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Rick Joreitz (PT, DPT, ATC) earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Athletic Training in 2005, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2008, both from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011 he became a Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Joreitz is the Director of Sports Physical Therapy within the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy.  In 2022, with the support of the Athletic Department, Rick developed the University of Pittsburgh Division I Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship program and serves as its Director. This combines the unique experience of teaching within the Department of Physical Therapy and providing physical therapy services to student-athletes as a member of the Sports Medicine Team within the Pitt Athletic Department.

He serves as the Team Physical Therapist for the Pitt Football program and continues to teach within the DPT musculoskeletal curriculum.  He coordinates the Advanced Therapeutic Exercise in Physical Therapy Practice class, teaches an Emergency Response for Athletes certification course, and is a Clinical Instructor to Pitt’s Doctor of Physical Therapy students each football season.  

Prior to joining the Department of Physical Therapy in 2019, Joreitz worked as a Physical Therapist for the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute (formerly the Centers for Rehab Services) for 11 years and was the team Physical Therapist for the Pittsburgh Penguins, including the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Championship seasons.


Department of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy Residential and Hybrid Program