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Sports Medicine Program History

The Kutztown University Sports Medicine program has played a vital role in the University's Athletic program since 1985, when KU first had the service of a National Certified Athletic Trainer.

The program currently employs four full-time faculty athletic trainers, who are all state and nationally certified. Rennie Sacco, MEd, LAT, ROT, Director of Sports Medicine (West Chester '85, East Stroudsburg '94), a native of Reading, PA, is beginning his 30th year guiding the program. Jack Entriken, MS, ATC (West Chester '87, Shippensburg '92), is a native of Philadelphia, PA, will begin his 23rd year with the program. Martha Anderson, MS, ATC, (Kutztown, 1994, U of Pittsburgh '96) will start her 10th year as a faculty athletic trainer. Brandon Nolt, MS, ATC (West Chester '03, East Stroudsburg '05) is starting his 8th year joining the Golden Bear Sports Medicine staff. The staff provide services for KU's Intercollegiate Athletic Services 22 athletic teams.

The KU Sports Medicine program, located in Keystone Hall 124, is affiliated with the following two medical practices: Fleetwood Medical Associates and Berkshire Orthopedic Associates of Wyomissing, PA.

Dr. Robert Hippert and his Fleetwood Medical Associates (Dr. Robert Sellers, Dr. Eugene Fellin, Dr. Eric Newman, and Dr. Suzanne Adam) have been affiliated with KU Sports Medicine Program since 1989, providing comprehensive medical care, as well as coverage for all home football games and NCAA and PSAC championship events. Student athletes also have the opportunity to be cared for at the University's Health & Wellness Center daily, as needed.

Dr. Gary Canner and his Berkshire Orthopedic Associates (Dr. Scott Nord and Dr. Stephen Soffer) have been providing orthopedic care and coverage for the University's sports teams since 1990. This care extends from their office, where athletes can be seen daily on referral from the University's Sports Medicine Staff. Dr. Canner also services KU's injured student athletes every Thursday evening during scheduled injury clinics. (Please note that appointments are required)

Dr. Canner and/or his associates attend home and some away football games and provide access for injury evaluations on Sunday mornings during the academic year.

The rest of the Kutztown University Sports Medicine Staff is comprised of students and are vital to the daily success of the program. Without these students, the job of the full-time staff would be more difficult.