At Children's Hospital Colorado, we're excited to offer a comprehensive 13-month sports physical therapy residency to foster the development of clinicians interested in treating young athletes. Through this program, we provide a variety of clinical and didactic opportunities to give the resident experience caring for various athlete and patient populations.
Our mission is to develop leaders in sports physical therapy through collaborative interprofessional learning and clinical programming that includes:
Progressing pediatric sports medicine research
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
Graduated initial resident cohort (1 resident) August of 2022
Our recent resident graduate is scheduled to sit for the Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy exam through ABPTS in 2023. Since graduating from our residency program, our graduate has gone on to open a private practice focusing on athlete global health, wellness and injury prevention. Additionally, our resident has completed clinical research, presented at national conferences, teaches in entry level DPT program and provides sideline coverage for youth sporting events throughout the community.
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
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
All applications will be submitted through RF-PTCAS
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
The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education program provides a financial fact sheet to ensure financial transparency for applicants, and to further understand the true costs to undergo residency and fellowship education.
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