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Sports Physical Therapy Residency

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we are in the process of applying for accreditation to be able to offer a comprehensive 13-month sports physical therapy residency to foster the development of clinicians interested in treating young athletes. Through this comprehensive program, we provide a variety of clinical and didactic opportunities to expose the resident to various athlete and patient populations.

Sports Physical Therapy Residency experience

Physical Therapy Residency

Our mission is to develop leaders in sports physical therapy through collaborative interprofessional learning and clinical programming that includes:

  • Progressing pediatric sports medicine research
  • Teaching
  • Advocacy
  • Quality evidenced-based, patient-centered care

The sports physical therapy resident will primarily treat young athletes at two Children’s Colorado Sports Medicine Center locations. Most patients will be school and club sport athletes who are 12 years and older. The resident will also treat college-aged athletes and students at Regis University for seven hours per week. In all clinical settings, the resident will work alongside board-certified physical therapists in sports or orthopedic physical therapy.

The resident will work with highly trained athletic trainers and sports physical therapists for 200 hours of on-field event coverage. They will provide coverage for the following organizations:

  • Local high schools
  • Children’s Colorado partner organizations and clubs

In addition to a robust clinical experience, the program will offer a comprehensive didactic program with several different learning platforms. The program will meet all American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) requirements and prepare the resident to sit for the board examination.

  • 32 hours of clinical care per week
  • 150+ hours of direct one-on-one mentorship
  • Weekly mentor meeting to discuss clinical reasoning
  • 200+ hours of on-field event coverage
  • Six learning modules for focused learning on each body region
    • Resident-led learning through online lectures and presentations
    • Live presentations and lab from local and national experts
    • Monthly sports physical therapy journal clubs
    • Written exams and live patient evaluation assessments
  • University of Colorado Orthopedics Grand Rounds and sports medicine fellow lectures
  • Teaching assistant opportunities at the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program
  • Participation in sports physical therapy research

  • Individual and group treatment sessions on our outdoor sports therapy field
  • Quarterly sports medicine multidisciplinary journal club and case studies
  • Quarterly leadership book club
  • Presenting at the Advanced Care of the Young Athlete Symposium
  • Quarterly sports physical therapy training days
  • Physician clinic and surgery observation
  • Hospital-based and community educational presentations
  • Several community outreach opportunities throughout the year

  • Education: graduation from an accredited school of physical therapy
  • Experience: work experience or at least one clinical rotation in outpatient orthopedic/sports setting
  • Certification: Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare providers/CPR, Emergency Medical Response (EMR), Emergency Medical Response for the Athlete (ERA) or current EMT or ATC
  • Licensure: state of Colorado physical therapy license
  • Other: valid driver’s license and reliable transportation for commuting around Denver

  • Medical benefits, including dental and vision
  • Continuing education stipend and opportunities
  • Subscription to MedBridge for one year for sports certified specialist (SCS) certification preparation and other didactic opportunities

Contact us

Children’s Colorado Physical Therapy Residency Director: Kara.Copanas@childrenscolorado.org

Sports Physical Therapy Residency Coordinator: Kaitlyn.Flynn@childrenscolorado.org

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