Athletic Training and Sports Medicine - Sports - Intercollegiate Athletics at Penn State Altoona

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Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

Jessica Welsh

Athletic Trainer
Jessica Welsh

Jessica Welsh graduated from Penn State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Athletic Training. While in the program, she worked with the varsity swimming, track & field, and men’s soccer teams.

After graduation, Welsh worked as a personal trainer in Collegeville, PA for a short time. Realizing her true passion was working with athletes and getting them back to their sports, she then returned home to Altoona in 2008 and took an athletic training position with a local physical therapy clinic, Drayer Physical Therapy, where she worked with Altoona Area School District athletes from junior high to high school level. In 2010, Welsh then took the sole athletic trainer position with Bishop Guilfoyle High School.

During her time as an athletic trainer, Welsh has worked with many sports, such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, and volleyball. Many of the athletic teams she has worked with have been District Champions, as well as state runner-up caliber.

Seeing athletes devote themselves to a sport drives Welsh to assist them with their injuries and get them back on the court or field of play as quickly as possible without risking re-injury or their health status.

During her spare time, Welsh enjoys spending time with her husband and son, running, and working out.

If you are interested in trying out for any of our varsity NCAA Division III teams, you must complete the following paperwork:

Please download and complete the following two forms

Sports Medicine Packet (Try-Out Form)
Submit pages 1-4 of the of the sports medicine packet to your head coach or athletic trainer. This packet contains information such as emergency contacts, insurance information, consent for treatment by ATC, and assumption of risk. If you are a student-athlete and currently do not have any insurance, please contact the certified athletic trainer to obtain an affidavit of no insurance.

Pre-Participation Physical Exam Form and Sickle Cell Trait Lab Report
Receive and obtain documentation of your annual sports physical exam; you may use the pre-participation exam form listed at the link above. This can be obtained from either your family physician or from the Health and Wellness Center on campus. First-year students, please call 814-949-5540 to schedule an appointment. No walk-in appointments! New students can be accommodated for physicals during SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) when they are on campus. Returning students with an activated user ID (ex: abc1234) may schedule an appointment online at

This physical form helps to make the sports medicine team and head coach aware of any pre-existing injuries or medical conditions. The certified athletic trainer may contact you if you recently had any surgery, have a pre-existing medical condition, or were diagnosed with a new medical condition to request additional clearances by your surgeon or medical specialist.

Sickle cell testing is a one-time test that needs to be completed your first year of participation and remains on file. This is typically done in your doctor’s office, or they may give you a script to have the blood drawn at a local lab. The lab report must list either positive or negative results for the trait. For more information on sickle cell trait screening, please refer to the last page of the Pre-Participation Physical Exam Form. Please allow ample time for your results to return.


  • It is the student-athlete’s responsibility to have both forms and sickle cell results turned in to the athletic trainer prior to practicing and competition. NO student-athlete will be allowed to participate without clearance from the certified athletic trainer.
  • If you have any questions regarding preliminary requirements, participation, or sports medicine, please contact your team's head coach or certified athletic trainer.