelined. If one seeks success, one must also seek positivity.


Sidelined athletes must learn to do we what we call “make the shift†and adapt to their new reality. No athlete expects to be permanently sidelined, however, they can make the best of the situation by channeling their passion for competition through an alternate means of participation. 



Life doesn't always work out the way one hopes.  In the life of a sidelined athlete, perseverance is crucial.  The road to resolution can be long and hard. Just as perseverance is needed in sports, it is also needed to get through the devastation of being permanently sidelined.

Meaningful Action

Sidelined USA desires to maximize its community impact and support an underserved community. Sidelined athletes are in need of social support and coping resources to navigate a healthy emotional adjustment to their new reality. We encourage permanently-sidelined athletes to step into a new chapter of their lives and pursue a new passion or challenge. 



Similar to an individual athlete contributing as just one member of a larger team, Sidelined USA and its members recognize that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves and are committed to working together for the greater good. “Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.  I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be." - MLK


The skills that make one successful as a competitor in the sports world carry over to other pursuits. Putting forth maximum effort, cultivating resilience, and focusing on the details are all relevant within the Sidelined USA Program. One must be devoted to the task and determined to work to the fullest personal potential. Maximum effort will yield maximum results.