Primary Care Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Primary Care Newsletter
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Primary care sports medicine specialists are primary care physicians (i.e. family medicine) with additional fellowship training in sports medicine. They have extensive experience and training in non-operative musculoskeletal care for both children and adults (including injections, splinting/casting, etc.). They serve as part of the sports medicine team at Penn State Hershey alongside orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and athletic trainers.

Primary care sports medicine physicians also have specialized training in the non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports medicine. Common examples of these include:

  • Concussion
  • Care of athletes with acute or chronic illness (asthma, diabetes)
  • Sports psychology
  • Sports nutrition and supplements
  • "Return to play" decisions in the sick and/or injured athlete
  • Strength training and conditioning
  • Exercise prescription
  • Gait analysis
  • Injury prevention
  • Hip preservation

Primary care sports medicine specialists at Penn State Hershey also function as team physicians to local high-schools, the Harrisburg Senators, and Hershey Bears. The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine maintains a helpful website for patients and practitioners at

Appointments or referrals can be made directly by calling Penn State Bone & Joint Institute at 717-531-5638 or Careline at 717-531-6955 or 800-243-1455.

If you are a physician making a referral, you may call Penn State MD Network at 717-531-5880 or 800-233-4082.

You will find world class orthopaedic care at any of the locations listed below. To schedule an appointment, call the location nearest you.

Two distinct fellowship programs in Hershey and State College, PA offer fellowship positions in connection with the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Family and Community Medicine Residency Program. Each fellowship program is distinct, although joint learning opportunities are provided. Both fellowship programs participate with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and subscribe to all application, interviewing, and match list deadlines specified by the NRMP.

Our Primary Care Sports Medicine Newsletter is a biannual newsletter of seasonal sports topics. We hope you find the information useful, and we would appreciate any feedback you can provide to enhance our efforts. A variety of topics have been selected for each issue.

If you'd like to receive this newsletter by email, please contact my administrative assistant, Jeanne Laicha. Are you interested in submitting an idea for a future article? Please send topic ideas to Jeanne Laicha or Matthew Silvis.