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Sports Medicine

About Sports Medicine

Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Sports Medicine team understands the athlete’s mindset. Our highly-trained and experienced team includes many specialists, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons and certified athletic trainers among them.

St. Joseph provides athletic training coverage for four area school districts and Alvernia University and Albright College. We also care for people of all ages who participate in sporting activities either competitively, for fun, or for the health and wellness benefits.

We have extensive experience in injury and illness prevention, examination, diagnosis, surgical and nonsurgical treatment, immediate and emergent care, and therapeutic intervention for injuries to bones, joints, muscles, and other soft tissues.

By combining medical training and experience with advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities we create individualized treatment plans to get you— quickly and safely—back into whatever sport you enjoy!

Sports Injury & Concussion Clinic

Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Sports Medicine Clinic occurs Monday afternoons. It’s located in the Medical Office Building in Bern Township.

We will see ALL sports medicine injuries, illnesses, and concerns for athletes of all ages.

A multi-disciplinary team of providers – Family Practice, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeons, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Certified Vestibular Therapist, Nutritionists, Exercise Physiologists, Strength and Conditioning Specialists – can evaluate and manage concussions and provide clearance for return to play and return to learn.

We will make referrals to specialists as needed.

To schedule an appointment, contact us at 610-378-BALL (2255).

Medical Office Building
2494 Bernville Rd. Suite 205
Reading, PA 19605
Directions / Map
610-378-2255 610-378-2255

Exeter Ridge Health Complex
3970 Perkiomen Ave.
Exeter Township, PA 19606
Directions / Map
610-378-2255 610-378-2255

Downtown Family Practice
145 N. 6th St. (1st floor)
Reading, PA 19601
Directions / Map
610-378-2255 610-378-2255

If you have any questions, please contact:
Monica Rush, MSHA, MSN, RN
Director of Rehabilitation Services
610-378-2339 610-378-2339

Conditions & Treatment

The following health conditions are seen at the Sports Medicine Clinic:

  • Asthma
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Rashes
  • Concussions


Only one of the following needs to be present for a concussion to be suspected. It is also possible to have any combination of these symptoms:

  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Headache
  • Unsteadiness
  • Feeling “in a fog”
  • Sleep problems
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • May or may not involve loss of consciousness (loss of consciousness is not typical)

Often, symptoms will worsen over a matter of days, and it is common for new symptoms to appear in the days following the injury. Symptoms may also worsen when the brain is stressed, for example, when a child is doing schoolwork or participating in a physical activity. Signs that suggest the need for immediate medical attention include:

  • Marked change in personality, often with confusion and irritability
  • Worsening headache, especially if associated with nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs, changes in breathing pattern or seizure
  • Eye and vision changes (double vision, different-sized pupils, blurred vision that is persistent or begins well after the incident)

Most young people recover completely from a concussion within one to two weeks. However, each person’s response to a concussion differs and the recovery period can take longer. The Concussion Program can evaluate and assist with the symptoms of a concussion as well as develop treatment plans to support recovery, address school concerns, and address return to sports.

Meet the Sports Medicine Team

All About Concussions

Watch as host Mike Jupina talks with Dr. Heidi Sensenig, Wyomissing Optometric Center, and Dr. Jeffrey Zlotnick, Penn State Health St. Joseph, about all thing concussions: symptoms, screening and diagnosis, and how it affects student athletes.


The Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association www.goeata.org
National Athletic Trainers’ Association www.nata.org
The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Association www.gopats.org
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association www.piaa.org
National Collegiate Athletic Association www.ncaa.com
Penn State Health St. Joseph has sports medicine agreements with each of the following schools to provide sports medicine services. This includes physician coverage, athletic trainers, pre-participation physicals, sideline coverage and the sports medicine/concussion clinic.