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 & diving, 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.

It is required that if you are interested in trying out for any of our varsity teams, you must annually receive a sports physical exam, complete the two forms below, and obtain medical records (actual lab report) of your sickle cell trait screening. For more information on sickle cell trait screening, please refer to the last page of the Pre-Participation Physical Exam Form below.

If you have any questions regarding preliminary requirements, participation, or sports medicine, please contact your team's head coach.

Please download and complete the following two forms

  • Try-Out Forms
    Submit pages 1-4 of the try-out forms to your head coach.
  • Pre-Participation Physical Exam Form and Sickle Cell Trait Lab Report
    Schedule your sports physical with The Health and Wellness Center at the Sheetz Family Health Center on campus. Physicals will be conducted by appointment only. Students with an activated user ID (ex: abc1234) may schedule an appointment online at For new students and/or incoming first-year students without an activated user ID, you may schedule your sports physical by calling 814-949-5540. New students can be accommodated for physicals during SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) when you are on campus.