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Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

CONTACT THE ATHLETIC TRAINER
Phone: 814-949-5325
Fax: 814-949-5412

Mailing Address:
Sue Barkman, ATC
Penn State Altoona
Adler Building
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601

Sue Barkman Sue Barkman
Head Athletic Trainer

Sue Barkman, MS, ATC, EMT became a certified athletic trainer in 1986. She began serving as the full time athletic trainer at Penn State Altoona in 2002 after a 12 year stint with the Hollidaysburg Area School District. She was instrumental in developing the athletic training program at Hollidaysburg and covered the school's high school, junior varsity, and junior high sports teams.

Her extensive experience in sports medicine and emergency care extend far beyond high school and collegiate athletics. Sue spent time with the United States Field Hockey Association, the United States Olympic Committee in Lake Placid, the University of Tennessee women's basketball program, the United States Women's Lacrosse Association, and the Penn State University football, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer programs at University Park.

She also has been very active for several decades as a volunteer for the Special Olympics, Pennsylvania (SOPA). Much of that time was spent as the coordinator for athletic training and medical services for the summer games held at University Park annually. Sue holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in health and physical education.


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

  1. Try-Out Forms
    Submit pages 1-4 of the try-out forms to your head coach.
  2. 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 www.altoona.psu.edu/healthwellness. 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.