Does anyone know what specific software was used to create this style of picture? I am an amateur photographer, and I primarily take sports pictures of my sons. I have used old versions of photoshop, and also use paint, but I have not been able to match this style of picture. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It is difficult to say it at 100% but the basis should be done by using HDR plus Topazlab Adjust plugin. The final result is not only due to this filter of course.
That appears to be a painting effect of some type and is just a filter. It appears related to an emboss filter, but preserving color. There is no way to tell the exact software used. Try looking at the Stylize filters in Photoshop.