Sports Medicine Overview
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, The Schuylkill Valley School District has contracted with Penn State St. Joe's (www.thefutureofhealthcare.org) to employ two full-time athletic trainers for the care and prevention of athletic injuries. The hours for the athletic trainers are 1:30 PM until the last event or practice of the day is completed at the high school and middle school levels. The athletic trainers are responsible for diagnosing problems and referring students to physicians and physical therapists when necessary. They also provide preventative services such as wrapping joints or stretching. Finally, the athletic trainers coordinate and monitor rehabilitation programs for injured athletes.
The school district also employs a team physician’s group to aid the trainer with the care and treatment of our student-athletes. Dr. Stephen Soffer is the team physician for the SV School District (www.drsoffer.com). Dr. Soffer provides physical exams for the district each season and is the referring physician for injuries that are beyond the scope of our athletic trainer. In the case of injury, Dr. Soffer will see SV student-athletes the next day at his medical practice. At Dr. Soffer's office, x-rays can be taken on site.
For emergencies, the St. Joseph Hospital provides excellent medical care. St. Joe's also provides an Urgent Care facility on Route 222 in Blandon (across from the CVS) which provides medical testing (including X-Rays), Physical Therapy, urgent care treatment, EKGs and other services. The hours for Urgent care are Mon - Fri from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
TRAINING ROOM PROCEDURES
1. Each athlete needs to have satisfactorily passed the pre-participation physical exam. Coaches will not allow students to practice until that obligation is fulfilled.